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July / August, 2016 Edition
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'Community & Economic Development Matters' Newsletter


Introduction

 
Welcome to the July / August Edition of the Community and Economic Development Matters Newsletter. I am penning these words from a very special part of our planet – a small town in Far North Queensland called Mena Creek. I am here working with Mark and Judy Evans, owners of an exceptional tourism venture called Paronella Park. What always excites and enthuses me about this business is that has received the accolade of “The Must See Tourist Attraction of Queensland.” According to a public response competition, outpolling the internationally renowned icons of Barrier Reef and Fraser Island! What is even more remarkable is this venture is 90 minutes away from Cairns on a minor road, and centres on a burnt out castle ruin! However, it is not the ruin that brings in 100,000+ visitors each year and has led to the creation of 60+ jobs, but simply the love story behind the ruin, and the infectious way that story is shared by staff. Truly Paronella Park is the best example I know of “Life in the Past Lane”. The Evans’s and their passionate and youthful staff have created an unforgettable customer tourism experience, that  ensures the favourable word of mouth communication and their innovative marketing initiatives  keeps the visitor crowds coming. I cannot endorse this business and its marketing approach enough. Click here to visit their website. Above all, include it on your bucket list of must visits before you die! It is simply an amazing example of sustainable local economic development that is possible in small town communities through innovation, commitment and passion. If wanting inspiration about how to run an exceptional business, visit and share a conversation with Mark Evans. You will never be average again in business thinking and action!!
 
This month, we also wish to acknowledge a young man in another regional centre as our recipient  for this month’s Global Giraffe Award,  for his willingness to “stick out his neck and make a difference”. The town is Mandurah, Western Australia and the young person is Rhys Williams (pictured below), His initiative is the Makers, and their amazing co working space called the Make Place. Click here to check out the story and philosophy. At the age of 17 years, Rhys had the vision and passion to create a community organisation committed to transforming communities through game change grassroots innovation. Over the last 10 years, Rhys’s actions have inspired many young people and to step up and make a difference in their communities.  Thanks Rhys for your example and innovation. It continues to transform many communities and lives.
 
Finally, can I remind people of the ultimate low cost learning experience …and an opportunity to visit one of the most enchanting destinations on the planet – The 2nd International ABCD Festival being held in Goa, India from 15-20 January, 2017. This will be an educational and relationship building experience like no other!! Do not miss it. Click here to visit the website.
 
Enjoy this edition – like always, it is so easy to find wonderful and creative examples of community building projects and tools across our amazing world! 

Go well,
 
Peter Kenyon  (Director)                    
Maria D'Souza (Executive Officer)

 Events 

‘It’s what you learn after you know it all, that counts.’  
(John Wooden)

Second International ABCD Festival: 15-20 January, 2017 – Goa, India

Have you ever aspired to visit and discover India? Well this is the ultimate low cost opportunity, with the bonus of gathering with others passionate about Asset Based Community Development (ABCD). The Bank of I.D.E.A.S. with a range of other international community development groups are planning this learning  and exchange experience in the beautiful Indian state of Goa – a place where East and West have been meeting for over 500 years. Check out the venue, the International Centre Goa

This will be an amazing event, and very low cost - a Conference fee with all meals less than AUD$350, accommodation below AUD$40 a night and a time of the year with low cost fares and charter flights from many parts of the world. But plan now to be there and think how you may want to formally contribute through a presentation / workshop / Open Space hosting / cultural performance.  Click here to view Festival website and to register.
(Photo courtesy www.khiruna.com)

“If I was asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has pondered on the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions,
I should point to India.”

(Max Mueller) 

Uniting Journeys is going to Goa too!! Invitation to join them!

If you don’t have enough time to organise your own visit to Goa, Uniting Journeys can help. You can:

  • Have input into the itinerary.
  • Build a community of fellow travellers before and after visiting Goa.
  • Explore even more communities applying ABCD principles after the conference.
  • Enjoy some very “local” rest and recreation too.

Pre-planned options are available, as are tailor made options and pricing. For more information contact Jim Wakelam on 0403 264 124 or jim.wakelam@victas.uca.org.au
(Uniting Journeys is a community based social enterprise initiative of the Uniting Church VICTAS.)

The Future of Communities: People to the People Conference: September, 2016 – Melbourne
This event will be held 14-15 September, 2016 in Melbourne. Mark the dates of this popular annual Conference, jointly organised by the Municipal Association of Victoria and the Bank of I.D.E.A.S. For more details contact Peter Kenyon pk@bankofideas.com.au or John Hennessy JHennessy@mav.asn.au

Click here to Register.

