From Alice to Afghanistan

What advice would Alice Springs leaders give to the people of Afghanistan?

This was the question posed to people who were able to attend a leadership forum hosted by Desert Knowledge Australia, and sponsored by TIO and Arup.

The question was asked during a group session led by Desert Knowledge Australia leadership facilitator Mark Yettica-Paulson.

“Through being able to focus on complex problems somewhere else in the world, people were able to step out of their own backyard for a brief time. It allowed people to really reflect on the wealth of knowledge and experience they have from working amongst the complex social, political and economic challenges faced in remote Australia,” Mark said.

“People were able to say ‘hey, we know some valuable stuff here’, ‘we really do have some gifted leaders with a lot to offer’. It was great to be part of opening up those conversations in a new way, and then bringing people back to looking at leadership challenges and opportunities in remote Australia with fresh eyes.”

The Northern Territory Chief Minister, the Hon. Adam Giles MLA was the key note speaker at the morning event, where he shared personal insights into his leadership journey and views on leadership in remote Australia.

“I believe that we are all leaders in our own way. It could be at a grassroots community level through to a local school or sporting organisation, right through to involvement in politics. We all have something to give and skills to share with others no matter where we live,” Mr Giles said.

Desert Knowledge Australia’s Intercultural Leadership and Learning program area delivers the Alice Springs Desert Leadership Program and the Alice Springs Youth Leadership Program. The second Alice Springs Desert Leadership Program is currently underway, and the forum’s purpose was to give something back to the leadership space in remote Australia.

“We are all so busy getting on with our jobs, facing the day to day struggles, that sometimes we struggle to step back, reflect and take stock – our leadership breakfast was able to create some time and space to let this happen,” said Desert Knowledge Australia CEO John Huigen.

“Desert Knowledge Australia would like to thank our sponsors Arup and TIO for their continued investment into leadership development in remote Australia. I would also like thank everyone for participating, and hope the morning was able to demonstrate some of the work we are doing in intercultural leadership development in remote Australia.”

For more information, professional photographs of the event, or to arrange interviews please contact:
Fionn Muster, Manager Communications and Engagement
P: 08 8959 6015 M: 0428 893 524
E: fionn.muster@desertknowledge.com.au