Data Governance Systems
Platform and Product Development
Hardware Design & Development
User Interface (UI)
Immersive Content Creation
VR & AR Development
Our unique way of seeing, being and knowing embraces and integrates culture in all we do, informing our approach to the natural, built and synthetic environments.
Peer reviewed academic R&D on Indigenous Traditional Knowledges informs our integrated service design and technology development.
Our methodology, Country-Centred Design enables the framework for culturally critical insights required for responsive and adaptive client focussed strategies.
Creating a symbiotic relationship for end-users' and digital products through immersive, intuitive and responsive design, development and deployment.
NSW Government Architects
NSW Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority
NSW Department of Finance Services & Innovation
Barangaroo Delivery Authority
Australia Council for the Arts
Australian Taxation Office
United Nations Development Program
Kimberley Land Council
We pay our respect to Barangaroo, a Cammeraygal woman, and now a place of significance for Sydney and all of its peoples. In honour of this women’s site, we have determined how The Big Sky project can be centred and guided through its conception to completion with cultural and creative integrity, by Indigenous women.
The site for the project is the former Barangaroo Harbour Tower and the finished work will engage with the deep history and contemporary uses of the Barangaroo headland, the many seasons, and the circular, co-temporal nature of time, as well as multiple worldviews and cosmologies of night sky knowledge systems. The Big Sky co-design process is grounded in an Indigenous place-based dialogical model, as our First Peoples have long traditions of productive dialogue and innovation across diverse groups of people.
Traditional protocols and processes have been employed to co-design an appropriate cultural framework, which is guiding the development of the curatorial vision for the project. The final digital interpretive experience for The Big Sky will be both immersive and social, and provide a new space for contemplation and learning within the city.
Old Ways, New are currently working with Government Architects NSW, the Greater Sydney Commission and other key partners. The Sydney Ochre Grid is an ambitious project that involves the development and delivery of a cultural framework and digital platform that can strengthen Australian cultural identity - through connections and understandings of Country - for all peoples living, working and visiting Sydney.
The Sydney Ochre Grid is fundamentally a cultural mapping project, which documents, shares and safeguards Aboriginal people’s knowledge of Country; this knowledge will inform how the Department of Planning can best service the sector with a redesign of systems, processes and procedures to streamline effective and efficient, client focused services; and in turn, create a sustainable business model that supports Indigenous communities and those working in the built environment sectors. Creating pathways and opportunities for genuine relationships, Old Ways, New are moving beyond precepts of ‘consultation’ toward ethical exchange of information and knowledges with Indigenous consultants, experts and specialists.
Within this project, the principles of Caring for Country Caring for Kin are reflected through our commitment to Country-Centred Design™, a deeply relational design methodology that moves beyond task-centred and human-centred models of working, towards a process that is responsive to the interconnected, complex and diverse realities of Country and the living world. As such, The Sydney Ochre Grid has potential to deliver environmental and social sustainability outcomes across our city.
We strategised and produced the digital campaign, Local Voices for Climate Action, showcasing how Indigenous Peoples, worldwide are utilising their Traditional Knowledge to combat Climate Change. Our strategy plan included a social media campaign designed to raise awareness of Indigenous Peoples’ and local communities’ solutions to global problems - especially climate change.
The campaign supported "Climate Week" events in New York City during the United Nations General Assembly and COP22 in Marrakech in 2016.
For more information, please visit the Equator Initiative.
This project made possible by the generous support of the Intersticia Foundation.
Angie Abdilla and Dr. Robert Fitch co-authored this forthcoming, peer reviewed article for the highly esteemed, Fibreculture Journal.
ABSTRACT. The Indigenous Robotics Prototype Workshop was developed in an effort to explore a culturally relevant use of technology with urban Indigenous youth. The workshop, held in November 2014, achieved a sense of cultural pride and confidence in Indigenous traditional knowledge while inspiring the youth to continue with their engagement in coding and programming through building robots. Further, the outcomes from the prototype workshop revealed a need to investigate how Indigenous Knowledge Systems, and particularly Pattern Thinking, might hint toward a possible paradigm shift for the ethical and advanced design of new technologies. In this paper, we will examine the implications of such a hypothetical shift for autonomous systems in robotics and artificial intelligence, using the Indigenous Robotics Prototype Workshop as a case study and springboard.
The full article will be available in the next issue of FibreCulture Journal (November 2016).
In 2016, we worked with the ATO to audit, review and evaluate their Supplier Diversity Program and how it addresses the Commonwealth legislation, the Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP) for The Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence.
We demonstrated the ATO's ability to devise and implement an innovative customer-focused strategy. Through our evaluation framework, we produced a methodical and sustainable approach to improving the ATO's practices in client-satisfaction, leadership, people management, change management, planning, governance and innovation.