When the world’s oldest living culture informs the heart of the design, development and delivery of places, authentic outcomes that nurture both people and planet are possible.
Old Ways, New empowers projects and organisations to draw on the knowledge, strengths and insights of Traditional Owners and Indigenous communities, reshaping the whole notion of consultation and putting Indigenous perspectives and the wellbeing of Country at the heart of decision-making.
Differences between cultures
Chief executive Angie Abdilla explains that what is often missing in discussions about the built environment and the land it occupies is an appreciation of the differences between Western ideas about culture and Indigenous ideas of culture.
The Western paradigm is more transactional, seeing culture as something that is purchased as an object or experience. In contrast, Australian Indigenous culture embeds process and protocols in everything Indigenous people do. And, at the core, lies belonging to Country, caring for Country and caring for kin.
“We all have traditional practices that relate to place, it is at the heart of identity,” Angie says.
“Our practice enables people to design processes that support the cultural integrity of Indigenous traditional knowledges and familial relationships with Country, to come through in design, engineering and building for genuine placemaking.”
Old Ways New is both a consultancy for developing the policies, practices and processes that will create genuine relationships between organisations and communities, and a provider of the digitally-driven strategies, platforms and products that connect place and peoples.