Jennifer and Jacques talk about three values that guide thinking and organising by Borderlands Cooperative and conversations on Think Again. These values are: (1) relating and dialogue, (2) diversity and difference, and (3) the practice and nature of inclusion.
Firstly, they argue we need to recognise that we are relational beings - in ongoing relating with other people, systems, and the natural world we are part of. (see our very first Think Again Podcast in June 2019)
Diversity and difference are essential and necessary for life itself. (Just think about extensive agriculture specialising in one crop that needs lots of fertilisers and pesticides to survive). Similarly we try to homogonise societies and pressure people to conform to a dominant 'norm' at the expense of individual and societal health.
The concept of inclusion is said to be particularly fraught, with a troubled history, and closely related to the language and practice of exclusion. The English exported a radical form of exclusion to Australia (dispossession from land and way of life) starting from the first penal colony at Botany Bay in 1788. To paraphrase Angela Davis (speaking on Alternative Radio) we can't just ask excluded people to assimulate into a flawed, elitist democracy as a form of 'inclusion'. We need to change the system itself to have genuine inclusion.
Thomas Piketty (2020) Capital and Ideology Cambridge (MA): Harvard University Press
Peter Westoby (2022 Understanding Phenomenological Reflective Practice in the Social and Ecological fileds: Three Rivers Flowing London: Routledge
The ULURU Statement from the Heart: https://fromtheheart.com.au/
Jennifer Borrell & Jacques Boulet