WALK TOGETHER DESIGN
The concept of the Walk Together Design is based on Intercultural Facilitation.
Intercultural Facilitation means having a facilitator who:
Understands and respects the protocols and processes of different cultures
Has the capacity to walk and work with respect in ‘the intercultural space’ between different cultures
Focuses on process and leaves content to the negotiating parties – in other words, is not seen to have an ‘agenda’.
Research conducted by Dr Dave Goddard of Collaborative Systemic Change (CSC) over the past decade clearly shows that the only consistent outcome of current efforts by governments and private sector entities is maintaining disadvantage and dependence.
The same research demonstrates that Government and private sector entities operate in highly regulated, controlled, time and financial driven culture while Indigenous communities operate in a communal, obligatory and relationship driven culture.
The regulated culture dominates the process in order to achieve ‘on-time-within-budget-according-to policy-outcomes’ and it pays little or no attention to protocols and processes of Indigenous culture.