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  • This is a short video exploring the confusion between the knowledge systems and worldview of Yolŋu culture and the dominant culture of mainstream Australia, and the devastating impacts this confusion has on Yolŋu people. Dharaŋanawuy – a Yolŋu word meaning deep mutual respect and understanding, […]

    Dharaŋanawuy – deep mutual respect and understanding

    This is a short video exploring the confusion between the knowledge systems and worldview of Yolŋu culture and the dominant culture of mainstream Australia, and the devastating impacts this confusion has on Yolŋu people. Dharaŋanawuy – a Yolŋu word meaning deep mutual respect and understanding, […]

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  • Personnel in communities who put  people centered processes before policy, bureaucratic expectations, and achievement, have better local engagement, and mobilise change in the long term.  The flip side is, the impact of such people seems to fade before the devastation created by "the system".

    Why the Government Can’t Succeed, But You Can!

    Personnel in communities who put people centered processes before policy, bureaucratic expectations, and achievement, have better local engagement, and mobilise change in the long term. The flip side is, the impact of such people seems to fade before the devastation created by "the system".

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  • I have a passion for teaching people stuff. I get a buzz from helping people learn what I know, and then watching a person become empowered with that new knowledge. Working as an Enterprise Facilitator in Galiwin’ku, I find myself trying to teach people stuff […]

    I Am The Learner: A Reflection on Listening

    I have a passion for teaching people stuff. I get a buzz from helping people learn what I know, and then watching a person become empowered with that new knowledge. Working as an Enterprise Facilitator in Galiwin’ku, I find myself trying to teach people stuff […]

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  • I have mentioned to some people that there is a test online that allows us to test our unconscious racial associations or prejudices.  It is called an Implicit Association Test and it can be found at implicit.harvard.edu All of us carry with us unconscious associations […]

    Our hidden biases. Test your unconscious racial associations.

    I have mentioned to some people that there is a test online that allows us to test our unconscious racial associations or prejudices.  It is called an Implicit Association Test and it can be found at implicit.harvard.edu All of us carry with us unconscious associations […]

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  • "The poverty experienced by many Aboriginal people is as morally reprehensible as torture and must be eradicated", Amnesty International secretary-general Irene Khan says. 
Strong words, but is such 'advocacy' helpful.  I argue that moralistic bites such as this are in fact dangerous.  While advocates feel that such statements point out government failures, they can actually be harmful to the people they are meant to protect. I consider why this is...

    When Indigenous Advocacy Does Damage

    "The poverty experienced by many Aboriginal people is as morally reprehensible as torture and must be eradicated", Amnesty International secretary-general Irene Khan says. Strong words, but is such 'advocacy' helpful. I argue that moralistic bites such as this are in fact dangerous. While advocates feel that such statements point out government failures, they can actually be harmful to the people they are meant to protect. I consider why this is...

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