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182. Anne Rodda on Music, Creative Arts and Developing Good Strategy
Anne started her career as a professional musician before getting involved in a wide variety of initiatives focusing on the creative arts. In this interview we hear about her life story, the influence of a meeting with Yo-Yo Ma, how she came to move to New Zealand, starting the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, and her role today in helping NFPs shape their futures. Anne has led a wide variety of organisations including the NZ Centre for Gifted Education, James Wallace Arts Trust, Cognition Education Trust, Auckland Writers Festival and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (among others). Most recently, she was in charge of running the New Zealander of the Year Awards.
One topic we dive into is the role that creatives can play on Boards and that conversation has become an example of what Seeds podcast is at its best: Anne and I are now co-writing a white paper on this topic. Be watching out for it and if you know of examples that would fit with that topic then let me know.
Youtube video of this interview: https://youtu.be/yf3uz1tPLtk
181. Terry Shubkin on Young Enterprise and how to define ‘Success’
Terry Shubkin is Chief Excitement Officer at Young Enterprise which is focused on “Inspiring Students. Unleashing Leaders.” In this interview we hear about her life journey and what led her to taking on that role. I really enjoyed hearing about her background and interesting journey and lessons learned when making life decisions (“what’s the worst that could happen?”) as well as the work being done to promote enterprise among high school students. We also talk about the shift in focus over time among students who are increasingly interested in the impact their companies will have. With thousands of alumni who have been through the programme there is now a lasting legacy of businesses whose CEOs first learned about business through YES.
180. Sally Duxfield on Leadership Lessons, being an Experiential Architect and collaborating with Nature as co-instructor as the owner of Makahika Outdoor Pursuit Centre
Sally curates unique learning experiences, sallyduxfield.com, and delivers may of her programmes at Makahika Outdoor Pursuit Centre and in this interview we find out about her background, influences, time in the military and what led to what she does today. We also find several rabbit holes to go down including what makes a good leader, how important soft skills are and the role of the ‘camp fire’ and nature when it comes to learning. I really enjoyed this conversation and am sure you will as well.https://www.sallyduxfield.com/ sallyduxfield.com https://www.makahika.co.nz/ Makahika Outdoor Pursuit Centre Video of this interview here: https://youtu.be/eHICnRr5pUY
179: David Hall on Consumer Decision Making, Nudge Theory, Political Philosophy, and how all this affects Government Policy
David is a lecturer at AUT and Co-Director of Mōhio’s Climate Innovation Lab. In this interview we talk about his early life, the influence of his parents in shaping his focus on impact and many rabbit holes around public policy and consumer choice. David has a D.Phil in Politics from the University of Oxford and experience in journalism, publishing and the non-governmental sector. His research interests include ethics and public policy, and environmental policy.
Video version of this interview: https://youtu.be/2MudC90BUCI
Latest book edited: https://www.bwb.co.nz/books/careful-revolution
178: ‘New Power’: Book review
This is a short book review of “New Power: How anyone can persuade, mobilize, and succeed in our chaotic connected age.” By Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms.
For text of this review look here: https://theseeds.nz/new-power-book-review/
177: Luke Campbell on co-founding Vxt
Luke is a young entrepreneur and in this interview we hear about the challenges of setting up a new venture. We also find out about his life story and journey so far. I really enjoyed my conversation with Luke and learning about Vxt which is a software company revolutionising small business communications by providing affordable voice message management and automation tools. Seeds podcast is trying to build up an ecosystem of stories of journeys of people that we can learn from and so this is a welcome addition.
Video version of interview here: https://youtu.be/sBdWoFI6-0Q
176: Piano by Matthew Goldsworthy
A beautiful original song played on the piano by Matthew Goldsworthy which he performed live for the Impact Unconference last Friday 24 April.
It was too wonderful not to share with you all. The power of music to evoke memories and emotions.
Would love to get him in the studio to record with violin and cello in the background – contact me if you want to help make that happen.
Video of his full performance of other pieces as well (30 minutes – this is a video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOsPmeFOjas
His earlier interview on seeds describing Youth Arts New Zealand: http://seeds.libsyn.com/matthew-goldsworthy-on-youth-arts-nz
Matthew on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0s2Szbrbgr9YFh63FNVNyu
Matthew on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/matthewgoldsworthy99
Other Impact Unconference videos: https://www.impactunconference.nz/videos
175: The Great Disruption: Opening session from Impact Unconference
This is the audio of part of the opening session at the virtual Impact Unconference held on 24 April 2020 where I shared about the context in which the conference was happening and asked some questions about ‘what next’.
Full video of opening session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnL6mWDLHCE&t=1s
Videos of the IU: https://www.impactunconference.nz/videos
174: Michael Philpott on being NZ’s premier speaking coach and Speaking in Public: Why we fear it, and what can help
Michael is New Zealand’s premier speaking coach. We find out a lot about speaking in this interview – why we fear it and what can help. You will want to listen in on our conversation as I learned so much from his observations. We also hear about his early years (including in an orphanage) and leaving school very young and what led to being the speaker coach for people like Lilia Tarawa (over 9 million TEDX listens… and the fifth most viewed TEDx talk on the planet). I really appreciated Michael’s vulnerability in sharing his story and also freely giving us so many tips and insights into the art of crafting a good talk!
Website https://www.michaelphilpott.co.nz/(has links to resources mentioned in talk).
Lilia Tarawa TedX talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS7mBbXxJYA
173: Jenny Gill on lessons from a life in Philanthropy
Jenny has spent decades working in Philanthropy in New Zealand. In this interview we hear about her childhood and some of the influences that shaped her, becoming a teacher, travelling overseas and what she learned in India, the work she did with organisations involved in Philanthropy including working with Sir Roy Mckenzie on setting up his personal foundation, being involved in the creation of Philanthropy New Zealand and leading the largest New Zealand community trust, Foundation North, from 2004 for 15 years. Throw in also leading Fulbright New Zealand (awarding academic scholarships) and being a trustee of other groups like the Vodafone Foundation and you’ll see we touch on many topics. We also focus in on discussing what she has learned about developing effective strategy, what listening to communities really looks like, the role of philanthropy and what works and doesn’t work. I really enjoyed this wide ranging conversation with Jenny and know you will as well.
172: Glenn Dodson on helping ex prisoners and being diagnosed with Cancer
Glenn has had a variety of roles in social services and is currently helping ex prisoners with accomodation with The Salvation Army in Addington, and prior to that working with Stepping Stone with community mental health recovery. In this interview we find out about those initiatives but also hear about his cancer journey – from feeling a soreness on his tongue to having surgery just a few days after this interview was recorded.
Since recording this interview several months ago the good news is the cancer has not spread and Glenn’s speech is adapting and returning to normal despite a large part of his tongue being removed.
171: Ursula Cheer on a varied career in Law
Ursula Cheer is the Dean of the Canterbury Law School. In this interview we find out about her life and the fact that she has really had three careers out of her law degree: as a lawyer, as an academic and working at Parliament – including as a speech writer for Geoffrey Palmer. We also find out about legal education now – and what it might look like in the future. I really enjoyed hearing about her life story and some of the insights about times in New Zealand’s past when she was working in Wellington.
170: Virtual Impact Unconference
Announcing the first New Zealand Virtual Impact Unconference on 24 April 2020. Collaboration is our future. This unconference wants to get us out of silos and encourage discussion and cross fertilisation across specialties.
