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Global Buzz Report: August 2021

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Trading Places, the market for Indigenous Australian knowledge

The problem, as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, June Oscar reminds us, “…we are not ever given the authority and capacity to make the decisions that affect our lives” ((humanrights.gov.au 29 May 2021). “Trading Places” is about reversing that status; locating First Nations peoples in roles of authority to teach, and positioning non-Indigenous peoples (myself included) as listeners and learners.

There are many First Nations people who continue teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge through books, journals, documentaries, lectures, TED Talks, tours, events, ceremonies, dances, songs and festivals (a small guide to some of these resources is in Appendix 24 of the PhD in the attached link). A regional Aboriginal education team reported, “These ways of thinking and planning are our great gift to a world that desperately needs solutions...Unfortunately, this gift has not been accepted yet, or even noticed” (NSW Department of Education and Communities, 2012). Through continued denial of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience, their knowledge is largely hidden from mainstream Australia and to the rest of the world.

This PhD is about what non-Indigenous peoples’ attitudes have done to the market for Indigenous Australian knowledge, and more explicitly, how those attitudes continue to impact this market. Furthermore, it is about what non-Indigenous people can do to value (and increase interest in) this knowledge, ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge is managed by its custodians, is not compromised in the market, and is able to contribute to the management of Homo sapiens on Mother Earth.

Please see here the link to download the PhD thesis, Trading Places, on the market for Indigenous Australian knowledge:



Dr Karen Clover Newkirk
Creating Eternity: Strategic Foresight; Facilitation; & Training
52 Nelson Rd Queenscliff VIC 3225
0419 577 489

Dr Karen Clover Newkirk joined the ICA in 1976 working with colleagues in Australia, Brazil, Peru and Indonesia until 1983. In 1984 she went to live and work on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in North West, South Australia (just South of Uluru). After completing a Master of Business; Strategic Foresight she was convinced that research through universities does have the potential to shape human futures and also provides an opportunity to showcase ICA methods. The following article is about the PhD research that she undertook and contains a link to download her thesis. It is written by Karen and utilises the Focus Conversation (ORID) method (described in Chapter 3), Imaginal Education throughout, Causal Layered Analysis (which gets to the underlying contradiction and reveals the importance of Song, Story and Symbol) and aligns these with Theory U.

GLOBAL CALENDAR of zoom events - We would encourage all of us to keep an eye on the Global Archive new initiative – hosting global conversations – book reviews, topical discussions, etc.

I have been on several very fine conversations. https://icaglobalarchives.org/social-research-center-events/  The aim is to make this a GLOBAL CALENDAR with a range of time zone options.

Do consider your participation as well as hosting an on line session some time!

Global Schedule of events!

August is here with a choice of studies, conversations and training events.

If you missed the inspiring “Miyawaki Approach to Reforestation” presentation hosted by Mary and Cyprian D’Souza, here is the link that will give you access to the recording:


For August, click on this link: https://icaglobalarchives.org/social-research-center-events/.to see four types of events: studies, significant conversations, training and impactful global events.

Remember: YOU are invited to:
1.Offer a presentation you are interested in giving;
2.Recommend other people to present;
3.Participate in any of the events and encourage your friends to attend; and
4.Give feedback by emailing: icaglobalschedule@gmail.com.

The vision for the Global Calendar of events is to make this easily accessible/ globally friendly to all no matter where/what!

As you will be aware, ICAI – GA is in process of some re-structuring (with all ICAs represented) – a further opportunity for strengthening our global/regional communication and collaboration.

Karen, Alan, Sunny, Virginia and Robyn           rjhutchinson48@gmail.com

From Robyn

On July 25, I awoke, reflecting on a great ‘new’ GA! A new spirit was born the night before, with about 40 passionate ICA folk on an historic ICA General Assembly zoom! We are grateful to each and every person who has been on this collaborative journey, (for a few years or a lifetime) and has contributed to making this next watershed moment in ICA history, take another step forward in our 60+ year history!

A few highlights for me included:
  • Seeing and hearing us all located on our global map
  • Listening first hand to what people are engaged in, no matter how small or large
  • Our personal and organisational engagement with our vision, mission and local grassroots work
  • Hearing languages other than English being spoken!
  • The continued collaboration, and re-articulated commonality of themes of engagement
  • The global/regional thinktank teams which are emerging for us all to volunteer with

To name a few – thankyou everyone!

The hope is to have more frequent and robust conversations with each other, supporting local ICA’s and Associates to be sustainable and to serve the world.


These are the teams or Communities of Practice set up so far, and are beginning to meet. Please make contact with your regional representative if you would like to participate in any of these – see slides 17 & 18 on the above link.

ToP Training/ Facilitation Capacity
Community Development
ICA Org Sustainability
ICA Membership Care
Global Conferences
Global Communications
Africa ICA Revival:
Spanish Language Group:

Always comprehensive, futuric and intentional,
Best wishes, as we continue to walk together to heal our globe!

