INNOVATION / ASANS

Australians Sharing
A New Story

INNOVATION / ASANS

Australians Sharing A New Story

JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

Everyone's
story matters.
Your story
matters.

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Australians Sharing a New Story is a story sharing forum pilot program which was held 3-5 May 2019 in order to take the journey of discovering our new shared story.

Australia, like other nations, and indeed like individuals, often lives out of unresolved or outdated narratives. We can be stuck in those narratives. But the possibility, the choice is also ours – to find new stories of hope and compassion, demonstrated in tangible action.

A couple from Adelaide, Mike & Jean Brown had a vision - Australia can have the opportunity to create a new narrative, to discover who we really are, and can be, reiterating Noel Pearson’s articulation, Australia is a three-story nation, building on:

- our ancient Indigenous living heritage
- British institutions and democratic traditions
- and a rich cultural mix of people from all over the world

JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

Evryone's story matters. Your story matters.

Australians Sharing a New Story is a story sharing forum pilot program which was held 3-5 May 2019 in order to take the journey of discovering our new shared story.

Australia, like other nations, and indeed like individuals, often lives out of unresolved or outdated narratives. We can be stuck in those narratives. But the possibility, the choice is also ours – to find new stories of hope and compassion, demonstrated in tangible action.

A couple from Adelaide, Mike & Jean Brown had a vision - Australia can have the opportunity to create a new narrative, to discover who we really are, and can be, reiterating Noel Pearson’s articulation, Australia is a three-story nation, building on:

  • our ancient Indigenous living heritage
  • British institutions and democratic traditions
  • and a rich cultural mix of people from all over the world
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The forum was a success with over 300 attendees throughout the weekend and with over 30 volunteers to help with administration, promotion and event management. A further 35 facilitators were enlisted through IofCA networks and the Creators of Peace program to facilitate the planned small group story-sharing conversations at the forum.

The forum was a success with over 300 attendees throughout the weekend and with over 30 volunteers to help with administration, promotion and event management. A further 35 facilitators were enlisted through IofCA networks and the Creators of Peace program to facilitate the planned small group story-sharing conversations at the forum.

PERSONAL STORIES

A local Chief Inspector of Police amazed all who knew him by revealing – with blunt honesty – his personal story of coming out of a childhood of violent dysfunction and run- ins with the law. ‘Everyone can change,’ he repeated twice

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Mike & Jean Brown are volunteers of Initiatives of Change Australia (IofCA). Their vision was emphusastically welcomed to Blacktown by Assefa Bekele, Multicultural Liaison Officer for Blacktown Police. Sydwest Multicultural Services was the lead Partner in his pilot project. MECA had the opportunity to play the project coordinator role. Blacktown Council was a supporting organisation, along with other community networks.

A former child soldier from South Sudan told of overcoming trauma and illiteracy to gain a law degree. Now a barrister, he is sending containers full of books back to students in South Sudan.

PERSONAL STORIES

A local Chief Inspector of Police amazed all who knew him by revealing – with blunt honesty – his personal story of coming out of a childhood of violent dysfunction and run- ins with the law. ‘Everyone can change,’ he repeated twice

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Mike & Jean Brown are volunteers of Initiatives of Change Australia (IofCA). Their vision was emphusastically welcomed to Blacktown by Assefa Bekele, Multicultural Liaison Officer for Blacktown Police. Sydwest Multicultural Services was the lead Partner in his pilot project. MECA had the opportunity to play the project coordinator role. Blacktown Council was a supporting organisation, along with other community networks.

A former child soldier from South Sudan told of overcoming trauma and illiteracy to gain a law degree. Now a barrister, he is sending containers full of books back to students in South Sudan.

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Mount Druitt, NSW 2770

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(02) 9625 9300

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