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J. Donald R. de Raadt has taught in universities in Australia, the USA and Sweden. In 1993 he was appointed as professor by the Swedish government and held the Chair in Informatics and System Science at Luleň Tekniska Universitet for twelve years. He has served as President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (USA), President of the Swedish Operational Research Society and Vice-President of the International Federation for Systems Research in Vienna. He has played a leading international role in systems science and philosophy and developed an ethical approach directed towards community development and a humane life. He is the author of several books; his research has been published in most of the international systems journals and presented in conference papers; and he has been guest key-note speaker in Australia, USA, Europe and Latin America.

Veronica D. de Raadt qualified as a social worker in Australia and after earning a masters degree in the US, worked in domestic violence and mental health. To add to her skills in the human services, she earned her doctoral degree in Sweden and studied human factors in community development in remote communities. The results are summarized in her book Ethics and Sustainable Community Design. In Sweden she also taught psychology, sociology and research methods at Luleň Tekniska Universitet and worked with EU-funded community development projects. She founded, together with her husband, the Institute for Management and Social Systems in Sweden, now operating in Australia as the Melbourne Centre for Community Development. Her research has been published in the main systems journals and been presented at international conferences in Europe and the US.

Xinyan Wee (BA, MTeach, GradDipArts) is an educator whose research interests include the systemic impact of education, child development and humanistic pedagogy. Her teaching experience is extensive, having taught students of diverse levels and backgrounds ranging from primary to tertiary institutions in both Singapore and Australia. This has given her the opportunity to engage and work with a variety of education philosophies, notably, the Steiner and Emilia-Reggio programs. Currently an adjunct lecturer with SIM University in Singapore, she is also the founder and editor of a Singapore-based youth publication, inkq, as well as a co-founder of a literacy project, Once Upon a Monday, offering creative English enrichment to children from lower socioeconomic demographics for free.

Christian Maciel De Britto (BA, MA) is a Brazilian sociologist at present engaged in a doctoral programme at the Federal University of Parana. His research applies Multimodal Systems Thinking to study issues related to the sustainable development of communities. He is a member of the research group in Epistemology and Environmental Sociology and of the Centre for Rural Studies of Parana (both recognized by the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development of Brazil). He also works in partnership with NGO's such as YWAM (Youth With a Mission) and Harvest Foundation teaching theoretical and practical community development principles.

Sue-Lee Seng (Bachelor of Architecture, Grad Diploma in Community Development Programme) worked as an architect from 2004-2011. She has been volunteering since 2007 in Melbourne teaching underprivileged children in the inner-city public housing estates good moral principles in a fun and positive environment. In 2009, she went to China to help the local farmers harvest potatoes with a team of volunteers. She has also volunteered with an architecture not-for-profit organisation in 2007 to help build latrines in Solomon Islands after the community was stricken by a tsunami in 2007. She founded RIAH in 2011, a community-based hairstyle business which funds and raises awareness of needs in her social spheres of influence. She currently works as a children’s pastor and a community developer in Melbourne.

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