The short version of its origins are simple: We were going to do an in person unconference in May 2020 in Christchurch for 300+. Plans were laid. Then Covid-19 came and we pivoted – a lot! Now, it will be virtual.
169: Shamubeel Eaqub on the impact of COVID-19 and foundations for the future
Shamubeel is one of New Zealand’s leading economists so this interview provides a fascinating insight into COVID-19 from an economic impact perspective. But we end up talking about a whole lot more than that – like what the crisis is revealing about us as humans and what it is that we might build the future on. Hint, it involves resilience, cooperation, learning from each other and taking care of the most vulnerable.
The video of this is here: https://youtu.be/Oipz7gIMo4E
168: Tamara Smith on her love of Music
Tamara is a flautist, composer, dancer and much more – in this interview we talk about her love of music and how that began as well as her band Mundi. We hear about her early days as well as getting the chance to hear her play some different flutes for us (also released as a separate stand alone episode earlier). I met Tamara at TedX Christchurch so it shows how volunteering for something can lead to new conversations that can lead to – a podcast interview!
Mundi site: http://mundi.co.nz
167: Coronavirus: Professor David Murdoch on infectious diseases
The headlines are dominating on the topic of Coronavirus / COVID-19 and I just woke up remembering that I interviewed one of the world leading experts on infectious diseases last year: Professor David Murdoch. So I pulled out the part of his interview where we discussed viruses, diseases and antibiotics and am putting it out as a shorter episode here. We obviously did not know about COVID-19 at that time but we discuss topics that are related and more relevant than ever now.
To listen to his full interview visit here: http://seeds.libsyn.com/professor-david-murdoch-on-infectious-diseases
166: Chris Taylor on career changes, busyness and developing winning habits
Chris switched career in his early 40s and in this interview we find out about what led him to do that. We also hear about his family dynamics growing up (with a Father who left to work in Saudi Arabia) and the impact that had on them, and how he ended up in New Zealand. He now works helping people to find their purpose and in particular coaches people about building Winning Habits. I really enjoyed hearing about his life and some of his insights and I know you will too.
Earlier episode with Kit Hindin on busyness: https://seeds.libsyn.com/kit-hindin-on-ministry-of-awesome-and-slowing-down
Pehakucha talk mentioned in the intro that I did on seeds recently: https://www.pechakucha.com/presentations/global-citizenship–generational-legacy-and-kaitiakitanga
165: Dr Brett Mann on the impact of stress on our bodies, psychotherapy and ‘somatisation‘
Brett is a generalist with a deep interest in many areas. While practising as a GP he has done a lot of research into psychotherapy and the connection between life events, stress and a person’s health and ‘somatisation’ – the expression in physical symptoms of psychological distress. In this interview we talk about that but also about his family’s history (including someone who was at the signing of the Treaty of Waiting), his perspectives on spirituality and the role it has to play in life and many other topics. I know you will enjoy this wide ranging conversation.
One of Brett’s talks on somatisation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXJKG402FPU&t=16s
Episode 164: Raphael Nolden on the future of Tech and developing Amy, an AI powered maths tutor
In this conversation we hear about Raphael’s life and his background. That starts out with finding more about his childhood and what he studied at University, the chance meeting at a Startup Weekend which led to a new venture and saw him working on creating Amy, an AI powered maths tutor. I really enjoyed this conversation and am sure you will too.
Episode 163: Souhila Abdelazziz on immigrating to NZ and founding The Metamorphosis Path Academy
Souhila Abdelazziz shares with us some of her journey, what it was like growing up in Algeria, the decision to move to New Zealand, being a new immigrant, the importance of attitude to all circumstances, the impact of the shootings in Christchurch and founding The Metamorphosis Path Academy. I enjoyed hearing about Souhila’s journey and am sure you will as well.
Episode 162: Scott Gilmour on founding ‘I Have a Dream’ NZ and supporting kids growing up in material hardship
Scott founded ‘I Have a Dream NZ‘ and in this interview we learn all about the impact it is having on the lives of kids through a program that helps children from low income communities reach their education and career goals by providing a long term programme of mentoring, tutoring, and enrichment. And by long term, he means long term – the people involved commit to supporting and being involved with the same children from a very young age right through to early adulthood. It’s an amazing program – more below – but we also find out about Scott’s life and his background in Invercargill, working for Intel in the US and what he learned there about culture and work practises, what he learned working at Intel, impact investing, moving back to NZ and being involved in founding IceAngels one of the first Angel investment groups in New Zealand.
Episode 161: Airport Rabbits: An untold story of Christchurch (Part 2)
This is the sequel to the first episode – suggest you listen to that before this. Many thanks to Colin Meurk who I interviewed for this episode.
Episode 160: Airport Rabbits: An untold story of Christchurch (Part 1)
This is an untold story of Christchurch. That’s all you are getting – you’ll need to listen to the episode to find out more. Be watching out for Part 2 with the conclusion. Video of rabbits: https://youtu.be/y79CWoUg7XQ
Episode 159: Brett Curtis on a Life spent on Ships
Brett has lived most of his life on ships. With his wife he raised his 5 children travelling between remote and isolated communities bringing health care and medical supplies to them. In this interview we find out about his origins on a Kiwi fruit farm in New Zealand, what led him to a life on ships and some of the work YWAM Ships do today reaching out to the remote communities of the South Pacific. I really enjoyed talking with Brett about some of the issues facing these communities and am sure you will as well.
Website which includes some great videos on the work done: https://www.ywamshipsaotearoa.org.nz
Episode 158: The Future of Food: A conversation between Sarah Kessans (synthetic biologist) and Peter Wells (permaculture designer and food forest creator)
This one is a bit different as it is a mash up with two former guests – Sarah and Peter discuss genetic engineering, food supplies and the future (without me being in the interview). The two of them have different views on genetic engineering which came out in the interviews I had with each of them. So I invited them back to interview each other and this is the result!
Peter’s earlier interview: https://seeds.libsyn.com/peter-wells-on-local-urban-food-hub-tkaro-orchard-and-edible-food-forests
Sarah’s earlier interview: https://seeds.libsyn.com/sarah-kessans-on-genetic-engineering-and-applying-to-be-an-astronaut-to-nasa
Episode 157: Jessica Trybus on the role fun should play in Education and founding Simcoach Games
Jessica Trybus believes that education should be about fun and uses technology to achieve that. She is the Founder and Chief Games Officer of Simcoach Gameswhich is a company whose mission is to create fun video games that inspire youth and connect them to relevant career paths.
In this interview we talk about her early years and what shaped her into the person she is today, which includes talking about her job working for Drew Barrymore in Los Angeles, working as one of the first employees at AltaVista in Silicon Valley and what she learned from that.
Simcoach games: https://www.simcoachgames.com
Episode 156: Dare to Lead by Brené Brown, book review
I read Dare to Lead over the Christmas break and wrote down notes and reflections which make up this book review. If you enjoy this then is there someone else who would appreciate being sent a link to this episode?
Full text is written out here: https://theseeds.nz/dare-to-lead-book-review/
Earlier episode on Creativity and Vulnerability mentioned in this episode regarding critics and being in the arena: https://theseeds.nz/creativity-vulnerability-give-it-all-give-it-now/
Link to info on Kaila Colbin and the courses offered by Boma NZ: https://nz.boma.global/dare-to-lead
Episode 155: Gavin Sole on Environmental Sustainability
Gavin is an experienced Process Engineer who has worked for many years in the water and wastewater engineering industry. In this interview we talk about his life and what led him to work in that area as well as some practical steps he and his family have taken to put environmental sustainability into practice. Since recording the interview Gavin has changed jobs and now works at Brickhouse Technologies which is focused on water and wastewater solutions.
