A collection of Poems - The Business of peace-making, culture and decision-making


This collection of poems explores Sarah's journey of land, culture and peace. It takes you from the coast to desert, across Northern Arnhem Land to West Kimberley and finishes in the green fields of Ireland. Find your peace. Find your grounding.



“You work in conflict, that must be hard!” - The cost of conflict on business, communities and individuals can be high. We know that it impacts relationships, productivity, emotional wellbeing and finances. But in an era where we are seeing a rise in division, blame and extremism, it’s even more important that we the peace-makers speak out.


For myself, like many others in this industry, the business of peace-making is often a calling. A desire to help people navigate the complex barriers that prevent good decision-making. It can be hard, painful work when we hold this conflict space which is why we each need a way to stay grounded to our purpose, our role.


Writing poems is my way of reflecting and listening beyond the pain of conflict. These moments of stillness remind me that the most powerful opportunities emerge when we lean into the unknown, when we are brave enough to be vulnerable and when we are open to possibilities.





    © 2016 - 2020 KAREN MC DERMOTT

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