Workshops bring Indigenous lens to social innovation

Published:03 February 2020

CQUni student and Indigenous entrepreneur Leslie Lowe is presenting the workshops.

Everyone wants to create a better world – and in Australia, First Nations Peoples have been doing it for 65,000 years.

So how can we learn from Indigenous history to tackle some of humanity’s biggest issues?

CQUniversity’s workshop series Social Innovation through an Indigenous Lens celebrates Australia’s pre-colonial history of creative communities, and innovative solutions.

CQUniversity staff, students and community are invited to attend the free events, thanks to a Working Across Differences Fund grant from global social change network Ashoka U.

Participants will explore how an Indigenous mindset could address wicked problems facing the modern world, and how they can help drive community understanding of Indigenous social innovations.

Co-presented by Bundjalung man and CQUniversity student Leslie Lowe, alongside Office of Social Innovation program manager Ashley Clarke, the four-hour sessions will recognise and appreciate Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing, while inviting participants to use these knowledge systems to tackle a pressing social issue.

All workshops include lunch and are scheduled on the following dates:

Wed 26 February: CQUniversity Brisbane
9am – 1pm | Room 6.10

Thurs 27 February: CQUniversity Townsville
12:30pm – 4:30pm | Room 02/1.03

Tues 31 March: CQUniversity Mackay City
9am – 1pm | Room TBC

Wed 1 April: CQUniversity Rockhampton North
12:30pm – 4:30pm | Room TBC

Fri 3 April: CQUniversity Melbourne
9am – 1pm | Room 1.12

Places are limited to 30 people per session. Participants must register via Humanitix to attend.

Mr Lowe is managing director of Bundaberg's innovative TECKnology Indigenous Corporation, a not-for-profit sustainability management organisation.

He’s also an active participant in social innovation initiatives at CQUni, including the Gladstone Social Innovation Studio in 2017 and Bundaberg Social Innovation Workshop in 2018, and the iChange social innovation orientation program, a first for Australian higher education.

The workshops were developed after CQUniversity successfully applied for a $US10,000 Working Across Differences Fund grant, supported by US community-building initiative the Fetzer Institute.

CQUni was eligible as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus – Australia’s only university recognised as a global leader in social innovation and changemaking by Ashoka U.