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Reconciling Australia

What’s our responsibility in reconciling Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians with other Australians? That was the question posed after a GLF session on Reconciling Australia that was led by GLF alumni Michael O’Brien FGLF 2014. The session featured participants appreciating elements of Aboriginal culture, understanding history through reading, drawing and recounting key events to each other, as well as a privilege walk. Reflections in response to the question included:

"Education in schools plays a huge role in supporting reconciliation but positive outcomes of this may not be realised for many years to come. We can’t wait until then. As GLFers we have a responsibility to not only become knowledgeable but also advocate, challenge the misconceptions and take action."

"I am now in possession of so much more knowledge and I will challenge people who do not have the facts. I will also not only educate my children as to the facts but encourage them to be a dissenting voice where necessary. How can we ever make judgements about another person based on scant information and having not experienced their life? Our job is to try to understand their perspective from our position of privilege and join with and support them to influence the change they want."

"For me, the question isn’t so much about ‘doing’ as opposed to understanding the privilege that we walk with, and then taking the time to learn how that can be translated into being effective allies. That is, how can we, as people with privilege and as allies, use this to amplify the voice of Aboriginal people who already know the solutions that they need. How can we, as people with privilege and as allies ensure that we so thoroughly understand our privilege and power that we take active (and sometimes passive) steps to dismantle structural inequity as opposed to further entrenching it, and most importantly being able to recognise ways of doing that that are appropriate, rather than a further extension of power and privilege."

"My pledge was to look at situations with a growth mindset to consider, 'what part do I play' in creating a trauma-informed mental health system for everyone including our First Australians. This means for me - challenging my team and stakeholders to consider 'what is the dominant culture of the system' and 'are there any alternative ways to consider culturally appropriate service delivery'. This also means for me consider the difference between equality and equity … equity means giving people what they need to be successful and equality is fairly treating everyone the same. We cannot treat everyone the same without consider the privilege each of us hold."

This month we will examine criminal and social justice and the power of human engagement with visits to the Parks Library, Women’s Prison and the Hutt St Centre.
Upcoming events
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Leaders Lunch, May 21
Heather Croall FGLF 2017 and CEO of the Adelaide Fringe is the guest speaker at our next Leaders Lunch. Hosted by our trusted legal advisers Finlaysons Lawyers, Heather will talk about her highs and lows of leadership and her role in putting on a huge and well-loved arts event. The lunch is from 12 until 1.30pm. Click here to book a seat.
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AGM and Houssam Abiad, May 23
Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 23 at our new location, UniSA’s Yungondi Building (just by the CityWest Tram Stop) with drinks from 5pm, meeting at 5.30pm. Our guest speaker will be new Board Member Houssam Abiad FGLF 2008 giving his views on leadership and social cohesion in light of the Christchurch massacre.
The main item of business at the brief AGM will be the noting of the annual financial result and voting to extend Board member Alexandrea Cannon for an additional term. Agenda and other papers can be found at the Board tab here. We’d love to see you there – please let us know if you can come and if not, nominate a proxy.
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South Australia: Place, Purpose and Impact
Join the Don Dunstan Foundation and its Thinkers in Residence: Allyson Hewitt and Ilse Treurnicht to talk about what great innovation precincts look like and the viability of corporate social responsibility.

The Q and A interactive format will also discuss how can we create the conditions for local start-ups to solve some of South Australia’s most entrenched social issues. The session is on June 13, 2019 at the Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building, North Terrace, at a cost of $10 - $15. Click here to book.
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Brené Brown Live
The Leaders Institute has negotiated a special discount price to attend talks by leadership guru Brene Brown in Sydney and Melbourne. Her talk will be about Brave Leaders and Courageous Cultures.

A research professor at the University of Houston and popular Ted Talker, Brené has spent the past 20 years studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy.

For more information or to reserve seats, click here.
Leadership Thinking
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Social change – what fuels or blocks it
How does social change happen and why do some social movements take off and have huge impact, such as #metoo? Is it a matter of the time being right or is it the challenging of social norms? How Change Happens is written by Cass Sunstein who is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School, where he is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioural Economics and Public Policy.
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Social norms and economics, the interplay
ABC Radio’s Economist program interviewed Professor John Helliwell, a Canadian researcher about social conventions and their economic consequences. He talks about changing behaviour through norms and taxes and their interplay and how people sometimes make choices that are contrary to their best interests.
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Mindfulness for leaders
The Leader’s Guide to Mindfulness: How to Use Soft Skills to Get Hard Results by Psychologist Audrey Tang is a practical guide to help you focus attention on the present and how to use mindfulness to become an emotionally agile leader.
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GLF Alumni news
Kate Rush FGLF 2009 has recently been invited to be the keynote speaker for the New Zealand Disability Support Network conference in Wellington NZ speaking on Leading Change for Purpose and Productivity.
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Matthew Farmer FGLF 2013 has just started a role as Engineering Manager, AGL Energy, following on from time at home looking after his kids.
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A five-day seminar looking at how to improve health and aged care through an integral framework will be co-presented by Dr Jörg Strobel, FGLF 2009. The seminar provides the opportunity to take a deep dive into the unpacking of challenges with a focus on generating measurable value and impact in all quadrants. Find out more about the seminar which runs from October 23 – 27, 2019.

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Quote of the month
"If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished"

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