The Jack Thompson Foundation Way
- Two-Way Learning
The Living Ground
The ‘Living Ground’, is key to culturally appropriate work and ongoing employment outcomes. The ‘Living Ground’, is the local resources that are available ‘On Country”, that can be used in construction of building, Aquaponics Systems etc, this could be trees for timber dwellings, sand and clay for rammed earth, Stone etc.
Homelands Building Program
“they gathered from the living ground” is a simple line from a poem that has been etched into Jack's memory for many years.
The poem, “The Conqueror” by John Thompson (1907-1968) Jacks father, was the trigger when John Mofflin approached Jack for support for a project where-by indigenous communities in the homelands could again turn to the “living ground” to provide for their shelter.
In general terms the Homelands Building Program is the means to teach indigenous Australians, how to build their own houses in their Homelands, using the "living ground". The "living ground" are the natural resources available to the people of the Homelands: materials and resources available in their own country such as trees, rock, sand and soil.
The Jack Thompson Foundation work in collaboration with Indigenous communities by their request and instigation. The Homelands Building Program incorporates community collaborative design and requirements and all structures are built according to location specific and residents requirements.