Philip "Pip" Patston
Diversity New Zealand Ltd
Philip "Pip" Patston, a somewhat "multifaceted" personality, has made significant strides in various fields, including social change, leadership development and consultancy. Initially gaining recognition as a comedian, Pip skillfully combined humour with critical social issues, particularly focusing on diversity and belonging.
Pip has used his unusually diverse personal experiences to fuel change efforts. His work often addresses societal perceptions and self-created realities, especially in the context of disability, mental health, addiction, sexuality and borderline autism, even singlehood, advocating for a more inclusive understanding of diversity.
Beyond activism, Pip has engaged in a variety of creative and consulting roles, including creating music videos to facilitate discussions on complex topics in diversity workshops, and authoring a children's book. His leadership in various projects and programmes further demonstrates a commitment to fostering positive social change.
Pip has also had a strong impact in the campaign to pass the End of Life Act and is an outspoken supporter of assisted dying.
Pip's influence is widely recognised, notably through his participation in the New Zealand Social Entrepreneur Fellowship and a TEDx Talk on labelling and diversity. This talk, in particular, showcases Pip's ability to present complex ideas in an engaging and accessible manner.
In summary, Pip Patston's career reflects an enduring commitment to social change, creativity, and humour. His diverse talents and dedication have made an important impact on fostering a more inclusive world.