Geographe Primary School takes a S.E.A.T towards reconciliation.

For the last 6 weeks, a class of year 5 children have been using their creative thinking as a tool to better understand and appreciate their local indigenous culture thanks to a Reconciliation Grant awarded by the Department of Indigenous Affairs and a clever little stool that goes by the name of S.E.A.T.

Since 2010, Geographe Primary School has led an innovative reconciliation program in collaboration with Genevieve Forrest, a talented artist who is the school’s Aboriginal and Islander Education Officer.

“Genevieve’s role has included the vital role of collaborating with our local Noongar community and elders, guiding our project so we are respectful, aware of protocols and able to include local Noongar language,” explains Ana Nail, primary visual arts teacher at Geographe PS.

With a shared focus on literacy through language and visual storytelling, Nail saw a great connection between the school’s approach and the S.E.A.T Project. “I had read about the S.E.A.T Project and was immediately interested in using it for our school,” explains Nail.

“Working with Genevieve has been wonderful. Over the months, Genevieve’s perspective coupled with …

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The vision behind the brand: Interview with Virginia Bruce, CEO of Hands.

In 2006, Virginia Bruce, a social entrepreneur with over 25 years experience as an international brand and business developer, was approached to turn the Hands That Shape Humanity exhibition into a global brand.

Virginia Bruce is currently the CEO of the REAL Group, a collective of businesses focused on realising the positive potential of people, business, brands and communities through the harnessing of design and creativity and for the past 7 years, she has invested significant funds and time in developing Hands That Shape Humanity into a social enterprise that crosses media, education, arts, retail and design.

Following is an interview with Virginia Bruce on the vision behind the brand, the role of creativity in developing an inspiring social enterprise, and Virginia’s personal message for humanity, inspiring ordinary people to achieve the extraordinary.

+ The R.E.A.L Group aims to merge profit and philanthropy into a sustainable business model. In which ways does this approach redefine both the traditional business model, as well as the traditional charity …

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‘Life in Parts’ by Santina Ingui.

Following the ‘S.E.A.T Project‘, and ‘Protect the Child‘, ‘Life in Parts‘ by Santina Ingui is the third mentorship offered by Hands That Shape Humanity in partnership with the College of Fine Arts in Sydney.

Hands That Shape Humanity is a social enterprise which forms a part of the R.E.A.L Group, a collective of businesses ranging across retail (the R.E.A.L Store), social enterprise (Hands That Shape Humanity) and brand consultancy.

Virginia Bruce, CEO of the R.E.A.L Group, describes why Santina’s project resonates with the group’s conscious approach to design:

“In principle, the Hand Up mentoring program is about having the design graduates create ‘an ordinary product with an extraordinary message’ and in the process create social positive impact and/or change. They are also asked to include themselves in the process. With ‘Life in Parts’ Santina ticked all the boxes, immersing her personal journey and cultural history into the execution of her idea. There is something about what Santina has produced that touches the essence of spirit that we are looking to find.”

Following is an in-depth interview with the artist on her project, …

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