Just an update since the interview. Gavin and his family have since sold their lifestyle block and are building a new house in Christchurch. The new house is designed to be a Passive Haus, with triple glazing, a 4.2kW solar PV system and heat recovery.
Episode 154: Impact Unconference 2020
This is the audio of the first planning meeting for the Impact Unconference 2020 to be held in Christchurch in May next year. In it I explain the background behind what the event will be and why it is being held.
Even if you only listen to the first 5 minutes you will get a sense of what this will be. The reason for releasing the audio of an initial planning meeting like this is so that others can find out about it and get involved – there are almost 60 organisations who have sent their logos to date and are supporting it in some way. Join them? The event will be led from the ground up so releasing early planning content exemplifies the ethos behind this conference as well.
Video of this planning meeting is also here https://www.impactunconference.nz/about
Episode 153: Nathan Seaward on making big life choices and starting a new career
Nathan Seaward left a successful career as an airline pilot to start something new as a personal coach – in this interview we find out why. We also discover his life story growing up in New Zealand and what led him to explore overseas and become a pilot. This also contains the short 2 minute extract I did with him on “heads or tails” and how to make decisions. Nathan is also a podcaster (The Nathan Seaward Show) so we talk about his podcast as well. I really enjoyed this conversation with Nathan and am sure you will too.
Episode 152: Don’t delay, a reminder from Glenn Dodson
Glenn never expected the sore on his tongue to be cancer – in this short excerpt of an upcoming interview we hear from him about this and his encouragement to get things checked… it just might save your life. This was recorded 4 days before Glenn went in to have part of his tongue removed – fortunately he is recovering and the cancer had not spread.
Episode 151: Jezza Williams on founding Makingtrax (live recording)
Last night I had the privilege of interviewing Jezza Williams and hearing some of his story. This was recorded in front of a live audience of about 120 in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and was a Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce “Next Generation” event. The interview is relatively short as it was one of several things that evening – but we covered a lot! Be watching out in 2020 for a complete episode where we can dive deeper with Jezza but I think you will agree that what he shares on this is inspirational. I personally loved being taught about the power of the word “inclusivity” as opposed to “accessibility” and will go into the future with a new way of thinking as a result. Website: https://www.makingtrax.co.nz
A bit thanks to the sponsors Vodafone as well as Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce and the team that organised this and made it such a high quality and easy event – in particular Tash.
Episode 150: Sacha Vee on Singing and founding SOLE Music Academy
Sacha is a multiplatinum selling singer, songwriter and musician who has also founded SOLE Music Academy. In this interview we talk about her life story, her love of music, the role her Grandfather played in her singing, competing in Jazz competitions from a young age and why she thinks music is so important. We also talk about the origins of SOLE Music Academy, what it is aimed at doing by empowering young people in their music careers and the plans for the future.
I really enjoyed this conversation and know you will too. Please check out the website for SOLE Music Academy which has a link to the PledgeMe campaign currently running.
Episode 149: Steve Penny on the future of designing buildings and lessons from being an entrepreneur
Steve founded Honoris a year ago and in this episode we catch up on how that venture is going as well as learn about his life and what it is like to design buildings. We also hear about his early days in England, what led him into the career he has pursued and what led him to New Zealand. What might a building of the future be like when AI has been integrated into it fully? I really enjoyed this conversation with Steve and am sure you will as well.
Episode 148: Tamara Smith live performance on flute
Tamara came in for an interview yesterday and we also recorded some songs – here they are! There are several songs played on this episode using three different flutes as well as lots of insights into playing flute in between…. her band Mundi are amazing – check them out! She also impromptu composed a short song called “Rata” as one of the pieces.
For more on Tamara visit http://mundi.co.nz
Episode 147: Matthew Button on Mentoring and Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Matthew is the manager for the Christchurch branch of Big Brothers, Big Sisters. In this interview we learn about his childhood and life journey, the role that mentoring has played in his life and what BBBS is involved in. We also talk about what training they give to new mentors – skills that are relevant to all of us. I really enjoyed my conversation with Matthew and know you will as well. Website: http://bigbrothersbigsisters.org.nz/team-chch.html
Episode 146: Enette Pauzé on Leadership, Intergenerational Stewardship and Systems Change
Enette is an expert in Leadership and System Change based in Canada. In this interview we talk about how that system change happens but also discuss stewardship and legacy. We also learn about her work in health care reform and what led to her making the decision to pursue what she does now with Level 8 leadership. I really enjoyed our conversation and all the variety of topics we touched on, including what she most appreciated about her Grandparents and what it means to be a French Canadian. It’s a very wide ranging conversation!
Episode 145: Heads or Tails? A simple question about what to do next
This is very short extract from a conversation I had with Nathan Seaward where he shared a story that I thought others might appreciate as well. If you are faced with a decision then this might be one thing to think about!
Episode 144: Rebecca Parnham on founding Krama & Co, Giving Seeds of Love and the power of weaving Community
Rebecca connects people and through that weaves community across traditional divides. She does this through starting her own initiatives as well as supporting others with theirs. The number of people she mentions in this interview who have helped her or been involved in different things is an indication of the value she places on community – just have a look at the 24 names and links below for evidence!
In this interview we hear about her life story and trace back to her childhood, what motivated her to start her social enterprise Krama & Co., the impact of attending an Impact Lunch and the connections that led to starting Giving Seeds of Loveafter the attacks of 15 March as well as her thoughts about the future. Too often we hear negative stories so it is nice to hear some good ones too.
Episode 143: Alina Siegfried on impact storytelling, systems level change and performance poetry
Alina Siegfried is an Impact Storyteller, Narrative Strategist, and award-winning Performance Poet. She is passionate about arts, storytelling and narrative as a tool to inspire systems-level change. In this interview we talk about her background and how she became a poet and what it means to draw out people’s stories in order to describe the impact they are having.
Episode 142: Big World, Small Planet: The Remix, a poem by Alina Siegfried
In next week’s episode we will hear from Alina Siegfried a performance poet and impact storyteller. She read this poem during the interview and so this is a preview of what is to come. I think poetry helps us reimagine our world so appreciate the chance to use this platform to share a poem like this. This poem was written after Alina read “Big World, Small Planet” by Johan Rockstrom, director of the Stockholm Resilience Center, and Mattias Klum.
Alina Siegfried firstname.lastname@example.org
Episode 141: Angela Reimer on using music to heal brain injuries and the work of Cantabrainers Choir
Angela is a speech and language therapist who works with people who have brain injuries through Cantabrainers Choir. Cantabrainers helps people with neurological conditions to find their voice again. In this interview we talk with Angela about her early days in Springfield, what it was like growing up in a small town of 80 people, the role of steam trains for her Father, how she became a speech and language therapist and what she learned in studying that, and her role today in helping people who have needs for speech and language therapy. We also dive into what Cantabrainers Choir is and what they are involved in and the role they play for the people who attend.
Episode 140: 2119 – An intertalk with Ron Park
In this intertalk we speak 100 years after the original interview with Ron Park. We sit down with Ron Park jr, the great grandson of Ron Park (named after his great grandfather), and reflect on what our grandparents had discussed way back in 2019 on seeds podcast.
