Our Tools

Leading Systemic Change

Why Walk Together is Needed: At present, experiences in different countries suggest limited expertise in understanding how people of different cultural origins work and walk together.

Limited expertise includes levels of knowledge, of intercultural interactions or willingness to look beyond one's own culture to different ways of knowing and doing.  

Global shrinkage is now a fact and not a future phenomenon. On that basis, it is crucial that greater attention is devoted to the idea of different cultures working together for jointly beneficial outcomes.

How we grow capacity: Walk Together requires the establishment of intercultural competency as the basis for two or more cultures to work together. Intercultural competency can be acquired by exposing people through the Walk Together program to the values, ideals, goals and desired outcomes of participating cultures.  In other words, build relationships before getting down to business and use a trained facilitator to establish a jointly agreed set of core values and actions for working and walking together. More about how we facilitate this process can be found by reading about our specific Walk Together tools.

What can be achieved: The result should be an in-depth understanding of another culture through a jointly owned process that achieves jointly defined and valued outcomes.

Over time this continuous unpacking and connecting develops a jointly owned and in-depth understanding of the ways of each culture and there is far greater comprehension of cultural differences that appear during the process and very often why and how they evolved. This builds trust and cohesion over and through the journey.  

 

MUTUAL WAYS

Why it matters?

When different cultures meet, usually one dominates and controls. Mutual Ways is a way of working for the allows consistently grounded decisions to be made through management of the situation and facilitation (having no vested interest in the final decisions made.

How WT acknowledges this space

The process frequently entails checking with participants from different cultures, or conflicting groups from one culture, if the decisions being developed or made are appropriate to their respective needs, or is a modification needed.

What can be achieved?

Mutual ways allows the achievement of equitable solutions between different cultures, or conflicting groups from one culture.. In the example below, the two cultures exist between the Government and the Community. Skilled intercultural facilitation is required to bring different cultures together by and through Mutual Agreement in the Between World.

THE STRATEGIC ACTION FRAMEWORK

Why is it needed?

The SAF was created to overcome the dysfunction that occurs when there is no systematic way of working with change with different cultures or conflicting groups within one culture.  

How the SAF works.

It is a sequential pathway of twenty objectives. Missing any objective may well prevent the desired outcome being reached.

What can be achieved?

The realisation of the vision and outcomes jointly established and pursued over the pathway.  

8 PRINCIPLES &
7 MONITORING PROTOCOLS

 

8 PRINCIPLES & 7 MONITORING PROTOCOLS

The key principles guide both action and monitor the process in its entirety. For the action phase, each principle is a statement of intent. For monitoring, each statement becomes a question of how successfully it was applied. Both the principles and the protocols are used to assess whether a Walk Together devised program is likely to achieve or has achieved sustainable results leading into and during implementation. A specific focus is always on areas that may need reconstruction or strengthening and why.

Why Are they needed?

These are two common bases for working with two or more cultures (or groups within one culture) at the same time and being mechanisms for gathering data

How Can They Best be Used?

After each co-design session or strategy implementation, use of both tools will provide reliable data for assessing progress

What is the Outcome?

Constant independently undertaken feedback for all participants on achievements and issues