Melanie Goodchild is an Anishinaabe (Ojibway) complexity and systems thinking scholar.  She is moose clan from Biigtigong Nishnaabeg and Ketegaunseebee First Nations. Melanie is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Social & Ecological Sustainability at the University of Waterloo and is a Research Fellow with the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation & Resilience.  She is a proud member of the Iron Butt Association riding her Harley-Davidson motorcycle 1000 miles in 24 hours! Melanie is a faculty member with the Academy for Systems Change, the Wolf Willow Institute for Systems Learning and is a Scholar Practitioner Faculty member at the University of Vermont's MS and Ph.D. in Leadership for Sustainability.  She is an Advisor to the new Systems Awareness Lab at MIT and in 2022 will be a Systems Changer in Residence in a global philanthropy.  Melanie is an alumna of the IWF Leadership Foundation's Fellows Program (2015-16 class) sponsored by Harvard Business School and INSEAD.

Melanie will be one of a team hosting a program at The Café at the Edge of the World, a virtual learning space crafted and curated by the Wolf Willow Institute for Systems Learning on April 25-29, 2022. Wolf Willow Institute is a community of systems educators, practitioners, guides, activists and artists that exists to serve those dedicated to building a flourishing future for all. Visit The registration deadline is Tuesday, April 5.

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Music selection

1. Song Title: Tahi Roots Mix (First Voices Radio Theme Song); Artist: Moana and the Moa Hunters; Album: Tahi (1993); Label: Southside Records (Australia and New Zealand) (00:00:44)

2. Song Title: Fallin’ Rain (written by Link Wray);  Artist: Neville Brothers; Album: Brother’s Keeper (1990); Label: A&M Records (00:26:22)

3. Song Title: Ball and Chain; Artist: Xavier Rudd; Album: Jan Juc Moon (2022); Label: Virgin Music Label and Adult Services Australia (P&D) (00:50:40)

4. Song: Caravan of Fools; Artist: John Prine; Album: The Tree of Forgiveness (2018); Label: Oh Boy Records (00:56:02)