Episode 139: Ron Park on health, sustainability and founding Kōrure
Ron moved at age 8 to New Zealand from Korea and while a University student he founded Kōrure. In this interview we talk about his memories of arriving in a new country where he did not speak the language, going through difficult times and what he learned from that, the UCE summer startup program and its impact, the business he set up, health and food supplements and Omega 3 and his work on other initiatives including the Whakamana Museum with Michael Mayell about Hemp. I really enjoyed this interview with Ron. THIS IS ALSO A VIDEO – CHECK THAT TAB.
Episode 138: John Balash on developing innovative educational ecosystems
John is Director of Educational Engagement at Carnegie Mellon University Entertainment Technology Centre. In this interview we talk about his early years and his background that has led to a career looking at how entertainment can intersect with education. We also talk about John’s childhood and experience in France, what he studied, why he loves lego so much, what it was like to compete at lego and the role it plays in this life today.
Episode 137: Christchurch: City of Impact
This is a panel discussion held as part of Impact Week at the end of September 2019 where we looked at what makes Christchurch unique today, how the earthquakes, shootings and fires have shaped that identity and given it an international profile, what we love about living here and what potential there to really embrace being a true City of Impact.
Episode 136: Dr Alex Wild on caring for your spine and co-founding Connect Chiropractic
Alex grew up in Norway and dreamed of being a professional snowboarder. In this interview we learn about her childhood in that country and what led her to study Chiropractic care. We also discover what she has learned through that study and get a few tips to care for our spines. We then turn to focus on the business of Connect Chiropractic which takes an unusual approach in its business model having a Koha system of paying as you choose. I really enjoyed my discussion with Alex and know you will as well.
Episode 135: Future of Learning 2019: Audio of Conference
Full index of this conference and lots more info is here. https://theseeds.nz/future-of-learning-2019-full-audio-of-conference/
Episode 134: Say NO to say YES
Transcript of this short reflection on what we say YES and NO to is here.
Episode 133: Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd on being Chief Justice of England and Wales, being a peer in The House of Lords and the role of Judges now and in the future
Lord Thomas was called to the bar in 1969 and after a long and distinguished career became Chief Justice of England and Wales between 2013 and 2017. In this interview we talk about his early career and what led him to that role and what he is involved in today and what it is like being a peer in the House of Lords. We also talk about the place of the Judiciary and role of the Judge. He was the New Zealand Law Foundation’s 2019 Distinguished Visiting Fellow and visited New Zealand in September 2019 where he spoke at the Canterbury University Law School.
Episode 132: Dr. Mahsa Mohaghegh on founding She# and connecting Women in Tech
Mahsa is an expert in Artificial Intelligence working as a senior lecturer at AUT. In this interview talk about her background and childhood in Iran and what first got her interested in computers (at age 7) as well as machine translation and AI. We also discuss how she ended up in New Zealand (by chance), what her first impressions were, why she founded She# as a networking platform for women in tech to connect professionals with high school and tertiary students. We also discuss what it would take to encourage more diversity in tech and the plans for the future (anyone want to help She# expand outside of Auckland?). I really enjoyed this interview and the diverse topics we were able to cover.
We also discuss this Benjamin Franklin quote:
“Tell me and I forget,
Teach me and I remember,
Involve me and I learn”
Episode 131: Jason Swanson on being a Futurist
Jason is Director of Strategic Foresight at KnowledgeWorks where he works as a futurist. He visited New Zealand for The Future of Learning Conference held 30 September – 1 October 2019. In this interview we talk about Jason’s childhood, the role of his Grandmother in his life, falling in love with education, his first job as a tattoo artist, the role of serendipity and luck, and his becoming a futurist focused on what it will be like decades from now. We also talk about the future of education and what that will hold with new technologies becoming more available. Finally, we turn to Knowledge Works and learn in detail about what they are doing – see link below for more on that. Website: https://knowledgeworks.org/resources/meet-jason-swanson/
Episode 130: Impact Summit 2019: Audio of Conference
Audio of entire day held on 21 September 2019 of the main stage speakers at Impact Summit 2019 hosted by UCE (University of Canterbury Centre for Entrepreneurship). The speakers were fantastic and it was a great day of insight and learning. This is an extremely long episode so how can you listen to what you want to hear? You can jump to hear the session you want by navigating to the following points using this index:
1:41 – Speaker Session 1: Tori McNoe with a Karakia (UCSA) Jason Pemberton MC with an intro to the day (link to his site), then:
13:09 – Alanna Chapmann (27 Seconds) (some audio issues at start, keep persisting with it)
26:59 – Shannon Thompson (Out of Comfort)
40:51 – Bariz and Saba (Honouring 51 Lives)
45:21 – Q&A with the speakers
58:28 – Panel Session A: Demystifying Commercialisation hosted by Xstart with Mads Moller (Tech Entrepreneur), Matthew Jones (CertusBio Ltd), Chelsea Aitkin (New Zealand and Beyond) and facilitated by Olivia Theyers-Collins (Xstart)
2:30:47 – Panel Session B: Harnessing Creativity with Jason Pemberton (Felt), Preston Hegel (XCHC), Rosie Carroll (Nifty Markets, Thrifty Nifty, Rosie Threads & Slo-mo) and Bridget Williams (Bead & Proceed)
3:30:11 – Panel Session C: Entrepreneurship for Impact hosted by Xero with Elizabeth Ü (Xero), Cecilia Clavijo (My Vita Bag), Anthony Rohan (Fairground Accounting), John Jo Ritson (Flashworks Media), Jeff Ward (Liminal and Addington Coffee Co-op)
4:21:15 – Speaker Session 3: Intro
4:22:30 – Tim Bateman (Cloud 9 Float Club and O-Studio, part of The Welder)
4:33:55 – Brianne West (Ethique)
4:45:41 – Q&A with the speakers
4:59:42 – Final thoughts and thanks
5:07:56 – Close
Thanks to UCE for arranging the day and allowing the audio to be recorded and shared in this way to empower those who could not be in the room as well. In particular Hannah, Jessica, Jess, James and Rachel. Well done Jason, a really great job as MC. Big shout out to all the volunteers who made the day run smoothly.
Two of the people who spoke have been on seeds podcast before so check out:
Episode 129: Longdy Chhap on being Trafficked
Longdy was trafficked age 8 from Cambodia to Thailand and forced to beg on the streets. He had contracted polio as a young child and lost the use of his legs which was the reason he was targeted for trafficking to earn money as a beggar. In this interview we hear Longdy’s unique perspective on life which results from the circumstances of a childhood that none of us can imagine. Modern day slavery and trafficking is happening today and this interview opens up an understanding of how that happens. Eventually he ended up being cared for by Hagar and so we also hear about the work that they do for people like Longdy. We also hear about what his life has changed to become as a result of being looked after.
Episode 128: Ben Reid on AI
Ben is the Executive Director of the AI Forum and in this interview we discuss his background and journey to settle in New Zealand. We then talk in depth about artificial intelligence – what is it and what might it mean for the future of New Zealand? We also discuss a lot of the content in the new report “Towards Our Intelligent Future – An AI Roadmap for New Zealand” that has just been released and some of the key points which it makes.
