The 4th Annual Indigenous Business Month

Indigenous Business Month logo

It’s amazing what can happen when just a few people say ‘let’s do this’. For the 4th year in a row, we are celebrating Indigenous Business Month this October.


Call for participants – Indigenous business owners and their attitudes to business: A small study

Iscariot Media is helping to event manage three research focus groups that explore Indigenous business owners attitudes to business. This Queensland Government sponsored research project that will help inform understanding of Indigenous approaches to business.

Indigenous Business Networking with the Black Coffee Mornings

A few years ago I had this idea to have a weekly Indigenous business networking event – free and informal but value driven by the serendipity of new and unexpected faces.


Supporting Indigenous Business in Queensland

Leesa Watego joins the Aboriginal and Torres Striat Islander Business and Innovation Reference Group.

It is well known that Indigenous businesses are more likely to employee Indigenous people. Thus supporting the growth of Indigenous businesses is an important strategy in community development.


Happy Indigenous Business Month 2016!

Iscariot Media are proud sponsors of Indigenous Business Month

We’re excited and proud to again be supporting Indigenous Business Month. Indigenous Business Month came out of discussions we’d had as the Murra Indigenous Business Masterclass of 2015.


Learning to Fish – Which Way for Computers Workshops for Young People

Iscariot Media is running computer STEM workshop for Indigenous Young People in New South Wales in conjunction with ATSIMA.

This year we are excited to be working with Dr Chris Matthews and the ATSIMA team as part of a series of STEM workshops for Indigenous students throughout New South Wales. We will be running our new Which Way for Computers workshop where we will work with Indigenous young people to show them how to take old computers and get them up and running again.


Supply Nation 2016: Innovation for Impact

Innovation for Impact | Iscariot Media - Indigenous Creative Agency.

This weekend the Iscariot Media team are off to Supply Nation for the Connect 16 event in Sydney. Supply Nation is the national Indigenous supply and procurement body in Australia. It seeks to bring together (kind of like a dating agency) independent Indigenous businesses (the suppliers) and corporations and governments (the members). In addition to a


Responses to Vernon’s work in Istanbul

Brutalities by Vernon Ah Kee | Iscariot Media - Indigenous and Creative Agency

Vernon returned this month from Istanbul where he was part of the 2015 Istanbul Biennial. He recently posted on the Biennial in response to Adrian Serle’s article in the Guardian.


Vernon heads to Istanbul for the 14th Istanbul Biennial

Brutalities by Vernon Ah Kee | Iscariot Media - Indigenous and Creative Agency

Vernon has now arrived in Istanbul to participate in the 14th Istanbul Biennial. The Biennial is organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Art (IKSV). This year’s curator is Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev whose Australian connection was the 2008 Sydney Biennale. Carolyn’s concept for the 2015 Biennial SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms,


Look at the view out of my office window today

Today we’re in Cairns working at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. We (Iscariot Media) are representing proppaNOW, and selling artwork and tshirts. It’s a funny thing, thinking about where the business has come from over the past two decades. I would never have imagined myself speaking confidently about the artists and their works. It’s easy with the proppaNOW group though,  as their work is clear in it’s intention and I know their bodies of work so well.

I’m looking forward to the next three days. It’s a completely self-funded event, so fingers crossed, Cairns will love (and then buy) our shirts.


NAIDOC and Blak History Month

July is crazy.

In addition to the Blog Carnival Deadly Bloggers is hosting, we worked last week at Teneriffe Markets for twelve hours, which I posted about on my Iscariot Media blog.

We are also launching Dark and Disturbing in two days at Musgrave Park. HOLY!!!!!

I’m also writing for Blak History Month and I haven’t even started!!! (Sunday I promise) Follow it on Facebook or on Twitter to get your Great Moments in Blakistory Fact Sheets each day.

I also have a bunch of SEQICC duties, including meetings, social media-ing, and attending two corporate function.

I’ve done no exercise for the past two months and I’m beginning to feel it. Anita Heiss is currently training for a half-marathon, and she manages to do that and train. She’s getting up before dark, in winter, in Sydney. Surely, I could find time to walk around the park once a day?? I wish I was addicted to exercise and movement. I love it when I do it, but when I stop, I’m completely stationary.

That’s it. It’s all I can afford right now. I have a report to finish before I get to bed, and tomorrow is bump-in for Musgrave, and a couple of meetings, and a corporate gig and art exhibition in the evening. *le sigh*

Come and say hello if you’re going to Musgrave. I think we’re in tent 106. See you there!!

Cheers, Leesa


Marketing the Arts: Reflections after a suburban outdoor festival

Marketing Indigenous Art

It’s the morning after arriving home from 12 hours straight (at least 11 of those hours were on my feet) at Teneriffe Festival. Selling proppaNOW tshirts and books, we barely made $100 (taking into consideration cost of goods sold and festival expenses). But, being me, I refuse to use this as anything but a learning experience. I realised while watching thousands of well-ish heeled inner-city-suburban types walk past, that we have a big job to do. There is a point to this story, so please bare with me. I need to do a quick back-track to last October.


