Since graduating as a physiotherapist, I’ve been working in Australia and throughout Asia, with people with disabilities, for the better part of two decades. It strikes me that the field of disability is going through a seismic change; one which is way overdue. And recently, while reading about the Copernican revolution, I realised that theRead more about The Copernican Revolution in Disability[…]
Never in the history of humankind have we had more potential to act. There are more charities than ever, more people volunteering overseas, more crowdfunding campaigns to support at a click of a button.
And yet, amongst all of this good work, there is the underlying paradox of the entire charity sector. It is a commonly held belief that for a charity to exist, someone must remain suffering.
On 22nd October, 2018, I was invited to speak at my old school – Trinity Grammar School in Sydney, on the topic of leadership. Most talks of this nature set up adults as learned superiors. But given the lack of inspiring adult leaders, it got me thinking – maybe children intuitively know what leadership is?
Here’s a transcript of my speech.
It’s one thing to know your privilege. The scientific benefits of gratitude are well-documented. But as important as that is, that is still ultimately self-serving.
The question is then: Now that I am aware of my own privilege, what am I going to do next?
After witnessing an incident of racism and misogyny in public, and mentioning it on Twitter, I was called an “ingrate” and told to leave Australia. But, surely nothing indicates a love of country more than a desire to improve it. Imagine a place where we listened to what people said, rather than where they had come from, or the type of surname they had. That’s a country worth aspiring to.