How to be Good?

Sarah Buckmaster

In a world full of challenges, complications and crises, how can we be good to ourselves and others? Join Sarah as she explores what it means to be a “good person” through a series of interviews with people from all walks of life. If you’re interested in how to be a better person, curious about different perspectives and looking for a light-hearted approach to those big life questions, then this is the podcast for you! **Finalist in 2021 People’s Choice Podcast Awards** --- Support us here: --- read less
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A Chat with an Anishinaabe Kwe (Ojibway Woman)
Jul 5 2021
A Chat with an Anishinaabe Kwe (Ojibway Woman)
What does it mean to be a good person according to a member of the First Nations? We ask Melanie Goodchild, Moose Clan, to share her opinion on being good according to Indigenous teachings.Melanie is Anishinaabe (Ojibway or Chippewa) from Biigtigong Nishnaabeg and Ketegaunseebee First Nations in northern Ontario, Canada. She is a senior indigenous research fellow and associate at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Currently studying for her PhD in social and ecological sustainability, Melanie is also the founder of the Turtle Island Institute, an Indigenous social innovation think & do tank - a teaching lodge – that is working to enable transformative change.In her work, Melanie weaves together her unique perspectives of Anishinaabe gikendaasowin (knowledge) with systems thinking/complexity theory and social innovation to address society’s most intractable problems. She believes in the teaching methods of her ancestors, in “coming to know” on the land, and so she supports initiatives that seek to connect people to ceremony, story, art, language and the land.Melanie is an incredible person with such a wealth of knowledge, coupled with a real depth of kindness and compassion. She starts this interview by introducing herself in Anishinaabemowin – the language of her ancestors – so you can hear more about where she’s from in her own words.If, after listening, you'd like to learn more about Melanie Goodchild, please visit Turtle Island Institute and you can also read her recent paper on Relational Systems Thinking.