Keeping the flame alive
Reflections on our history, our present and our future
Dr Simon Duffy ■ The Centre for Welfare Ref...
Citizenship: right here,
right now
Citizenship is the right goal
Being a citizen is better than being
‘normal’
it brings us together as equals
but also as unique free individuals
Equal an...
What is wrong with institutions?
1.Devalued lives - the institution defines your place, your role,
your purpose.
2.No free...
1. Direction - It’s risky if my life lacks meaning and value
2. Freedom - It’s risky if I cannot direct my life, communica...
Citizenship is
also very
practical. We
can use the idea
of citizenship to
think about how
to help
someone.
Citizenship is
possible for
everyone
it just might
take some
extra thought
1. Purpose
Demanding of man that he assumes his condition and
not till his neighbour's field, he [Rebbe Yaakov-Yitzhak,
The Seer of L...
2. Freedom
I used to think that freedom was freedom of speech,
freedom of the press, freedom of conscience. But
freedom needs to incl...
3. Money
You could no more make a city out of paupers than out
of slaves.
Aristotle
Self-interest is the most powerful engine for i...
4. Home
Then the old Vainamoinen put this into words:'Strange
food goes down the wrong wayeven in good lodging;in
his land a man's...
5. Help
There are eight degrees of charity, one higher than the
other. The highest degree, exceeded by none, is that of
the person...
6. Life
True love leads a man to fulfilment, not by drawing
things to himself but by forcing him to transcend himself
and to be so...
7. Love
Resources multiply in networks created by intentionally
building relationships that cross boundaries & serve
people's deep...
Citizenship is the full realisation of our interdependence
- the value we bring to each other in all our differences.
The ...
If you found these slides interesting you might like to read...
Lots of free resources on all these topics and more:
@simonjduffy and @cforwr - follow
www.centreforwelfarereform.org.uk -...
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This was the second of three keynote talks given at the 2013 New Zealand Disability Support network Conference in Wellington. Citizenship is a real possibility for people with disabilities - it is the failure of society and our social systems to enable and support citizenship that we must address.

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Citizenship Right Here, Right Now

  1. 1. Keeping the flame alive Reflections on our history, our present and our future Dr Simon Duffy ■ The Centre for Welfare Reform ■ 14th-15th August 2013 ■ Wellington ■ New Zealand Disability Support Network
  2. 2. Citizenship: right here, right now
  3. 3. Citizenship is the right goal
  4. 4. Being a citizen is better than being ‘normal’ it brings us together as equals but also as unique free individuals Equal and different
  5. 5. What is wrong with institutions? 1.Devalued lives - the institution defines your place, your role, your purpose. 2.No freedom or control - the institution strips you of freedom and personal authority 3.Impoverishment - economic power is nullified 4.Sheltered, but homeless - a home is more than a roof - it’s vital to control privacy and security 5.‘Care’ not help - ‘care’ already assumes the passivity and lower value of the person ‘in care’. 6.Disconnected - the institution cuts you off and leaves you within a hierarchical system where abuse can become natural 7.Loveless - relationships have no place in the institution
  6. 6. 1. Direction - It’s risky if my life lacks meaning and value 2. Freedom - It’s risky if I cannot direct my life, communicate or be listened to. 3. Money - It’s risky if I lack money or if I cannot control my own money. 4. Home - It’s risky if I cannot control who I live with, my home and my privacy. 5. Help - It’s risky if I’ve no one to help me and if I cannot control who helps me. 6. Life - It’s risky if I am not a valued member of my community. 7. Love - It’s risky to have no friends or family. Why citizenship is safer
  7. 7. Citizenship is also very practical. We can use the idea of citizenship to think about how to help someone.
  8. 8. Citizenship is possible for everyone it just might take some extra thought
  9. 9. 1. Purpose
  10. 10. Demanding of man that he assumes his condition and not till his neighbour's field, he [Rebbe Yaakov-Yitzhak, The Seer of Lublin] said: "There are many paths leading to perfection; it is given to each of us to choose our own, and by following it with great dedication, we can make it become our truth, our only truth." Elie Wiesel
  11. 11. 2. Freedom
  12. 12. I used to think that freedom was freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of conscience. But freedom needs to include all of the lives of all of the people. Freedom is the right to sow what you want. It's the right to make boots of shoes, it's the right to bake bread from the grain you've sown and to sell it or not to sell it as you choose. The same goes for a locksmith or steelworker or an artist - freedom is the right to live and work as you wish and not as you're ordered to. But these days there's no freedom for anyone - whether you write books, whether you sow grain or whether you make boots. Vassily Grossman
  13. 13. 3. Money
  14. 14. You could no more make a city out of paupers than out of slaves. Aristotle Self-interest is the most powerful engine for individual and social development, in other words, social progress, in other words social justice. It is when the most disadvantaged in society have the opportunity to improve their lives in their own self-interest that change will take place. Noel Pearson
  15. 15. 4. Home
  16. 16. Then the old Vainamoinen put this into words:'Strange food goes down the wrong wayeven in good lodging;in his land a man's better at home loftier.If only sweet God would grantthe kind creator allowme to come to my own landsthe lands where I used to live!Better in your own countryeven water off your solethan in a foreign countryhoney from a golden bowl.' The Kalevala
  17. 17. 5. Help
  18. 18. There are eight degrees of charity, one higher than the other. The highest degree, exceeded by none, is that of the person who assists a poor Jew by providing him with a gift or loan or by accepting him into a business partnership or by helping him find employment - in a word, by putting him where he can dispense with other people's aid. With reference to such aid, it is said, “You shall strengthen him, be he a stranger or a settler, he shall live with you” (Lev. 25:35), which means strengthen him in such manner that his falling into want is prevented. Maimonides
  19. 19. 6. Life
  20. 20. True love leads a man to fulfilment, not by drawing things to himself but by forcing him to transcend himself and to be something greater than himself. True spiritual love takes the isolated individual, exacts from him labour, sacrifice, and the gift of himself. Thomas Merton
  21. 21. 7. Love
  22. 22. Resources multiply in networks created by intentionally building relationships that cross boundaries & serve people's deepest purposes. Seymour Sarason
  23. 23. Citizenship is the full realisation of our interdependence - the value we bring to each other in all our differences. The lame rides a horsethe maimed drives the herdthe deaf is brave in battle.A man is betterblind than buried.A dead man is deft at nothing. From Viking - Havamal
  24. 24. If you found these slides interesting you might like to read...
  25. 25. Lots of free resources on all these topics and more: @simonjduffy and @cforwr - follow www.centreforwelfarereform.org.uk - subscribe like The Centre for Welfare Reform on Facebook

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