Collaboration for Impact hosted an important Deep Collaboration webinar on 24 January 2023.

The webinar titled, “Shifting our National Narrative with Collaborative Partnerships”, was moderated by Grant Paulson (Collaborative Change Practitioner, Collaboration for Impact) with panel speakers Rueben Berg (Representative Member, First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria), Ashlee Wone (Director – Policy & Impact, Just Reinvest NSW) and Anna Powell (CEO of Collaboration for Impact). Short bios of this year’s speakers can be read here.

In this webinar, the speakers and audience discussed how we can navigate the conversation spaces of nation-building, reconciliation, truth-telling, treaties, and constitutional reform through Collaborative Partnerships.

116 participants attended this webinar. In this conversation participants walked away with:

  • A better understanding of how working collaboratively can work towards shifting the narrative around January 26.
  • Feeling ready to identify the strengths, opportunities, and challenges in collaboration when working in partnerships.
  • Inspiration to connect self to the work required to shift the narrative of January 26.

Each panel speaker offered unique leadership insights and practical actions for genuine collaboration. Whether it is reimagining the justice system in NSW, working on Treaty making in Victoria, or navigating a national intermediary, each of our guests in this session shared examples of their work through multi-layered complexity with multiple stakeholders.

The speakers responded to questions from the audience and provided reflections about the ongoing impacts of colonisation, and what is required of collaborative partnership efforts to shift our national narrative.

Our gratitude to participants who offered such positive testimonials…

“Deep collaboration is a powerful reimagining of what it means to be growing and contributing as part of contemporary Australian life. I highly recommend this journey”Carolyn Minchin, research – dialogue project with GUIR

“The webinar and discussion hosted by CFI on Deep Collaboration regarding Australia Day was really insightful, stimulated deeper reflection, and re-energised my desire to work more effectively in this space” – Margaret MacDonald, Principal LeaderLift Consulting

“Expertly facilitated. I found this webinar extremely informative and useful. It provided interesting perspectives and insights, as well as practical approaches to enhancing my own practice and how I engage and act in my personal and professional life as an ally to First Nations peoples, and as a member of our shared future together” – webinar participant

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

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

Watch the full recording here.

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