Coming in 2020.... the inaugral Tiddas in Business Gathering

The Morning Sky Project is very excited to announce that September 2020, we are hosting our inaugural “Tiddas in Business Gathering”, to be held in Brisbane! 

This incredible event will see delegates from around the country connect and share wisdom, knowledge and stories of Indigenous women in business and their success. It is for all  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous women in business, women interested in venturing into business, corporate leaders across all sectors interested in supporting women in business, as well as policy makers and administrators from both the public and private sectors. The focus will be on business and entrepreneurship, but also on you as a woman in business - there is no such thing as a ‘typical’ woman in business - all our stories are varied, diverse and beautiful and it is these stories which we will showcase at the Gathering.

We are currently working on an exciting program which will feature a line up of fantastic speakers and panel discussions, as well as beautiful wellbeing activities design to nurture you as a woman in business.

Mark September in your calendars and watch this space for more updates as we release them over coming months!

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AFN Conference 2019 - What the World Needs Now

Coming up this week is the 2019 AFN Conference, which will be held in Brisbane from 24 - 26 July. The theme for this year is “What the world needs now – the contribution and value of facilitation”. The line up of workshops is fantastic, and will include:

  • Cross Cultural Capacities with Carol Vale – we will explore Goondeen with Uncle Albert and Bill Synott.

  • Innovation in Community and Organisational Leadership with Dee Brooks and Mel Geitch

  • Cooking with stories with Cathryn Lloyd and Andrew Rixon

  • Foresighting with the 3 horizons process with Michelle Walker, Jai Allison and Rachel Apelt.

  • Exploring technique for online facilitation with Jill Chivers, Bob Dick, Andrew Rixon and Stephen Thorpe

The program for this year’s conference is innovative, different and dynamic…. all attendees will have the opportunity to offer and host a session as part of the open space format of the Conference. All attendees are also placed on the conference website as contributors to the Conference - making it a truly collaborative conference experience.

A little bit about the AFN….

The Australasian Facilitators Network (AFN) is a self-organising community of practitioners based in Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asia and the Pacific, who have been meeting as the AFN since 1998 (and informally, with other identities, since 1992). Carol is a proud and active member of the group.

The AFN focus is on working, learning and sharing with each other. Members share a passion for facilitation and participatory practice in pursuit of better communication, understanding, collaboration and harmony in workplaces, communities, and the world at large. If you would like to learn more, visit their website.

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Queensland and Treaty

We heard this week that the Queensland government has pledged to “reframe its relationship with the state’s Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples as it paves a path towards a treaty, but admits the process may take years”.

Given the long journey Indigenous Australia is on and has been on in regards to fighting for our rights, this is a step in the right direction for Queensland. 

As an Indigenous business with a home base in Brisbane, Murawin looks forward to hearing the outcomes of the statewide consultations to take place later this year..

Given the NAIDOC theme for this year, Leanne Enoch couldn’t have said it better…“Understanding our past, our shared history… but also telling the truth in all of that, and ensuring that truth then lays the path for the future generations, so Queensland can be the very best it can be”.

We have an opportunity to have a new and strong path for the future generations through Treaty, and achieving this is a day we look forward to seeing realised.

To learn more about what is Treaty, please check out this article.

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Indigenous Perspectives in Urban Development Design

In the past 12 months, several of Murawin’s projects have taken us into an extremely interesting and exciting space… the inclusion and centring of Indigenous perspectives into the urban design of various infrastructure and development projects in the Greater Sydney area.

In recent years, there has been widespread realisation across many industries that there can be incredible social and economic advantages to be gained by including and embracing Indigenous perspectives within urban design. Place design has the potential to significantly alter / direct the narrative of a place, both in the present and going into the future. In the past, the Indigenous voice has been silenced / denied in this space, but times are changing, and incorporating Indigenous designs and perspectives into urban development in the design phases is becoming more and more recognised for its importance.

