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Relationship Equity Management 

Indigenous Thinking - The REM World.


Paradigm "Indigenous thinking" in the context of REM World is the means by which societies, sectors, organisations and individuals are able to gain innovative insights for organisational transformation to create new directions and reframe, realign or redesign governance, management and operational practices. Through the integration of contemporary (LAW) and customary (LORE) concepts and principles, effective policies, programs and projects will deliver outcomes that reflect the social and cultural diversity of the communities they will impact. This is becoming more necessary in today’s increasingly complex geo-political environment.

James sharing the history of REM is in this video below.

Image by Wylly Suhendra of multi cultural hands

“Indigenous Thinking” establishes a framework for dialogue that allows stakeholders on either side of the LAW/LORE, equation to navigate a way through their issues and establish sustainable and durable outcomes that result from an analysis of the options generated when this type of dialogue is implemented through the REM World Transformational Framework. This Framework is designed to create new learnings for societies, sectors, organisations and individuals wishing to incorporate “Indigenous Thinking” in the outcomes they want to deliver. As a Change Management Framework, REM World simplifies the process of change.
In a New Zealand example, “Indigenous Thinking” establishes a portal between the way in which the two versions of the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi are interpreted, according to Contemporary Law and Customary Lore principles. For instance, Contemporary LAW dialogue is based on a set of values related to the ownership of possessions, re-enforced by a legal System that legitimises individual entitlements and ownership rights. Under Contemporary LAW, any possession, on proof of ownership, can be bought or sold at will. Customary LORE dialogue by contrast, is based on values that seek to preserve a way of life. These values are re-enforced by whanaungatanga (family bonds) and legitimised by whakapapa (connectedness). Possessions legitimised by LORE are not owned by any one individual but are commonly held possessions that are treated as gifts or treasures (taonga) to be kept in safe keeping and passed on for future generations to enjoy. When required, these types of differences in “Indigenous Thinking” can be identified and incorporated into any analytical result produced from REM World methodology.
“Indigenous Thinking” is inherent in all human endeavours and is not solely related to cultural ethnicity or other social norms. From an organisational perspective, corporate culture also has a significant impact on the type of dialogue that is permissible and how it is legitimised. In a world dominated by a Western European social and cultural organisational paradigm, “Indigenous Thinking” provides an alternative approach to developing and achieving more inclusive and equitable outcomes for those seeking to realise their aspirations in a more authentic way.

James Barnes
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Phone: 06 8674055

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