It’s been a week since I’ve returned from Melbourne, and I’m still reeling from all the fantastic content we have been given. I am so grateful to have been accepted into the fourth class of the Murra Indigenous Business Masterclass at the Melbourne Business School of the University of Melbourne.
As someone who works with Indigenous issues in graphic design and art, I get asked frequently about what is okay to do. Most Australians and most workers in graphic design have little or no understanding of the issues involved in working with Aboriginal people, design and artwork. People generally ask the question, without realising that the answer is long, full of qualifications and is something that requires discussion and thought.
I am presenting at the Queensland Tourism Industry Council’s Increasing Indigenous participation in tourism forum in Brisbane tomorrow (Friday 25th November). I’m presenting on behalf of the South East Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.
Below is the bulk of what I would like to say, though unless I read from the paper I won’t say it all. You can also listen to me read it at Flipzu.
Increasing Indigenous participation in business is such an large topic. Where do we even start?
Congratulations to the team at Inguides on their release of their iPhone and iPad applications yesterday and their Android application a few weeks ago.
This is probably the first mobile application by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person. One of the hardest parts about being in business is keeping track of your vision through the ups and downs. The Inguides team should feel very proud of their acheivement and I hope continue to develop their products well into the long-term.
One a personal note, as a user, while I’m still getting used to it, I was really happy to have located an Indigenous business only two suburbs away. One that I’d never heard before.