Explore, Engage, Enable

The NED Foundation is a non-profit organisation.
Our mission is to support social and community activists.

NED is established for the purposes of fostering social and personal evolutionary processes within Australia and the world.

We seek the emergence of an invigorated, unifying Australian ethos, and then beyond this we advocate an Australian role in helping humanity steer itself to secure a future on the Earth.

Impact vs Intent by Nyanga Uuka

Conflict resolution is an essential component of Restorative Practice. In effect we are facilitating Restoration of Relationship(s).

This short video is a potent presentation of a possible step through of a process. The presenter calls it Impact vs Intent. The idea is that examining Impact, or Effect, of actions on another person is a necessary step towards reconciliation even when the intent of the actions differs from the impact.

"Listen to the other person... and acknowledge the impact.. reflect on what they are saying back to you on how they've been impacted,... and, be accountable to it.... After you are accountable to the impact you might have the space to explain what your intent was.. That person may or may not want to hear it..."

Watch the video on YouTube, if you prefer.

Every Opportunity

NED foundation's mission is in 'fostering social and personal evolutionary processes'.

It might be proposed that social and personal evolution is possible to the extent there is voice equity.

Finding our own voice is sometimes a lifelong mission. But it begins in school.

We post this video here because it may be inspiring to teachers and others involved in education and other early childhood development.

Watch the video on YouTube, if you prefer.


Video description: 'Want to learn how to make your school or classroom one that gives every child the opportunity to find their voice? We believe language is the key to unlocking every child’s potential. The Rollins Center for Language & Literacy at the Atlanta Speech School offers free online language and literacy training for all teachers of children from Birth to 3rd grade on its Cox Campus.'

Cox Campus is an 'international virtual and in-home learning solution', based in Atlanta, USA.

'Educators and families are facing unique challenges during this time. The Cox Campus is your go-to place for free professional development, teaching resources, and more.

The NED Foundation Supports Evolutionary Community-Focused Projects

If you have an idea that can contribute to our goals we would love to hear from you. Unlike the usual competitive process of most granting programs we offer to help you develop your project and will also support you in writing and submitting your application.

Community grants of up to $10,000 are currently available to small community based organisations or individuals who are interested in working with us on projects that build human potential, implement restorative practices and sustain our planet.

Supported Projects - A Sample of 3

Image Credit: Milingimbi Womens’ Group

In 2018 NED Foundation funded Milingimbi Womens' Group to organise a bicycle ride from Darwin to Alice Springs.

The aim of the ride was to build relationships between young men and elders and to develop confidence and self esteem in the group.

The funding provided tents, petrol money, food and some safety equipment.

Boho Interactive - Best Festival Ever

From 2011 to 2014 NED Foundation supported David Finnigan in his tabletop systems gaming project.

Best Festival Ever: How to Manage a Disaster places the audience in charge of programming and managing their own festival.
Part theatre show, part performance lecture and part boardgame, Best Festival Ever introduces participants to concepts from Systems Science and asks how we can best understand and manage the complex systems we live in.
Seasons have taken place in London, Stockholm, Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra.
Where the Water Starts, Facebook Header

In 2020, NED Foundation provided funding to Mandy King to support completion and promotion of her film “Where the Water Starts”.

The primary objective of the film is to support the campaign by Aboriginal campaigner Richard Swain to protect Kosciuszko National Park and in particular to highlight the damage caused by feral horses which are currently protected within the park.

From the project Facebook Page:

'Where The Water Starts is a documentary at Post Production stage. An Indigenous man and his partner fight to defend the fragile ecology of the Kosciuszko National Park, after a decade of drought followed by the catastrophic fires of 2019-20.'

NED Project Grants


The NED Foundation Supports Restorative Practice

Restorative practice is a strategy that seeks to repair relationships that have been damaged, including those damaged through bullying. It does this by bringing about a sense of remorse and restorative action on the part of the offender and forgiveness by the victim. The NED Board has an interest in encouraging and supporting the adoption of Restorative Justice practices in Australia. The founder of NED, Ned Iceton was instrumental in bringing the value of this work to the attention of the NED community.

The NED Foundation Supports The Social Developers' Network

What is The Social Developer's Network (SDN)?

The Social Developers' Network is a non-profit, free association of people with a commitment to personal and social development.
Social Developers meet at national and regional workshops, to contribute and share knowledge and experiences.
Between workshops Social Developers keep in touch in person, by phone and mail, and online.

In 1975 two long-standing friends, John Russell from Melbourne and Ned Iceton from Armidale organized a first workshop ...