Ahead of Indigenous Business Month in October, First Nations Foundation has launched a new seven-part podcast series “Beyond the Gap” in an Australian-first investigation into best practice reconciliation and Indigenous engagement for corporate Australia and beyond.
Guests include Indigenous and non-Indigenous thought-leaders – Hon. Ken Wyatt AM (Minister for Indigenous Affairs), Karen Mundine (Reconciliation Australia CEO), Dr Simon Longstaff AO (Executive Director of The Ethics Centre), David Atkins (former Cbus CEO), Andrew Olsen (GHD), Ian Hamm (chair of First Nations Foundation), and Dr Tracy Westerman AM (clinical psychologist).
Themes include building meaningful relationships with First Nations communities, understanding cultural obligations and connection to country, essential next steps for all Australians towards reconciliation, step-by-step breakdowns for building Reconciliation Action Plans, how senior executive leaders should engage with Indigenous issues and challenges, the role of Indigenous entrepreneurship, and the importance of representation.
Host, First Nations Foundation CEO Phil Usher, is a proud Wiradjuri man who grew up in the rich culture of the Gamilaroi people. He has taken the Indigenous-led financial wellbeing organisation to new heights, recently launching new digital financial products for Indigenous Australians: IndigenousSuper.com.au, TomorrowMoney.co and My Money Dream. First Nations Foundation was awarded Indigenous Business of the Year at the 2020 MyBusiness Awards.
“What makes Beyond the Gap a landmark production in this space are the honest conversations with a core group of experts about where we stand as a nation on closing the gap, and the meaningful insights that are drawn out including readily actionable next steps towards meaningful reconciliation,” Usher said. “This is a must-listen for anyone looking to do better on Indigenous engagement.”
You can listen to the debut episode here.