Talking Deadly: Political Co-existence in Australia in the 21st Century
With Josephine Bourne
Good leadership is critical in the pursuit of change. Josephine Bourne will talk about the areas of work Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation leaders have identified as priority areas in her research. Central to the social and cultural areas identified for greater investment is the work of truth telling. Josephine will talk about why truth telling is important for all Australians. She will also talk about the need to invest in inter-generational dialogues for two main reasons. The first is to grow an appreciation for activism, protest, and resistance (in all forms) amongst a generation that are beneficiaries of the change work done by previous generations. The second reason is to harness the talent and skills of the younger generations to carry out the work in front of us.
Josephine is a mainland Torres Strait Islander, born in Townsville, North Queensland. She is a Gumulgal woman of Mabuiag Island through her father's ancestral line with links to Moa Island. On her mother's line, Josephine's ancestry links to Badu, Mer and Dawar Islands. Her research interests are multi-disciplinary and focus on governance, leadership and organisational development by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples. Josephine's professional experience working in the national arena is in Indigenous governance and representation, organisational development and Indigenous youth leadership development.