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Report: Working with Aboriginal Communities – Incorporating Traditional Knowledge into Practice

Prof Dori Tunstall presents on the use of Indigenous knowledge in design anthropology

Prof Dori Tunstall presents on the use of Indigenous knowledge in design anthropology

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

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Advocacy – MDC Event Summary

Melbourne Development Circle May 2014 Event – Advocacy

Event Summary kindly written by Jane Perry

 

Outline of evening

The was held on May 6 at the Drill Hall, Therry St. Pictured: Olivia Greenwell during her presentation

Kelly Rae, MDC Convenor and MC for the evening, welcomed everyone and explained that the event would be interactive, with opportunities to share ideas and strategise with others about championing social change.

The activities kicked off with “Elevator Pitch”, where audience members each pitched an idea to someone for 30 seconds to convince the other person that “all people should wear yellow on Mondays”. The arguments used were varied, creative and persuasive. Continue reading

Walk With Us festival this May – Fed Square

Walk with Us:  Djilpin Arts, the Northern Territory’s globally recognised Aboriginal Corporation located at the remote Beswick (Wugularr) community on the south-west border of Arnhem Land, brings a rich and ancient tapestry of indigenous culture to Federation Square on Thursday 22 & Friday 23 May.

The two day Walk With Us festival showcases traditional song and dance, the first solo exhibition from innovative fibre artist Dorothy BienuwangaNew Works in Fibre and etchings, silk screens and Japanese woodblock limited edition fine art prints from North-East and West Arnhem Land artists – The Gapu Print Survey – Billabong Series,and the world premiere of Kundirri, a documentary on the life and legacy of artist, musician and custodian, David Blanasi.

More information here: www.fedsquare.com/events/djilpin-arts-walk-with-us/

Apply Now – Pollinate Energy Young Professionals Program

Introducing the light to a familyPollinate Energy has opened applications for the next Bangalore Young Professionals Program! Pollinate Energy is a social business bringing affordable clean technology to urban poor communities in India.

The Young Professionals Program is a two-week practical experience in social enterprise in India. You will work side by side with a Pollinator and your Young Indian Professional counterpart to support the Pollinator as they roll out new water and sanitation products (including support with technical expertise, strategies to improve sales processes, and customer education).

The outcome of this program is to ensure that your pollinator is appropriately skilled and capable of leading their own business operations with these new products after your departure. You will also attend training sessions equipping them with the skills to visualise career progression and to succeed in senior roles.

Are you the next agent for change? Applications close May 30th, for more information and to apply click here.

“The Pollinate Energy Young Professionals Program is a ‘must do’ for anyone even remotely curious about changing the world for the better. I learnt more about India, poverty, social business and myself during the 2 week program than I have in the last 2 years!”

– Holly Hyder, YPP 2013, Pollinate Energy Ambassador

Using our Heads, Hearts and Hands: SDC Cook-in for Community at Our Big Kitchen

Article by Lila Kennelly, Sydney Development Circle (SDC)

It was a cold, wet day when the SDC community took to Our Big Kitchen for SDC’s first social event of the year. A diverse group of people from a range of backgrounds braved the weather and joined forces to prepare meals for House of Welcome. Friendly faces (complete with name tags, aprons and caps) filled the room, and the rainy weather was soon forgotten. Continue reading

Inspiring workshops next week!

masterclassEngineers with Borders Australia is running a series of interactive, innovative and inspiring workshops and masterclasses in conjunction with Link Festival, which will bring together Australia’s leading and emerging social innovators to explore how design and technology can create change in our backyard and the world.

Dialects, Diets, Dresses, Dwellings and Dances & Songs – Discover how culture enables sustainable development

Part 1     9.00am – 12.00pm, Sunday 24th November, Engineers Australia Office, 21 Bedford St, North Melbourne
Part 2     8.30am – 4.30pm, Wednesday 27th November, Melbourne University, Parkville, Room TBC

Hosted by: Gaurav Shorey & Sourabh Phadke, two social innovators and architects from India, will enlighten and inspire you about how cultural behaviours, traditions and customs can impact and even drive sustainable development. To register and find out more: http://www.ewb.org.au/events/639/11500

Applied Capacity Building – Key Challenges and Lessons from the Field

Sunday 24th November at 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM, Engineers Australia Office, 21 Bedford St, North Melbourne

To register and find out more: http://www.ewb.org.au/events/639/11498#events

An Introduction to WASH & WASH in Challenging Environments

Wednesday 27th November at 8:30 AM until 1:00 PM, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Room TBC

To register and find out more: http://www.ewb.org.au/events/639/11499#events

Pollinate Energy Young Professionals Program – Apply Now!


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Pollinate Energy is a social enterprise improving the lives of  India’s urban poor by giving them access to products that make their lives better. We empower entrepreneurs to be a positive force for change, as they supply products including solar lights, mobile phone chargers, and fuel efficient cookstoves to urban poor communities.

Pollinate Energy also host groups of international teams on a Young Professionals Program, who contribute to the overall strategy and development of the Pollinate Energy business model.

The Young Professionals Program fosters future leaders in sustainable development, equipping them with the skills in leadership, problem-solving and critical analysis which are necessary to create positive change. The intensive 2-week program is delivered by the cofounder team who have extensive experience across sustainability, economics, government and private practise, not to mention their years spent in international development and as founders of Pollinate Energy.

The program participants in April 2014 will focus on assessing the social, economic and environmental impact over the past year of operations for Pollinate Energy. With a strong focus on program monitoring and evaluation, participants will experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to engage directly with our customers, and hear how this social enterprise approach to alleviate poverty is impacting lives.

PE logoAre you the next agent for social change?

Applications close December 13th, for more information and to apply click here.

“The Pollinate Energy Young Professionals Program is a ‘must do’ for anyone even remotely curious about changing the world for the better. I learnt more about India, poverty, social business and myself during the 2 week program than I have in the last 2 years!”

– Holly Hyder, YPP 2013, Pollinate Energy Ambassador

Dialogues Murray Darling Basin study tour

DOC mapApplications Open Now!! Send your Expression of Interest by June 28th

Engineers Without Borders’ Dialogues Murray Darling Basin study tour provides participants with an opportunity to learn about Aboriginal culture, history and reality first-hand from Traditional Owners, and apply this to their personal and professional lives through actions towards Reconciliation.

Participants will develop a deep understanding about the relationship between engineering and Aboriginal culture, and explore the ways engineers can work alongside community to achieve positive outcomes.

The tour runs for 2 weeks in October from Brisbane to Melbourne. Find out more: http://www.ewb.org.au/announcements/55/11258#sthash.Ay3ksY8U.dpuf

Email Alanta with an Expression of Interest by June 28th.

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