Future Dreaming Conference: Session 2

The AHED Project (the not for profit arm of Why Warriors) held its first conference on 24th May 2014 in Melbourne in collaboration with Manna GumTEAR AustraliaSurrenderEssendon Baptist Church and Tabor College, titled: Future Dreaming: Purpose, Passion & Power in Remote Indigenous Communities

Videos of the main plenary sessions are now available for viewing:

Session 2: Tim Trudgen (AHED Project team leader and Director of Why Warriors)

Title: How did we get here? The social, political and economic story of Arnhem Land and hopeful ways forward.

About the presenter: Timothy Trudgen is a cross cultural educator and consultant who has worked closely with the Yolngu people of North East Arnhem Land  for more than nine years. He is a Director of Why Warriors and the team leader for the AHED Project, based on Elcho Island. He is proficient in the Yolngu language and has extensive knowledge of Yolngu culture. His work has involved him providing education, training and cultural support to Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Australians, to help them understand each other’s worlds. Tim’s work builds on the 35 years that his family have been working in the Arnhem Land region empowering Yolngu people.

Tim has been involved in adult education in Aboriginal communities across north east Arnhem Land. He uses the people’s own language and cultural concepts to dialogue around important topics in the areas of health, politics, and economics.

Tim is passionate about breaking down the barriers that exist for Yolngu people in remote communities to gain mastery over their lives and together over their communities. Tim longs to seed development approaches that are culturally aware, based on compassion and commitment to human needs and offer freedom.

Please click here to view the other sessions from the conference:

Session 1: Joanne Garnggulkpuy (Managing Director, Yalu Marnggithinyaraw) and Gwenda Baker (Monash University).
Title: The history of economic development in Arnhem Land – then and now.

Session 3: Jonathan Cornford (co-founder, Manna Gum)
Title: The Road to Restoration: So many attempts at ‘helping’ Indigenous communities have proved counter-productive. What does the Bible tell us about what healing and restoration requires of Indigenous communities and those who would walk with them?
(notes included)

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About Richard Trudgen

Born in Orange NSW, trained as a fitter and turner. Moved to Arnhem Land in 1973 one year for voluntary work, ended up staying 37 years, learnt language and trained in community development work. Wrote “Why Warriors Lie Down and Die” in 2000. Established Yolŋu Radio in 2003. Was CEO of ARDS Inc for 10 years. Developed discovery education methodology. Runs ‘Bridging the Gap’ seminars and training workshops, does conferencing speaking. Wants to build an e-learning school for Yolŋu people using both their own language and English so Yolŋu children and adults have a schooling system that works for them; plus one they can access anywhere. Trying to write my next book “When a New World Drops in on You”.


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