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Rona Glynn-McDonald

Class Year: 2020

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: VIC

Position: Founder, Common Ground

Focus Area

Positive social change

Rona Glynn-McDonald

Class Year: 2020

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Connect: LinkedIn Profile

State: VIC

Position: Founder, Common Ground

Focus Area

Positive social change

Biography

I am a proud Kaytetye woman and social changemaker who works with First Nations communities to create future systems in Australia that centre people, knowledge and cultures. I have a background in economics and a deep curiosity and passion for disruptive ideas. As founder of Common Ground, I work with First Nations communities to record and share First Nations cultures to create an Australia that celebrates and embraces its First Peoples.

Through our online platforms, partnerships and campaigns, Common Ground is working towards an Australia that celebrates and embraces Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. An example of our work is the First Nations Bedtime Stories Challenge, a week dedicated to sharing Dreaming stories with the wider community. A unique opportunity for all people to come together to listen, learn and celebrate First Nations cultures; the oldest continuous cultures in the world. The online event is back this year (running from 16-20 November) to bring sacred First Nations stories into the homes of families, young adults and older Australians - as well as primary schools all over the country. Check it out at: www.firstnationsbedtimestories.com


Through Common Ground and as Director of YLab First Nations, I am working to shift narratives and systems to ensure that the future systems of Australia centre my people. Throughout my Westpac Social Change Fellowship, I will be working to shape new models for innovation and systems change work across Australia that centre First Nations cultures, systems and identities.

 

Skills & Expertise

  • Co-design
  • Systems change
  • Indigenous knowledge systems
  • Storytelling
  • Marketing and branding

The best advice I’ve been given is 'Nothing in nature blooms all year round.' You have your ups and your downs, and being still is just as important as taking action. 


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