Episode 127: Clive Antony on Identity and the power of Social Media
Clive founded Mates Social Media and in this interview we talk about the power of social media and marketing – what works, what doesn’t? We also talk about Clive’s background and what it was like to be born in New Zealand yet have very strong links back to India where his parents were from. What is it that forms your identity when you have a background like that and what is it like to grow up here in New Zealand? I really enjoyed talking with Clive and hearing his perspective on the world. He is currently campaigning for local council elections so is keeping busy!
Episode 126: Zahra Hussaini on valuing Diversity
Zahra arrived in New Zealand as a 12 year old Afghan refugee who spoke no English. In this interview we hear about what her childhood was like, being a refugee, coping with bullying when you don’t speak the language, reshaping identity when you arrive in a new country, what it is like to transition into a place that was so different and the impact of the March shootings. We also discuss her decision to stand as a councillor and community board member in the local elections for The People’s Choice Labour Waimairi.
Episode 125: Natasha Zimmerman on the science of belonging, community and founding Unchatter
Natasha is a doing her PHD in organisational psychology at Canterbury University on belonging and community. In this wide ranging interview we talk about her childhood and what shaped her, as well as why she has such an interest in deepening relationships. We start off with a poem she wrote and that really sets the tone for what follows.
Episode 124: Shanna on being 11
Do you remember being 11? In this episode we talk with Shanna about what her views of the world are. It’s good to get these reminders from time to time and also to hear about what children are learning about and what they think of the world and what the future might look like for her generation. Shanna was one of the original people interviewed back in episode 5 for seeds podcast. We also talk about the difference between Happiness and Joy, as well as some ethical questions, genetic modification, coding, what is valuable in a friendship as well as what it was like to present at a TEDxYouth event … we cover a lot!
Episode 123: David Clifford on re-imagining ‘school’, Liberatory Design and how that can help nurture X-shaped students
David is an edu-agitator who has explored what education is for many years through his work on Liberatory Design. In this interview we hear a lot about David’s childhood and his own education and how that has shaped the person he has become today and what he does. We also talk about the school he co-founded – the East Bay School for Boys. This is one of those interviews where we talk about a wide range of topics – from the word curiosity, to white male privilege, working as an artist, the power of creativity and the future of “school”. I think you’ll enjoy it – it would be in my own top 10.
Watch our for the TEDxChristchurch talk from David too. Big praise to the TEDxChristchurch team, it was great to support what you did the past weekend. And thanks Rebecca Robertson for the intro to David on the Friday night – and for finding out that you are a fan of seeds!
Episode 122: Creativity & Vulnerability: Give it all … give it now
Reflecting on the intersection between our creative lives and the power of vulnerability. The full text of this is below. Inspiration from a variety of sources including Theodore Roosevelt, Vincent Van Gogh, Brene Brown and Annie Dillard.
Episode 121: Darren Ward on catalysing impact, improving governance and NGOs
Darren has worked for many years in the NGO sector and now assists organisations to maximize social impact through Direct Impact Group. In this interview we talk about his childhood and early years and career before he joined an NGO. We focus in particular on governance and impact and how you go about maximising social impact. We also discuss what he has observed over the years of working as the head of an NGO and now consulting to assist them.
Episode 120: Bill Murphy on the Purpose Capital Impact Fund
Bill Murphy is the founder of Enterprise Angels and of the Purpose Capital Impact Fund. In this episode we talk a lot about entrepreneurs, start-ups and impact investing. However, we also talk about Bill’s life and what has led him to what he does today.
Episode 119: Paradigm Shifts and Magic Eyes: Melbourne presentation at CLAANZ conference
This is a short presentation in Melbourne at the Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (CLAANZ) annual conference. Text of what I said and VIDEO as well are here:
Episode 118: Ian Kennedy on being Ambassador to Japan
Ian was the ambassador to Japan at the time of both the Christchurch and Tohoku earthquakes of 2011. In this interview we hear all about his childhood and what led him to the diplomatic service. We also find out about what he loves most about Japan and what it is actually like to be a representative of a country. These days Ian is involved in the Japan New Zealand Business Council so we also learn about that organisation.
Episode 117: Bridget Williams on the SDGs and founding Bead and Proceed
Bridget cares about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and founded social enterprise Bead and Proceed to highlight them. In this interview we find out about the SDGs as well as her own life story and journey including her work with the Student Volunteer Army, Global Shapers, working as a lawyer and time on the TV show, What Now. For some reason we also discuss a lot of memorable and inspiring quotes on this particular episode – it was great to welcome this self described “enthusiastic human” onto the show!
Episode 116: What is your Cathedral?
A short reflection. The text of this is here. What do you think?
Episode 115: Japanese decision making and what we can learn
Japanese decision making – how is it different? What can we learn? This is a short little presentation at the Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce on doing business in Japan. I lived in Tokyo and Osaka for 5 years and worked two of those years within a very large Japanese trading house so this episode contains some of the key things I learned. In particular, I talk about the concepts of Nemawashi and the Ringi system of decision making.
Episode 114: Hannah McKnight on communicating your Vision
Hannah is a communications consultant and wordsmith who helps organisations focussed on impact to communicate their stories. She founded Ngātahi Communications and in this interview we find out about her childhood growing up on a remote high country farm, her early love of writing and stories, a special relationship with her great-grandfather, studying communication, the impact of the earthquakes and why she focusses on organisations creating positive impact. We also chat about her decision to switch to a 4 day work week, as well as the impact of her family history on what she does today.
Episode 113: B Corps: the what, why and how – live panel discussion
This is a live panel discussion recorded 17 July 2019 in Christchurch at an event to answer questions about B Corps. In it we hear from 6 different people about their experiences either working for B Corps or looking to become one, as well as from Andrew Davies from B Labs Australia and New Zealand.
Episode 112: Israel Cooper on co-founding Home, and the importance of Community, People and Purpose
Israel has a clear sense of identity and purpose and we talk about what led to his co-founding the building company, home, which has a real focus on people and community and is an impact driven company. From his earliest years as a child growing up in the cult his Grandfather founded (now called Gloriavale) to time in the United States and Australia, working at PWC and co-founding IT companies, working in the movie industry, we talk about that and more along the way. What shines through in this interview is a clear sense of identity and resulting purpose which places an emphasis on people and community over profits. For me, having worked with many social enterprises and other companies what home is doing is significant as it foreshadows the future I think more companies will embrace – including time frames that allow for 100 year business plans, a focus on employment and care for people who work at a company and a desire to actually do some good through the business of the company itself – in this case, providing homes (not just houses) to many in New Zealand. This is one of my favourite interviews so far and as it is the 112th one, that is saying something.
Episode 111: Glen Herud on failure, Happy Cow Milk, the hard road of entrepreneurship and what matters most
Glen’s start-up Happy Cow Milk failed. That failure resulted in an outpouring of support – so he started again. In this interview we talk about his dreams and what went wrong, what happens when you admit defeat but then get even more support, the value of transparency in business, the impact of pursuing your dream on your family, the corporatization of farming today and what it means for the people and animals involved, moving from being a milk production company to becoming an IT company – oh, and landmines in the garden and lions by the African road as a child in Rhodesia. Yes, this interview has all that and a lot more as Glen shares honestly about his struggles and future hopes.
Episode 110: Dave Sewell on Leadership in Business and beating Stress
Dave has been studying leadership and the key elements that make up a good leader. As well as that his focus is to understand stress and what that does to leaders, in both good and bad ways. In this interview we talk about his origins in Scotland, what brought him to New Zealand, his entrepreneurial journey and his work today. Dave has a new book coming out later this year so we get a bit of a previous of what sort of topics it is going to cover as well.
