The feedback we received is that the Talanoa and its rules of engagement created a safe and open space for all to speak their hearts and minds and listen to each other's perspectives without judgment or competition.
As part of the Pacific region and as a country built on ancient First Nations land, it's time that we recognise the wisdom of our Indigenous peoples. We can respectfully draw on this wisdom to address modern challenges.
At the Edmund Rice Centre we believe that the tradition of Talanoa, like the concept of Yarning Circles in First Nations communities, can help us broaden our understanding and perspectives on a range of issues - climate justice, First Nations justice, the experience of refugees and asylum seekers and more.
We also know that through Talanoa, we can create a safe space to listen to the voices of those who are marginalised and strengthen relationships between participants. From this, new ideas, collaborations and partnerships will emerge.