The Alternative UK features the IK Systems Lab.

9 May 2021 Read time: 2 min

The Alternative UK has turned the spotlight on Dr Tyson Yunkaporta’s IK Systems Lab start-up which recently received seed funding from Kearney Group.

“Tyson Yunkaporta’s Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save The World… has been a resounding global success,” writes The Alternative UK.

“[Yunkaporta’s] line – ‘rather than reporting on Indigenous Knowledge for a global audience, I’m looking at global systems from an Indigenous Knowledge perspective’ – has been powerfully received, in a moment when the clash of our current extractive systems with natural order has been at its most extreme. And other ways of knowing and acting are being desperately sought.”

“But the next development for Yunkaporta is really fascinating,” the author continues: “One of Australia’s leading financial consultancies, the Kearney Group, has decided to be the start-up funder of Tyson’s new project (based at his university, Deakin). It’s titled the Indigenous Knowledge Systems Lab.”

The article wonders aloud what might an “Indigenous Knowledge Systems Lab” do. It ultimately arrives at working with business and government on how to handle complexity and collectivity; two things at which neither are particularly skilled.

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. Think: climate change, artificial intelligence, politics and global financial systems.

“This work is both extremely important and urgent,” says Paul Kearney whose philanthropic support has helped kick-start the Lab’s development.

“In a world overflowing with seemingly intractable problems, Tyson Yunkaporta’s ‘Sand Talk’ and the Indigenous Knowledges he describes gives hope; maybe, just maybe, this thinking and perspective can be a critical circuit-breaker and help interrupt the trajectory on which we humans find ourselves.”

You can read the full article in The Alternative UK here.



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