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Finding balance between honesty and etiquette

There seems to be a conflict going on in my wee brain between honesty and business etiquette; I have some pretty solid business ethics, which generally results in my making less money than I could whilst maintaining my integrity, so I'm cool with that. The conflict, however, is playing out in the area where etiquette, integrity and honesty meet, or don't for that matter.

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Misogynism & sex discrimination amidst the Digerati

I'd like to think that I work in a reasonably egalitarian industry, but some pretty unpalatable stories have begun to surface about the ill-treatment of women on the web conference speaking circuit; as I read about the experiences reported by Sarah Parmenter, Jen Strickland and Relly Annett-Baker, my heart began to sink as I realised that, mathematically speaking, it is highly probable that these incidences are not rare. As those who have spoken up are strong women in a testosterone laden industry and with very few women, let alone speakers, in the digerati, I fear what lies beneath.

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Psychological impairments: invisible but very present

The progress that has been made in the last 50 years in the understanding and treatment of psychological impairments - ranging from mood disorders and learning difficulties to the impact of emotional trauma, such as childhood abandonment, neglect and abuse - is truly extraordinary.

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An open heart just has to get broken now and again

My life is nothing short of beautiful. I wake up every morning filled with hope and wonderment. No two days are ever the same and I have the good fortune to be able to do the things I feel passionate about. Of course, there are the day-to-day challenges posed by living with two impairments, but I have adapted and only ever really feel disabled by ignorance. On balance, I am a happy girl, but I have always asserted that there is no yin without yang, no joy without pain, no happiness without suffering, and this has certainly been true of late.

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The happy hippy: an idealist in the real world

I wouldn't want to count how many times I have outed myself as a hippy. It's a funny thing because for some people, the word hippy conjures up all sorts of negative connotations, but when I make such proclamations, I see said hippiedom as a badge of honour. To me, it represents a time in the history of western society when people embraced individuality, did not want to conform, did not define themselves by how much stuff they were able to acquire and did not concern themselves with how much stuff other people acquired. It was a time with purpose, where human values served as the foundation for all people to live together in peace and harmony, to love and respect one another.

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