Linking stories and initatives: A narrative approach to working with the skills and knowledge of communities

This paper describes an approach to community work informed by narrative ideas that aims to be of relevance to practitioners in a wide-range of contexts. The story of this work began in the Aboriginal community of Port Augusta when a group of community members came together to speak about the many losses that they had experienced over the past year.

Over the last year, a number of Aboriginal communities, which are experiencing hard times, have been exchanging stories. These are stories about special skills, special knowledge, about hopes and dreams and the ways that people are holding onto these. They are stories that honour history. This article describes the thinking that has informed this process. It also contains extracts of stories and messages from different communities.

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