Tyson Yunkaporta – How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World

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.

Decision making is impacted when you realize you’re in a complex system of interactions that are dynamic in nature. Seeing systems is integral to navigating in new territory and preferable over the stress and pressure of trying to make old thinking fit new conditions. Look for decision making tips here. 

Contact Dawna to talk about online programs that sharpen awareness, reduce assumptions as you steer your company out of COVID conditions to achieve greater performance. 


The global and business issues we face today require full employee engagement and a different thinking. Dawna loves to work collaboratively to evolve and transform workplaces to be more ‘fit’, agile and inspiring. By shifting perspective to expose the invisible elements creating routine results, clients gain the strength and clarity needed to remove barriers to growth. Intelligent and intuitive insights strengthen leadership capacity to use complexity fluently and grow beyond the limitations of profit to achieve greater prosperity and value. To activate a quantum leap in leadership, Dawna started the Evolutionary Provocateur podcast in 2008. Author of Decision Making for Dummies, a speaker and a tad nomadic, Dawna is currently working on using Virtual and Augmented Reality to accelerate business culture change and human potential. An original thinker, she brings personal experience with resilience and transformation to her leadership. www.FromInsightToAction.com


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