Community Development skills

Empowering people to opt out
Did you know Bolivia has been free of McDonald’s restaurants for 10 years? When I discovered this fact, my first thought was that the government must have passed legislation to enforce this. However, I was then excited to learn that…
I Am The Learner: A Reflection on Listening
              I have a passion for teaching people stuff. I get a buzz from helping people learn what I know, and then watching a person become empowered with that new knowledge. Working as an…
Is Why Warriors Cross-Cultural Training Relevant Outside of Arnhem Land?
                  Is Why Warriors cross-cultural training relevant for others outside of Arnhem Land? This is a question that we are asked quite often when people approach us to meet their training needs.…
Our Land Our Languages Inquiry
Response to the federal Government’s Our Land Our Languages inquiry into Indigenous languages.             Why Warriors has always advocated that working with Yolŋu people in their own languages is the most efficient way for Yolŋu people to receive effective education, training and information…
What is good cross-cultural training?
Cross-cultural training is a difficult subject to talk about due to a whole range of factors. One of the main factors is that many dominant culture and Aboriginal people now carry psychological scars or defensive attitudes that have become an…
Economics of Remote Communities Part 6 – Recognising Pioneers and the Need for Flexibility
Based on our nine years of work in business development with Indigenous families, I think there are 5 main points that define the process of rebuilding sustainable economies in remote Indigenous communities. A local economy grows from personal motivation and…
Letting go of our power
Ben Pangas, AHED Facilitator in training, drove right up the middle of the country from Tasmania to Galiwin’ku in 2011 with his family to join the AHED Project team. Ben shares his reflections on the transition. I am still debriefing…
Economics of Remote Communities Part 5 – Building Indigenous economies from the ground up.
As I mentioned previously, based on our nine years of work in business development with  Indigenous families, I think there are five main points that define the process of rebuilding sustainable economies in remote Indigenous communities. A local economy grows from…
Economics of Remote Communities Part 4: Supporting Indigenous Motivation
In Part 3 of this series on the economics of remote communities, we discussed how personal motivation must be harnessed to challenge welfare dependency and drive locally controlled economic growth.  But how is such motivation harnessed and supported? 2. Supporting…
Economics of Remote Communities Part 3 – Moving Beyond Dependency
In the previous articles we saw that while is it wrong to say that Indigenous people make no contribution to their local economy, the monetary economy of  remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory today is a false economy, almost…
Economics of Remote Aboriginal Communities Part 2 – Today’s Economy.
In the previous article I discussed some of the historical influences on the economy in the remote Indigenous communities of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.  Briefly, it shows that Indigenous people have been moved from a position of traditional…
Economics of Remote Aboriginal Communities – Part 1 History
There has been much discussion lately about economic development, ever since the Howard Government turned its attention to the capitalist potential of Indigenous communities and Aboriginal lands. As a result, policy and funding affecting Indigenous peoples have had a decided…