Indigenous Business Networking – Friday Coffee Morning (6 February 2015)

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Join Indigenous Business people, Indigenous not-for-profit leaders and our supporters, for an informal morning of networking and relationship building.

The SEQICC and co-hosts Nancy Bamaga from Black Drum Productions and Michelle Tuahine will meet at The Coffee Club, 9/32 Park Road, Milton, Qld, 4064, on the 6th of February from 7.30am – 10.00am.

Feel free to pop in for ten minutes or stay for 2 hours!

Check out our Indigenous Business Networking – Friday Coffee Morning Photo Album on our Facebook Page.

About the Indigenous Business Networking: Friday Coffee Morning Events: 

  • The event is free each week, you just pay the cost of your transport to and from the event, plus the cost of your coffee and/or breakfast.
  • Would you like to be a co-host? Read more at our Hosting Guidelines.
  • Read more about the vision for this event.
  • For more event information, please contact Leesa.

Indigenous Business Networking – Friday Coffee Morning (30 January 2015)

seqicc-coffee-morning-2015-01-30-inviteJoin Indigenous Business people, Indigenous Not-for-Profit leaders and our supporters, for an informal morning of networking and relationship building.

At this first event for 2015, join the SEQICC and co-hosts Michael and Ludmila Doneman from Edgeware, at the Bramble Place Tea & Coffee, 1 Loudon Street, Sandgate 4017 Qld, on the 30th of January 2015 from 7.30am – 10.00am.

Feel free to pop in for ten minutes or stay for 2 hours!

Check out our Indigenous Business Networking – Friday Coffee Morning Photo Album on our Facebook Page.

About the Indigenous Business Networking: Friday Coffee Morning Events:

  • The event is free each week, you just pay the cost of your transport to and from the event, plus the cost of your coffee and/or breakfast.
  • Would you like to be a co-host? Read more at our Hosting Guidelines.
  • Read more about the vision for this event.
  • For more event information, please contact Leesa.

Indigenous Business Networking – Friday Coffee Morning (16 January 2015)

seqicc-coffee-morning-2015-01-16-inviteJoin Indigenous Business people, Indigenous Not-for-Profit leaders and our supporters, for an informal morning of networking and relationship building.

At this first event for 2015, join the SEQICC and co-host Leesa Watego from Iscariot Media, at the Open Book Cafe, 2A/77 Camelia Avenue, EVERTON HILLS, QLD, on 16 January 2015 from 7.30am – 10.00am.

Feel free to pop in for ten minutes or stay for 2 hours!

Check out our Indigenous Business Networking – Friday Coffee Morning Photo Album on our Facebook Page.

About the Indigenous Business Networking: Friday Coffee Morning Events:

  • The event is free each week, you just pay the cost of your transport to and from the event, plus the cost of your coffee and/or breakfast.
  • Would you like to be a co-host? Read more at our Hosting Guidelines.
  • Read more about the vision for this event.
  • For more event information, please contact Leesa.

Member Feature: Meet the ResearchCrowd

Research involves groupings of people in a collaborative exercise. The soundness of trust among its stakeholders is essential to a successful and ethical outcome. Trust has to function at all levels of the research enterprise – between participant and researcher, between research partners and sponsors, between researchers, institutions and the scientific community and lastly, and perhaps most importantly, with the wider community. Where trust persists, research can be sustained.[i]

Picture2All Indigenous communities deserve the right of access to research paradigms that are grounded in cultural competency and respect, and founded on mutual trust and ethical integrity. In practice, however, research conducted in Indigenous communities is, more often than not, seen as problematic and lacking. On the one side, research investigations are typically conducted by researchers whose values and perceptions are formed outside of the boundaries of the worldview of Indigenous people and community. On the other side, Indigenous communities remain suspicious and mistrustful of the ‘enterprise of research’, as stories are told about following ‘white way’ but not ‘right way’; of loss of ownership over community-shared experiences; of not hearing back on ‘our stories’; of being positioned outside of, and excluded from, decisions that determine and define the future life of the community; of the promise of reward, and the receipt of trinkets.

That’s where ResearchCrowd comes in.

Established in 2014 by four Indigenous sisters, ResearchCrowd is a small enterprise with a big vision! ResearchCrowd specialises in quantitative and qualitative Indigenous research, and offers a suite of research-related services (such as, evaluations, conferences, consulting, and more).

“ResearchCrowd is working to close the gap on understanding and inclusion between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians for the benefit of all Australians. We set up the business because we wanted to be involved in research that is responsive, respectful and rewarding for our people”, said Dr Catherine Demosthenous, Founder and Principal of ResearchCrowd.

Catherine, a respected academic, author and researcher, went on to say, “We wanted to change the way our mob think about research, and we wnted to change the way mainstream research is done. We wanted to engage in research that is culturally solid and ethically solid, and embraced by Indigenous people/communities. Research is so important. It’s the foundation of policies, programs and practices. It is translated into decisions and developments that impact every part of our lives. Research changes lives. And, I guess the bottom line for us is, we are working hard to build the evidence-bases needed to craft new and practical solutions to the complex social problems that challenge Indigenous people in contemporary Australia, and are doing this in culturally respectful and reverent ways.”

South East Queensland Indigenous Business Survey 2015

Blog-Post_SEQ-IBS-Non-Edit_MAX_150106.jpgThis month, the SEQICC is releasing the first South East Queensland Indigenous Business Survey. The aim of the survey is to gather information that will allow the SEQICC to plan for the coming decade. We want to provide the best services we can, but to do that, we need information in two key areas:

1. Indigenous Entrepreneurs: Indigenous entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of Indigenous business activity and are the core clients of the SEQICC. In the survey we will ask our entrepreneurs questions like: What type of business do you have? What kinds of services do you need? How can we help you grow your business?

Survey link: http://goo.gl/forms/53vEwGRmJ3

2. Indigenous Business Stakeholders: We’re continuously approached by agencies and government programs to provide assistance and advice. Yet these organisations and agencies are not our members, nor are they necessarily our core business. However we recognise that by supporting their work, they in turn support the work in the Indigenous community more broadly. In the survey, we will ask our stakeholders to tell us about their organisation, its needs and what products we can develop to assist them.

Stakeholders (including not-for-profit and government agencies) survey link: http://goo.gl/forms/Jqe8GuCOss

If you know anyone who fits into the above categories, please feel free to share the links. The more data we have the better service we can provide.

The Survey Tool

The survey tool we have chose to use is Google Forms. You do not need a password or log-in. The survey is anonymous. We will be posting the results of the survey on our website and through our newsletter. However you will need to go online in order to complete the survey.

If you are having difficult completing the online form, please let me know so that I can arrange an alternative option. My email is secretary@seqicc.com.au.

The survey tool will be open from the 6th to the 29th of January 2015.

I apologise in advance for the constant reminding about this initiative you will receive over the following month. However it’s important that we get a strong cross section of our community.

Cheers, Leesa Watego, CEO Iscariot Media, Acting President SEQICC