Jorn Bettin

Jorn Bettin
The more we help each other to question in ways we otherwise wouldn’t – and correspondingly discover new insights about the world and ourselves, the more we are able to learn from each other, and the more we start to understand each other. The gift that we all bring to the world is the (re)generative potential of all the trusted relationships that we co-create.

Countdown towards a ban of all forms of conversion therapy

From today we will will start counting the days until all forms of conversion therapies are banned in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our hope is that this page will only need to be appended a few times with further activities to remind the government of its commitment to banning conversion practices and of its commitment to human rights, including all the rights articulated in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which our government has ratified in 2008.

Include all Conversion Therapies in Legislative Ban

In a submission to the Justice Select Committee, members from New Zealand autistic community groups say while they fully supported a ban on conversion practices targeting sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, protections should be extended to include all New Zealanders subject to these practices, especially neuro-diverse communities among whom conversion therapies also cause considerable harm.

The purpose of human cultures

From a position of safety within a network of mutual aid, autistic people are ideally equipped to act as catalysts for the evolution of social norms for collaboration between groups, to allow human scale communities to manage scarce resources sustainably at bioregional levels, and to share trustworthy knowledge globally, via the global communications networks we have established.

Reclaiming the essence of humanity

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) education beyond wishful thinking: The antidote to xenophobia is genuine appreciation of diversity and interdependence.

Te Hapori Whai Takiwātanga o Aotearoa

Te Hapori Whai Takiwātanga o Aotearoa is a new website that is designed as an access point to the New Zealand Autistic Community. If you are autistic and live in Aotearoa New Zealand, you are welcome to join Te Hapori Whaitakiwātanga Aotearoa and to access the peer-to-peer support services offered by our members.

Replacing control with ecologies of care

In our society the fiction of homo economicus manifests itself in the beliefs associated with the language of behaviourism, which exists in multiple dialects, and which has come to permeate and pollute many disciplines in the social sciences

Autistic Life, Trauma, and Disability

Autistic people are anthropologists by birth in a very literal sense. Trauma and autistic lived experience in Western industrialised societies are very hard to separate.

Banning autistic “conversion therapy” in NZ

The New Zealand government is already committed to banning gay conversion therapy. The time for change is now. Register your support for banning all forms of “conversion therapy” in New Zealand.

The book on collaboration at human scale is available for peer review

The book project The Beauty of Collaboration at Human Scale is now in the peer review stage. Through the lenses of evolutionary biology and cultural evolution, small groups are the organisms within human society – in contrast to individuals, corporations, and nation states. The implications for our so-called civilisation are profound. All feedback is welcome!

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