Since time immemorial Aboriginal people have managed, cultivated and cared for all of the landscapes of this country. Important ties to place through connection to Country exist everywhere and including Indigenous perspectives in urban design ensures that the true narrative of a place is told, both its Indigenous history and colonial history. Acknowledging these dual histories allows communities to understand a place in its entirety, can aid in healing, and helps foster a sense of belonging and community where Aboriginal people can see themselves and feel they belong.

The Murawin team look forward to working on more projects in this space in the coming months.

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The Tiddas in Business Journey

The past few months as we have been travelling here, there and everywhere across this beautiful country delivering the Tiddas in Business workshops and events, we feel so privileged to have met some just amazing women and share with them a bit about Murawin’s business journey, but also learn about their own journey’s. To say that we are absolutely inspired by the stories of the women who have attended our workshops is an understatement.

Our Business Workshops have focused on assisting women to develop a Business Model for their business using a process called a Business Model Canvas, which is a strategic management and startup template for developing new or documenting existing business models. It is a visual process, easy to follow and use, and can be as in depth as you want it to be.

We are so looking forward to the next 12 months and ramping up our Tiddas in Business work that aligns with the UN Sustainability Goals of achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment. We are passionate about this area and we know and have witnessed the incredible power and influence for change that a woman in business can have on not only her own life, but the lives of her family and community. Which is why we are committed to growing this space for Indigenous women in particular.

We are currently in the process of mapping out a bit of a roadmap for what Tiddas in Business will look like for 2019/2020 and are super excited about the possibilities. To all the women who have joined us in the Tiddas in Business movement, thankyou! We love hearing your stories, connecting with you and helping you where we can!

Go Beyond Cultural Awareness.... Build Your Intercultural Capacity

Galarrwuy Yunupingu talked about the spirit of Makarrata as “…coming together, working together and making peace together.” How can we support a new way forward for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians? It’s a challenging path to navigate different lenses on history, violence, inequality, stereotypes and strong emotions. What are the skills and capacities we require to be up for the challenge? Walking this path requires courage, creativity, humility, deep listening, truth telling, and a sense of humour! It’s time to step up and step in to a new way of working; a resilient, respectful Together Way.

Carol Vale and Michelle Howard are internationally accredited facilitators sharing a professional relationship and friendship through their commitment to modelling strong, flourishing intercultural relationships. With ‘Working Together Way’, they share the learnings of over thirty years working with diverse groups and encourage others to identify their cultural strengths and blind spots, build trust and shift working relationships - laying the path for effective intercultural relationships.

With workshops in most capital cities, Working Together Way uses storytelling, dialogue and creativity to explore the barriers and bridges for working together across cultures, histories and generations. Working Together Way embraces cultural differences whilst recognising the significant role that our own culture and stories play in any work that we do. 

Be part of creating the future; join us in building a new way forward, a Together Way.

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Happy IWD 2019!

To all our tiddas out there, happy International Women’s Day 2019! Today is a special day, one that rightly deserves the attention it receives across the globe. Today we mark our achievements towards a balanced world, and look to what more we can be doing. We look at how we can together, work towards forging a more gender-balanced world..

Since launching our Tiddas in Business Morning Sky facebook group last year, we now have almost 400 members… each member is an amazing, inspiring woman with her own story to tell. We would like to take this day to thank each and every one of you who supports our Tiddas movement.

Together, we can make a difference in this world. Together, we can change lives and make impacts around us. Women working with women, together, sharing knowledge and wisdom, my goodness that is a powerful thing! What could start out as a small ripple in this world, has the potential to turn into a raging river, and we here at Murawin are absolutely certain that us tiddas working together, are going to continue to achieve across all of our various fields and industries. At a personal level, and as a collective.

So here’s to you tiddas. Remember always, but today especially, that you are an inspiration to those around you, whether you realise it or not. You are making a difference. And you can do this!


