"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela
I started developing Sharing Culture as a small website focused on the healing of historical trauma in late 2013. Since then it has grown to around 50o pages as of the beginning of 2017.
Whilst some of you might just browse the website, others might like a Guided Tour. So here we go, my attempt to guide you around the content of Sharing Culture.
Summary of Sharing Culture initiative
You can find an overall summary of what Sharing Culture is about here. I then go into a little bit more detail about the initiative as described and linked to below.
During the time I have been developing Sharing Culture, I have learnt a great deal about Indigenous healing, historical trauma and a range of related matters. I’ve spent much time thinking about the nature of the problems that need addressing and their potential solutions.
I’ve also summarised the approach I’ve developed for our overall Sharing Culture initiative, an approach that is deeply rooted in education and storytelling. You can also read a summary of our progress to date.
You can find out about me here. My short bio links to more information about my past work from my Recovery Stories website, which also contains My Story and a copy of my cv.
We’re fortunate in having an international network of 40 Advisors/ Healers, the vast majority of whom are world leaders in their respective fields. You can find out more about these Advisors by following the links in their short bios.
You may also like to read some testimonials about our work.
Trauma, Healing, Stories and Culture
I initially structured the website around a few main topics - Trauma, Healing, Culture and Stories. I wanted to write briefly about a number of main themes using primarily the voices of Indigenous peoples, for authenticity purposes. That is why there are so many quotes.
The Trauma section includes film and content on the nature of historical trauma and its development and consequences, as well as pioneering work of Bessel van der Kolk on the impact of trauma.
The Healing section includes content on the recovery from trauma, and the healing of trauma, as well as the nature of healing. We consider personal reflections on healing, Judy Atkinson’s work on the healing of historical trauma, and Canadian research looking at the necessary elements of successful healing programmes. I have also written about Indigenous Wellbeing.
In the Culture section, we look at the importance of connecting to culture for healing and for reducing Indigenous suicides. You can learn about the importance of land and country for healing, and see clips of Bob Randall. We also have some great music from Indigenous Hip Hop Projects and communities around Australia.
Stories can take many forms. In our Stories section, we look at our Revel project, a multi-faceted project focused on the Aboriginal artist Revel Cooper. You can also learn about the transformation of a remote Indigenous community, the work of Judy Atkinson and the We-Al Li healing progamme, the Native American Wellbriety Movement and Marion’s Story.
I started a Sharing Culture blog in February 2014 and for a long time posted content generally around five times a week. However, I have much less time these days, so only post periodically. I post a wide range of interesting and important content I see on the internet and in books, as well as material related directly to our work.
Current and Past Projects
I describe the Voices of the Rivers project, which I set up to work with Indigenous peoples living in the area of the Daly, Katherine and Waterhouse Rivers in the Northern Territory. In addition, you can watch Marion’s Film Story as well hear about Indigenous life in Perth in the 1950s.
If you’ve made it to the end… WOW! I hope this Tour was of help and the website of value and interest.