Coorong Calling

Coorong Calling

5.10.2010 - Posted by Ross Hardie
Alluvium founders and directors Ross Hardie and Chris Arnott have recently returned from South Australia and the first intensive of the inaugural Peter Cullen Trust Science to Policy Leadership Program. Ross and Chris were selected by the Peter Cullen Trust to participate in the program with 13 other outstanding applicants from around Australia, including Dr Geoff Vietz, an Alluvium alumnus.

The program is run as 2 x 1 week intensive sessions, the first in South Australia, the second scheduled for Canberra in November 2010. The South Australia intensive included a field based 2 day and 2 night experiential learning session on the Coorong at the mouth of the Murray River. The aim of experiential learning is for participants to operate outside their comfort zones! According to the organisers, it is when we operate outside our comfort zones we achieve our greatest learnings.

We learnt about leadership styles and our influence on others. I leant that I should relax a little more, not always try to control outcomes, and to take a few leaps into the unknown. This was also an opportunity to meet a great and diverse group of future leaders wanting to have an influence on the way we manage our natural resources. From my perspective the experience was revealing, challenging, a bit scary and on reflection, fun!

Ross getting a little animated during a debrief session

Chris, at the end of a morning paddle on the Coorong