RETURN OF Jim Diers: October, 2016

Unleash the power of community with Jim Diers, returning to Australia October 3-14, 2016. Click here to download information on topics Jim can workshop or present on. For more information email pk@bankofideas.com.au Jim currently has two days free. 

Introductory Workshop ABCD: October, 2016 – Melbourne

An introductory half-day workshop is being held in Sunbury, Victoria for community enthusiasts and community builders with an interest and commitment to Asset Based Community Driven (ABCD) philosophies and methodologies and, who want to gain a deeper understanding of how to utilise the ABCD approach to build and strengthen community from the inside out. The workshop will provide participants with the theoretical grounding to shift the mindset from ‘client’ to ‘citizen’ and motivate residents to start asking the right questions around what they can do for themselves and their community. The workshop is being organised by the Bank of I.D.E.A.S and will be facilitated by Jim Diers, an Associate of the ABCD Institute in Chicago, USA. Click here to register.

Peter Kenyon’s New Zealand ABCD Road Trip

From October 3-12, Peter Kenyon will be delivering a series of Asset Based Community Development workshops across New Zealand.  For more information, click here to download the brochure.

Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania Conference: September, 2016 – Tasmania

Making it HappenWho is presenting?
Staff or volunteers from six Houses will be giving 5 in 10 presentations - highlighting a particular project they are proud of and passionate about.
Stan Alves - former St Kilda Coach and businessman, will inspire and challenge us with his experience and stories on Leadership.
Mitch McPherson from Speak Up Stay ChatTY.
Click here to visit the Conference Website.

SEGRA Conference: October, 2016 – Western Australia

This event will be held from 26-28 October, 2016 in Albany, Western Australia. SEGRA is the premier Regional Development Conference in Australia and will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2016.  Keep up to date on the SEGRA website, Facebook or Linkedin Pages. Click here for more information. 

Bottom of the South Resource Recovery Study Tour: November, 2016 – New Zealand

This event is being held from 7-8 November, 2016. This Study Tour will take participants from from Queenstown to Dunedin visiting a number of resource recovery sites enroute including the Queenstown MRF, Green Island Landfill, a range of inspiring community recycling centres, and other exciting initiatives such as FoodShare in Dunedin. Rick Thorpe of Xtreme Zero Waste Raglan and Therese Mangos will be your informed, passionate and organised tour leaders! Click here to visit the website and learn more.

Tonic Conference: November, 2016 – Tauranga, New Zealand

This event is being held from 10-11 November, 2016 in Tauranga, New Zealand. Are you looking for a conference that offers something for your whole team? Do you want to get practical ideas, information and advice without all the fluff and jargon? If you want ideas and information about fundraising, volunteer management, governance or non-profit marketing, Tonic Conference is your one-stop shop. Truly practical workshops delivered by people who really know their stuff. Click here for more information and to register.

Commonground Festival: November, 2016 – Victoria

This event is being held from 18-19 November, 2016. Start getting excited, because the 2016 Commonground Festival is only a few months away! Commonground Festival is all about making the world a better place and having one heck of a good time at the same time! It's a celebration of all the people who are working together to create a just, sustainable and nonviolent world. Click here for more information.

The National Sustainability in Business Conference: March, 2017 – Brisbane 


23 - 24 March 2017 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane. This Conference will focus on:
  • Renewable Energy Systems and Sources - such as Biofuel, Biomass, Hydrogen & Fuel Cells, Hydropower, Solar Energy, Geothermal Energy, Wave Energy, Tidal energy, Energy Storage and Wind Power.
  • Think Local First – development of the local economy and community, urban agriculture, Buy Local.
  • Innovative business opportunities - Incubators, Start-Ups, Venture Capital / Entrepreneurs.
  • Key Trends - what key trends are driving continued sustainable brand innovation and where investment is being focused.
  • The Energy Markets – Regulators, Wholesale and Supply Chain, Retailers, Consumer Demand, Carbon trading, Emissions.
  • Current trends - forcing radical changes in customer value propositions, business models, and metrics
Click here to visit the Conference website.

