We worked with the RMIT University School of Management, Business and Administration to create a kick off event called the Indigenous Business Studio. This will be the first in a number of initiatives as the school increases Aboriginal teaching content and engagement with the Aboriginal entrepreneurship community.
Many of our small businesses provide unique, culturally specific services and instead of simply telling people about them, we believe it’s best if they can experience them for themselves. So for the first Indigenous Business Studio 40 key staff members of the School along with Indigenous students created bush bouquets with Annette Sax, founder of Yarn Strong Sista, a family run businesses supplying Aboriginal education resources. The idea was to move away from high-level conversations about engagement strategies, targets and checkpoints. We wanted to create a more tactile space, where staff members slowed down, listened to local language, heard first hand about Annette’s unique story of ethical product sourcing and touched, smelt and created bouquets made from Indigenous plants.
Following the making session expert facilitator Karen Milward led the group in a conversation about next steps for engagement.