I’ve not failed, I've just found 10,000 ways that didn't work: supporting community build self-sufficient longevity

Thursday, 2 June 2016
Craig Allen

Creating substantial systematic, longitudinal community shifts requires time, energy, commitment, support and the fortitude to continue to work towards the future in the face of adversity.

Creating solutions to resolve community issues involves navigating community dynamics while upholding and maintaining cultural protocols. These situations present a unique and rewarding problem to encounter. Alternatively, confronting the barriers and negotiating adequate outcomes (for community) with external service providers, while ensuring community aspirations are upheld, creates an entirely different tension.

Implementing an eclectic approach, which draws on the experiences and wisdom of our elders (and other community members) as well as the knowledge of working within current systems, uniquely position Aboriginal people to enable us to utilise the old to create the new future, which should create a solid platform on which the next generation can build their dreams and aspirations.

This presentation will explore elements of an individual’s journey though the trials and tribulations, as well as the euphoria of achieving success and positive outcomes for community. Finally, how do the interesting array of experience influence an individual  who is supporting a create the current platform to implement communities needs and desires, while at the same time attempting to work collaboratively to ensure there is an ongoing succession plan.