 Rural & Small Town  Development 

‘The influence of a beautiful, helpful character is contagious, and may revolutionise a whole town.’ 
(Collier Graham)

How an ordinary New Zealand town became the steampunk capital of the world

Click here to read this amazing story of the small New Zealand farming town of Oamaru has become the world’s unlikely capital of steampunk. The term steampunk was coined in the 1980s and is based on imagining inventions the Victorians might have created for the modern world. A fascinating article and a great story of rural revitalisation.
(Photo: courtesy The Guardian)

Researchers develop world-first online mental health program targeted at farmers

Click here to read about this world first online mental health program which is designed to give farmers the necessary skills to cope with uncertainty.

PRE-ORDER a calendar and support the remote Aboriginal community of Yarralin NT, Australia!

As part of a unique collaboration with Australia’s most distinguished Aboriginal photographic artist, Professor Wayne Quilliam, the remote Aboriginal community of Yarralin Northern Territory Australia, share their place with the rest of the world. Profits are reinvested back into the community to seed the development of future creative projects that enable people to build skills, knowledge, confidence and networks to develop their ideas.  Click here to access the Go Fund Me Campaign.

Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC)

The Small Grants for Rural Communities (SGRC) is the longest running and broadest program the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal offers, opening twice per year. In 2016, the SGRC program celebrates 30 rounds of grant-making. The program has supported hundreds of small communities in that time, investing millions of dollars into local projects. It is a great example of a collaborative program supported by various partners, which has the flexibility to address issues that make a difference to the sustainability of rural, regional and remote communities. 

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer.  Click here for more information.

 Community Building 

'Some people strengthen the society just by being the kind of people they are.’
(John W Gardner)

‘The community you want starts at your front door.’    
(Relationships Australia)

To Thrive, We Must Be In Touch With Each Other

When we live connected to a community, we are more likely to become champions for one another, not just for ourselves. This article is a great reminder that when we get to know someone on a deeper and personal level we drop the labels. Click here to read.
(Photo courtesy Yes! Magazine)

Discounts for Volunteers

A great initiative exists in the City of Swan, Western Australia where a discount program operates for local volunteers. 50 businesses are involved, and it has the dual purpose of encouraging local volunteers to shop locally. Click here to discover more.

Don’t be a Dick

Click here to read an article that reflects on a new children’s book-style guide to social impact design practice recently produced by the Equity Collective, a group of leaders and practitioners in the field of community engaged design. Both the article and the resource offer some sound advice around community engagement in designing spaces for maximum social impact.
(Photo: courtesy nextcity.org)

Great Resource: Doing Community-Based Research

Community-based research (CBR) offers useful insights into the challenges associated with conducting research and ensuring that it generates both excellent scholarship and positive impacts in the communities where the research takes place. This depends on two important variables: the capacity of CBR to generate good information, and the extent to which CBR is understood and constructed as a two-way relationship that includes a set of responsibilities for both researchers and communities. Drawing collectively from decades of community-based research experience and including vignettes from researchers from around the world who share their CBR experiences, Doing Community-Based Research is an essential handbook for scholars, students, and practitioners. Click here to find out more.

The Centre

This is an amazing leisure / sports centre that is run by the Dural Baptist Church in NSW. Currently, 3400 people each year play sport at The Centre. Since constructing The Centre in 1994, the vision and building have expanded beyond sports. The Centre now houses playgroups, school holiday programs. Men’s Shed, Women’s Coffee Mornings.  Click here to visit their website.

 

Building a Culture of Participation in your Community

Click here to access five great tips on how to rebuild trust and re-engage jaded citizens in community.

 Localism & Social  Connection 

‘Every community has the need, a desire for a “third place”, distinct from home and work. Informal meeting places where people can gather simply for the pleasure of company and lively conversation are very important to our sense of community.’   
(Claudia Becker) 

Orange Women’s Shed

Whilst women’s sheds are becoming more common across Australia, the Orange Women’s Shed is different because it seeks to give women trade skills. They are drawn together by a can-do attitude towards learning a range of trade skills and use of tools and many are driven by a desire to gain more independence in being able to complete home repairs and projects. And of course – there is always the socialising aspect that brings so many health benefits. Click here to read more.
(Photo: courtesy ABC News)

Launceston’s Multicultural Flavours: a culinary and cultural journey

This fabulous initiative is a collaboration between the Inveresk Tavern and Migrant Resource Centre Northern Tasmania Inc.  The 12-week community kitchen program aims to help people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds feel welcome, form relationships and integrate into the local community; provide them with broader social and support networks; raise cross cultural awareness in the community; and provide an opportunity for groups to raise funds for their communities’ activities. Each week, a different cultural group from the community has the chance to cook and share a meal from their culture.  To find out more about how the program works contact Ella Dixon, CEO (Migrant Resource Centre), email: Ella.Dixon@mrcltn.org.au

We Need Fewer Volunteers and More Community

Without diminishing the value of volunteers, Jim Diers eloquently explains what community really is. Building relationships and focussing on assets is integral to strengthening community and in doing so, the need for volunteers is lessened – simply be being community we fill the void. Click here to read Jim’s blog.

