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UPDATE | Always learning

Work on cultural planning in the Torres Strait is due to commence soon with project team meetings underway and a trip to Erub Island planned next month. This project, like many of our projects, has presented an opportunity to learn more about Torres Strait Islands, culture and people. As a former member of the board of Queensland Indigenous Arts Marketing and Export Agency, John has supported initiatives promoting Torres Strait Islands art and culture. Last year’s cultural festival held at the Queensland Cultural Centre, The Torres Strait: A Celebration, provided immersive cultural experiences across visual art, dance, music, oral histories and more. The Gallery of Modern Art presented an impressive survey exhibition, Land, Sea and Sky: Contemporary Art of the Torres Strait Islands, with a catalogue containing commentaries from many of the artists and participating institutions. The Cinematheque presented Daniel Marsden’s documentary, The Clouds of Stories: The Art of the Torres Strait, in which several prominent artist are interviewed.

While projects like this gather momentum, we’ve also been taking opportunities to participate in various seminars and workshops to develop our knowledge and skills base and, of course, enhance our consulting practice. Next month Linda will be participating in the Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Participation Masterclass at the University of Technology Sydney and University of Sydney. Developing mastery means building the skills, knowledge and intuitive sensibility to wisely bring forms of dialogue, deliberation, and engagement into situations where they are most effective. This week John attended a workshop on Financial Inclusion for Social Enterprises presented by Forresters Community Finance and The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies. The workshop was focused on building an understanding of community finance and its use for asset purchase and business development. With changing funding priorities, community finance and asset building is an important aspect of developing social enterprises, social innovation and social economies.


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