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LfG 18/19 Seminar One: Diversity and Inclusion

Nairn Walker started the day with an interesting exercise on resource allocation. This exercise involved taking a finite resource - money - and choosing how you would use it to support your family/life ie: housing, food, transport, healthcare, technology etc. 

The exercise centred around having choice & control, and the power that gives people… And with that choice and control significantly diminished through poverty, over generations, people start to believe that this is what they are stuck with.

Around her theme, educating for a positive now, we looked at the community sustainability grid to help understand and asses the different layers involvement & collaborative efforts.

Following this, we reviewed the economic continuum, which looks like:

Gen Pov -> Situational Pov -> Middle Class -> New $$ -> Wealth

The challenge, was to think about this continuum as a flat line & not a vertical one.

People have a view that their game is the best and people generally think they're playing their game but it can be different.

After this, we heard from Glen Snowden from GenU.

Glen took us through a brief background of the disability sector & change over time from an institutionalization approach. Key points were:

Citizenship; creation of homes, communities & neighbourhoods; creating inclusive communities; sense of belonging; and choice & control.

Glen also had GenU client Marcus share his personal story.  GenU was able to train Marcus who has now taken on a barista job, lives in GenU housing at the rear of the property & earns his own money which empowers him to have choice & control over different aspects of his life including going surfing weekly.

We then went to the GenU Business Hub at North Geelong where Georgie Knight took us on a tour of the facility. The facility employs a mix of people with varying degrees of disability. The aim is to teach people work skills which will hopefully get them into full time employment.  Work performed at the Hub include: Food preparation & supply;  Laundry tasks for hospitals; Document destruction;  Warehouse repacking & pick/send…. etc

We also heard from Mike McKinstry, the CEO of GenU, who discussed his leadership journey. Some of the key takeouts were:

- To gain ideas from grassroots;

- Stakeholder Management - work out who the influential people are and get them together'

- Best practise business - don't just talk it, go and see it;

- Key supplier development; and

- Only as good as they perform when it makes a significant contribution to your business.



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