Little Free Pantry

Building on the idea of the Little Free Library is the Little Free Pantry.  This a brilliant concept allowing neighbours to share all those items they won’t be needing but are too good to throw away. These simple solutions are an easy way for everyone to make a difference.

Café of Dangerous Ideas

This is a great community building initiative out of Sunbury Community Health Centre in Victoria – monthly Café of Dangerous Ideas that they facilitate in a local Sunbury Café.
For more details contact Bernie Heatherington: bernieh@sunburychc.org.au

 Local Economic  Development 

‘When individuals and communities do not govern themselves, they risk being ruled by external forces that care less about the well being of the village.’   
 (T.F. Hodge)

Welcome to Thornbury Food Tank Park

This is an exciting initiative that was instigated by Dehne Bingham in an old service station site in Thornbury, Melbourne, Victoria.  In just a year, the initiative has served 500,000 customers and generated millions of dollars for the 70 food trucks that rotate through the site. It is a foodie model that is starting up across the country. Click here to read the article from the Herald Sun.

Market Cities: Barcelona Offers a Hopeful Glimpse of the Future

Click here to read this fantastic article about the cultural, social and economic contributions that markets make to local economies. Barcelona is perhaps the best example of a modern Market City. “They have an incredibly thriving network of around 43 permanent public markets serving 73 neighborhoods”.
(Photo courtesy Project for Public Spaces)

The Community Business Movement

Check out this excellent new web-site in the UK The Power to Change with a whole bunch of new funding for ‘community business’. The word is that 'community business' is coming back into fashion in England and being introduced as a 'new thing' “. Of course, it never declined in some places, for example, Scotland.   
(Thanks to Alan Grieg for sharing)

Green Hectares: The Entrepreneur Exchange

A short-term mentorship, The Entrepreneur Exchange provides agri-entrepreneurs from rural and urban areas the opportunity to present their business questions, proposals, or ideas for change to a panel of experts. The panel shares their advice, counsel and connections so participants can learn and move forward with their business ideas.  This all happens in a 90-minute time span. Click here to read more about this fantastic initiative.  

Leadership & Personal Development 

‘To change one's life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly.
No exceptions.'

(William James)

Springboard Women’s Development Program                   

This award winning program enables women to give more and get more out of their work. They identify where they are going, and then develop the skills, ‘can do ‘attitude and the confidence to get on with it. All useful assets at any time, but especially valuable to organisations dealing with change.  This course is running in Northam, Western Australia from Fri 23 Sept, Fri 21 Oct, Fri 18 Nov and Fri 9 Dec 2016. Click here to download the flyer.

Story based approach to capturing outcomes: Most Significant Change technique

With the increasing focus on outcomes we are often looking for qualitative tools which can tell the story of outcomes from a human perspective – what changes have we made? How important have these been in improving people’s lives?
The Most Significant Change (MSC) technique is a story based, participatory monitoring & evaluation technique ideally suited to providing qualitative information on project outcomes/program impact. MSC is based on collecting stories of changes in peoples' lives as a result of a project intervention and allows the participants and partners to explain what made the difference from their perspective. Social Impact Consulting offers both in-house training in Most Significant Change (MSC), evaluation consultancies using MSC, planning support to implement MSC or a combination of the above. Consultancies may also include the possibility of staff involvement and capacity development. 
For further details contact: Theo Nabben, Mobile: 0403 196 381 Email: theonabben@gmail.com

Little Bird

Based in Launceston, Tasmania, Little Bird - Building Resilience was established by Kylea Aldred and Michelle Dingemanse is a designed to empower others through the delivery of programs, motivational talks and intensives. They can cater to your organisation and the specific learning area required. Programs currently on offer include –
Resilient Girl - girls in grades 7-10, Flutter - girls in grades 3-6, Arrow - boys in grades 5-7, Resilient Teens - individually tailored camp sessions. Click here to find out more.

