Changing a culture based on multi-generational traditions starts with imagination and new language.
October 2018-present: This project I am leading with Charles Sturt University’s Wagga campus, receiving contributions from community Elders and Youngers at the Community Dinner held in November 2018. Conviviality was a key ingredient as was creating the space for fearless, frank and honest conversations.
A focus was on defining Duty of Care - for individuals, clubs, staff, administration, leaders, students, academics - at the University, and in the wider community. During the evening, guests were invited to contribute words relevant for them for four themes - power, respect, peace, and masculinity and femininity. This vocabulary provides the basis for a new imagining, the basis for a new culture.
What are acceptable community standards of behaviour and is it possible to apply them across all sectors of our town and institutions? If not, why not? The conversations continue into another academic year.