Photo: NCIE National Youth Advisory Committee: Peter Dawson, Hanna Donnelly, Harry Murphy, April Long, Benson Saulo.

This is the second blog post in a series by NCIE CEO, Jason Glanville.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander excellence is a belief in possibility, a conviction that past failure can be used to fuel future innovation and a trust in the inherent capacity of all our babies to be the absolute best them possible.

Indigenous excellence requires grand vision, a genuine interest in the ideas of others and a belief in the potential of that which doesn’t yet exist. Self-interest, paternalism dressed as support and debilitating racism, however it presents itself, are the inheritance of disadvantage and not drivers of excellence.

Photo: Happy campers at the NCIE

Every day at the NCIE, we see Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of all ages engaging in a new future of possibility. We are driven by the reality of disadvantage and the knowledge that too many of our people still suffer too much.

Standing on the shoulders of the giants that came before us, we have a clearer view of an unlimited future where Indigenous excellence and innovation are valued as key drivers of national success and pride.

Photo: National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Association Dancers

Photo: Jumping in at the NCIE Pool

Excellence is the New Black, is more than a cute catch-cry at the NCIE. It’s core to our belief in the power of resilience and the possibility of large-scale change driven by a vision of excellence.

Over the next few months, we will start to have a bit of fun with the idea of Excellence is the New Black – so watch this space.

NCIE CEO, Jason Glanville 2012