Warrior Scholars

Decolonising Research—Storywork Decolonizing Research: Indigenous Storywork as Methodology (2019), edited by Jo-ann Archibald, Q’um Q’um Xiiem, Jenny Bol Jun Lee-Morgan, and Jason De Santolo, shows how Indigenous Warrior Scholars are using the epistemology of storywork to profoundly change research strategies used in the Academy, and reveal the potential for a transformation in pedagogies and the [...]

The Third Archive – The Promise of Songlines

The painting featured above, held in my personal collection, is of the Tingari Songline by George Ward Tjungurrayi, a Senior Knowledge man of the Gibson Desert (Barbara Lepani).   Songlines: The Power and Promise How to do justice to this small paperback, Songlines: The Power and Promise, written by Margo Neale Ngawagurrawa, Senior Indigenous Curator [...]

Why Epistemology and Ontology Matter

Epistemology and Culture Epistemology is the study of how we construct our systems of knowledge (ways of knowing) that express our worldview. These rest on our ontology, our ideas about the nature of reality. In a multicultural society, it is important to understand that our different cultures embody different assumptions about ontology and epistemology. I [...]

Embedding the Arts in Community

Community Matters Blue Mountains artist, Wendy Tsai, asks: “How do we garner and nurture the passion in why the arts are so important in cultural life?” The answer to this question lies in the strength of the relationships between the creative arts community of practitioners and the wider community of people who are interested in [...]

Jo Truman—Multimedia Artist

I sat down with Jo Truman, a multimedia artist living in Wentworth Falls to discuss her life journey as an artist working with sound, musical composition, voice and the visual arts.  While most of her works involve sound and musical compositions, she is also an accomplished visual artist as this watercolour, gouache and graphite image [...]

Closing the Gap in Ways of Knowing

The Uluru Statement from the Heart In 2017, 250 delegates of Australia's First Nations' people came together at Uluru for the National Constitutional Convention.  As a result of widespread consultation among First Nations' people, they issued the Uluru Statement from the Heart as a way forward for Australia and its peoples to heal the deep [...]

AI & The Struggle for Humane Technology

Center for Humane Technology We envision a world where technology is realigned with humanity’s best interests. Our work expands beyond tech addiction to the broader societal threats that the attention economy poses to our well-being, relationships, democracy, and shared information environment. We must address these threats to conquer our biggest global challenges like pandemics, inequality, [...]

Wildspace Learning Event 12 September

RECONNECTING WITH NATURE—AN EVENT FOR YOU https://events.humanitix.com/reconnecting-for-resilience-facing-change-together-a-workplayshop Uncertainty has always been here, now we’re noticing it. Wakeful leaders, thinkers and NATURE herself, implore us to listen. However, it may just be too hard to hear this knowing alone. Do we hide? Do we escape? Do we try to create ‘a normal’ from our cushioning among empty […]

Quotes for August—For Hunger-Proof cities: sustainable urban food systems

Food shortages have been in the media lately with lower production levels in Victoria due to the Covid outbreak. We are assured there will sufficient of everything available but the fragility of many of our food systems and supply chains has become evident over the past six months when panic buying left supermarket shelves bare. [...]

Quotes for July-August: From Richard Sennett

The Corrosion of Character: The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism Richard Sennett’s book, The Corrosion of Character: The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism, was published in 1998 yet it has a particular resonance today as employment becomes less and less stable. Before COVID, some young people seemed to enjoy [...]