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Beyond the Gap

Beyond the Gap

By First Nations Foundation
This podcast from national Indigenous not-for-profit First Nations Foundation is an Australian-first investigation into best practice reconciliation and Indigenous engagement for corporate Australia and beyond.

Host, First Nations Foundation CEO Phil Usher, is a proud Wiradjuri man who grew up in the rich culture of the Gamilaroi people. Themes include building meaningful relationships with First Nations communities, understanding cultural obligations and connection to country, essential next steps towards reconciliation, step-by-step breakdowns for building RAPs and corporate engagement.
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Building meaningful relationships with the Aboriginal community – Karen Mundine
Karen is from the Bundjalung nation in northern NSW and is the CEO of Reconciliation Australia. Over the course of her career, she has been instrumental in some of Australia’s watershed national events including the apology to the Stolen Generations, Corroboree 2000, and the 1997 Australian Reconciliation Convention. This episode covers how to build a lasting and meaningful relationship with the Aboriginal community, what best practice looks like when it comes to reconciliation from corporate Australia, and what is needed to see systemic changes in our society. It also explores just how much of an impact an individual can have in the movement towards reconciliation. Beyond the Gap is a podcast from national Indigenous not-for-profit First Nations Foundation as 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. For more information, please visit firstnationsfoundation.org.au/podcast To learn more about First Nations Foundation’s work and keep up to date on Indigenous issues, subscribe to the monthly newsletter here.
33:27
November 07, 2021
Drawing on Elders and leading a nation to close the gap – Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP
Ken is a Noongar, Yamatji and Wongi man from Bunbury in Western Australia. He is Minister for Indigenous Australians, and the first Indigenous Minister elected to the House of Representatives. This episode is a raw conversation on what it takes to lead a nation to close the gap for Indigenous Australians. It discusses the challenges of being the only Indigenous Australian in parliament and how to draw on the strength of Elders to persevere, the role of Indigenous entrepreneurship and how that is playing out to close the gap, and how to shape a better future for Indigenous youth so we ensure we’re not having the same conversations in 20 years’ time. Beyond the Gap is a podcast from national Indigenous not-for-profit First Nations Foundation as 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. For more information, please visit firstnationsfoundation.org.au/podcast To learn more about First Nations Foundation’s work and keep up to date on Indigenous issues, subscribe to the monthly newsletter here.
33:58
October 31, 2021
Understanding Indigenous cultural obligations in the workplace – Dr Tracy Westerman AM
Tracy is a proud Nyamal woman from the Pilbara region of Western Australia. In addition to a Masters and Doctorate in clinical psychology, Tracy received the Order of Australia in 2021, is a Telstra Women’s Business Award winner, and Australian of the Year for Western Australia in 2018. This conversation explores what we need to understand about the impacts of trauma amongst Indigenous Australians, why healing is a critical component for Aboriginal mental health and wellbeing, and an understanding of cultural obligations and connection to country. Beyond the Gap is a podcast from national Indigenous not-for-profit First Nations Foundation as 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. For more information, please visit firstnationsfoundation.org.au/podcast To learn more about First Nations Foundation’s work and keep up to date on Indigenous issues, subscribe to the monthly newsletter here.
34:31
October 24, 2021
Step-by-step reconciliation and supporting Aboriginal employees – Andrew Olsen
Andrew is a proud Dunghutti and Anaiwan man. He has had a dynamic career across government, education, and as well Big 4 consulting and major banks. This conversation lends itself to a real step-by-step guide on building out a Reconciliation Action Plan and is an invaluable tool for anyone who wants to engage with the Aboriginal community. Also explored are how non-traditional Aboriginal sectors can still have positive impacts on the Indigenous community, what the thought leaders in this space do more effectively than others, and what the C-suite need to understand about cultural loading for their Aboriginal employees. Beyond the Gap is a podcast from national Indigenous not-for-profit First Nations Foundation as 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. For more information, please visit firstnationsfoundation.org.au/podcast To learn more about First Nations Foundation’s work and keep up to date on Indigenous issues, subscribe to the monthly newsletter here.
29:36
October 17, 2021
Aboriginal engagement as part of organisational strategy – Ian Hamm
Ian is a Yorta Yorta man who has been actively involved in the Victorian Indigenous community in a personal and professional capacity for many years. Ian holds several non-executive roles including Red Cross Australia, First Nations Foundation, the Koori Heritage Trust, and is also former President of the Western Region Football League. This episode discusses the major changes in attitudes towards Aboriginal affairs that Ian has seen over the past decade, why Victoria is leading the nation when it comes to Indigenous advancement, and how boards and executives can ingrain Aboriginal engagement into their strategy. Beyond the Gap is a podcast from national Indigenous not-for-profit First Nations Foundation as 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. For more information, please visit firstnationsfoundation.org.au/podcast To learn more about First Nations Foundation’s work and keep up to date on Indigenous issues, subscribe to the monthly newsletter here.
32:55
October 10, 2021
Remaining connected to culture as a leader – David Atkin
Leading senior executive strategist and advisor for responsible investment, David Atkin shares with us his upbringing in Papua New Guinea and his mum’s work with the Aboriginal community in Western Kimberly before his time as CEO of Cbus Super. This episode gives rare insight into the thinking behind a senior executive of a large superannuation fund. The conversation covers how to effectively balance impact investing whilst generating a great return for members, what executives and senior leaders need to consider before building out an effective Reconciliation Action Plan, and how these senior leaders can keep up to date with Indigenous issues and challenges. Beyond the Gap is a podcast from national Indigenous not-for-profit First Nations Foundation as 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. For more information, please visit firstnationsfoundation.org.au/podcast To learn more about First Nations Foundation’s work and keep up to date on Indigenous issues, subscribe to the monthly newsletter here.
27:18
October 04, 2021
The essential next step for reconciliation – Dr Simon Longstaff AO
Dr Longstaff has a PhD in a Philosophy from Cambridge University and is Executive Director of The Ethics Centre, working across business, government, and society. Simon is proud of his kinship ties to members of the Warnindhilyagwa community in the Northern Territory. This thought-provoking episode explores why you don’t have to be Aboriginal to have significant impact on the Indigenous community, the essential next step for all Australians in our journey towards reconciliation, and how you can start to effectively engage with the Aboriginal community. Beyond the Gap is a podcast from national Indigenous not-for-profit First Nations Foundation as 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. For more information, please visit firstnationsfoundation.org.au/podcast To learn more about First Nations Foundation’s work and keep up to date on Indigenous issues, subscribe to the monthly newsletter here.
34:26
September 23, 2021