Deep Collaboration Intensive – Practice and Awareness for Facilitating Collaboration with First Nations and other Australians

We are building a movement of practitioners who can lead collaborations of First Nations and other Australians and find better ways to lead together. Whether you are a facilitator, leader of an initiative, a leader in a donor organisation, departmental lead or part of a team where First Nations and others are seeking to lead change together.

This six-day intensive practice developmental workshop will greatly improve your understanding and develop you with knowledge and skills to improve your leadership in collaborations.

You will be part of a learning cohort from across various sectors and levels of experience. You will be working in small learning groups to consolidate applications to your context. You will be, supported by self-directed learning, coaching, group and individual reflection and application. This is followed by an ongoing community of practice to continue your learning.

In this program of live workshops, self-directed learning and coaching, you will:

  • Increase understanding and ability to apply the practice of Deep Collaboration.
  • Learn how to develop a shared understanding of dynamics across race and power with your collaboration
  • Improve awareness and create conditions to empower and authorise yourself and others when working with Deep Collaboration.
  • Learn how to lead others to be more aware of their relationships to Power and Authority.
  • Learn how to identify patterns of behaviour around power and race and develop personal skills to respond appropriately.
  • Create the conditions for systems change with First Nations and other Australians


Deep Collaboration is a program of Collaboration for Impact.

Hear from facilitator Mark Yettica-Paulson, Deep Collaboration Practice Lead.


Who is it for?

For people engaged in leading and facilitating others in collaborations involving First Nations and other multi-cultural Australians.



Participants will attend all 6 full days of live sessions between September-November 2022 (3x 2-day online workshops).

9.00am – 5.00pm AEST

  1. Wed 14- Thurs 15 Sept
  2. Wed 19 – Thurs 20 Oct
  3. Wed 23 – Thurs 24 Nov

In addition, participants will undertake self-directed work, including videos, readings, self-reflection, small group and individual work.

The program is supported by 4x 1-on-1 coaching sessions occurring before, during and after the workshops – included in the program fee.

This workshop program leads into an ongoing Community of Practice for facilitators engaged in Deep Collaboration work.



Price per person (+ GST):

Standard $ 3,200
Not-for-profit $ 2,600
Group discount (bookings of 3+) $ 2,400

Limited additional discounts available to those for whom the registration fee presents a barrier to participation. Contact us to discuss.

 A 10% discount is available when you purchase 3 or more events in CFI’s Systems Change Learning Program 2022 (in one purchase). Get in touch for package offers, large group discounts and tailored sessions for your organisation.

For queries, contact

Mark Yettica-Paulson - Practice Lead, Deep Collaboration

An Indigenous leader from the South East Queensland and North East NSW regions, Mark Yettica-Paulson was formerly the Strategic Business Manager and key presenter for Australians Together’s workshops and presentations. Mark brings decades of wisdom from his career in leadership development and community education across the corporate and government sectors. He has advised organisations such as NAB, the AFL, Medibank Australia, Australia Post and The Foundation for Young Australians.

Mark was Joint Campaign Director for Recognise, the recent campaign for a National Referendum to amend the Australian Constitution to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and remove discrimination. Mark was the founder and Director of The Yettica Group, specialising in facilitating Indigenous leadership and assisting groups to work better as Indigenous and other Australians.

While CEO of the Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre he drove the achievement of their RTO status. As senior leader at Office of the Registrar of Aboriginal Corporations he helped Indigenous organisations build governance capacity. Mark’s leadership and facilitation work has been with the several organisations including: NAB, AFL, Medibank, Social Leadership Australia, Desert Knowledge Australia, Australia Post, Foundation for Young Australians, Reconciliation Australia and the AFL Players Association. He is also a co-author of "Lost conversations: Finding new ways for black and white Australians to lead together" launched in November 2014.

Liz Skelton

Liz Skelton - Co-Director, Collaboration for Impact

Liz is Director and co-founder of Collaboration for Impact (CFI). CFI builds capacity in systems change and adaptive leadership for social change, systems change and social innovation working with and advising Government, Not for Profit, Community, philanthropy sectors on how to create the conditions for social change. Liz brings unique specialist experience, skills and knowledge in leadership development to building collaborations to enable cross sector stakeholders to change the way their systems work to create positive social change.

With over 25 years’ experience leading social change, Liz began her career leading NGOS’s in Scotland and Australia before co-leading the establishment and growth of a national social leadership learning organisation Social Leadership Australia. As Principal Consultant she spent eight years working with leaders in community, government and businesses across Australia developing the theory and applying the practice of Adaptive Leadership to tackle their toughest challenges. Since 2014 she has been applying the practice of Adaptive Leadership to place and issue-based systems change working with First Nations leaders and other Australians to change their relationship with deep collaboration, extending this innovative practice to communities working collaboratively across Australia to achieve better outcomes.

Liz is an author and teacher of leadership for systems change, and has co-authored two books: "The Australian Leadership Paradox: What it takes to lead in the Lucky Country", with Geoff Aigner, published by Allen & Unwin in 2013, and “Lost conversations: Finding new ways for black and white Australians to lead together” launched in November 2014 co-authored with a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders. Liz is also a Lecturer with UNSW’s Centre for Social Impact's Masters and Graduate Certificate in Social Impact.

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