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On stories which change the world

In Darwin, Australia in May of this year the World Indigenous Network held a conference. It brought together 1400 indigenous leaders from around the world to explore ways of standing up to the ongoing industrialisation of indigenous lands around the planet. One of the delegates and speakers was a Canadian called Eric Young, who gave a keynote speech about a story entitled The Magic Canoe (see below for the story) as a metaphor for social transformation. Eric Young is a kind of social change pioneer; he was one of a small circle of people who were associated in the 1990s with efforts by the Haisla First Nation and Ecotrust to protect the Kitlope, a large area of old-growth forest in northern British Columbia. He initiated one of the world’s first social innovation think-tanks a number of years ago and was recently appointed a distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University and is currently developing a new vehicle for social change known as The Boldness Project. Here, in a recent article about The Magic Canoe, is what …