Murawin Managing Director, Carol Vale, elected to Supply Nation Indigenous Business Advisory Group

Murawin is very excited to announce that our Managing Director, Carol Vale, has been elected a position on the Supply Nation Indigenous Business Advisory Group. This Group was created last year to provide a forum for feedback and collaboration and to help inform decisions to help grow the Indigenous business sector. This year the group will continue to develop solutions to assist our members and suppliers to do more business together.

All businesses on Indigenous Business Direct were invited to vote for the members of the 2019 Indigenous Business Advisory Group. Almost a quarter of all businesses voted in this election – choosing between a large, qualified pool of 46 candidates. Thank you to all who voted for Carol!

 2019 members are:

  • Dwayne Good, Inspire Travel Management and InTravel Group (VIC) 

  • Raymond Pratt, DICE Australia (NT)

  • Carol Vale, Murawin (NSW)

  • Daniel Motlop, Something Wild Australia (SA)

  • Rachelle Towart, Pipeline Talent (ACT)

  • Jane Tittums, Naanda Australia (WA)

  • Troy Rugless, PSG Holdings (NSW)

Carol looks forward to working with her fellow members and helping drive positive movement in the Indigenous business space, particularly for Indigenous businesswomen.

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Building Strong Intercultural Relationships - Together Ways

Working Together Ways: in the spirit of Makarrata

Galarrwuy Yunupingu talked about the spirit of Makarrata as “…coming together, working together and making peace together.” How can we support a new way forward for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians? It’s a challenging path to navigate different lenses on history, violence, inequality, stereotypes and strong emotions. What are the skills and capacities we require to be up for the challenge? Walking this path requires courage, creativity, humility, deep listening, truth telling, and a sense of humour! It’s time to step up andstep in to a new way of working; a resilient, respectful Together Way.

 Carol Vale and Michelle Howard are internationally accredited facilitators sharing a professional relationship and friendship through their commitment to modelling strong, flourishing intercultural relationships and their love of the dance floor! With ‘Working Together Way’, they share the learnings of over thirty years working with diverse groups and encourage others to identify their cultural strengths and blind spots, build trust and shift working relationships - laying the path for effective intercultural relationships.

With workshops in most capital cities, Working Together Way uses storytelling, dialogue and creativity to explore the barriers and bridges for working together across cultures, histories and generations. Working Together Way embraces cultural differences whilst recognising the significant role that our own culture and stories play in any work that we do. 

Be part of creating the future; join us in building a new way forward, a Together Way.

Carol Vale is a Dunghutti woman from NSW and has been facilitating complex and intercultural conversations between a range of stakeholders for most of her career. She strongly believes in the issue of reconciliation and social justice and convenes a number of intercultural initiatives joining people together to drive change.

 Born on Palawa country, Michelle Howard has been facilitating and working with groups for over 30 years. Raised a Quaker Her facilitation and community engagement has focused on working with diversity and groups which are harder to engage. She recently captured the learnings from 25 years of practice in a professional development journal “Lessons from the Trough: working authentically with people and groups”.

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Advancing Women in Business - Tiddas in Business QLD Roadshow of Events

As most of you will be aware, growing the female-led Indigenous business sector is an area that we at Murawin are extremely passionate about. Which is why Murawin is very excited to announce that we are collaborating with IBA in their efforts to support the continued growth and development of Indigenous businesses and the Queensland Department of Employment, Small Business and Training, through their Advancing Women in Business Strategy, to deliver a series of business workshops to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in 14 locations across the country, over the next six months. These free events will include Business Ready Masterclasses, Communicating with Influence Workshops and a series of Business Seminars. To learn more about these events, please contact Murawin Project Officer, Debbie Hoger, at debbie@murawin.com.au

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Latest Consultancy Projects

The Murawin team travelled to Coffs Harbour this week, to host a series of Community Focus Groups to inform the development of a Coffs Harbour City Council Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Protocols Document.  We are very pleased to be working on this project; the development of this document will significantly assist the Council in providing culturally appropriate services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.


