2017 in review

We here at DPSN can hardly believe it’s December already!  After what feels like a bit of a marathon through the last few months, we’re finally starting to wind down and will be taking a well earned break from the blog until February 2018.

This year has been the sixth year that DPSN has been running in it’s current format – we can’t quite believe it!  Over 2017 DPSN has only grown, reaching over 30,000 readers – nearly 200 of you following the Wordpress blog – and almost 1000 liking our Facebook page.

We’ve also now posted over 430 blogs, which is an amazing achievement for our dedicated core team as well as our generous guest bloggers.  A huge thank you to Nikki for her contributions to her guest blog Nikki’s Natter this year – we hope you’ve enjoyed her blogs as much as we have!

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With privilege comes context

This month, Philip considers the question of whether we should use our privilege – either for our own benefit, or for the benefit of others. I’ve been reflecting on privilege over the last week since it came up during the last session of Be. Leadership. The questions I’ve been grappling with are: Should you use your privilege…

Power and privilege in our own backyard

The election is over and, after 9 years, New Zealand has a different government. As with any election, hopes are high for some that this will mean better lives for the more marginalized in New Zealand society, while others are concerned about how much that better life for others will cost them to contribute to in taxes.

For one young man called Sagar Narayan and his family, the new government means that he will have his case with immigration looked at again. Mr Narayan was due to be deported from New Zealand to his native Fiji because he has an intellectual disability, and his future care was previously deemed to cost the health system in this country too much.

Check your privilege at the door

Our DPSN theme for November is ‘Power and privilege’ – we thought this would be timely given election season has just passed!  Power and privilege can affect our lives in many ways; either because we have it, or because we don’t.  We’ve asked our bloggers this month to share their thoughts on power and privilege, and how it shapes the world around them.  We want to hear your thoughts on power and privilege too, so let us know in the comments below, or jump over to our Facebook page to join the conversation.

Embracing the balance

Yesterday I was reminded yet again how much pressure is put on people to expect to feel ‘up’ all the time and that, if they feel ‘down’ for some reason, there’s something wrong with them.

Someone I was talking to had had it suggested to them they see a doctor because they weren’t feeling too good. Of course a doctor would have probably prescribed anti-depressants to “even out’ their mood.

Under pressure

Our DPSN theme for October is ‘Pressure’.  We’ve asked our bloggers to tell us their thoughts on pressure – be it at work, school, home, with friends or online.  We want to know what they think of it, where they feel it and how they respond to it as well.  We want to hear your thoughts on pressure too, so let us know in the comments below, or jump over to our Facebook page to join the conversation.

An interesting time

I recently read three very different takes on the world as it is now and how it compares to the past. One was this article in the Guardian, “The age of anger”, another Margaret Wheatley’s new book, “Who Do We Choose To Be?: Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity” and the third, a book by Magenta Pixie, “Masters of the Matrix: Becoming the Architect of Your Reality and Activating the Original Human Template”.