Community Development skills

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…
Dharaŋanawuy – deep mutual respect and understanding
This is a short video exploring the confusion between the knowledge systems and worldview of Yolŋu culture and the dominant culture of mainstream Australia, and the devastating impacts this confusion has on Yolŋu people. Dharaŋanawuy – a Yolŋu word meaning…
Economics of Remote Communities Part 7 – Appropriate Financial Aid
As I mentioned previously, based on our nine years of work in business development with Indigenous families, I think there are four main points that define the process of rebuilding sustainable economies in remote Indigenous communities: A local economy grows…
Why the Government Can’t Succeed, But You Can!
Personnel in communities who put people centered processes before policy, bureaucratic expectations, and achievement, have better local engagement, and mobilise change in the long term. The flip side is, the impact of such people seems to fade before the devastation created by "the system".
Yolŋu Nations Assembly calls for a Treaty
Media Statement   30th January 2014 Yolŋu Nations Assembly (Yolŋuw Makarr Dhuni) Indigenous Treaties Statement: Yolŋu Nations Assembly (YNA) supports the call for treaties with Indigenous peoples. YNA Co-Convenor, Matthew Dhulumburrk Gaykamaŋu, says: “We want a treaty because right now…
What is real community development?
Community Development Questions December 2013 As mentioned in our newsletters, we are going to try to answer community development questions from readers.  If you have any questions about working in Aboriginal communities please send them in. The two questions I…
Why learn an Aboriginal language?
Learning an Aboriginal language has so many advantages that you could write a book about it. Sadly, because of the way the dominant culture views Aboriginal languages, many of them are dying out and we are losing powerful academic concepts…
The Dangerous and Costly Intercultural Grey Zone
It seems strange when you think about it. While well funded and well resourced dominant culture personnel come and go to Aboriginal communities, the not so well resourced AHED/Why Warriors workers stick in there. Why? Is it because of the…
My body is owned by this land
Jessie Pangas, a member of the AHED Project team, explores the concept of “home” in an interview with two Yolngu couples in Galiwin’ku. How many homes have you lived in? For me the answer is 21 and now I am…
Rule of Law is Lost in Arnhem Land
Press Release 21st March 2013 The rule of law is in danger of being lost forever in Arnhem Land due to the confusion over English legal language and NT Legal procedures. “We are seeing two systems of law at war…