Deep Collaboration webinar 2022

Nation-building and Negotiations: what it takes to collaborate in conversations about January 26, truth-telling, treaties and constitutional reform

Due to the ongoing impacts of colonisation, Jan 26 can be at best a missed opportunity to have conversations we should have about identity, history and belonging, and at worst yet another traumatising experience for First Nations and other Australian allies. Using the platform of January 26, we are offering opportunities to engage in conversations that would otherwise be lost.

The yearly conversations about January 26 represent a classic arena for Lost Conversations.

A Lost Conversation is a dialogue that we never get around to discussing. It is a conversation that we feel should happen, but somehow never find the right conditions or opportunity to have. Like trying to connect the ends of magnets that do not want to meet, lost Conversations are things that we don’t, or feel we can’t, discuss, and therefore, we never do.

This year conversations about January 26 will be significant as we move closer to state-based treaty processes and national processes of truth-telling, and constitutional reform. When you add a federal election, ongoing COVID-19 disruptions along with economic and environmental concerns into the mix, it becomes a grand stage for conversations we should have, but don’t.

In this webinar, we will be discussing how supporters of First Nations and social justice can navigate the conversation spaces of nation-building, reconciliation, truth-telling, treaties and constitutional reform. We will challenge you to identify and think about the roles or voices that predictably offer opinions on January 26. Using the practice of Deep Collaboration, we will explore how to not only identify these roles but also how to take steps to change the tone of the conversation around you.

By the end of the webinar, participants will have a better understanding of

  • the roles that come up in conversations around 26 January, truth-telling, treaties and constitutional reform
  • how these roles help us to have a conversation
  • how Deep Collaboration can help with navigating these conversations

By the end of the webinar, participants will feel ready to

  • step into the lost conversation and take up individual and collective power

By the end of the webinar, participants will leave

  • with a plan of things you can do 26 January and beyond to step into the lost conversations

Join us as we explore the work to be done by First Nations communities, allies and other stakeholders to address the Lost Conversations of January 26 and beyond in 2022.


Who is it for?

This webinar is for anyone interested in finding better ways to work and lead together, with First Nations and other multi-cultural Australians including:

  • People new working in this space what to know what the first steps are to take
  • First Nations practitioners in nation-building, reconciliation facilitation and leadership development
  • Allies for First Nations movements and social justice
  • Supporters for current processes impacting First Nations people, specifically treaties, truth-telling and constitutional reform
  • Seasoned facilitators still get stuck when trying to speak to things undiscussable – They wish someone would give advice on that

CFI garners a culture of inclusivity and can provide some reasonable adjustments (closed captioning, providing materials beforehand, etc) for participants to attend a virtual workshop.


How will it be held?

The webinar format will allow for participants to hear from a variety of panel speakers, have the opportunity to ask questions, and have time to explore their reflections and ideas for action in small groups. We hope this format will allow participants to feel brave enough to share their ideas freely in a safe space, receive feedback on and improve their ideas, and ultimately increase their understanding, confidence and therefore the likelihood of action.


Accessibility and technology requirements

  • Participants will be required to download zoom and chrome to be able to participate
  • Internet access is required to participate
  • We recommend participants use a Desktop PC or Mac, or laptop whilst participating (rather than a mobile phone)
  • We encourage participants to use their video throughout



90-minute webinar

20 January, 12pm-1.30pm AEDT


Want to learn more?

You can find more information on Deep Collaboration here and download a free copy of Lost Conversations.

Watch the recordings of the 2021 three-part series of Addressing Australia’s Lost Conversations here.

Grant Paulson - Development Specialist at World Vision Australia

Grant Paulson is the descendant of the Birriah, Bunjalung and Kamilaroi peoples. Grant is a co-author of Lost Conversation and is an associate of the Collaboration for Impact network and deep collaboration. Grant also works for World Vision Australia as a Faith and Development Technical Advisor in the Australian First Nations Program and has a strong commitment to participant lead development and social change.

Dr Josephine Bourne

Dr Josephine Bourne - Research Fellow (Indigenous), School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland

Dr Josephine Bourne is a mainland Torres Strait Islander, born in Townsville, North Queensland. She is a Gumulgal woman of Mabuiag Island through her father's ancestral line with links to Moa Island. On her mothers line Josephine's ancestry links to Badu, Mer and Dawar Islands. Her research interests focus on governance, leadership and organisational development by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples. Josephine's knowledges stems from her professional experiences in national Indigenous governance, organisational development and Indigenous youth leadership development.

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.

Liz Skelton - Co-Director, Collaboration for Impact

Liz is Director and co-founder of Collaboration for Impact (CFI). 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. 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.

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