About The Indigenous Knowledge Systems Lab
The Indigenous Knowledge Systems Lab is an Australian-based organization where Indigenous practitioners work together to integrate Indigenous thinking and systems into other practices.
The Indigenous Knowledge Systems Lab is an Australian-based organization hosted by Deakin University where Indigenous practitioners can work together to integrate Indigenous thinking and systems into other practices. Founded by Dr. Tyson Yunkaporta, author of Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save The World, the goal is to provide Indigenous practitioners a space where they can apply their thinking and systems to different contexts around the world. Building on the success of “Sand Talk”, the IK Systems Lab aims to attract and support a team of Indigenous researchers, Knowledge Keepers, and doctoral candidates whose ambition is to weave First People’s thinking, policy, and innovations into solutions for some of the most pressing issues of our time. By shifting our thinking to be about the knowledge that exists in connected systems, Dr. Yunkaporta says we can solve a lot of the problems and issues we face on a global scale. Dr. Yunkaporta is known for his podcast The Other Others and his book Sand Talk which looks at global systems from an Indigenous perspective.
Currently, Dr. Yunkaporta is working on a variety of separate projects with different organizations and institutions which focus on benefitting Indigenous communities. As these projects progress, the goal is for the IK Systems Lab to attract philanthropic support to continue to fund these projects and positions for other researchers. His wish is to see IK Systems Labs pop up around the country and attract Indigenous thinkers from the country and the world, who bring their expertise and can infuse these systems into other projects to further develop our global solutions.
With additional support, the goal is to bring in additional research fellows and grad students, as well as establish residencies for Indigenous knowledge keepers. This, Dr. Yunkaporta says, will help us start to grapple with some of these ideas and see where the research can take us.
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A book by Indigenous Australian author Tyson Yunkaporta that examines how indigenous knowledge and thinking can benefit the world as a whole.
The Other Others Podcast, hosted by Dr. Tyson Yunkaporta an Aboriginal scholar, helps us apply an indigenous lens to see our global crises in a more actionable and inclusive way through wide-ranging and always paradigm-cracking yarns with a diverse bunch of thinkers and doers.
Tyson Yunkaporta is an author, academic, educator, Indigenous thinker, maker (traditional wood carving), art critic, researcher, and poet. He is based in Melbourne, Australia, and is member of the Apalech Clan in North Queensland.