closing the gap Archive

  •   Community Development Tip – March 2015 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 […]

    The Lights are On But Nobody is Home

      Community Development Tip – March 2015 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 […]

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  • 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 of the main plenary sessions […]

    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 of the main plenary sessions […]

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  • 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 […]

    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 & Power in Remote Indigenous Communities […]

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  • 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".

    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".

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  • 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 received below are similar, so […]

    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 received below are similar, so […]

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  • 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 from Aboriginal languages that have […]

    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 from Aboriginal languages that have […]

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  • 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 relationships our team build on […]

    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 relationships our team build on […]

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  •   Media Release:   Tuesday  28/06/11 The Only Intervention Needed “The only intervention needed in the Northern Territory is an intervention in communication” Richard Trudgen, author of Why Warriors Lie Down and Die, responds to the news that the Gillard Government will spend six weeks […]

    Effective communication – not intervention, the key to Closing the Gap

      Media Release:   Tuesday  28/06/11 The Only Intervention Needed “The only intervention needed in the Northern Territory is an intervention in communication” Richard Trudgen, author of Why Warriors Lie Down and Die, responds to the news that the Gillard Government will spend six weeks […]

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  • As was discussed in the previous article, one of the limit conditions that create Indigenous "poverty" is that people must engage in strange cultural spaces, controlled by the Dominant Culture.  But what are the systems that maintain peoples lack of control in these spaces. I put forward a range of possibilities, some more controversial than others.

    Predatory systems maintaining Indigenous disadvantage: Some examples

    As was discussed in the previous article, one of the limit conditions that create Indigenous "poverty" is that people must engage in strange cultural spaces, controlled by the Dominant Culture. But what are the systems that maintain peoples lack of control in these spaces. I put forward a range of possibilities, some more controversial than others.

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  • In recent times the word "poverty" has been used broadly to refer to the situation in many remote Indigenous Communities in Australia. But for most people poverty conjures images of the poor from 3rd world slums.  The Indigenous peoples of Australia face very different situations. I think it is worth stepping back and considering what Indigenous "poverty" has in common with the situation of the worlds poor. What can this tell us about how so called "Indigenous poverty" can be overcome.

    Understanding Indigenous “Poverty”- Making it History

    In recent times the word "poverty" has been used broadly to refer to the situation in many remote Indigenous Communities in Australia. But for most people poverty conjures images of the poor from 3rd world slums. The Indigenous peoples of Australia face very different situations. I think it is worth stepping back and considering what Indigenous "poverty" has in common with the situation of the worlds poor. What can this tell us about how so called "Indigenous poverty" can be overcome.

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