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Connecting to Place, Caring for Country

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In this workshop, we explore 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, Earth-centred 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 changing climate – evidenced by the scale and intensity of the 2019/2020 summer of devastating bushfires, and 2021 floods – is pushing communities to their limits and forcing 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.


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) and Director, Future Dreaming

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Future Dreaming Australia is a not-for-profit organisation created by Indigenous non-indigenous leaders, to share ecological knowledge across cultures, to build a better future for all of us.

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Join us in September, as the Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) hosts a fantastic month of webinars, workshops and discussions, exploring how we can reshape human societies towards Earth-centred governance and create a healthy, safe future for all life on this beautiful planet of ours.

AELA's mission is to increase understanding and the practical implementation of Earth-centred governance, with a focus on law, economics, education, Indigenous knowledge systems, decolonisation, ethics and the arts. We hope to see you in September - our guest speakers and discussions are not to be missed!

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