Ngambara Fimityatit: Learning Together in Daly River

These murals of a Barramundi and a Brolga have been painted by the community in Daly River, Northern Territory, Australia, to remind everyone about how the community and the children in St Francis Xavier Catholic School are learning and achieving together.  The project, led by Miriam Rose Bauman and Julianne Willis, draws everyone in the school community together to engage in learning and change.  The vision of the project is summed up in the title Ngamara Fimityatit – which means

When we learn together, sharing + living the same language for learning, we will be empowered to create a new story for our future…

It’s about bringing together local traditional knowledge systems with 21century ideas about learning, in order to empower and engage a new generation. For more details of the project you can read the latest update about how  the whole community is engaged in a process of merging two streams into a third way.  Watch the video below made by the students in the school to show how we learn together in Daly River….Animal Powers…..

Ngambara Fimityatit October 2012

Article: “It’s ‘complex’ – Workplace Bullying as a Wicked Problem”

New Article:  It’s ‘complex’ – Systems Thinking and Workplace Bullying

This article written by Damian Stoupe has just been published in the latest edition of Counselling at Work (Autumn 2012).  It draws upon the work of Elinor Ostrom and systems thinking in promoting the use of authentic dialogue as a means of countering the phenomenon of workplace bullying.  Using the notion of wicked problems I suggest we may gain a greater insight into the issues surrounding bullying and be able to challenge the current dominance of event-driven responses in the workplace.