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Reflections on issues and questions; all in some way, however tenuously, related to what we do. The views are ours at the time of writing, and don't necessarily reflect the view of anyone else, or Inside Change officially, nor necessarily our own view at any given time after writing it. Thoughts in the moment for the moment, for what they're worth...

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A response to conference rage

Posted by rob.a.lancaster on June 30, 2016 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (1)



It was a breath of fresh raging air to read Duncan Green’s blog on poorly run conferences. Maybe frustrations can be the first step towards solving the collective action problem of people suffering at horrendous...

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Kuajok, South Sudan - small steps towards a major paradigm shift

Posted by rob.a.lancaster on June 10, 2015 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (4)

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South Sudan. As if further commentary was needed, when patently it’s not, here I go…


Apart from a few attempts by a very few people, on every side in South Sudan it seems most people are clear that someone else is the problem. Many people blame the leaders or IGAD ...

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Bringing them home in 2014?

Posted by rob.a.lancaster on March 13, 2015 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)



In 2007, then Australian Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott was quoted as saying, in relation to the policy of removing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families:


The fundamental prem...

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Australia (whatever that means) Day

Posted by rob.a.lancaster on January 24, 2015 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)



You may have seen the new advertisement for Australian lamb, featuring iconic cricketing legend Richie Benaud, along with Ned Kelly, Captain Cook (Cookie) and others. Presumably it's meant to represent something quintessentially Australian. The 90s/early 00s Qantas ads, featuring ...

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Adopting hope, orphaned by war

Posted by rob.a.lancaster on November 12, 2014 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Having just returned to my base in the UK from Yei, South Sudan, after spending a month with 70 participants from across the country for a shared journey of listening and dialogue, I’m full of hope for South Sudan, at the same time conscious of how little hope many have.


When I return to my home in Australia, friends inevitably question – with the best of intentions – my reasons for getting involved. For a country that, from one reading (often proliferated ...

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Different worlds: refugees and security in Australia and South Sudan

Posted by rob.a.lancaster on December 21, 2013 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

I’ve just arrived back in Australia after two years away. I have the good fortune to have been born here, and the luxury (finances permitting) of coming whenever I like.


Australia oozes a sense of comfort. As always, a beautiful country it is still a land of opportunity. A coffee is extortionately priced, but given that this is my only complaint about day to day living since I’ve been home, things can’t be too rough.


Comfort for some, I sh...

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The toolkit of a peacemaker - South Sudan

Posted by rob.a.lancaster on May 8, 2013 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Rob Lancaster from Australia was one of the team responsible for training the peace and reconciliation mobilizers. This was his speech to the graduates of the four-week course which concluded on 1 May.

 

Speech for closing ceremony of Peace and Reconciliation Mobiliser training – Juba, 1 May 2013

There are many South Sudanese in Australia right now, playing a part in writing the newest chapter in Australia’s multicultural history. So it’s a pleasure to...

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How interested are we in understanding 'the other'?

Posted by rob.a.lancaster on December 19, 2012 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

At a time when much public debate consists of the divisive trading of strongly held (and opposite) opinions, Rob Lancaster asks if there is a better way.


I started writing this article, provoked by a news story about one of Australia’s most well-known and polarizing radio presenters, Alan Jones. Jones has been instructed to apologize pub...

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Conferencing on Mountains

Posted by rob.a.lancaster on October 26, 2012 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

For the last four years, somewhere around the final week of June, I’ve made my way up the mountain from the Swiss city of Montreux, famous for its Jazz festival, to the rather less famous village of Caux, 1,000m up the mountainside towards the distant Rochers de Naye.

 

I’m not the only one to keep coming back. I roughly calculated that about 100,000 people hours, overwhelmingly from volunteers , are invested in the Caux Conferences each year. It’s certa...

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