We translate our learnings from the field and global practice into practical insights at the political, policy and practice level in order to improve outcomes on the issues Australians care most about.

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Lost Conversations

It’s time for a game-changer in how black and white Australians relate.
It’s time we learnt to find new ways to lead together.

A book which brings together perspectives from a diversity of Aboriginal and non-Indigenous authors, all with first hand knowledge of what happens when ‘black’ and ‘white’ Australians come together to work on change.

It’s time for a game-changer in how black and white Australians relate.

It’s time we learnt to find new ways to lead together.

Lost Conversations—a book which brings together perspectives from a diversity of Aboriginal and non-Indigenous authors, all with first hand knowledge of what happens when ‘black’ and ‘white’ Australians come together to work on change.

Lost Conversations tells personal stories and proposes new ways of working (not new ‘fixes’, programs or money) as the missing element in how to make progress on reconciliation.

Lost Conversations​ aims to take black:white conversations to new levels of courageousness and openness.

Authors

The creators of Lost Conversations are black and white Australians from different parts of the country who represent diverse opinions and lived experience. In alphabetical order, they are:

Geoff Aigner
Cheryl Godwell
Jane Martin
Grant Paulson
John Rawnsley
​Kim Robertson
Liz Skelton
Libby Varcoe and
Mark Yettica-Paulson

Download Lost Conversations (PDF)

Collaboration Health Assessment Tool

The Collaboration Health Assessment Tool (CHAT) is a simple yet powerful online resource for measuring how collaborators are working together now and into the future. CHAT gives users the option of either interacting with the tool on a “one off” basis or by setting up an account with (or without) their collaborators.

Both options will generate a series of component scores and an overall “health score” for the collaboration. If desired, CHAT can also be set up to produce scores for each group working in the collaboration (e.g. Backbone, working group, community group).


Grow Australia

Grow Australia is a movement of people that have come together to promote a better future for all Australians. Our vision is a future where all families and communities can raise children who are healthy, have a good education and strong sense of identity and belonging. However, despite Australia’s global economic success story, there are still too many communities where not every child can flourish and families feel isolated and disempowered and face entrenched adversity. This has significant societal and financial implications for all Australians.

This draft policy paper is being used to engage with people and communities to determine what our shared ask for change should be to governments, community organisations, philanthropists, businesses, and others.


Speaking

CFI’s Director, Kerry Graham and Liz Skelton, and CFI Network member (link to page) regularly speak about the need for social change in Australia to take a systems change approach.

If you want to book CFI as a speaker or contributor to your event or conversation please contact us.

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