49 min

Ep 66 - Grow your Cultural Quotient with Pasifika Governance Expert Mele Wendt Beyond Consultation

    • Government

Introducing Mele Wendt

Most of us have heard about IQ (your intellectual quotient), and some of us have heard about EQ (your emotional quotient). But what do you know about your CQ - your cultural quotient?

In a world of diverse ethnicities and cultures, it's time to grow your cultural awareness.

In today's episode, Mele Wendt graciously gives us some tough love and unpacks some Pasifika concepts of governance and collaboration. Her whakapapa roots back to Samoa, and so her perspective comes through a Samoan lens.

Mele shares with us how the Samoan governance system is so different, yet so similar to Western governance systems.

And she challenges us to stop lumping "the Pasifika community" together as one, and instead get out there and learn about the rich cultural diversity and needs of Pasifika communities before we engage.

In today's episode you'll learn:


What is CQ and how can you grow yours
How Samoan governance is similar to Western governance (and how you can embrace that when working with Pasifika peoples)
Some hard-hitting practical tips for engaging with Pasifika communities.

Resources mentioned in this episode:


The Learning Lab
Connect with Mele on Linkedin.

Sign up for the Beyond Consultation newsletter

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Introducing Mele Wendt

Most of us have heard about IQ (your intellectual quotient), and some of us have heard about EQ (your emotional quotient). But what do you know about your CQ - your cultural quotient?

In a world of diverse ethnicities and cultures, it's time to grow your cultural awareness.

In today's episode, Mele Wendt graciously gives us some tough love and unpacks some Pasifika concepts of governance and collaboration. Her whakapapa roots back to Samoa, and so her perspective comes through a Samoan lens.

Mele shares with us how the Samoan governance system is so different, yet so similar to Western governance systems.

And she challenges us to stop lumping "the Pasifika community" together as one, and instead get out there and learn about the rich cultural diversity and needs of Pasifika communities before we engage.

In today's episode you'll learn:


What is CQ and how can you grow yours
How Samoan governance is similar to Western governance (and how you can embrace that when working with Pasifika peoples)
Some hard-hitting practical tips for engaging with Pasifika communities.

Resources mentioned in this episode:


The Learning Lab
Connect with Mele on Linkedin.

Sign up for the Beyond Consultation newsletter

Sign up for our monthly newsletter and get powerful insights to help your organisation better serve communities.

49 min

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