A new narrative is needed for companies to shift from exploiting natural and human resources to being a part of the living system yet the wisdom of indigenous traditions is overlooked. As a teacher for how to thread a logic through all experience, indigenous thinking is an invaluable teacher unifying and integrating multiple perspectives into liberating a way of seeing and being. Tyson Yunkaporta recently published Sand Talks: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World. Far from sitting in the past of lost heritage, Tyson takes us on a romp through the origins of capitalism, distributed cognition, and more by stepping into the vital understanding that a unifying and entangled view brings to the table, particularly in the thick of unpredictable conditions.
Dawna’s and Tyson’s conversation riffs from one topic to another, exploring complexity, patience, natural systems, murmuration and more. All relevant to working with an emerging reality, leaders who grasp the thinking will see the value of using interruptions as nature does, to innovate, do things differently and become better designed for the times. You’ll hear what lies at the source of trauma, and the role of authority in uncertainty. Listen in on our conversation and see what sparks in your mind.
Dr. Yunkaporta is from the Apalech clan in Western Cape York, Northern Queensland. Sand Talks is available through online booksellers.
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