anti-bullying activist

mightyfrogfilms: A scene from John Somers’s interactive theatre production, “Difficult Labour”, performed by excellent young actors from Exeter University – the Zigger Theatre Company. The clip is from performances at the Tim Field Memorial Lecture at Aston University on 8th November 2008 and at Newman University College, Birmingham, on 7th November 2008.

Tim Field on bullying: “The purpose of bullying is to hide the inadequacy of the bully and has nothing to do with “management” or the achievement of tasks. Bullies project their inadequacies onto others to distract and divert attention away from the inadequacies. In most cases of workplace bullying reported to the UK National Workplace Bullying Advice Line, the bully is a serial bully who has a history of conflict with staff. The bullying that one sees is often also the tip of an iceberg of wrongdoing which may include misappropriation of budgets, harassment, discrimination, as well as breaches of rules, regulations, professional codes of conduct and health and safety practices…Bullying is, I believe, the underlying behavior and thus the common denominator of harassment, discrimination, stalking and abuse. What varies is the focus for expression of the behavior. For instance, a harasser or discriminator focuses on race or gender or disability.” Bully at Work Interview with Tim Field

Tim Field was a prominent British anti-bullying activist with his main focus relating to workplace bullying. He was born in Eastbourne on 24 April 1952. From 1971 to 1975 he studied computing science in Stafford at the North Staffordshire Polytechnic, now Staffordshire University, and was awarded a First Class Honours degree. He then worked in the computer industry for nineteen years until he had to stop due to the effects of experiencing severe workplace bullying (Wikipedia).

RELATED READING: Bully OnLine; Obituary: Tim Field; In memoriam: Tim Field