Community Development skills

What is cultural competency?
Some may think cultural competency is the same as cultural awareness. However cultural awareness is only one small aspect of it. Cultural competency teaches a whole range of knowledge and skills that are not covered in most general cultural awareness…
Two Way Abuse in Aboriginal Communities
Last week we heard the news that a nursing sister was killed in the small community of Fregon. A young man has been charged and we are yet to hear the full story. I first remember hearing about the community…
The lights are on but nobody is home
Different Ways of Communicating Question: “How do I work with limited eye contact and little obvious response from Aboriginal clients? Also, do we talk too much?” Have you ever sat down and talked to a person with a different cultural…
Hope for Health: Why it will change Arnhem Land
Hope for Health is the first step towards a vision for a health retreat and coaching solution in Arnhem Land, initiated by a movement of Local Ladies. So why will this work where others have failed to change the poor health status of Aboriginal people in Arnhem Land. Read to find out.
Language Learning Resources
If you want to learn an Aboriginal Language it’s best to find an existing resource for the language group and region you want to work with. It’s very important to do your own homework rather then just going to find a…
Not Being Like Buffalo “Calling Cards”
 Community Development Tip – December 2014 Building trust and relationships Question: “I expect I’ll be doing fly in/out work as a doctor once I graduate. How should I go about forging links with the communities, given so little time to…
Start from where people are at
Community Development Tip – August 2014 In any situation, it is always good to start from where the other person is at in relation to any particular topic or issue. So in cross cultural situations this is all the more important. Of course…
Getting Yolŋu Into Business
In 2014 I wrote a major report call “Getting Yolŋu into Business”. A copy of the 77 page report is available at http://www.whywarriors.com.au/2014/07/getting-yolnu-into-business/        The report covers a brief economic history of the Yolŋu people, looked at the…
Future Dreaming Conference: Session 2
The AHED Project (the not for profit arm of Why Warriors) held its first conference on 24th May 2014 in Melbourne in collaboration with Manna Gum, TEAR Australia, Surrender, Essendon Baptist Church and Tabor College, titled: Future Dreaming: Purpose, Passion & Power in Remote Indigenous Communities Videos…
Future Dreaming Conference: Session 3
The AHED Project (the not for profit arm of Why Warriors) held its first conference on 24th May 2014 in Melbourne in collaboration with Manna Gum, TEAR Australia, Surrender, Essendon Baptist Church and Tabor College, titled: Future Dreaming: Purpose, Passion & Power in Remote Indigenous Communities Videos…
Future Dreaming Conference: Session 1
The AHED Project (the not for profit arm of Why Warriors) held its first conference on 24th May 2014 in Melbourne in collaboration with Manna Gum, TEAR Australia, Surrender, Essendon Baptist Church and Tabor College, titled: Future Dreaming: Purpose, Passion &…
The AHED Project – supporting Indigenous visionaries
The Arnhem Human Enterprise Development (AHED) Project is the not-for-profit arm of Why Warriors, working on the ground in the Galiwin’ku community, Elcho Island. It is a project in responsive community development, where our team of facilitators live and work…