Issue 4 - 7 May 2013 enews home

Researcher joins desert leadership program

By Patrick Nelson

Matthew Campbell ... developing networks with leaders outside the desert

A Charles Darwin University research officer has been invited to work with some of Central Australia’s emerging leaders as part of a strategy to facilitate positive change and a better future.

Community Engagement academic Matthew Campbell recently participated in the Alice Springs Desert Leadership’s first retreat for 2013, where expectations and possibilities were discussed.

“It’s a one-year intercultural leadership program that aspires to bring together, support and build the skills of the next generation of leaders so that Alice Springs may have a different future,” he said.

Run by Desert Knowledge Australia, the program brings together a range of partners and perspectives.

“We’ve been encouraged to develop networks with leaders outside the desert in the corporate, government and in the not-for-profit sectors.”

Mr Campbell said the program would provide him with the time and space to examine and reflect on his personal and professional attributes and explore ways to develop them.

“I have a sense that the work I undertake with CDU, as well as in the broader community, operates in the same intercultural space,” he said.

“I am conscious that there are always opportunities to learn and this program should allow me to accelerate this process.”