The Deep Collaboration Fundamentals is an exciting learning program to build foundational skills in the practice of Deep Collaboration.

Whether it’s big picture systems change at a national level, or working locally to improve ways to address inequities, the skills and awareness of Deep Collaboration can help in navigating between First Nations and other multicultural Australians. 

We have seen an increased understanding and appreciation of using symbols of recognition for First Nations in Australia. We have also witnessed an increase in demand to address important tangible outcomes from the business, philanthropy, community and government sectors. In addition to this context, Australia is currently developing State-wide Treaties and a Referendum on a Voice to Parliament. Now is a good time to improve your skills and awareness to work more effectively across culture and power in the collaboration space between First Nations and other multicultural Australians.

The Deep Collaboration Fundamentals is a blended online learning program aiming to build foundational skills and awareness in the practice of Deep Collaboration.

This 4 half-day workshop is designed for practitioners and leaders to increase their awareness and understanding of the patterns of behaviour and dynamics of power that show up by engaging First Nations and other Australians leading together.

Whether you are a facilitator, leader for an initiative or part of a team that works with First Nations and other Australians, this online workshop series can improve your awareness and increase your understanding to make you more effective in leading change together.

Who is this workshop series for?

  • People with existing cultural competency experience and/or training
  • Those who have experience working in a cross-cultural context
  • Those who are leading initiatives that require working across differences and include First Nations people
  • People who are seeking to improve understanding of the power and conflict dynamics in the systems with First Nations and other Australians

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Course Details

Course Outcomes

  • Their personal awareness of power
  • The different types of power that show up when working in First Nations and other Australian Collaborations
  • How to build a container for change to work with power & race
  • Working with different types of power that show up when working in First Nations and other Australian collaborations
  • Influencing changes in the conditions for first nations collaborations
  • Identify the different types of power in others
  • Apply the knowledge of power when working in the context of First Nations and other Australians collaborations

Learning Process

Throughout the workshop series, participants will:

  • Be provided with preparation activities and readings to increase cultural awareness
  • Work in a small group to deepen learning application to your context
  • Case in point facilitation; working with the dynamics of the group in real-time
  • Have unstructured reflection time to consolidate learning

4 x half-day workshop series & 4 hours of guided online learning

Tuesday 21 March 2023, 9:30 am to 1 pm AEDT
Thursday 23 March 2023, 9:30 am to 1 pm AEDT
Tuesday 28 March 2023, 9:30 am to 1 pm AEDT
Thursday 30 March 2023, 9:30 am to 1 pm AEDT

Participants will be required to set aside approximately 1 hour between sessions for personal reflection and pre-reading.

The workshop series will be hosted on Zoom. Participants will be required to download Zoom and Chrome in order to be able to participate.

We encourage all participants to use their video throughout. Internet access is required to participate.

We recommend participants use a desktop/ laptop whilst participating (rather than a mobile phone).

Participants will be given access to CFIs Learning Management Systems where workshop materials and resources will be made available.

Price per person (+ GST):

Standard $ 1200
Not-for-profit $ 1090
Group discount (bookings of 3+) $ 990

A 10% discount is available when you purchase 3 or more events (as one purchase) in CFI’s Systems Change Learning Program 2021-22. Please read the Learning Program: Terms and Conditions before purchase.

Get in touch for package offers, large group discounts and tailored sessions for your organisation.

Course Facilitators

Mark Yettica-Paulson

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 is also a co-author of Lost conversations: Finding new ways for black and white Australians to lead together launched in November 2014.

Grant Paulson

Grant Paulson is a First Nations change agent with ancestry from the Birriah, Bunjalung and Kamilaroi peoples. He is interested in strength based culturally affirming social change in community.

Grant has more than twenty years ’ experience in designing and implementing community engagement and social development programs in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and a demonstrated capacity for leadership and networking in First Nations and broader Australian communities. He also co-authored the Lost Conversations book.

Bianca Anderson

Bianca Anderson is passionate about processes that realise a thriving present/ future with greater systemic interrelationship and reciprocity. She is a skilled practitioner combining the fields of design thinking, social entrepreneurship, international development, systems theory, transformative learning, adaptive and regenerative practice.

Bianca is a skilled facilitator and continues to weave her practice from diverse knowledges; power intelligence, social entrepreneurship, systems theory, transformative pedagogies, adaptive and regenerative practice.

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