What is Deep Collaboration?
Deep Collaboration is created by First Nations and other multicultural Australians, sharing their ideas, experiences and expertise with one goal in mind. That goal is to find a new way to work and lead together. This website describes a way of working that follows the values and steps needed to create this shared leadership.
Who is Deep Collaboration for?
Deep Collaboration is for people creating shared leadership between First Nation peoples and other multicultural Australians. This includes experienced practitioners, facilitators and those in a community leadership role.
By working in this way, you will be better able to:
- Facilitate purposeful collaboration between First Nations and other Australians
- Build different relationships, dynamics and connections through your work
- Understand and work with complex forms of power and power dynamics in systems and groups
- Facilitate others to deepen their understanding of power in systems and groups
- Hold and work constructively with conflict in groups
- Identify, understand and work across diverse worldviews
- Support yourself and others throughout this process
What do you need to use Deep Collaboration?
There are a few important values and skills that you will need:
- Strong commitment to working with others as equals
- Curiosity about how you can collaborate better
- Openness to shift the way you work
- Willingness to take risks, encourage others, find inspiration along the way
- Desire to learn, adapt and change in response to new ideas and perspectives
- Adequate level of Cultural Competency, Cultural Intelligence and awareness of relevant First Nations cultures
What is Cultural Competency?
This website does not teach Cultural Competency or Cultural Intelligence. You need to have a considerable level of understanding and competency about your own cultural history and identity.
You will also need an adequate level of understanding and competency concerning the other cultures and people you are working with, whether First Nations or other Australians, before using these resources.
Deep Collaboration builds on this existing foundation by increasing your understanding of relationships and power dynamics between First Nations and other Australians when working together.
We focus on the collaborative skills required to work together and change:
The 5 steps of Deep Collaboration
The Fundamentals and 5 steps that follow are designed for groups and partnerships to find new ways for First Nations and other multicultural Australians to work together.
What is involved in each step?
Each step has five parts:
Introduction to each step and overview of its purpose
Reflect on and discuss these things before you begin a new step
Understand the practice skills required for the step
Videos and downloads to support you
Links and resources to take your knowledge further
Where do I start?
The place to begin is by looking at The Fundamentals. This will help you and your group decide if you are ready to move to Step 1 or need to work on the Fundamentals first.
The Fundamentals are required before moving on to Step 1.