RESET YOUR THINKING: How Indigenous entrepreneurship can lead the way on social impact

- July 11, 2021 3 MIN READ
Source: Dean Foley
To create a better world, we need to shift our mindsets. We need to change the way we see things and how we live our lives to be part of the solution. Are you ready to change the way you see the world?

Let’s talk about how to shift your perspective on things!

Western thinking is based on competition, individualism, and striving to be the best.

Barayamal founder and CEO Dean Foley

Indigenous thinking is about cooperation, unity, and balance. Indigenous people have a unique way of thinking that can teach us so much. There’s a lot to learn from the Indigenous way of thinking, and you won’t regret giving it a shot.

This brief article will cover the necessary mindset shifts required to create a better world through Indigenous entrepreneurship.


From individualism to community focus

There has been a shift from focusing on the individual to concentrate on the community. We need to remember that we are all interconnected, and our actions impact society as a whole.

In today’s world, some of the most successful companies are those that are focused on their communities. From customers to employees, companies should strive to create a relationship that goes beyond just transactional relationships.

Individualism is a thing of the past. It’s time to focus on the community and how we can better each other for the greater good.


From material wealth & status to community impact

Material wealth and status are temporary, but the impact you can have on your community is eternal.

To create lasting change, we need to focus on community impact. There are many ways you can take action and make a difference.

When we’re striving to make a difference, it’s important to remember that the word ‘community’ is essential. There are many ways you can start working towards changing for the better, but it’s always good to think about how your actions will impact everything within your community.


From hierarchies to consensus decision-making

Consensus decision-making is an alternative to hierarchal decision-making. The idea is that everyone’s voice will be heard and that decisions will be made democratically.

Consensus decision-making is better because it includes more people in the process. Everyone has a say, and everyone’s opinion is considered equal to make the best decision for the company or community!

Hierarchy decision-making is an outdated model. It’s time to bring Consensus Decision Making into the digital era.


From control & competition to collaboration & equality

We need to change from Control & Competition to Collaboration & Equality. We need to make sure we’re looking out for everyone and not just ourselves. We need to make sure everyone is heard and that we share in the prosperity of this country.

We can’t stand for inequality, especially when we’re so close to making this country a better place for all. We can do this by ensuring that all citizens have access to healthcare and education and by protecting the environment.

We’re living in a time of change. It’s up to us to make the next chapter of history better than the last.


From short-term to long-term focused

Short-term focused people focus on what they need and what they want, and they have a hard time seeing the big picture. They might be so busy focusing on their own needs that they don’t care about what’s happening in the world.

On the other hand, long-term focused people look at the bigger picture and focus on the future. Having a long-term focused is the key to our success because it gives us the insight to see what’s coming down the road.

You don’t have to be a genius to know that the key to success has a long-term focus.

It’s not just about making money but about developing and maintaining a sustainable community/country/business that can grow with you.

Think of all the people and communities who can benefit from Indigenous Entrepreneurship and a new way of thinking and doing… It’s time to change the world, one mindset shift at a time.

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A different way to think about entrepreneurship. Source: Dean Foley/Barayamal


* Dean Foley is the founder of Indigenous business and startup accelerator Barayamal.

  • July 4-11 is NAIDOC Week with the theme ‘Heal Country’.