Episode 109: Hayley-Maree Litt on counselling and letting go of the past
Hayley-Maree is a counsellor and in this interview we talk about change, personal growth, addiction and moving forward in life. We also find out about her early years growing up on a farm where race horses were raised, overcoming trauma and grief and becoming a counsellor. We also chat about Aroha and Love after the events that have impacted Christchurch in the last 10 years. Hayleymareelitt.email@example.com
Episode 108: They are Us: Abdigani Ali and Osman Ahmed on the attacks in Christchurch, Resilience and Collaboration
This one is powerful – today we hear from Abdigani Ali and Osman Ahmed, who was one of those shot in the attacks in Christchurch in March 2019. I was due to interview Abdigani Ali about his initiative, the Canterbury Resilience Foundation, and Osman Ahmed came along as well from the Canterbury Muslim Community Trust, so I just decided to interview both of them. This is rare as normally I only talk to one person at a time. But they both have fascinating stories about being immigrants in New Zealand and what that is like. As Osman was shot in the back in the attacks we hear about his memories of the day and listener discretion is advised – as well as that we also here about the many positive results in the community that they both have seen resulting from the incident.
In the photo Steven is on left, Abdi in middle and Osman on the right.
Episode 107: Professor David Murdoch on Infectious Diseases, Nepal and the University of Otago, Christchurch
David is Dean of the University of Otago, Christchurch. His main research has been into infectious diseases and in this interview we discuss that research, his time spent living in remote Nepal for two years as well as the role of antibiotics and breakthroughs he is searching for.
Episode 106: Tech for Good: A live panel for TechWeek19 discussing this with Tim Jones, Georgia Robertson, John Ascroft, Dave Lane and Menno Finlay-Smits
Tech for Good? This is a panel discussion on that topic recorded just one week ago. We joined forces with Ian Wells (many thanks to you) from Canterbury Tech and hosted a Techweek 2019 session in the Parry Field Lawyers boardoom considering “Tech for Good” and what legal structures are best: charity? Company? Social Enterprise? Something else? After an intro from Kris Morrison (Partner at Parry Field), we heard from a range of panelists with questions facilitated by me and hearing the journey of Tim Jones, Georgia Robertson, Menno Finlay-Smits, John Ascroft and Dave Lane. Thanks to the great crowd who turned out and asked some good questions too!
Episode 105: Emily Morrow on Balance: Achievable, mythical, unhelpful or something else?
Emily practised as a lawyer for many years and now assists both law firms and lawyers with thinking deeply about the work they do, and why they do it. This interview was recorded live in front of an audience of more than 100. We talk a lot about a commonly used word: “balance”, and whether that is achievable, or not. We also talk about the idea that “your work is your love made visible” and how life could be more integrated with work, in a positive way. Emily shares about her own life story and provides insights for people to consider at whatever stage of their career they are at – whether they are students, graduates, have been working for a while or are nearing retirement (the correct R word being, “reinvention”).
“Follow your nose, and don’t be dazzled”.
Episode 104: The Human Economy and the Future of Business, a breakout session at Philanthropy NZ Summit 2019 with Louise Aitken, Christina Bellis and Shay Wright
This breakout session at the Philanthropy Summit 2019 deals with a very topical issue: The future of business in the “human economy” – but what is meant by that term and how does it all fit with social enterprise? In this session we got to hear from three leading experts each offering a unique perspective and insight on the state of play in Aotearoa, New Zealand. First is Louise Aitken the CEO of the Ākina Foundation, Christna Bellis from Thankyoupayroll and Shay Wright from Te Whare Hukahuka. Check out their bios and info below.
Episode 103: Impact Investing: Future Trends from Philanthropy Summit NZ 2019 with Rebekah Swan, David Woods, Emily Woodland and Clive Pedley
The Philanthropy Summit 2019 was held for the last three days (15-17 May 2019) at Te Papa with 500 attending. To celebrate getting to 30,000 listens of seeds podcast thought it would be great to release a session I was involved in about impact investing. I helped out with facilitating the Q&A time for this breakout session where close to 100 attended – recorded it all so that those not in the room could also listen to what was discussed. Impact investing represents a real vision for the future and in this session we hear from four experts about their experiences and thoughts of current state of play and future trends. The question time then unpacks some of the concepts in more detail.
3:12 – Rebekah Swan
12:57 – David Woods
27:03 – Clive Pedley
41:58 – Emily Woodland
53:25 – Q&A starts
Episode 102: Ian Harvey on Collective Intelligence
Harv founded Collective Intelligenceand in this interview we find out what that is and how it works. We also learn about his childhood, his family being torn apart by a murder trial, the impact of partial deafness, what it was like working as a Shepherd and then a farmer and his fluency in reading people’s body language in groups. This is one of those interviews I love because we had so many different rabbit holes to go down. If you enjoy this style of interview and hearing about someone’s life story they consider checking out some of the more than 100 interviews in the back catalogue.
Episode 101: Oliver Hunt on founding Medsalv, making health more sustainable
Oliver founded Medsalv 18 months ago and in this interview we hear about his entrepreneurial journey. We also find out a lot about the medical industry and single use devices and the amount of waste which goes to landfills. UCE and it’s programmes for encouraging entrepreneurs is also discussed. Medsalv is a fantastic business approaching things in a unique way that combines profit and purpose as they seek to make health care more sustainable.
Episode 100: The Honourable Justice Joseph Williams explaining the Karakia “Whakataka te Hau”
This was not planned. Which makes it the perfect 100th episode as we always look for depth and meaning in unexpected moments. Justice Joe Williams got up to give the keynote speech at the recent Charity Law and Regulation conference held at Te Papa in April 2019 and rather than start straight into that topic he took time and instead reflected on the Karakia which had been said just before that, “Whakataka te Hau”. I thought the description and explanation provided was really beautifully done as it opened an understanding of what this prayer was really about. So I got permission to release those reflections as this podcast episode. Have a listen to some of the other 100 for more diverse content and interviews!
Episode 99: Isabel on being 6
Do you remember being 6? Most of us have forgotten but it’s important to try and recall sometimes. This episode may help a little as we hear from Isabel about what she enjoys in life and how she sees the world. What can adults learn from kids and what should they do less of? It’s a great 99th episode with a unique perspective!
Episode 98: Lauren Burr on Mathematics
Lauren loves mathematics and that shines through in this interview. She has worked for many years as a maths teacher and so I wanted to talk with her about her life and perspective on this as well as her work with the NZ Association of Maths Teachers. This podcast covers any topic that we want it too – variety and quality of story are the consistent principles!
Episode 97: Audiobook: “Structuring for Impact” Report
This is an audiobook of the report “Structuring for Impact: Evolving Legal Structures for Business in New Zealand” that was released 17 April 2019 (index of key sections is below). I am really proud to have been involved as one of the co-authors and wanted to provide a different platform for it be accessible on here for those who might listen but not want to read the whole thing. The report can be downloaded here. https://www.theimpactinitiative.org.nz/reports/structuring-for-impact
Executive Summary: 4:47
Disadvantages of legal structures: 8:49
1.1 Introduction: 13:56
1.2 Conceptual Framework 19:15
Part Two: How Social Enterprise is unduly affected: 28:37
2.1 Mission 30:01
2.2 Funding 1:19:22
2.3 Innovation 1:53:06
Part Three: Solutions 1:58:50
Episode 96: Georgia Robertson on Humanitix, the world’s first non-profit events ticketing platform
Georgia is a changemaker, ex-lawyer and now CEO of Humanitix NZ, and she shares about building the world’s first non-profit events ticketing platform backed by Google and Atlassian, the value of education and the power of community.
