A ‘graphic facilitator’ will capture key messages and insights at the diversity forum being held by the Women’s Intercultural Network on Friday.
Forum co-ordinator Lyndal Hansen managed to get Canadian graphic facilitator Pamela Hubbard to come to Gladstone to cover the forum before she heads back to Canada next week.
"With the graphic recorder there, someone from a different cultural background can come in and understand what has happened, through the visual representation," Ms Hansen said.
Graphic recorders are used in the United States and Canada and in some universities in Australia.
It’s an innovative way to get the message across as people’s interpretation can be different, especially if English isn’t their first language, she said.
WIN program co-ordinator Natalia Muszkat said the forum aimed to create community awareness of diversity related issues in the region and develop community cohesion by emphasising common values and aspirations, in the context of diversity.
"We hope people that attend the forum will learn about the region’s growth and understand how to make the most of a diverse workforce and develop tolerance in the context of intercultural conflict and grievances," she said.
High profile speakers Ronit Baras and Ahmad Abughazaleh from Together for Humanity will engage participants with a presentation that provides opportunities to learn about diversity and commonality and questions assumptions about identity.
Replacing prejudice (largely religious and cultural) with mutual respect and co-operation is a major theme in their presentation.
For the full program or to register go to www.womensinterculturalnetwork.org or contact Natalia Muszkat on 0487 422 142.