A Focus on Social Change through Indigenous innovation.

Last week marked Australia’s First Social Changemakers’ Festival, hosted by the Australian Social Innovation eXchange (ASIX) and promoted by communications and social media agency Social Central.

The following workshop sparked a paticular interest in us. It was called ‘Indigenous Innovation – Learning to Listen” which was co-hosted by The National Centre for Indigenous Excellence as part of the nine day festival. The focus of the workshop was on changing the indigenous story from one of disadvantage to one of excellence, and painting a picture of how all changemakers could learn from indigenous innovation and resilience.

“We need to be investing more time and energy into providing as much oxygen as possible to changemakers who value and understand the importance of listening and the fierce power of silence.” said Jason Glanville, CEO of the National Centre For Indigenous Excellence. At innovent we are eager to learn first nation storytelling methods. Perhaps there are indigenous storytelling practices that can be applied to modern transmedia. We have had the unique opportunity to attend, witness and learn from the following Initiatives:

  • 13 Indigenous Grandmothers – We represent a global alliance of prayer, education and healing for our Mother Earth, all Her inhabitants, all the children, and for the next seven generations to come. We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth and the destruction of indigenous ways of life. We believe the teachings of our ancestors will light our way through an uncertain future. We look to further our vision through the realization of projects that protect our diverse cultures: lands, medicines, language and ceremonial ways of prayer and through projects that educate and nurture our children
  • Center for Sacred studies – The Center for Sacred Studies is a small organization that walks with a big prayer. Based in Northern California, Center for Sacred Studies offers educational programs online (Ministry Training Program) as well as at retreat centers (Stargate Schools). Earth Forums and the International Council of 13 Grandmothers events are held at many places in the U.S. and in Europe. The Center for Sacred Studies is dedicated to sustaining indigenous ways of life through cross-cultural spiritual practices, ministry and education, and a commitment to peace and unity for all peoples
  • Australia’s First Social Changemakers Festival. – The first Australian Social Changemakers’ Festival is a nine-day event being held in Sydney to celebrate social innovation in Australia. It is organised by ASIX, the Australian Social Innovation eXchange and will be supported by a number of partner organisations sought from the nonprofit, government and business sectors. ASIX is a non-profit company formed to find better ways of tackling social problems, and responding to growing community needs and opportunities. We are a community of Australians working to design and implement new solutions to some of the social and environmental challenges and opportunities facing our world
  • Injunuity Adrian Baker Injunuity is a mix of animation, music and real thoughts from real people exploring our world from the Native American perspective. Covering such topics as language preservation, the environment, and Columbus Day, Injunuity is a visually stunning, thought-provoking mosaic of reflections on America, our shared past, our turbulent present, and our undiscovered future. Mozilla & Itvs Living Docs
Other Noteworthy resources:

Spiritual Connectedness, Sustainability:

Ethnobotanical and Medicinal Studies:


Historical Preservation Through Storytelling


Arts Culture and Linguistics / Preservation


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