Episode 95: Louise Aitken introducing “Structuring for Impact” a new research report on the Future of Business and Social Enterprise in New Zealand
Louise is the CEO of the Ākina Foundation and she spoke this morning in Wellington at the launch of the major new report: “Structuring for Impact: Evolving Legal Structures for Business in New Zealand”. I really enjoyed the process of helping to co-author this report with a group of amazing people who are mentioned in this podcast. Please have a read of the report and help us share it to your networks too – it is about what the ingredients are to help empower business of the future here in Aotearoa New Zealand!
You can access it here – please also consider sharing the link so it can spread wider!
Episode 94: Full conference audio: “Future Prospects for Charity Law, Accounting and Regulation” held 11-12 April 2019 at Te Papa
Yes, this is a very long episode! Have a listen to short intro to understand more but it is all the audio of more than 10 sessions at the two day conference “Future prospects for charity law, accounting and regulation” held 11-12 April 2019 at Te Papa and providing it all here so accessible to all those who were not in the room but would be challenged and empowered by the content.
Episode 93: Dr Carolyn Cordery on a History of Financial Reporting – recorded live at Te Papa for ‘Future prospects for Charity Law, Accounting and Regulation’ conference on 12 April 2019
Carolyn is an expert on the history of financial reporting – in this interview we spoke in front of a live audience of almost 200 at a conference held at Te Papa in Wellington on 11-12 April 2019. In this wide ranging interview we discuss the history of what might sound like a dull topic by jumping back in time ancient Egypt as well as fish hooks in colonial New Zealand and what has led to our current reporting standards. I have been on the committee organising this conference which brought around 40 speakers from around the world together.
Episode 92: Impact and Social Enterprise, a live panel discussion at Te Papa moderated by Steven Moe with Louise Aitken, Dana Brakman Reiser, Holly Norton, Kaye Maree Dunn and Andrew Phillips
This bonus episode is all about impact and social enterprise in New Zealand. It was recorded on Friday 12 April 2019 as a live panel discussion at Te Papa.
Episode 91 – Wil McLellan on co-founding EPIC Innovation centre in Christchurch
Wil co-founded EPIC (Enterprise Precinct and Innovation Campus) a unique building which houses many start-ups and tech companies in central Christchurch. As one of the first buildings to go up following the earthquakes there is an amazing story behind the building which we discover in this interview. Wil also shares his background growing up in the UK and how he ended up in New Zealand. We also discuss what makes a good salesperson, key elements that make up a great team and what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur.
Episode 90 – John Page on Focus for Boards
John Page is a governance expert at BoardWorks. He is also the writer of a major research report “True to Label” looking at how value is measured in the non-profit sector in Aotearoa New Zealand. He has many years of governance experience in a variety of roles and in the arts which we discuss in the interview. Now in his role he works as a consultant supporting governing boards and directors in their leadership roles.
Episode 89 – Peter Beck on love and ‘thin places’
Peter was the Dean of the Christchurch Cathedral at the time of the earthquakes in 2011. I chose to air this interview now because we talk about love and acceptance in this and it feels like the most appropriate interview given the Christchurch attacks which have just happened. In this wide ranging conversation we discuss his background in the UK, his studies at Oxford University and what led him to become a priest, how he ended up in New Zealand and his memories of the quakes. We also take time to reflect on spiritual ‘thin places’ where the distance between physical things and spiritual things is less thick.
Episode 88 – Matthew Goldsworthy on Youth Arts New Zealand
Matthew founded Youth Arts New Zealand to empower youth to creatively express themselves. We talk about his life and what led him to start this, the value of collaboration across creative arts, the interaction between an audience and a performer, what music means to him, storytelling through live shows and music and why bringing different types of arts together is so important.
Episode 87 – How to create a Podcast
In this episode I share everything I’ve learned about how to create a podcast. This was recorded live when I gave it as a session at the Social Enterprise Unconference in Levin in mid February 2019. One of my dreams for seedswas to teach others so they could start their own podcast so if you are interested in learning more then drop me a line and happy to help answer your questions – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Episode 86 – Collett’s Corner: A paradigm shifting community minded property development
This short bonus episode profiles Collett’s Corner with founder Camia Young sharing about what this crowdfunded community owned property development is about. For Camia’s full story check out this earlier episode: http://seeds.libsyn.com/camia-young-on-architecture-as-a-way-to-create-community
Episode 85 – Joanna Norris on ChristchurchNZ
Joanna is the CEO of ChristchurchNZ which promotes the city as both a tourism destination and a dynamic place for business to grow. In this interview we talk about her early life, working as a reporter, the role of journalism in the world today, her role as Editor of The Press just after the earthquakes and what the future holds for Christchurch. I really enjoyed this 85th episode and my discussion with Joanna and am sure you will appreciate it as well.
Episode 84 – Lisa Mead on founding ‘Social Currency’
Lisa founded Social Currency an accounting firm with a difference that we discuss in the interview (hint: it gives back). We also talk about Lisa’s early life, a near death experience at 11, growing up and playing different sports, how she came up with the idea for social currency and how it works. I enjoyed my discussion with Lisa as we talked about many other things as well ranging from prison to encouraging the youth of today.
Episode 83 – Kerri Bonner on changing perceptions of “Disability”
Kerri coordinates ‘Carabiner’ in Christchurch which helps provide mentoring opportunities for young people aged 18-25 with disabilities. In this interview we talk about her childhood, love of the outdoors, working life and her views about what the word “disability” means. I really enjoyed talking with Kerri and she is a real inspiration – a few minutes of listening to this interview and you will see what I mean as her positivity and humour are catching!
Episode 82 – E Wen Wong on being 16 and founding P.S. Our Beaches
E Wen Wong was 13 when she founded P.S. Our Beaches. Now aged 16 we talk about her love of poetry, founding an organisation to clean up our beaches, solving problems and what the future holds.
Episode 81 – Steve Jukes on Pathway a social enterprise helping ex prisoners
Steve is the Executive Director at Pathway which is a charity and social enterprise helping prisoners reintegrate back into society after they leave prison. It does that through a charitable trust owning two businesses which employ those ex prisoners. In this longest episode so far we talk about his childhood, different careers including as a radio host, President of the Canterbury Students Association and Owner of the Hollywood cinema in Sumner. We also touch on national identity, teachers who shape us most, social enterprise cinemas in Rolleston, and much more.
Episode 80 – Robert Read on Suicide Awareness and Prevention: Liberated Syndication
Robert speaks about suicide from a place of sincerity and personal experience which is profound. In this episode we talk with him about his childhood, early life, guardian angels who have saved him from suicide, the epidemic that we are seeing now, mental health, vulnerability and how to have more open conversations. This is a wide ranging conversation touching on many topics with an eloquent voice for his generation who co-founded a Facebook page “Killing the Stigma” on this which now has 370,000+ likes and has hit a real chord.
Episode 79 – Kathleen Gallagher on being a poet, staying attentive and slowing down
Some interviews are like little jewels that I’ve somehow uncovered while walking along the beach. Today is one of those as I speak with the poet Kathleen Gallagher. Kathleen has written plays, poems, novels as well as done 7 feature films. In this interview we talk about her childhood, the creative writing process, how she writes, being attentive and in the moment and her recent novel Inangahua Gold.
