Jennifer Barrkman

Brisbane, Australia


My work story is a varied one with many twists and turns. I wear many different hats.  Fundamentally my gift is to create safe places for people’s stories and experiences to be respected and valued. I have learnt the importance of play, movement, improvisation and embodied learning so I also bring this approach to my work.


I have facilitated and organised training, workshops, team development, forums and conferences as well as oral history, digital story and community projects. I am co-founder of Red Thread Stories Australia Inc, a not for profit organisation that engages people and communities through story and Playback Theatre. I work as a psychologist and supervisor in private practice using mindfulness and narrative based approaches. I am very slowly becoming more mindful and less critical of myself! Another passion is oral history and ancestral stories.


I started my working life in the business world but after several years decided to move to the community sector. I have worked alongside and with people with disability, mental health issues, people from diverse cultural backgrounds and LGBTI community members.


I have joined to Campfire because it strives openly to be congruent with its values - “we walk the talk” - and use processes and structures that model participatory leadership and genuinely value each person. Since I studied organisational psychology nearly 30 years ago, this is a rare example of where this actually happens. I can be challenged to meet the integrity set by Campfire and I truly value these learning opportunities. The world needs more places where people, regardless of their role or position, are respected as equal contributors.

We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of all the lands in which we work and pay respect to all Elders past, present and future, and their people, culture, and history.  In Australia, we honour that this is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land and thank them for the care they have given this land for thousands of years.  

Co-operative enterprises build
a better world