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Courting Cultural Competence

Today I facilitated a session on 'Cultural Sensitivity in the Courtroom' for the Judicial Council of Victoria today. With a combined group of Judges, Justices and Magistrates from across theState, this was a stimulating workshop examining: how to be alert to the potential impact of culture in a proceeding; how to better identify when and how culture may be relevant to a proceeding; and, to learn practical tips for managing cultural issues.  This session involved [...]

June 16th, 2017|

Debating our Moral Citizenship Compass

Fascinating day shooting a documentary for ABC's Compass program  on what defines citizenship and how do you measure belonging, in "Team Australia", scheduled to air in July.  A diverse panel and strong opinions informed views, resulting in a revamp of a citizenship test based on 'citizen contributions'. Thanks Neer, Pete, Kumi, Dee, Paul,Jacinta and all the amazing Compass crew for this opportunity.  #makesocialchange #makechangehappen #makeanoise #makeitloud #endxenophobia

June 5th, 2017|

Pressing Change

Meeting the executive team of the Australian Press Council. We discussed the perils of bias experienced via Islamaphobic reportage and the impact in particular to the wellbeing of young Australian Muslims. Am grateful for the candid conversations and look forwarded to exchanging knowledge and expertise towards making change happen. The complaints and adjudication departments of the APC are largely unknown to minority communities and therefore, under utilised. My hope is that with diverse media outlets [...]

May 18th, 2017|

Integrating Disruption One Panel at a Time #HRAFF

Moderating these fine looking disrupters and agitators for a panel discussing "Building Communities: Immigration& Integration" for the Human Rights & Arts Film Festival at ACMI, Federation Square today.  Panellists included Bobuq Sayed, Marion Le, Thanh Hang Pham & Santilla Chingaipe. In under an hour we covered the definition of 'home', negotiating belonging, flawed settlement services for refugees, failed leadership to govern with moral responsibility, media culpability in demonising minorities, structural racism, Indigenous people's dispossession and [...]

May 13th, 2017|

Eyes on the Blake Prize 

The Curators Club.. Standing with Lyndel Winschel (Kinross) and Adam Porter (Casula Powerhouse) following this mornings Symposium on 'The Divine Image' for the 64th Blake Prize Touring exhibition, at the Kinross Arts & Spirituality Centre.  The preliminary panel discussion examined 'affectation' in art, how interpretations are not absolute & how art is provocative, evocative, political and spiritual depending on what side of the cultural divide you exist. Robust conversation and insightful observations ensued about many [...]

May 12th, 2017|

High Tea with Long Vision

Guest speaking on 'Leadership and the Non-option of Political Awareness' at the Sareera High Tea. Thank you for a warm invitation and beautiful evening, raising funds for orphans & education.  Plus it's always a bonus when you colour match the platform palette 🙌🏾⭐️ #makingchangehappen #endxenophobia #endislamphobia

May 7th, 2017|

Authentic Engagement that matters 

A memorable Welcome to Country from Jirrawong Country man, Jida Gulpilil to launch theAmbulance Victoria    "Consumer & Community Engagement Plan", in Bendigo. Jida is an undergrad paramedic (double degree in Health Science and Paramedical Science) via the AV pathways intake at Bendigo's La Trobe campus. Whilst studying, Jida is also fulfilling a role through AV of a Community Officer, reaching out to and mentoring  Indigenous youth locally. This accomplished and extraordinary man represents the [...]

May 1st, 2017|

Keating, Trump & Asia- a dynamic triangle 

Attending "Strengthening Our Rich History with Asia in a time of Trump" at the Melbourne Recital Centre tonight.  Featuring: Paul Keating in conversation with Nick Bisley and Alan Gyngell (La Trobe, Asia) as part of the 'Ideas & Society Program' of La Trobe University. PK, former PM renown for his dry wit and memorable quips, including: Banana Republic, All tip, no iceberg, & Arse end of the world et al.. regaled the audience with contemporary [...]

April 28th, 2017|

A Hallmark Above the Rest

Today I addressed the Hallmark Program participants at @latrobeuni La Trobe University about my career trajectory and 'social intelligence' observations. The post speech questions were an excellent indication that these were a cohort of critically thinking students, not satisfied with the status quo depictions of diverse communities. These sessions continue to reconfirm my belief in speaking my mind, questioning privilege, entitlement and racist policy. Though bigots are never far behind or lacking in ability to [...]

April 28th, 2017|

Invictus Conference

An incredible day at Kimberley College in Brisbane at their annual Invictus Conference. This Conference is four day event in which all secondary school students attend numerous workshops and presentations issues including : mindfulness, loss and grief, goal setting, porn harm & cyber safety, among others, culminating in a concert/ festival finale on Friday.  I delivered three separate workshops to students in Years 10, 11 and 12 on 'Adversity in Diversity' - examining the broader [...]

April 20th, 2017|