Leading Alice Springs to a different future

Graduating participants in the 2013 Alice Springs Desert Leadership program have joined the exclusive alumni of 2011, to build a strong team – each equipped to understand, think and lead differently in Alice Springs.

The program is made possible through the ongoing partnership of ARUP and TIO, and also the support of Ingkerreke Outstation Resource Services.

A celebration was held on Friday 22 November after the final program day, where participants were recognised for completing the program, as well as contributing to the Alice Springs community through their group projects.

Participants were joined by their mentors at the graduation, and also by fellow alumni, the graduates of the 2010-11 program.

The leadership program is the second of its kind run by Desert Knowledge Australia’s Intercultural Leadership and Learning team, and draws on the strengths of modern leadership development, but is unique due to its place-based contextual learning delivery in the participants’ own community of Alice Springs.

“An integral element of the program is the cross-section of the community that is represented. Applicants were assessed based on their leadership capacity and contribution, but also to create an intercultural group that reflects the broader Alice Springs community,” said Michelle Lucas, Director Intercultural Leadership and Learning at DKA.

Participants were able to enjoy the opportunity to reflect on their journey over the course of the 12 months. Some comments are:
“The Desert Leadership Program addresses the barriers of our unique and often challenging, cultural and geographical environment which could not be more relevant to my everyday working and personal life.”
Nicole O’Connor
“Many of the other leadership programs do not have a substantial mix of cultural backgrounds which I think is important and unique for the Desert Leadership Program especially considering the richness of Aboriginal culture in our region.
Mischa Cartwright
“I think everyone has a greater sense of their own leadership journey, and a greater sense of how they might progress on this journey through being engaged with others in the group. Being part of the group gives us license to talk about all sorts of things that otherwise would not be discussed.”
Matt Campbell

Desert Knowledge Australia is currently seeking applications for the 2014 program, and also requires mentors and sponsors to ensure the ongoing delivery of the program to create long term systemic change for Alice Springs.

“Our program is unique, and it will create long term change in Alice Springs. Importantly, we need the support of participants, mentors and the wider community. Our application process is now open for participants and mentors in the 2014 program, and we have also developed accessible options for the wider community to provide support,” said John Huigen, CEO Desert Knowledge Australia.

Click here for information on the 2014 Alice Springs Desert Leadership Program, including how to become a participant, mentor or partner.

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