Treading Lightly

The hidden wisdom of the world's oldest people

Karl-Erik Sveiby and Tex Skuthorpe
AUD $35.00
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Australian Aboriginals taught themselves thousands of years ago how to build a sustainable society in our fragile landscape. In a unique collaboration, a Swedish knowledge management professor finds out from an Aboriginal cultural custodian how they did it, and what we can learn from them.

We are consuming more than our earth can provide. In Australia, cities and towns struggle to maintain a reliable water supply, climate change triggers droughts which devastate farmland, and fish stocks are running low. It is increasingly clear that we are heading towards collapse if we don't change direction.

Aboriginal people taught themselves thousands of years ago how to live sustainably in Australia's fragile landscape. A Scandinavian knowledge management professor meets an Aboriginal cultural custodian and dares to ask the simple but vital question: what can we learn from the traditional Aboriginal lifestyle to create a sustainable society in modern Australia?

Karl-Erik Sveiby and Tex Skuthorpe show how traditional Aboriginal stories and paintings were used to convey knowledge from one generation to the next, about the environment, law and relationships. They reveal the hidden art of four-level storytelling, and discuss how the stories, and the way they were used, formed the basis for a sustainable society. They also explain ecological farming methods, and how the Aboriginal style of leadership created resilient societies.

Treading Lightly takes us on a unique journey into traditional Aboriginal life and culture, and offers a powerful and original model for building sustainable organisations, communities and ecologies. It is a compelling message for today's world.

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Author bio:

KARL-ERIK SVEIBY has for several years been Professor of Knowledge Management at Hanken Business School, Finland, and Honorary Professor at Griffith Graduate School of Management, Brisbane, and at Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Sydney. He is the author of twelve books in business and management.

TEX SKUTHORPE is a Nhunggabarra man from Nhunggal country in northwestern New South Wales and a painter, educator and custodian of traditional law and stories. He was awarded Aboriginal Artist of the Year by NAIDOC in 1990/1991 and currently works with young Aboriginal offenders in Kariong Correctional Centre, New South Wales.

Category: Cultural studies
ISBN: 9781741148749
Table Of Contents: Nhunggabarra Stories

Paintings by Tex Skuthorpe

Acknowledgments

Tex's Story

Introduction

Ch 1: In the Beginning

Ch 2: The Country is a Story

Ch 3: The Knowledge is in the Story

Ch 4: Learning the Story: the Education System

Ch 5: Knowledge Economy

Ch 6: Leadership: All Have a Role

Ch 7: The Fourth Level

Ch 8: The Spirit of Death Arrives

Ch 9: The Nhunggabarra Recipe' for Sustainability

Ch 10: Sustain our World!

Yuwaalayaay/Yuwaalaraay Glossary

Further Reading and Research Notes

References and Sources

Index
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: June 2006
Page Extent: 288
Format: Paperback - C format
Subject: Indigenous peoples

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