Connecting to Place, Caring for Country

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS ENTIRELY ONLINE, VIA ZOOM TELECONFERENCING

Workshop Dates

Future Dreaming is hosting identical workshops, on different dates between April – July, to help people find a workshop date that suits their schedule. All workshops are hosted from 1pm to 4.30pm AEST.

Please click on the dates below, to visit the relevant Eventbrite booking page and to book your ticket.

Overview of Workshop

In this workshop, we focus on how human relationships with the living world can form a foundation for society.

By bringing together Aboriginal philosophy and law, with Western critiques of the current governance system, this workshop focuses on how ancient and emerging place-based approaches can offer an effective, practical, compassionate and successful future for Australia.

The need for new approaches to social and environmental governance has never been greater. Governance structures at the local, national and global level are faltering in the face of multiple challenges, including climate change, the perceived failures of democracy, increasing social and economic inequities – and more recently, the COVID-19 pandemic.  In Australia, our summer of devastating bushfires has pushed communities to their limits and forced many of us to reflect on our how we live on this continent.

The afternoon workshop includes presentations and discussions, to engage us all in the important work of reflecting on who we are, how we fit into the interconnected community of life, and the types of changes we can make in our individual, community and collective lives, to build a stronger, healthier and more resilient society.

WORKSHOP PRESENTERS

The workshop is presented by Future Dreaming, in partnership with the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA).

Three speakers will guide the afternoon discussions:

  • Dr Mary Graham, Kombumerri person, Adjunct Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Queensland and Director of Future Dreaming
  • Ross Williams, Bindal/Juru People and Director of Future Dreaming
  • Dr Michelle Maloney, Co-Founder and National Convenor of the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA)

PROGRAM

1.00 – 1.20pm Introductions
1.20 – 2.20pm INTRODUCTION TO THE PHILOSOPHIES AND GOVERNANCE FOUNDATIONS OF FIRST NATIONS PEOPLES IN AUSTRALIA. Dr Mary Graham will give a presentation about Aboriginal Philosophy, the Relationist Ethos, Aboriginal First Laws and how these philosophies and laws shaped Aboriginal society – Dr Mary Graham
2.20 – 2.40pm Short break (everyone can stretch and make a cuppa tea in the comfort of their own homes!)
2.40 – 3.10pm CARING FOR COUNTRY. Ross Williams will give a presentation about how different First Nations Peoples across Australia connect with and care for country.
3.10 – 4.00pm INTRODUCTION TO EARTH JURISPRUDENCE AND EARTH CENTRED GOVERNANCE – Dr Michelle Maloney will give a presentation that provides a critique of human-centred, pro-growth Western law and governance, and will discuss how the philosophies and approaches of settler societies are being challenged by Earth centred ideas, laws and practices
4.00 – 4.30pm Discussion (Questions and discussion will take place all afternoon, but this final  session will be devoted to deeper discussions)

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS ENTIRELY ONLINE, VIA ZOOM TELECONFERENCING

COST

  • $65 Standard Ticket
  • $35 Concession Ticket
  • $85 Standard Ticket + DONATION to Future Dreaming Australia.
  • Limited scholarships are available – please email: events@earthlaws.org.au

Bookings

Future Dreaming is hosting identical workshops, on different dates between April – July, to help people find a workshop date that suits their schedule. All workshops are hosted from 1pm to 4.30pm AEST.

Please click on the dates below, to visit the relevant Eventbrite booking page, and to book your ticket.