What You'll Learn

  • Protect Your Opportunities

    Learn how to identify opportunities that would otherwise be invisible. Learn how to create better collaborations with a community, that can open new doors to new livelihoods and sustainable growth, for everyone involved.

  • Safeguard Your Data

    Learn how to evaluate the risks in sharing your information or data, and its associated environments, and how those risks can irreversibly impact livelihood or growth potential for you and your communities, or partners, and their initiatives.

  • Sustain Your Community

    Learn how to identify the identities you are best to engage with to safeguard relationships, establish trust early on and protect partners or investors and the relevant initiatives, or future opportunities, for all parties.

Avoid Lost Opportunities

The objective of Module 1 is to Establish a Solid Foundation for any type of initiative or enterprise that seeks to engage or create a community, including partners, or investors.

Module 1 is action learning, learning by doing. And, it provides the first part of a culturally secure framework to ‘do’ and ‘learn’ how you can engage and establish the primary community for a planned initiative or enterprise in a better way.

By creating your community in this way, especially if you are sharing their environment, you can achieve these three important outcomes, within module 1:

a) Established your primary community for the initiative, so they can also contribute and benefit on their terms
b) As an established collaboration you can now see other opportunities for the initiative that would otherwise be invisible
c) You have created a solid foundation for the initiative that can now be built on safely and collaboratively within module 2. At this stage future investors or partners can be agreed.


  • 1


    • Introduction Establish a Solid Foundation

    • How To Navigate This Site and Course

    • Module 1 Foundation Learning Guide

    • [optional] Individual Course Mentoring

    • [optional] Individual Course Coaching

    • [optional] Group Coaching (for one initiative)

  • 2


    • Part 1 Cultural Identity

    • Part 1 Identity Activity

    • Part 1 Test Your Knowledge

  • 3


    • Part 2 Cultural Information

    • Part 2 Information Worksheet

    • Part 2 Test Your Knowledge

  • 4


    • Part 3 Cultural Environment

    • Part 3 Environment Activity

    • Part 3 Test Your Knowledge

  • 5


    • Part 4 Cultural Assets

    • Part 4 Assets Activity

    • Part 4 Test Your Knowledge

  • 6


    • Part 5 Cultural Economy

    • Part 5 Economy Activity

    • Part 5 Test Your Knowledge

  • 7


    • Part 6 Cultural Community

    • Part 6 Community Activity

    • Part 6 Test Your Knowledge

  • 8


    • Part 7 Consolidate Learning

    • Book Your Consultation

    • Course Participant Feedback Survey


There are three ways to learn and apply this training and they are;

  • Entry-level Online Course
    Basic Level

    The online course is basic learning to develop knowledge and skills of how to apply this tailored framework to safeguard the establishment of an initiative or an enterprise and its primary community. This level means we are providing you with the basic proven framework to work with and apply to establish a solid foundation for your initiative, if you follow the process as it is taught to you. You will learn the 6 key objectives of each module, these must be achieved for the framework to be secure. The more effort you put into the supplied resources the deeper your learning and more sustainable your outcomes can be. In this online entry level, you will need to be responsible for making your framework relevant to the specific initiative and community you want to create. For example; relevant to the industry or objective you want to achieve. You don’t need to know how to do any of this as it is taught within this course.

    The cost of this course is for individuals. Please click here to inquire about group pricing.

  • Customised Online Course
    Professional Level

    This is when the online course has been tailored to create immediate relevance to an initiative or its industry. Course materials can also be tailored and co-branded by negotiation. If you have a group doing the course for planning or developing an initiative or enterprise and you want to strengthen the relationships and fast track the outcomes this is the recommended online course. One of the biggest hurdles for initiatives that have a range of people involved is ensuring that everyone is on the same page. To do this course the participants do not need to be in the same location. As a customised course it can more readily be applied to facilitate collaborative learning. Module 2 builds on what is achieved in Module 1, how much is achieved in the second module depends on if it is the standard online course or another customised course you decide to develop. The customised Module 2 course will also undoubtedly fast track achievement of your objectives and safeguard the developing relationships. Please click here to talk to us about customisation.

  • On-site Training
    Experts Level

    On-site delivery of Module 1 or Module 2 is face to face training that is delivered to groups who are working on the same initiative or who are from the same entity. This is the preferred way to receive the training when larger projects are being planned or developed or a range of cultural or community groups are participating. It is a longer training period and a much more in-depth learning experience. It is collaborative action learning – learning by doing – together! Depending on the needs and objectives of the group and their initiative or project a Module can be delivered as a 1-day workshop or over a week depending on how complex the situation and the relationships are, and what needs to be achieved, and if people want to do activities or some learning on their own. The timeframe is also about prior legacy’s, and if they are incorporated or need to be resolved. This type of delivery is relevant to any type of industry or project, from tourism or cultural initiatives to natural resource developments, businesses and their partner communities.

    Please click here to talk to us about on-site training.

What People Are Saying About This Training

“As an Aboriginal person I see that engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is not an impossible task for the wider community if they use this training”.
     Fay Stewart-Muir, Boon Wurrung Elder, Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages

 “I am really excited about the potential of the mapping component of this package and I feel confident that this pictorial representation will further encourage and inspire communities to participate in this community planning process.” 
     Dr Glenys Butler, General Manager Liveability, Wellington Shire Council 

“This program delivers training and insight that is essential to the success of stakeholder engagement in ways that were until now not available in the marketplace."
     Anne-Maree Huxley Founder and CEO MOSS (Australia)”

“There are liabilities in relation to sharing data. These are complex as the issues include privacy (e.g. personal data) confidentiality (e.g. commercially sensitive data or vulnerable data such as rare rock art that could be vandalised) pricing, licensing, copyright, approval to combine with other data, the ability to value add, on-selling, and others. This course has been deliberately created in such a way that is addresses those critical risks”.
     Peter Woodgate, CEO, Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information 

About Jennifer

Cultural Mapping Course Developer

Jennifer Joi Field, PhD

I would like to share a brief history of how I came to develop this bespoke cultural mapping collaborative learning program. The primary objective was finding a way for Kimberley communities to create sustainable livelihoods.

I have always seen opportunities where there is need. In the 1980s, it was alternative ways of living that were more community orientated and that is when I also established my first business in a small rural town, Candelo Bulk Wholefoods.

I then commenced horticultural studies where I uncovered a love for natural environments. My growing desire to work with communities then led me to studiesin social sciences where in 1988 I was given a field placement with the Australian Council for Social Services.

This is where I met Aboriginal activist, Kevin Gilbert. An admired leader who inspired many, including me. He invited me to assist him to set more


Investing in this tailored collaborative learning that is underpinned by over a decade of post graduate research could be a tiny investment compared to, loss of partners or investors, loss of community trust, or overlooked business opportunities.

This is two-way learning, learning by doing, together, which can safeguard everyone’s opportunities and investments.

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