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Danjoo Koorliny & Social Impact

Dr Noel Nannup and Prof Paul Flatau joined Katie Stubley and students for the opening class of the Social Impact unit as part of the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact at the University of Western Australia (UWA).

Noel opened the class with a welcome and then spoke about different aspects of why Noongar culture has been able to live in social, cultural and environmental harmony on this land for more than 60,000 years. He discussed, amongst other things, the importance of caring for everything, the six-season cycle, the social order, the governance model and the totemic system of Noongar culture.

Paul then offered insights on social impact from his perspective, and spoke about some of the work the Centre for Social Impact at UWA has been doing.

The unit is taught by Katie Stubley with strategic input from the Danjoo Koorliny leaders including Noel, and covers topics such as cultural processes and authority; Aboriginal knowledge, processes and ways of doing; social innovation; social design; systems approaches; Indigenous business; social enterprise and social entrepreneurship.

For the next class, on Friday February 5, Katie and students were joined by Noongar Land Enterprise Group Chair and Noongar Chamber of Commerce and Industry Director Oral McGuire, Commonland Managing Director of Landscape and Support Jim Mackintosh, and Wide Open Agriculture Managing Director Ben Cole.

The Graduate Certificate in Social Impact forms part of the MBA program.


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