LINK was launched in Wellington New Zealand, on 20 June 2019; the day declared by the United Nations as World Refugee Day. Through LINK, former refugees get to share their lived experiences but more importantly they get to chart, in collaboration with others, their own path to better resettlement outcomes.
The hui kicked off with a networking evening which included a feast provided by people of refugee background; storytelling about the challenges and opportunities of resettlement; and the launch of a pilot mentoring programme.
On 21 June 2019, about 40 participants took part in a full-day of facilitated co-design workshops. The inaugural Tribe was a dynamic mix of participants of all ages, gender, personal and professional backgrounds. We had teenagers and retirees, and accountants, medical professionals, graphic designers, business owners, public servants, media professionals, computer scientists, entrepreneurs, students and many more.
The workshops culminated in 6 groups pitching their ideas for tackling resettlement challenges to a panel of judges [Read about the winning idea on the Projects update page].