The AHED Project – supporting Indigenous visionaries

The AHED ProjectThe 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 in the community as a long term presence, learning language and valuing local cultural knowledge. Facilitators are available to Yolŋu people who want support to make their visions and ideas for their community a reality, walking with them step by step to overcome any barriers.

Our methodology aims to ensure that Yolŋu visionaries remain at the centre of their enterprises, so that Yolŋu people can regain control over their own lives and communities as they initiate, develop and control their own visions.

Watch our short video which gives a snapshot of the project and of the context in Galiwin’ku.

The AHED Project relies on donations to be able to provide this service to Yolŋu people. You can donate to the AHED Project at

For more information on the AHED Project, see



About Richard Trudgen

Born in Orange NSW, trained as a fitter and turner. Moved to Arnhem Land in 1973 one year for voluntary work, ended up staying 37 years, learnt language and trained in community development work. Wrote “Why Warriors Lie Down and Die” in 2000. Established Yolŋu Radio in 2003. Was CEO of ARDS Inc for 10 years. Developed discovery education methodology. Runs ‘Bridging the Gap’ seminars and training workshops, does conferencing speaking. Wants to build an e-learning school for Yolŋu people using both their own language and English so Yolŋu children and adults have a schooling system that works for them; plus one they can access anywhere. Trying to write my next book “When a New World Drops in on You”.


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  1. nadja

    I had a problem with the sound on this video. Its not playing at the right speed. Thanks.

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