Global Wisdom Collective
GWC supports Indigenous and endangered communities in preserving the Indigenous knowledge systems of their people for generations to come. GWC serves as a bridge for native nature-based societies so that the human connection to our Earth is given voice and protected in a way that honors the core integrity of all communities.
Global Wisdom Collective works with Indigenous and diaspora communities to build intergenerational knowledge-sharing programs and support strategic, design, and organizational advising for communities looking to protect indigenous knowledge systems. Global Wisdom Collective has worked in Sri Lanka, South Africa, Nepal, Ghana, and with Indigenous and diaspora populations within the United States. Regular activities have included program design, global advocacy, networking, and partnerships around Indigenous knowledge system preservation.
GWC has partnered with organizations to create sometimes the first intergenerational knowledge-sharing programs focused on protecting cultural heritage. Examples include:
- The Palagama Village in Sri Lanka.
- The agricultural knowledge systems of Khmer refugees resettled in Washington state.
- The traditional medical systems of China.
GWC's work contributes to bringing awareness of the value of Indigenous knowledge systems to the climate crisis and diaspora populations looking to reconnect to their roots. Additionally, GWC advocates for biodiversity and wildlife voices and integrating ancient Wisdom into the modern world.
Jamii Asilia Centre
JAC is an Indigenous-led people nonprofit founded to protect and promote the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Kenya. JAC engages with Endorois youth, elders and other Indigenous tribes for human rights advocacy, cultural preservation, and combating the effects of forced displacement.
Jamii Asilia Centre's experience includes audio-visual documentation of ten Endorois elders on the history of the Endorois people, cultural rites of passage, oral stories, and the impact of eviction from ancestral land. Additionally, JAC has implemented a cultural heritage protection project with Endorois Indigenous youth and women by sharing ancient Indigenous food sovereignty practices applicable to current agricultural conditions.
JAC has made Indigenous-conscious and deliberate efforts to conserve and promote sustainable use of biological diversity in its programming. JAC's leadership contributes to Indigenous people's policy and advocacy in frameworks such as UN Permanent Forum, CBD and UNFCCC.
JAC convened the first Kenya Indigenous Youth Forum in 2021 and continues to offer the capacity to conveners of the Kenya Indigenous Youth Network. JAC's work has increased the capacity and self-determination of Endorois women and other Indigenous women by facilitating training and leadership roles in sustainable livelihood programs.
The partnership between GWC and JAC
Global Wisdom Collective first created the Revitalize the Roots Initiative to support the accelerated preservation of Indigenous knowledge systems for Indigenous communities. Subsequently, Jamii Asilia Centre became the first inaugural partner. The two organizations co-founded the Revitalize the Roots: Bikaptorois program, which will now be implemented starting in 2023.