This week we also finalised the Parramatta Project, in which we completed a Report on the Aboriginal Stakeholder Engagement for the Parramatta North Heritage Growth Centre. We firmly believe this project is a wonderful opportunity for healing, enabling self-determination and contributing to changing the social and economic trajectories of those women and their families who are linked to the site, as well as a great time and opportunity to grow the economic potential of the area in the context of Aboriginal culture and businesses.

Ruby Connection

Earlier this year, Westpac supported Murawin to launch out Morning Sky Project at Barangaroo. Through this support, Carol was also introduced to Ruby Connection, which is an interactive community designed to connect, educate and inspire like-minded women and to assist women in building sustainable & profitable futures, something which aligns perfectly with the principles behind The Morning Sky Project. 

Carol recently featured in an article on the Ruby Connection website, where she spoke about women in the Indigenous business sector.   

To read the article, visit: https://rubyconnection.com.au/insights/women-in-business/women-indigenous-business-sector-growth-brings-hope.aspx

To learn more about Ruby Connection or follow their stories, visit their Facebook Page

Sydney Development Circle - Makarrata Conversational Workshop

Last Thursday, 26th July, Carol led a workshop with Sydney Development Circle (SDC) exploring Makarrata. Discussions centred around the need for truthful conversations at every level of Australian civil (and political) society about Indigenous history, rights and concerns.

Thanks to Robyn Hutchinson for organising this event and to the UTS Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research for making the venue possible. We look forward to future collaborations with SDC. 

 

SheEO Launches in Australia!

SheEO is a "radically redesigned ecosystem that supports, finances, and celebrates female innovators". This incredible initiative launched in Canada back in 2015, and has emerged as a leading global innovation that is totally unique. Rather than trying to fit women into the existing models and systems and level the playing field, SheEO is creating an entirely new field! 

What exactly is it? Well, the model brings together 500 women (Activators) in each year’s cohort, who contribute $1100 each as an Act of Radical Generosity. The money is pooled together and loaned out at zero percent interest to five women-led ventures selected by the Activators. The loans are paid back over five years and then loaned out again, creating a perpetual fund which we will pass on to our daughters, nieces and granddaughters. 

Murawin Managing Director, Carol Vale, is proud to announce that she has already signed up to be an Activator, and is so excited to support this amazing initiative and provide real support to other incredible women-led businesses in Australia. 

For more information, visit their website or Facebook Page!

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National NAIDOC Women's Conference

Last week, one of our highlights of NAIDOC was attending the inaugural National NAIDOC Women's Conference at UNSW in Sydney. This conference was such a beautiful tribute to this years NAIDOC theme, Because of Her, We Can, a true celebration of the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make – to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation, both today and throughout history. 

With over 500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates attending across the two days, the conference was a beautiful experience of women sharing knowledge and wisdom. Carol had a Morning Sky Project stall at the event also, and the response to the Project was incredible! It was a great two days of catching up with old friends and colleagues, as well as making new connections!

IUIH Blog on Murawin CEO, Carol Vale, and her daughter, Debbie Hoger

Have you checked out this wonderful blog by the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, about Carol and Debbie? IUIH are doing a series of blogs in celebration of this years NAIDOC Theme, "Because of Her, We Can". 

“She sets the most amazing example to me and my kids, of what a person can do when they work hard, are resilient and demonstrate a passion for making a difference in this world,” Debbie says.

http://www.iuih.org.au/Blog/ArticleID/7050/Because-of-Her-Debbie-Hoger

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UNSW Cultural Competency Workshop

Yesterday Murawin team Carol Vale and Matthew Hammond delivered an Indigenous Cultural Competency Workshop to the 2025 Strategy Team, Division of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, UNSW. UNSW's 2025 Strategic Plan sets out the priorities and themes that will guide UNSW over the next decade as they position themselves as 'Australia’s Global University'.

Our workshop explored with staff, three key themes:

- Critical Histories; exploring the landscape in the context of your workplace – challenges and opportunities. Focussing on cultural intelligence, identity and place.

