Thanks – and bye for now!

It’s that time of the year again…the Christmas/holiday season is upon us at last.  

DPSN has been running now, in one form or another, for 10 years!  We’ve come a long way in that time, from our humble beginnings as the Diversityworks Peer Support Network, through to our latest iteration as a weekly blog and Facebook page.  We’ve seen our hugely successful MyFilm, 100 Days and #UMAL2M projects. And in the last four years we’ve welcomed on board some fantastic regular guest bloggers.

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The science of imagination

I have a confession to make (but it’s not such a bad one). TED, a worldwide organisation which brings together speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity, has a Youtube channel entirely devoted to short educational videos on a wide range of topics.  My confession is that I’ve been slightly addicted to watching them lately, finding myself lost in a spiral of absorbing information on everything from how you digest food to how people lived in ancient Rome. They’re fascinating, and I strongly suggest you try them out.

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…

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.

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.

The power of labels — is it time to move on?

A while ago I posted a meme, which said, “Better to have lost in love than to live with a psycho for the rest of your life.”

I liked it of course, otherwise I wouldn’t have posted it. Eleven others did too, some commenting on Facebook, “Amen to that,” and “Definitely!!”

Then this: “Hate it. It’s beat up on people with mental illness time again. Ever had the amazing person you love tell you that they just can’t deal with your mental illness anymore? Our society is totally phobic about people with mental illness having intimate relationships.”

Millennials – the lazy generation or victims of circumstance?

There’s an interesting trend that’s been going on for a while now in the media, in regards to the language that’s used to describe a group of people called millennials.

When I went looking for who exactly counts as a millennial I found that there are no precise dates that define them. Wikipedia says, “researchers typically use the early 1980s as starting birth years and the mid-1990s to early 2000s as ending birth years…generally the children of baby boomers.”

So, youngish people who range from their late teens to their mid 30s. I guess that makes me one (being a child of the mid-80s myself).