Engagement Facilitation and Exercises
What is Engagement Facilitation?
Engagement Facilitation is the process of working with parties to design, create and develop opportunities for new collaboration and partnerships or to take their partnerships to a new level.
Engagement Exercises: Targeting 3 Gaps Which Inhibit Indigenous/non-Indigenous Partnerships
There are three broad gaps which inhibit Indigenous/non-Indigenous partnerships. Using a series of exercise, parties and clusters of people and organizations begin to address the three gaps.
1. Awareness and Motivation Engagement Exercise
2. Partnership Execution Engagement Exercise
3. Indigenous Stakeholder Alignment Gap: Engagement Exercise
- Awareness and Motivation Engagement Exercise – Outside of the resource sector, the majority of businesses in corporate Canada have not yet defined for themselves why they should be working with Indigenous people, businesses or communities. These non-engaged businesses simply don’t see the need or reason to work with Indigenous people, businesses or communities. Not only are they unaware of Indigenous people and businesses and what they have to offer, the matter of Indigenous engagement is simply not seen as relevant or pertinent to their business or industry. We need to change this mind-set. Engagement facilitation introduces parties to examine and opportunities for collaboration and partnership.
- Partnership Execution Engagement Exercise -- Companies and Indigenous organizations need to become better at collaborating, building partnerships and sustaining those relationships. They don’t know how to work with one another. They need to develop the leadership and organizational skills to do so. More stories, and information is needed to explain the successes that some companies are experiencing in their Indigenous engagements.
- Indigenous Stakeholder Alignment Gap: Engagement Exercise -- There is currently a gulf between the Indigenous organizations dedicated to business and those dedicated to Indigenous employment development. There is a further gulf between companies and Indigenous organizations. This is part of what we mean by a ‘stakeholder alignment gap’. As a group, Indigenous economic development corporations (IEDC’s) are not generally part of ESDC’s and ASET’s strategic orientation or planning purview. A closer working relationship needs to be cultivated between Indigenous IEDC’s, ASETs and other Indigenous organizations.
Engagement & Facilitation Exercises: Addressing your Needs
After conducting an initial review of your needs, we customize an engagement and facilitation process to address gaps, challenges and opportunities. In some cases there is a ‘stepped’ approach to developing your engagement strategy or a series of ‘engagement phases’.