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Important & Urgent

Low literacy is urgent. People DO die of its impact. Not in Prep. Nor in Grade 3. But by high school, then beyond, we begin to see death as an outworking of educational disengagement, accumulated shame, mental illness and its inevitable damage to relationships, cut-off opportunity, deleterious health choices, lack of meaningful employment and victimisation of others.

One-Minded Vision

I was born in one of Central Africa’s beautiful countries – the Democratic Republic of Congo. I am not only a Congolese-Australian but also a citizen of the world. Because of the many challenges that my fellow Congolese and I were and are still facing, in 2002 I...

Communication for Justice

The purpose of the Communicating: The Heart of Literacy symposium is “to continue to build and enact the collaboration and courage required to positively move Tasmania’s ‘wicked’ literacy problem”. From my experience of over 40 years in the Criminal Justice system...

Healthy Literacy

I’ve got a job for you. I’ll be honest, it’s a big job. Not big in time, big in impact. I’ll outline the job description in a moment but first I want to tell you a few stories. A man and a bed pan. A local man, who we’ll call Ian, walked into his local neighbourhood...

The Intentional Mindset

In his thought-provoking little book On Dialogue, David Bohm suggests that when people engage in productive dialogue, they are not taking instruction, but working together to create something in common. Defined as a process of frank and open discussion around an issue...