Experiment starts a conversation about trust
JASIRAH Bin Hitam has completed a blind social experiment to facilitate a conversation about trust between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The video, which shows the 18-yearold from Broome standing blindfolded on Cottesloe Beach on March 19 with a sign that reads: “I trust you, do you trust me? Let’s Hug”, has since been viewed 550,000 times. “I was so nervous and the first five minutes of standing there went forever and the whole thing was very emotional,” Ms Bin Hitam said. She said the response from the video was very encouraging. She said her alarming statistic at the end of the video – in 2012, 13 per cent of all Australians said they trust Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders – helped facilitate positive conversa- tions about change. “I have had multiple conversations with people about the statistic and they were shocked, then the conversation opened up to how to change it,” Ms Bin Hitam said. Indigenous Communities Education and Awareness (ICEA) Foundation chief executive Lockie Cooke said the video was important to start the conversation about change. “It’s so powerful to have created something that has been so popular in our community, which inspires us to continue the work we’ve been doing in the reconciliation space,” Mr Cooke said. “Jasirah’s story is a true success of the ICEA Foundation and she truly is an inspiration to all of us at ICEA and everyone she connects with.”
Jasirah Bin Hitam receives a hug during her experiment on Cottesloe Beach.
The DRUMBEAT concert at the Kimberly Care Facility.