Media Mention: Artlink

Deadly Bloggers received a brief media mention today from Carly Lane, an Aboriginal curator based in Western Australia.


WIPC:E is over for 2014

It’s 8.50pm on Sunday in Hawai’i, and here I am blogging for the first time in how many days?!?!? I can’t believe it. I had intended to write each day but I’m afraid, each night this week I had either ran out of internet connection, energy or reliable cords, so it just didn’t happen.


Deadly Bloggers at WIPC:E

This week Leesa was proud and humbled to be presenting at the World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Education (2014) in Hawai’i. The WIPC:E conference was born in Canada in 1987. Every three years a new host nation takes responsibility for it. Conferences have been held in Aeotearoa, Hilo, Albuquerque, Woollongong, Calgary, Melbourne.


I see deadly people

i-see-deadly-people2014 will see the launch of our tshirt brand Dark and Disturbing. This project will be curated and directed by Vernon. In preparation for the launch, we decided to add one of our collection to Redbubble for people to order now. It’s called i see deadly people, and those of you who know Vernon’s work, will recognise the design style.

We will be launching Dark and Disturbing properly in the second half of the year, but til then, i see deadly people.

If you would like to purchase a Dark and Disturbing design from Redbubble, click here: http://www.redbubble.com/people/darkdisturb


Introducing the WhichWay for Business

In some quarters I’ve accidentally fallen into the role of a bit of a social media expert. I’m not sure how it happened. I guess it’s because I’ve been learning and doing – creating, responding, and talkin’ it up – for four years now. I’ve been an off-the-wall (ie. via email) guide/advisor to many people who are now kickin’ it in social media and online spaces.

So people think I have a clue. It’s all very humbling and a little scary, but those who know me know that I’m always up for getting out of the comfort zone.

I’ve had in my mind the “WhichWay for Business”. I bought the domain a few years ago and have been thinking about what shape it will take. And over the past few months, I’ve been thinking that simple, straightforward, Murri-speak social media / social web e-courses is the way to go.

In the next month or so I’ll be running some face to face workshops for the Kuril Dhagun mob at The Edge at State Library of Queensland as well as the South East Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.

Both series of workshops will be similar, however the SLQ workshops will also include tools that mob can use to record and share their family histories, while the SEQICC workshops will be focused on Personal/Professional branding, business focus and publishing.

At Iscariot Media, our focus on always been on ways to show mob how to access, store, and share information and knowledge, as well as how to share knowledge and ideas. That’s how Deadly Bloggers was born.

It will be a very exciting time for Iscariot Media. We will start building the website within the month and begin trialling materials over the next few months.

We’ll keep you posted.

Cheers, Leesa

“WhichWay” in Murri-speak means knowledge, smarts, feeling good or right the way. It can also be used as a greeting to acknowledge how another person is feeling.  


Talking about blogging at #FNAWW

Leesa was invited to present at the First Nations Australia Writers’ Network Workshop event at the State Library of Queensland in May. The event was very inspirational and there was quite a bit of “star-struckness” as the who’s who of Australian Indigenous literature turned out to be there.

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Kim Scott, Herb Wharton, Melissa Lucashenko and Anita Heiss.

Here is a link to Leesa’s presentation, posted on Deadly Bloggers http://deadlybloggers.com/blogging-for-beginners-at-first-nations-australiawriters/


New Websites, New Themes

As I mentioned previously, we’re gradually taking the leap from Blogger to WordPress for all our blogs. This month, Deadly Bloggers and The Critical Classroom will both be migrated. Unfortunately, the migrations are taking a bit longer than I anticipated. Note-to-self: never underestimate the time it takes to create a website.

In my opinion and experience Blogger really is a great place to try out ideas – it’s easy and it’s inexpensive. You can use Blogger to explore a concept and allow that idea to keep evolving. But, depending on what you want your site to do, you will more than likely move to a self-hosted site, like a WordPress one – there is way more functionality and control.

After much to-and-froing, I’ve decided to stick with the Twenty-Twelve theme. I want to keep this site simple and functional, with all our energies going into our project spaces. I have to say, I was really tempted to get out and try one of the new one page responsive themes. I was up very late (early in the morning) exploring ThemeForest. The one page responsive themes are perfect for portfolio sites – lots of gorgeous and eye-catching images. I’m looking forward to one day developing new sites using this style.

If you’re not sure of the one-page responses designers, have a look at Nicole Jensen‘s revamped site (which I love) and I noticed the other day that Carbon Media is also using this style. The blue on black, and the big bold circles, looks great and really suit their brand.


Guest Lecturing at QUT Creative Industries

Thumbnails of some of the work Michael Gilsenan and I have created over the past few years under the Blacklines’ banner

Yes. It might be Sunday. But apparently there’s no rest for the wicked – or the learning. Today I spent 90 minutes with Masters of Creative Industries students at QUT. This is the third lecture in previous semesters I’ve done in this course convened by Michael Doneman.

This time though I took Michael Gilsenan with me and we applied some the ideas of the lecture to indstury practice in the design industry. I reckon there’s a conference paper or two (and maybe a thesis) in some of the stuff we talked about today. Something to ponder ….

Cheers, Leesa