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A journey to discover, understand & share is a blog about my personal and shared leadership journey. It is about the things that inspire me, concern me, confuse me, challenge me and keep me awake at night.

It is my thoughts and hope for the future.

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MindGarden

Kate and I are developing Mind Garden Projects to support schools like Ussil Primary School and Neikonomon Community School. Mind Garden Projects sources and develops education resources to support literacy skills in children and teens in schools across New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea. – Read

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National Gathering Invitation

In less than 12 months, NIYLA has brought together 100 Indigenous young people from across Australia in 2 National Gatherings, launched 10 youth-led national campaigns on issues they are passionate about, and has reached thousands and thousands of Australians. – Read

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We stand at a significant point in our nations history in which we do not follow the patterns of previous generations. Young Australians are more likely to pursue higher education, more likely to travel and live overseas and more likely to start our own businesses then our parents’ generation. – Read

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Curiosity

We have set out on an ambitious journey to build a generation of changemakers by providing the opportunity and experiences for Indigenous young people to gain the skills, build their national networks and discover a shared purpose to lead positive change in communities across Australia. – Read

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TheoryOC

My theory of change is simple; Australia’s most valuable resource is its people, our most valuable investment in accessible formal and non-formal education and our most valuable commitment we can make to achieve these is our ability to advocate and participate in the public and political discourse at all levels. – Read

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Shape of politics

“It is important to acknowledge these points, because this blog is not about attacking Liberal, Labor, Democracy or Political Leaders, it is about having a voice and making a choice.” – Read

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Faciliating Blog

“I believe that facilitation skills are life skills, as they require an individual to have an understanding of themselves, appreciate perspective and the importance of establishing a safe space. These skills are so important well beyond the workshop or classroom, and are important skills particularly for young people to develop.” – Read

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Apology

“On the 13th February 2008 former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd addressed the Nation in a powerful and emotional acknowledgment and apology to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Stolen Generations.” – Read

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“The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined non-conformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.” Dr Martin Luther King Jr – Read

 

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“The question I wrestle with constantly when it comes to leadership and social action is are we building a community or are we creating a bubble when we define ourselves as Changemakers?” – Read

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“The National Gathering was successful because we had absolute faith in the importance of what we were doing; 51 Indigenous young people from across Australia, 5 days, 5 social issues impacting all Australians and 5 national campaigns launched – an Australian first.” – Read

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Light

“Instead, leadership was an outcome of a life of learning. Leadership didn’t come with a title, it came with knowledge of stories, song, dance and understanding which was taught, shared and expanded upon as a young person grew and matured.” – Read

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