Make a Change Australia

Make a Change Australia is a social venture set up to provide inspiration, skills and support to enable to create change in ways that are easy, effective and have long lasting impact. They also provide opportunities for young people to get involved through programs and traineeships.  Click here to learn more.

 Youth Empowerment & Participation  

‘It is an important message to young people that they can do wondrous things.’
(Greg Darnieder)

Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity

Click here to view an excellent TED talk by creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson who challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence. This is also the most popular TED Talk of all time!

Community Spirit Abundant in Canterbury students

Click here to read about the difference that the Canterbury Student Volunteer Army are making in their community.

No Grades, No timetable: Berlin School Turns Teaching Upside Down

This school is built on the philosophy that the most important skill a school can pass down to its students is the ability to motivate themselves. Click here to read this fascinating article.  

Two Useful Resources from Resilient Youth Australia

The first is a guide for students and their parents who are about to graduate from primary school and is based on my work in creating the Student Transition And Resilience Training (START). Click here to access.
The second is a guide for students and their parents about how to increase their marks and may be useful in the run up to the end of the year based on the research underpinning " Unlocking Your Child's Genius". Click here to access.
(Thanks to Andrew Fuller for sharing).

A Story from Shoalhaven…

Alan Blackshaw is a regular contributor to the BOI newsletter often sharing inspirational community development stories from his work in Shoalhaven.  This particular story involved young people …
“Some months ago, Council was approached by a local Medical student - Kevin Rourke.  Kevin was a victim of a crime perpetrated by a disadvantaged youth with mental health issues. Kevin developed a free fitness boxing class course for Shoalhaven youth to punch, block, run and lift their way to better mental health.
We assisted the local PCYC and Kevin with some further development of the project, printing brochures, distribution through our established youth networks and promoting what he wanted to achieve.
This assisted Kevin and the PCYC in conducting a trial of the program.  
Medical research conducted during the course and evaluation at completion found that the classes had significant positive mental health outcomes for the youth involved.
 
Medical students at the University now continue to fundraise to see the course continue and be sustainable.
Referral pathways to the project were developed for local GPs and the project. Doctors in the Shoalhaven refer adolescents patients to the Shoalhaven PCYC. When an adolescent arrives at the PCYC with their referral letter, they receive a 1 year junior membership and 5 fitness classes at no cost.
We further assisted the project by allocating a small grant of $2,000. This will cover the cost of 60 adolescents to be referred to the program. The program will also be the subject of a presentation to Shoalhaven family doctors at the October Shoalhaven Medical Association conference.
It is hoped the project will be considered for the Medicare system as a part of free mental health support for young people. The project could be used as a model nationally if covered by Medicare.”
(Thanks for sharing Alan Blackshaw.  If you want to find out more, you can email Alan: Alan.Blackshaw@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au)  

 

Build Up Child Honoring in Australia

Kevin Kingswell is passionate about healthy families and is looking to convene an International Conference around preventative health for families in Queensland. Click here to sign Kevin’s petition to build child honouring in the Australia – a concept based on the book by Raffi Cavoukian – Child Honouring: How to Turn this World Around.

 Food / Community  Agriculture 

Boxed produce delivered straight to customer’s doors is back in fashion

Farmers are increasingly thinking inside the box. Alongside farmgate sales, markets and traditional retail and wholesale outlets, producers are opting to sell their meat, vegetables and fruit the old-fashioned way in a box - pre-sold, usually online, sometimes through a hub or co-op, and often hand delivered. Click here to read more about this growing trend.

Food swap initiative reducing waste for Riverland gardeners

The philosophy behind the food swap is simple: Bring what you have, take what you need. Food swaps are also designed to promote sustainable living, seasonal eating and a reduction in food miles and food wastage. Click here to find out more.
(Photo courtesy ABC News)

Melbourne’s community gardens could save the city’s foodbowls

Click here to read an article about the growing number of Melbournians who are keen to experience the pleasure and benefits of GIY (Grow-it-Yourself). Experts say this trend is likely to become a necessity in the future, championing progressive thinkers who see the importance of cultivating local produce sooner rather than later.

Sustainable Development 

"It seems to me that we all look at Nature too much, and live with her too little." 
(from DE PROFUNDIS)

'If the environment was a bank, it would have been
saved by now.' 

