A program designed to help Embrace Diversity, Build on Strengths and Grow Community
Why:

Australia is still a country struggling for an identity that includes all of its citizens: an identity that all can accept as truthful and then work together for the common good of the society.  Neighbours Without Borders (NWB) is a dynamic  innovation drawing on Palms experience since 1961 of preparing people for cross-cultural engagement

This expression of the program was inspired by Palms members and staff during 2020-21 COVID-19 lockdowns.  It continues to be refined to address the deep divisions we see emerging in socio-political affairs.The processes provide creative frameworks and activities that enable all cultures and sub-cultures to bring their strengths to inclusive community development.

Who needs it?

NWB is a tool for governments, schools, churches and other communities where just living in the
same neighbourhood no longer provides a loyalty to a common social contract. It begins by assisting communities to explore and replace the isolation of lockdown whilst reducing suspicion and fear of difference, to create recognition and excitement for community growth.

Vision:

People reaching beyond culture, religion, nationality, gender, class, and individualism, for harmony to achieve a just and flourishing community.

Mission Goals:
  1. Provide diverse stakeholder groups with frameworks and activities that assist to identify:
  • barriers preventing individuals and the community as a whole from meeting their needs and potential;
  • the strengths that diversity provides to engage all in contributing to living a collective vision for community growth.

2. Assist communities to develop strategies that utilise strengths in the community to enable harmonious, sustainable engagements, centered on justice, whereby all enjoy life to the fullest.

Resources:

The first goal draws on Palms’ Cross-Cultural Training Module 1, Sessions 1-5 & 9 – 11.

The second goal draws on Palms’ Cross-Cultural Training Module 1, Sessions 6 & 7; Unit 6 from Palms pre-departure preparation; Slides 9 – 36 of Palms Orientation Course Power Point: ‘Living it: Mission 2’ and utilises Palms Organisational Planning Tools.

To enquire call 02 9560 5333 or email robert@palms.org.au.

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom