”Keep All Alive!” – a Message from Australia’s First People

Track 4 - Organising for a sustainable world. Workshop from 13:00 to 14:30

It was sophisticated practices of sustainable organising that kept Aboriginal people, their land and the animals alive and prospering in the harsh Australian climate from around 60 000 years ago until the Europeans’ arrival in 1788. It is an extraordinary achievement, especially considering that this is something humanity is now struggling with: the way to build a truly sustainable society on Earth.

How did they do it?

After a slideshow about the Nhunggabarra country today we will learn how they kept their knowledge alive with oral tradition during several tens of thousands of years. Then we will have a go at interpreting some of the practices for sustainable organising 'hidden' in the story of the Crane and the Crow. We will finish with a discussion about their validity for us today.


The workshop is animated by Karl-Erik Sveiby.


Karl-Erik Sveiby, Econ Dr., Professor Emeritus - Dept of Management and Organisation, CCR was appointed Professor in Knowledge Management at Hanken in 2001 and Emeritus in 2013. Previous appointments include honorary professorships at Queensland University of Technology, Griffith university, Macquarie Graduate School of Management in Australia and Hongkong Polytechnic University. He is on the editorial board of Journal of Intellectual Capital and has been on Management Decision, among others. He has published a.o. in journals such as Journal of Knowledge Management, Leadership, Sustainable Development and written 13 books, among them The New Organizational Wealth Berret-Koehler 1997; the co-edited Challenging the Innovation Paradigm Routledge 2012, and; seminal works during the early ”Nordic KM movement” in the 1980’s. The first half of his working life was as manager, among others of a co-owned publishing house, which became Sweden´s largest in financial and trade press.