Our Vision

TOTAL WELLBEING

Why Total Wellbeing? Walk Together’s vision is now to achieve Total Wellbeing for all people. We arrived at the vision via our lived experiences and observations of the profound negative impact of colonisation on First Nation peoples in New Zealand, Australia, and many other parts. In developing Walk Together over the past decade, two things have emerged:

- our ever-heightening awareness of the inequities and inequalities on every continent in a vast range of sites in, for example, in cultural, social, economic, and religious areas

- constant feedback from clients of the value and virtues of our vision and WT as a process to achieve it.

How we work in the space of Wellbeing: We have found that the most appropriate and beneficial process to achieve wellbeing is to focus on constructing effective personal and social relationships before engaging in transactional (business) activities. The relational process as still practiced in traditional non-Western societies and functionally performed in Western societies offers a relatively common starting point to bring different cultures to a point of connected interaction. Once the connected interaction is observable, gradually begin to introduce transactional activities and processes.

What is possible when Wellbeing is the Vision: We agree with many sentiments expressed in the poem below, especially

- no one is or can be an island, we are all part of the main

- any human death we could have prevented diminishes us.

To Walk Together means an emphasis on relationships and connectivity to work and strive together in a Between World. The outcome will be mutually beneficial outcomes for all participants with no enforced change in culture unless they choose it.

OUR MISSION

'To inspire people to collaboratively develop mutually desired outcomes so that change is done with people, rather than to people'

OUR NEXT STEPS

The future of Walk Together is evolving with global aspirations. The next iteration and the evolution for Walk Together is being incubated from New Zealand.

Our next development phase is in growing a connected whānau (eco-system) of inter-culturally competent leaders and facilitators who use Walk Together to affect systemic change in ways that bring about Total Wellbeing by achieving mutually beneficial outcomes.

For Whom the Bell Tolls


No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friends were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.


-John Donne 1572 - 1631