The Culture Compass Process

The Culture Compass Program follows a fourfold process:​​

The Culture Compass program follows a fourfold process - a unique interpretation of the symbolism of the four cardinal Compass points and quadrants as developed by the Etruscan civilisation - revised and recreated to interpret the four main stages of life and the challenges of human consciousness. The Culture Compass explores a unique system of 'four D's' to consolidate our creativity and our progress through life. ​

The Culture Compass Workshop Process
The Culture Compass is designed as a process to help share one's story to oneself and others, to hopefully open the way to discovering one's unique purpose or direction. The knowledge of having shared one’s story with others has clearly been shown to be therapeutic – whether directly spoken or conveyed via artwork, writing, music, sculpture etc. - and knowing you have been heard has proved to be a significant factor in developing a strong sense of self and respect for others.

The Culture Compass is therefore a tool or four-fold process for supporting the cultural reorientation process of human beings - a guiding process through the landmarks of life’s journey – whether for people in need of reorientation from some form of critical diversion in their life (such as in the case of refugees) – or for anyone looking to clarify their creative direction.

Creative Modelling
The artworks created in the Culture Compass sessions are not attempts to demonstrate one's artistic ability - they are a symbolic model to demonstrate your inner process and to create an outward vision of your creative plan - whatever that may be. They are a model to help you to articulate your creativity and your unique cultural identity to both yourself and to others. Describing the significance of your 'model' is an important part of the group sharing at the end of the Culture Compass workshop.

Inter-cultural Respect and Cultural Competence
In particular the Culture Compass aims to demonstrate the universality and inter-connectedness of all of mankind’s cultural traditions – as being essentially cut from the same symbolic cloth. In this sense it aims to cultivate a sense of mutual understanding and respect – as well as being a foundational step in the process of developing ‘cultural competence’.




Culture Compass Workshops
Culture Compass Workshops are generally pitched at 10-15 people and are typically from 3-4 hours duration to provide ample time for introductory presentation, group discussion, creative modelling and individual presentations to the group which is an important part of the process.

There are also a series of fun light hearted activities in between the more theoretical exercises and presentation.

On site audio visual equipment is preferable (laptop, screen and digital projector, however we can provide own portable AV equipment for small groups if need be. All art materials are provided by the workshop facilitator.
Testimony
Following initial rounds of Cultural Competence training workshops for senior management in early 2016, of which the Culture Compass was an integral part, the federal Department of Human Services in Australia has requested a further round of Culture Compass Workshops from October - December 2016.​​

The Culture Compass Workshops for refugee communities in Rockhampton, Queensland during 2015 were also highly praised with MDA evaluation showing markedly increased access and interaction with refugee communities following the workshops. 

The workshops were also very well received by community arts groups in Caloundra, Queensland, Lewes, UK, Olszynek, Poland and Queensland University of Technology Leadership and Innovation Program for graduates in mid 2016.