Summit keynotes: 'What is important to consider as we walk together towards 2029 and beyond?'

Danjoo Koorliny Co-Director Professor Emeritus Colleen Hayward AM will be giving a keynote alongside the Governor of Western Australia and Danjoo Koorliny Ambassador the Hon Kim Beazley AC during this year’s Danjoo Koorliny Social Impact Summit.


They will each give a keynote on ‘What is important to consider as we walk together towards 2029 and beyond?’


“Lots of our conversations are leading those of us in Western Australia to the quite arbitrary date of 2029,” Colleen said during last year’s Danjoo Koorliny Social Impact Festival.


“2029 is formally recognised as Western Australia’s bicentennial. And lots of us working in this space - conversing with others, and generally trying to progress things so that there really is social impact and change - recognise that by the time 2029 comes around we want this place to be different.


“And we want it to be sufficiently different for the state’s bicentennial to be marked by inclusive involvement of all of us, especially first Australians, and that it is not something that is so frustrating and so demeaning that it is marked by only protests,” she said.

Image: The Governor of Western Australia and Danjoo Koorliny Ambassador the Honourable Kim Beazley AC and Danjoo Koorliny Co-Director Professor Emeritus Colleen Hayward AM during last year's Danjoo Koorliny Elder-Leader Briefing.


Danjoo Koorliny Walking Together is a large-scale, long-term systems change project designed and led by Aboriginal leaders to help us all walk together as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people towards 2029 and beyond, be it in Western Australia, Australia or globally.


Colleen will be speaking alongside the Governor on day two of this year’s summit.


“Between now and the bicentennial of European settlement in Perth, 2029, the community has been invited by the Noongar nation on a walk of spiritual unity and respect,” said the Governor during last year’s Danjoo Koorliny Elder-Leader Briefing.


“We are privileged to share this continent with the oldest civilisation on earth...people who really understand this land where stories and science permeated the emergence of a rich culture which was the heart of their survival.


“It is now offered to all of us – a spiritual journey which will advance the spirit and character of the whole community. That is worth a celebration,” he said.


A number of other keynotes will also take place during the summit. Dr Noel Nannup will be speaking about ‘The Science of Spirituality’ alongside the Chief Scientist of Western Australia Prof Peter Klinken on day one of the summit.


And earlier on day two, Dr Richard Walley will be speaking on ‘The Codes of Systems Change’ alongside MIT’s and the Presencing Institute’s Dr Otto Scharmer who will be joining online from Boston.


These keynotes will form part of an interactive and experiential program in which participants will be able to enter into the Danjoo Koorliny Walking Together process and help co-design and co-create the vision for 2029.


To see the program, please click here.


To register for the summit, please click here.


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