i2i Development Projects, an Indigenous owned global business, acknowledge that Indigenous people have their own languages and dialects, spiritual beliefs and social, family and political institutions that are very different from those of mainstream society. i2i has taken an affirmative approach by recognising that people who live their Indigenous culture and beliefs are more effective in engaging and capacity developing Indigenous people from developing countries.
According to the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs, there are at least 370 million people worldwide considered Indigenous. Most of them live in remote areas of the world. Indigenous peoples are divided into at least 5000 peoples ranging from the forest peoples of the Amazon to the tribal peoples of Papua New Guinea and from the Inuit of the Arctic to the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders in Australia. According to Martinéz Cobos Report to the UN Sub- Commission on the Prevention of Discrimination of Minorities (1986), Indigenous peoples may be identified as follows:
Indigenous communities, peoples and nations are those which, having a historical continuity with pre-invasion and pre-colonial societies that developed on their territories, consider themselves distinct from other sectors of the societies now prevailing in those territories, or parts of them. They form at present non -dominant sectors of society and are determined to preserve, develop and transmit to future generations their ancestral territories, and their ethnic identity, as the basis of their continued existence as peoples, in accordance with their own cultural patterns,social institutions and legal systems.
The i2i Delivery Method acknowledges that the traditional model of delivering international aid is by implementing program designs developed by talented and well-meaning non-Indigenous professionals who rarely possess a pre-colonial culture of their own. Our experience has shown that Indigenous people who are deployed to capacity develop a community of Indigenous peoples in another country or territory do so very efficiently. It is as if a rapport and trust is acknowleged from the outset of an introduction simply on the basis of people who live their culture and beliefs carry attributes which are detected by other Indigenous peoples as a similarity. This is in contrast to non-Indigenous dwellers or colonials, who can try to adapt and exercise behaviours which are deemed respectful but nevertheless transmit stereotypes.
Daniel Ames of Columbia University refers to ‘projection and stereotyping in mental state inference’. These inferences are judgements about what others think, want and feel and are considered central to social life. According to Ames, targeted (Indigenous) people learn that they share a specific attribute with other (Indigenous) people and from this they expect a broad correspondence between their own thoughts and the targets. No one can disagree that having a rapport with another person does facilitate rapid transfer of ideas and early adoption of innovations.
So, i2i builds on the paradigm that Indigenous talent of one culture can efficiently and effectively project, with very little cognitive effort, to Indigenous people of another culture, in contrast to stereotyping. Indigenous people who live their culture and beliefs appear to have attributes which promote a sense of self or similarity with other Indigenous peoples, something colonials or mainstream individuals may find constraining.
i2i was originally established with four professional and inspiring Indigenous Australians whom invested time and resources into the business. Qualified individuals seeking to provide contract services are included on our Register of Consultants and as the business grows there will be increasing opportunities for those consultants. Indigenous consultants who successfully contribute to the success of the business will be offered shares in the ownership of i2i thereby increasing the number of Indigenous owners over time. Consultants on the register are currently skilled in the following areas:
Indigenous people throughout the world celebrate a rich and diverse culture that cannot be easily defined by a single logo. A well renowned Indigenous Australian Creative Agency, Gilimbaa, designed the i2i logo to accurately represent the essence of the brand, with the following two points being highlighted as central to the brands story:
Keeping the logo simple, two main artistic elements were used to build the identity and demonstrate Indigenous connectivity and represent growing business.These two elements are - straight line and curves, both of which are iconic depending on the specific Indigenous group that is being represented. Overall, the identity represents the five continents of Indigenous peoples, it represents the old ways and new ways culture exists, representing culture not being static, but dynamic. It demonstrates Indigenous economic growth and the increasing connectivity between Indigenous communities globally.