Reporting back to communities
Martu leadership participants are committed to feeding back what they have learnt and are learning to their community. So far this year, the leadership team have visited both Kunawarritji and Parnngurr communities.
One of the topics covered during the visit is how to increase Martu understanding of company finances and how this relates to their communities. The participants explain what to look for to know if an organisation has got a strong money story and the importance of having financial reports presented in a format that can be easily accessed and understood by all Martu members of companies as well as the elders.
Visual representation and the use of colour has proven very valuable in explaining this concept to community members. For example, a simple graph with a red line indicating money lost and a black line indicating surplus is a handy tool. Martu mentor Billy Landy explains “We have never seen this like this, now we understand and we can explain to the old people.”
These workshops are also a great opportunity for the old people to see the work that the young people involved in the Martu Leadership Program are doing. One elder in Parnngurr community expressed his feelings after listening to a presentation. “Nobody has ever been feeding us like this before. This is the information we need. I am really happy for this. I am really proud of these young people bringing this back to us.” Jimmy Williams, Parnngurr community member.
The leadership participants feel very encouraged by the support from the elders. It gives them confidence and authority to continue learning. Giving feedback to the communities will continue to be a big part of the Martu Leadership Program this year.