(Bernie Sanders)

ReGen Villages

Click here to read about ReGen Villages – a new type of community designed to be fully self-sufficient, growing its own food, making its own energy, and handling its own waste in a closed loop.
(Photo courtesy fastcoexist.com)

Overcoming Barriers to Effective Kerbside Garden and Food Organics Recovery

Well done Moira Shire Council. Click here to reads about an example of an Australian Council that offers combined garden and food waste collection.

Garage Sale Trail

It is that time of year again!  On Saturday October 22nd, 2016 is the national Garage Sale Trail. Last year’s event saw around three million items on sale at about 13,000 garage sales across the country.  Not only is it a great way to reduce waste and recycle, it is a way to get to know your neighbours and contribute to a connected and healthier community. Click here for heaps of useful resources and to register.

 Social Development  

Walk a Mile in their Shoes

Harcourts Victoria and White Ribbon Australia’s fourth annual “Walk a Mile in their Shoes” Fundraiser was held earlier this month. Harcourts staff, family, friends, and supporters (of both sexes) donned a pair of high heels to walk down a different path and join forces with White Ribbon Australia to take a stand against violence. In recognition that violence against women is, in fact, a community issue, “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes” is an education and fundraising campaign led by the Harcourts Foundation in conjunction with Harcourts Real Estate to increase public awareness of the impact of violence against women in Australia. Click here to find out more.

Global Forced Displacement Hits Record High

Here is a statistic to grab your attention: In 2015, it is estimated that 63.5 million people, or one person in 113, were displaced from their homes by conflict and persecution.
Click here to access some of the statistics and the Global Trends full report from the UNHCR.

Prisoner-Run Coops Slashing Recidivism Rates

This is a fascinating article that looks at how investments in prison run cooperatives are providing prisoners with the necessary business and entrepreneurial skills to create and sustain employment options thus reducing recidivism rates. Click here to read.
(Thanks to Alan Grieg for sharing)

Let’s Talk About Success: Exploring Factors Behind Positive Change in Aboriginal Communities

This is a great resource for anyone who works with or has an interest in Aboriginal communities. Click here to access.
(Thanks to Claire Ditri for sharing)

 Inspirational People &  Stories 

‘Stories have power. They delight, enchant, touch, teach, recall, inspire, motivate, challenge. They help us understand. They imprint a picture on our minds. Consequently, stories pack more punch than sermons. What to make a point or raise an issue? Tell a story.’  
(Janet Litherland)

Nothing But Dirt and Sunshine

This is a great story that reminds us that every community has something to work with.  Click here to read.
(Thanks to Becky McCray of SmallBizSurvival)

Deborah Manning

Click here to read the inspirational story of Dunedin resident Deborah Manning – a lawyer who gave up her job to address food waste by throwing herself into the complex business of matching waste with want and in the process creating a not-for-profit that has distributed enough food to make more than a million meals.

Indigenomics

This is a really beautiful story written by Lyla Johnston about the value of selflessness, generosity and love. Click here to read.

Everyone Has a Story

Everyone Has a Story (EHAS) is an online story-sharing project based in Adelaide, South Australia. It is a unique platform where gay and same sex attracted men from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds share their experiences of coming to and living in South Australia, through storytelling. Both writing your own stories and reading other people’s stories can be empowering. When you write, you embark on a journey of exploring your unmined strengths; when you read, you gain inspiration between the lines and may come up with more refreshing approaches to better living and personal well-being. Click here to find out more.

Indigenous Community Stories Program-Applications Now Open!

Indigenous Community Stories (ICS) was launched in 2008 and is delivered as a joint initiative between FTI and ScreenWest, and supported by Lotterywest.   ICS also recognises the significant support from Rio Tinto, which was a proud partner from 2012-2015.
ICS provides a unique opportunity for Indigenous Storytellers to record their lives and histories on film.  ICS films and archives the stories, achievements and reflections of Indigenous people and communities across Western Australia.  Examples of the stories filmed since 2008 can be downloaded from the FTI website. These include Stolen Generations stories, Desert stories, town stories, art stories, and music stories.  ICS film crews have covered hundreds of locations and the program represents many language groups and communities.    The next deadline for applications to the ICS Program is 30th September, 2016. For more information, visit the FTI website at www.fti.asn.au to download the guidelines, application and Story Owners forms.  Please contact Michelle Broun, Manager of ICS on 08 9431 6713 or email her on michelle_broun@fti.asn.au to discuss your proposal. 

 Humour... 

‘He who laughs most, learns best.'
(John Cleese)

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