- Driving Change and engagement with Indigenous stakeholders through the change stages – challenges and opportunities.

- Developing the strategy for journeying into the new world of UNSW 2025 with Indigenous stakeholders. We will focus on strengthening cross cultural communication, engagement and planning.

Thank you very much to the UNSW team for having us; the day was very productive and we enjoyed working through this content together. 
 

The Morning Sky Project Artwork

We have recently commissioned Freeda Roberts of Dunghutti Creations to create a series of paintings which depict what we are all about with our Morning Sky Project. These are the beautiful paintings she came up with!  

We would love to share with you some details about what each one means: 

Painting 1: "Breaking the Cycle" This artwork  represents the disadvantage gap between Indigenous Australians and non-Indigenous Australians. The grey area is the disadvantage cycle we are aiming to break. The bright colours represent the gaps we are trying to close. These gaps are education, employment, life expectancy, housing, and health.

Painting 2: “Women in Business” This artwork shows the endless growth and support from all women in business. It represents the women in big companies, small business and sole traders, showing endless support for each other.

Painting 3: “Educating our Children” This artwork shows the creation of a safe environment which allows the older generation to share their stories, wisdom and knowledge to the younger generation. By passing these stories on, there is a brighter future for the children. This is highlighted by the bright orange colour which shows a path between each gathering group of children.

Painting 4: “Building a Positive Future” This artwork represents each community coming together to build and positive future for our children. The hands in the artwork are facing outwards as it symbolises the reach for a bright future.  The footprints are walking away from the hands because we are going the distance. We are moving beyond our comfort zone to take the next step in building a positive future that we dream about.

So far through The Morning Sky Project, we have facilitated the donation of Aboriginal resources to over 30 schools, we are running our Tiddas in Business networking group, and we are currently in discussions with various stakeholders about initiating a women in business program. More details on this to come soon hopefully! 

Batiba Guwiyal Celebrating Family Matters Week in Armidale

The Murawin/Batiba Guwiyal Armidale team hosted a beautiful Family Matters event supported by AbSec last weekend. Instead of having the traditional morning tea, we focused on a cultural theme to which both adults and children participated together through activities and yarning on subjects of building strong community, keeping our children safe and issues concerning families. We enjoyed some beautiful food which included both sweet and savory, employing a few local women to do the catering and help set up the event. 

The event was held at Narwan Village community garden in Armidale, and over 30 people came along, with Hazel Vale and Bevan Quinlan facilitating the day. Activities for the children included rock painting and games. The event helped bring together community and create awareness of the importance of building a safe and strong community. Together we discussed the issues of family violence and the high rate of our children being taken from family and community because of violence and sexual abuse. Overall, the event was a great community day and we look forward to the 2019 Family Matters Week. 

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Launch of the NSW Government's Aboriginal Procurement Policy

Last Friday, 11 May 2018, Murawin's Carol Vale and Matthew Hammond attended the launch of the NSW Government's Aboriginal Procurement Policy (APP), which was held at the new premises of the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce (NSWICC) at Redfern. Carol has recently joined their Board of Directors, and so was very excited to attend this launch.

The APP aims to grow Aboriginal businesses in the state, and support an additional 3,000 Aboriginal jobs. The policy is yet to be released, but includes a 3% target for all NSW Government goods and services contracts being awarded to Aboriginal businesses by 2021. 

For more information about the APP and the NSWICC, contact the NSWICC.

Photo: Kate Kelleher of Kate Kalleher Consulting, The Hon. Sarah Mitchell, MLC, Carol Vale, Matthew Hammond

Photo: Kate Kelleher of Kate Kalleher Consulting, The Hon. Sarah Mitchell, MLC, Carol Vale, Matthew Hammond

Photo: Carol Vale, The Hon. Victor Michael Dominello, MP, and Matthew Hammond

Photo: Carol Vale, The Hon. Victor Michael Dominello, MP, and Matthew Hammond