Easing restrictions have seen friends and families reunite (albeit in small groups) for the first time in more than two months. I hope you’ve had a chance to reconnect with people in your life. 

Our response to living in isoliation for a period of time moves through distinct phases, according to this article. Research conducted with astronauts, Antarctic scientists and submariners shows that the majority are keen to relive the experience in spite of some obvious challenges. 

“When people have space to sit back and think it allows them to figure out what’s important to them,” found researcher Dr Kimnberley Norris of the University of Tasmania.”That’s why post-COVID we will see differences in the way people engage with each other, in the way people work, in the priorities given to the environment, and the way people think about travel.” 

It will be interesting to see if and how mindsets in our communities have changed as we return to some form of normal over the coming months. In the Community Foundation sector, we remain focused on the long road that lies ahead as we support each other in recovering and ‘building back’ stronger than before. A large part of this is building respect, trust and positive relationships within our network of community-led organisations. 

In this National Reconciliation Week, we recognise the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia and the important role they have to play in our collective future. This year’s NRW theme “In This Together” resonates strongly with “Better Together”, a short-hand expression of the essence of community philanthropy that is used in many parts of the world. This week particularly, let’s remember our interconnectedness and find ways to express our solidarity.

Warmly,

Gerlinde Scholz
Executive Officer

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