Since early 2018 have hosted and curated more than 16 “Seeds Impact Lunches: Connecting dots” gathering people doing good things in Ōtautahi Christchurch together every two months or so. Click the link below to register if you would like to attend the next one.
The $20 cost will cover the amazing lunch and you get a chance to network and meet others pushing boundaries in their own unique ways across disciplines.
Next lunch is on Friday 18th November 2022 – order here
A story of impact, fun to hear!: “At an impact lunch I sat next to am amazing young woman called Bel. We got to talking, shared their stories and decided to share their details. The following weekend we bumped into each other at a charity event and talked about seeing if we could work together on something. Bel was one of the first people I contacted after the events of the 15th of March when I was feeling compelled to make something of an idea for an initiative I had which is now called ‘Giving Seeds of Love’. Since then we have worked together on many aspects of the initiative from setting up the core values, running a workshop for Jane Goodall, handing out Seeded hearts alongside Who is Hussain? at the second school strike for climate, running a workshop and soccer skills session at Al Noor Mosque, to helping at the botanic gardens in order to get the plastic wrappers for the unity artwork. Giving Seeds of Love is a testament to the opportunities that the work that Steven and the Seeds Impact lunches has and what can grow from them.”
Rebekah Parnham of Krama & Co
Comment by Lan Pham: Thanks so much again for such a wonderful evening with such a great mix of inspiring people! I can honestly say I didn’t know what to expect from the event but I left feeling inspired, re-energised and hopeful for the future (for so many various reasons thanks to the various people I met!). I felt your framing and questions of the evening set it up so well – thank you for the obvious time thought and energy you put into the evening.
And from Jemma Penelope: Thanks for encouraging me along to the dinner. I had a really great time. Aside from the truly brilliant food, I felt the event was special because everyone was so willing to talk about making a change and doing good things and dreaming big dreams. Everyone was so welcoming. It was much easier than a business networking event where you almost feel like ‘on show’. Your event had a beautiful genuine atmosphere which was wonderful. I look forward to the next one!
Click the link to order your ticket … limit of 40.
Some inspiration for these lunches is this quote from Peter Simpson’s book “Bloomsbury South: The Arts in Christchurch 1933-1953” – what happens if we connect today across disciplines and specialties? “For two decades in Christchurch, New Zealand, a cast of extraordinary men and women remade the arts. Variously between 1933 and 1953, Christchurch was the home of Angus and Bensemann and McCahon, Curnow and Glover and Baxter, the Group, the Caxton Press and the Little Theatre, Landfall and Tomorrow, Ngaio Marsh and Douglas Lilburn. It was a city in which painters lived with writers, writers promoted musicians, in which the arts and artists from different forms were deeply intertwined.”
Here is a short video that Tim and Safe did:
Here is a short video and post about it that Michael Philpott did:
Here is a video that Safe did:
Interview with Peter Simpson where I ask him about the era back in the 1930s-1950s:
“We bear witness by refusing to look away. We bear witness by showing up to our lives, and bringing our full selves to the task.” Kelly Barnhill