|Scooped by Rhys Hill|
Shane sets the scene with his family connection to Redfern. He starts out by describing the change he has seen in the community in his lifetime: a strong community which collapsed amid substance abuse problems, explaining how this affected the whole community and how he went about fixing the problem. Shane's solution was partnerships: community members coming together over common ground. He emphasises that as Redfern grows and "gentrifies", that it's important to build and strengthen identity as a community. The people on board in Shane's program have overcome troubled pasts to gain a sense of belonging and worth.
Shane Philips is an important figure in Redfern. He is visible on The Block scoop (see http://www.sbs.com.au/theblock/shane.html), and actively involved in a lot of community projects. It would be amazing if he could visit a local school as part of a Module working towards CCS2 syllabus outcomes and talk to a S2 HSIE class. His story is proof that people from all kinds of backgrounds can come together as a community and bring about change for the better. Importantly, in the video he also pays homage to continuity by stressing the need for strengthening identities: maintain the traditions that are important.
Off the back of Shane's visit, teachers could get students to think about their identity and what's important to them. What do they believe in? The values Shane shares with the class would probably give them a lot of inspiration to get started with this.