Event summary for “Working with Aboriginal Communities: Incorporating Traditional Knowledge into Practice“, hosted by Melbourne Development Circle
Event Location: Donkey Wheel House, Melbourne CBD
Event Date: September 2, 2014
Prepared by: Chloe Piper, MDC Leader
Dr. Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall – Associate Professor of Design Anthropology
- Course recognizes need to understand deep human values and looks at how these can be incorporated into design.
- Indigenous knowledge and global design
- Indigenous anthropologies to designing for cultural wellbeing
- Situated knowledge by co-design
- Indigenous futures (Song)
- Currently misalignment between experience and design – what’s missing?
- Design for democracy – how do people experience democracy?
Amelia Telford – Indigenous Coordinator for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. SEED
Jefa Greenaway – Founder and director of Indigenous Architecture Victoria
- Looks at strengthening the multi-faced Indigenous culture through the built environment – Advocacy.
- Australian Indigenous culture is a rich tapestry with multiple layers of meaning that needs to be represented accordingly – NOT one size fits all – “no dots for me”.
- Try and understand what community wants from their environment.
- Architecture shouldn’t be separated from landscape.
Is Design Anthropology model applicable in policy?
- Important to figure out methodology – How design currently works : implicit/explicit in community and figure out VALUES > then look at the gap. Important to ask the right questions!
- Define terms ie ‘sustainability’ – Often different meanings and interpretations.
- Importance of Indigenous role models and stories of role models shared _ changing the face of professions
- Necessity of support once in the system
- Ask kids what they need
- Online platforms can offer alternative means of community and support
- Value of trades in Australia – particular professions valued ( doctors/ lawyers etc) – other professions need to showcase what they offer/ possibilities
Indentifying with different cultures
- Amelia found while working for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition it was hard for Indigenous youth to identify with non-indigenous people and culture and in response AYCC hosted Australia’s first Indigenous Youth Climate Summit – Seed – give ownership, family, community.
- ‘Deep Listening’, dialogue in safe space and building networks that allow that to happen
- Importance of developing relationships
- Acknowledging and accepting differences
- No question is stupid – enable meaningful conversations
- Cultural preparedness
- Unpack complexity when dealing with something unknown
- Accountability – Work local – long term relationships
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