Changing the Score: An Australia-Brazil Sport for Reconciliation Exchange: Research Report

Kath, E 2014, Changing the Score: An Australia-Brazil Sport for Reconciliation Exchange: Research Report, Globalism Research Centre, Melbourne, Australia


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Title of report Changing the Score: An Australia-Brazil Sport for Reconciliation Exchange: Research Report
Author(s) Kath, E
Year of publication 2014
Publisher Globalism Research Centre
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Subjects Social Change
Urban Sociology and Community Studies
Globalisation and Culture
Abstract/Summary In October 2013, a group of 18 Australians, including professional athletes, sport-for-development professionals and researchers travelled to Rio de Janeiro to participate in an eight-day sport focused 'Reconciliation Exchange' organised by RMIT University, Bluestone Edge and Global Reconciliation and hosted by the Brazilian Institute for Innovations in Social Health (IBISS), an NGO that has been carrying out social inclusion and reconciliation work in dozens of 'favela' (shantytown) communities in Rio since 1989. The exchange was undertaken with the participation of Richmond Football Club (a team within the Australian Football League - the highest level professional competition in the sport of Australian rules football), and the Korin Gamadji Institute (a prominent Australian Indigenous sport and education pathways organisation). The Australia-Brazil exchange (titled 'Changing the Score') was the fifth in a series of 'Reconciliation Exchanges' that have been organised in recent years (two Australia-Middle East health focused exchanges, two Australia-Sri Lanka sport focused exchanges and the Australia-Brazil exchange that is the focus of this report). These carefully designed and managed learning exchanges aim to provide opportunities for local communities from different global contexts to share personal and professional knowledge and experience around how everyday practices (in this case sport) can serve as vehicles for social inclusion and reconciliation work at the community level. The three sport focused exchanges to date have combined the long term reconciliation work of Global Reconciliation (through partnered projects with RMIT University, Monash University and the University of Western Sydney) with Bluestone Edge's concept of the 'Deepend Journey'. The Australia-Brazil project was conducted as an action research project with the aim of documenting and evaluating the Reconciliation Exchange model. The key research findings are presented in this report.
Commissioning body Globalism Research Centre, Richmond Football Club, Bluestone Edge
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