Solving problems within the space of our own communities’ through the lens of design thinking.
Yerrabingin was founded by Clarence Slockee and Christian Hampson in 2018.
The pair envisioned a new way of disrupting Aboriginal disadvantage; by interweaving Indigenous tacit knowledge and collaborative design thinking. They have sought to walk a new path, away from conventional approaches, to create new opportunities for intergenerational capital for future Indigenous generations to thrive.
A vast, growing network
After more than a year of collaboration with Mirvac and multiple community networks, Yerrabingin launched their first project in April 2019: a community, Indigenous rooftop farm in the heart of Eveleigh in Sydney, looking to create more opportunities for their people to use their innate skills for environmentalism, education, entertainment and more. Yerrabingin is a visionary start-up that disrupts conventional approaches to Aboriginal disadvantage while creating intergenerational capital for future generations to thrive.
Yerrabingin using the principles of Indigenous knowledge, collaborative design and permaculture to create and maintain the world’s first Indigenous rooftop farm for urban food production.
Located high above Sydney on the roof of Yerrabingin House, we’ve grown over 2,000 edible, medicinal or cultural plants. These will be delivered to restaurants around the South Eveleigh community and greater city, encouraging a renewed uptake and understanding of delicious, native bush tucker.
Yerrabingin also offer workshops on Aboriginal culture, native permaculture, environmental sustainability, physical and mental health, and well-being at the rooftop facility. Yerrabingin were recently awarded the Delicious Outstanding Native Producer as judged by Australia's top chefs and Australian Institute of Horticulture for their innovative design and contribution to education connected to Indigenous land management and cultural plant knowledge
"What has been empowering for us both personally is identifying the opportunity to solve problems within the space of our own communities’ social enterprise potential, through the lens of design thinking. "
Yerrabingin are now leading the commercial design industry in delivering sustainable cultural native landscapes and defining Indigenous design narratives that enrich cultural place-making. They are also providing employment for Indigenous horticulturists through their landscape management and construction business at the South Eveleigh precinct.
Yerrabingin as human centred designers are leveraging outcomes that that are culturally, environmentally, economically and Socially sustainable, in a time when we need to include Indigenous wisdom in discussions to sustain our planet.
Christian Hampson is a Woiwurrung and Maneroo man and a strong advocate for community custodianship in protecting, sharing and celebrating the diverse culture of New South Wales. Christian has an extensive background in Cultural Heritage Management, with over 20 years experience leading the design and delivery of heritage programs in the public sector.
Clarence Slockee is a Mindjingbal-Bundjalung man with a passion for Aboriginal cultural heritage and the environment. He has broad experience as a cultural and environmental educator, delivering a range of programs and community based projects in the not-for-profit and public sector.