Robyn, GA rep, ICA Australia

Supporter, www.fromtheheart.com.au

'Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence. - Lin Yutang'


ICA Canada is thrilled to share the launch of the Courage to Lead youth pilot program, starting on August 17, 2021. This 6-week course has been developed in consultation with youth, parents and CTL alumna who have helped to provide feedback on the curriculum and other important logistical details. In case you know a young person between the ages of 13-15 who might be interested in developing their leadership capacity, we would be grateful if you could kindly share the registration link with them. More details are also provided on our website and the registration platform.

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at ica@icacan.org. Thanks so much for your support in helping to spread the word!



Tree plantation

Strengthening local organizations in fundraising

See Here: July Global Buzz Report PDF

The Development Institute

World Mangrove Day 2021 - Mangroves; Our Lifeline Our Livelihood

On the 26th of July, 2021, which was World Mangroves Day, The Development Institute together with all stakeholders came together with a common goal to create awareness on the importance of mangroves and work towards restoring mangroves where it mattered. The event was under the theme, “Mangroves; Our Lifeline Our Livelihood”.  This was made possible with funding from IUCN under the European Union PAPBio C1-Mangroves programme (2019-2022) — Management of Mangroves forest from Senegal to Benin project project.

The programme commenced with a mangrove restoration exercise by all stakeholders, mainly, traditional authorities, state actors, non-state actors and members of the Anyanui community. The restoration activity was carried out in some degraded areas within the Anyanui Community, Anloga District. After the restoration exercise, stakeholders moved to the Anyanui Market Square for a durbar to climax the day’s celebrations. During the durbar, there were key messages from various stakeholders such as the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission, IUCN Ghana, The Development Institute, traditional authorities and the community. The focus of the key messages was to create awareness on the importance of mangroves and also promote the restoration of mangroves in communities.

The programme ended on a very good note with all stakeholders pledging their support to ensure the conservation and restoration of mangroves.

World Mangroves Day
Since its inception in 2015, World Mangroves Day is celebrated on July 26 annually to raise awareness about mangrove ecosystems and to promote their sustainable management and conservation. According to UNESCO, mangroves are disappearing at a rate that is three to five times faster than overall losses of global forest cover and this is mainly due to infrastructure development, urbanisation and agricultural land conversion. This discovery puts mangrove restoration high on the priority list for environmental sustainability.

Why Mangroves?
Over the years, mangroves have silently played a critical role in the coastal areas. For instance, mangroves are considered the first line of defence for coastal communities because they stabilise shorelines by reducing erosion and provide natural barriers protecting communities against natural disasters such as floods amongst others. Mangroves also sequester carbon two to four times more than mature tropical forests and store three to five times more carbon per equivalent area than tropical forests such as the Amazon rainforest.

These are just but a few reasons why #Mangrovesmatter.

The DI’s role in the mangrove restoration campaign
As an organisation focused on promoting environmental sustainability, mangrove restoration has been high on our agenda.  The Development institute has directly engaged local communities along the coast (mainly within the Anlo-Keta Lagoon Complex Ramsar Site) to sustainably manage their natural resources including the mangroves over the years. For instance, The DI was involved in mangrove and other tree planting activities in collaboration with the Wildlife Division in Afiadenyigba in 2016. Additionally, we have been involved in training coastal communities as well as the Wildlife Division in Analog Forestry for Mangrove restoration since 2018. As a result of these capacity building sessions, 10,000 mangrove seedlings were planted in the Agbatsivi community in 2019.
In the near future, starting from the year 2021, we intend conducting Training of Trainers workshops on Analog Forestry approaches aimed at ensuring that we engage a critical mass of the coastal communities to continue mangrove restoration activities.

Dzifa Kumaga           dkumagah@thedevin.org

Of Interest

More Than Halfway to Somewhere Zooms Again

Building on the success of the first Zoom session using John Burbidge’s book, MORE THAN HALFWAY TO SOMEWHERE, a second was held on 22nd July, especially for participants in Africa and Europe. Nineteen people from 9 countries joined the session, which was assisted by ICA colleagues Martin Gilbraith (UK), John Cornwell (Kenya) and Nancy Trask (USA). John Burbidge read from his book, followed by a Q & A, and participants discussed how exposure to other cultures has shaped their lives, in breakout groups as well as a plenary.

Reflecting afterwards, people expressed appreciation for different aspects of the session. Said Mariam Shehu from Nigeria, "I liked it very much; it was a privilege to attend. I have never had the opportunity to have an intimate discussion with an author.” For Ken Ramah in Kenya, the insight that “You don't have to travel to change your perception or attitude...everything you need to change is right in front of you” struck a chord. And for Charles Luoga from Tanzania, the experience inspired him to start thinking about writing a book.

Kenyan facilitator Nancy Biwott was very impressed with the openness of participants and the approach used to engage them. In discussing this with John Cornwell, they are contemplating doing further sessions based on this format and inviting authors who write on social inclusion, an idea strongly endorsed by Karen Snyder, Program Coordinator of the ICA Social Research Center’s Global Schedule of Events, which sponsored the two sessions.

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