Refugees who fled conflict find solace in Victorian Indigenous cultural ceremony

Dozens of refugees in Victoria's south-west have discovered parallels between Aboriginal culture and their own, after taking part in an ancient Indigenous ceremony. Refugees from South Sudan, Burma and Iran climbed up to the top of Wurdi Yawang or Big Rock in the You Yangs, south-west of Melbourne for a gathering of the elders ceremony. … Continue reading Refugees who fled conflict find solace in Victorian Indigenous cultural ceremony

Tribes lead the way for faster internet access in New Mexico

Nationally, tribal lands have some of the lowest internet access rates of any demographic. According to the Federal Communications Commission, 41 percent of people living on tribal lands in the U.S. lack access to high-speed internet. In rural areas on tribal lands, 68 percent don’t have access. Lewis’s community, however, is an outlier. Today, Cochiti … Continue reading Tribes lead the way for faster internet access in New Mexico

Arts and culture, confronting economic challenges

The benefit of an all-hands-on-deck approach to confronting economic challenges and opportunities becomes readily apparent when considering the case of arts, culture, and design. Not traditionally present in the domain of economic development, this trio has many potential benefits for boosting the economy. They touch the economy at crucial leverage points, including innovation, entrepreneurship, employment, … Continue reading Arts and culture, confronting economic challenges

Creativity and Neighborhood Development

In this publication, Jeremy Nowak, President and CEO of The Reinvestment Fund, examines the role of community-based arts and cultural activity in neighborhood development and points towards strategies for building an integrated vision of creativity and development. It focuses on the ways cultural activity and neighborhood development have complementary and in some ways intertwined missions, … Continue reading Creativity and Neighborhood Development