Episode 78 – Sister Mary Scanlon on 70 years of service with Little Company of Mary
Sister Mary was born in 1929 and knew she wanted to be a nurse early in her life. In January 1949 she joined Little Company of Mary which is coming up to 70 years of service. In this interview we talk about her early life and memories of the first radio her family purchased, the Great Depression, the start of World War II and at age 16 her first experience of being with someone who died while she was working as a nurse caring for them. We then talk about what she has learned through a life of service and in particular about light and love. This is a most unusual interview and one I think is particularly powerful so I hope you enjoy it.
Episode 77 – Julie Chapman on co-founding KidsCan and child poverty in New Zealand
Julie co-founded charity KidsCan 13 years ago and is the CEO now. In this interview we talk about her childhood, her first jobs, the influence of her parents on her life and what led her to start KidsCan. We also talk about child poverty in New Zealand and what they are seeing on the front line among the almost 800 schools that they are in and how they are supporting children in need. We then discuss Te Ao Māori and its growing influence on what they are doing at KidsCan. This is one of those heartbreaking, challenging, encouraging and uplifting interviews as we dive deeper with Julie to really understand what motivates her and what they are doing through KidsCan.
Episode 76 – Celebrating 20,000 listens with a bonus episode reflecting on Social Enterprise in Aotearoa, New Zealand
Thanks everyone for helping reach this significant milestone! The 75th episode was just released and with that we passed 20,000 total listens across all the interviews. Thanks to all who are out there listening to one, or many, of the episodes of the show and telling others about it – this milestone would not have been possible without you! In honour of reaching this have edited the seminar last week that was given in Auckland called “Social Enterprise in Aotearoa: Where to?”. This was held on 4 December 2018 at RSM and there were more than 50 who came along to hear the talk and some really good discussions and engagement around the issues.
Episode 75 – Bonus: Short reflection on paradigm shifts and the term social enterprise
Earlier this week (actually, last night!) I presented to around 50 people on Social Enterprise in Auckland and this is just a few short minutes extract of that more than hour long session. I was reflecting on what we are actually talking about when we think about social enterprise and the paradigm shift that is occurring as we move away from the binary conception of charity on the one side (mainly acting from heart) and business on the other (mainly acting from mind) and how the term social enterprise helps us as an intermediate stepping stone between the two, for now.
Episode 74 – Dr Mike Dickison on being ‘Wikipedian-at-Large’ and giant flightless birds
Mike was appointed earlier this year to be ‘Wikipedian at Large’ and has been travelling the country in that role. In this interview we talk about his childhood, his PHD in giant flightless birds and their egg sizes, his work in museums over the years and his role now promoting Wikipedia and running seminars across the country on that.
Episode 73 – Historian Rowan Light on ANZAC day, what we commemorate (and why)
Rowan is a lecturer in the History Department at Canterbury University who has done years of research into ANZAC history. In this interview (released in the month that is the centenary of World War I ending) we talk about his early childhood in Auckland,what led him to study history, and why it is that we celebrate a defeat in WW1 rather than the end of the war or a victory. This is one of those wide ranging interviews that touches on many areas so I am sure you will enjoy it. Rowan’s book on the topic of the ANZAC history will be published in 2019.
Episode 72 – Louise Aitken on Ākina, Social Enterprise in Aotearoa … and being a twin!
Louise Aitken is the CEO of Ākina Foundation which is growing social enterprise in Aotearoa New Zealand. In this interview (the longest so far!) we talk about her childhood, what it was like growing up with her twin sister Natalie, moving to Brazil age 17 and how that shaped her identity, taking care of her father who passed away from cancer in her 20s, her career working in London, how she made the decision to return to New Zealand and her work in CSR and other areas since returning. We then go into lots of detail about social enterprise in New Zealand – both its history here, what the shape of it may be and what the future could hold.
Episode 71 – Dyslexia with Geoff Bone
On this episode we discuss dyslexia as a form of Superpower. Why might that be? After our full interview Geoff Bone contacted me to say he wanted to talk about Dyslexia. While it is hinted at in the full interview he asked if he could come back and share more about his experience. We thought it would be a 2 minute insert into the interview but then it became more – this episode. I readily agreed to chat because I think everyone knows someone who has been affected by Dyslexia so here is a short episode where we discuss his experience, what it has meant for his son who is on that journey and the value it has played in his adult life (developing grit and determination).
Episode 70 – Geoff Bone on the New Zealand Agricultural Show and how to create meaningful events
Geoff is the event director for the New Zealand Agricultural Show (formerly the Canterbury A&P Show). In this interview we talk about Geoff’s childhood and years overseas in Australia and London, what it is that makes a great event, cultural differences between New Zealand and overseas, how to succeed while dealing with rejection, the history and what goes on at the New Zealand Agricultural Show which gets 100,000 visitors over a few days in November as well as the nature of it and being a social enterprise.
Episode 69 – Holly Norton on co-founding ‘Collaborate’ the social enterprise volunteering app
Holly is one of the four co-founders of Collaborate which connects people with volunteering opportunities. In this interview we discuss her early childhood in the UK, the implications of moving to New Zealand at a young age, her interest and love of theatre and what that has meant for other initiatives, how she started on the journey of co-founding Collaborate, how it works, the ups and downs of being a social enterprise and what the future holds.
Episode 68 – Professor Anthony Butler on 3D colour x-rays, MARS Bioimaging and the future of scanning in health care
Anthony is a co-founder (with his Father) of Mars Bioimaging Limited which produces 3D colour x-rays (spectral molecular imaging). This involves the intersection of high energy physics with clinical medicine. In this interview we talk his childhood and background and what led him to work in this area. We also talk about the technology itself and how it works and then dive down a rabbit hole what the future of health care and scanning might look like in 30, 50, or 100 years as technology improves. Finally we chat about Anthony’s purpose and real reason for continuing to develop the technology further.
Episode 67 – Māori perspectives on Social Enterprise with Kaye Maree Dunn, Cain Kerehoma and Chanelle Armstrong
“What does Social Enterprise mean to us as Tangata Whenua?” This question was explored during this participative session2 at the Aotearoa Social Enterprise Forum held on 19 October 2018. We heard from Kaye Maree Dunn (Chair) along with Cain Kerehoma, and Chanelle Armstrong.
Episode 66 – Bonus: Final challenge at the Aotearoa Social Enterprise Forum 2018 from Samantha Jones
Samantha Jones gave the last word at the Aotearoa SocialEnterprise Forum held on 19 October 2018 in Wellington. The full transcript is also available. She brought some truths to the table that deserve to be heard such as “Leave ego behind. If you really want to influence people let your actions speak for themselves.” This is a challenge for change and action over complacency and not focusing on the image without the substance to back it up. She also talks about how hard the journey actually is which is something we don’t do enough of. I am releasing this less than 24 hours after she gave the talk because I think it is important for all those who could not make it to the conference to also hear this message and the many challenges it contains. If you agree then consider sharing it with others who would appreciate it.
Episode 65 – Dr Pleayo Tovaranonte on social enterprise “Beyond the Stethoscope”
Dr Pleayo Tovaranonte explains the social enterprise Beyond the Stethoscope that he co-founded sending Doctors to other parts of the world. We also discuss his many other entrepreneurial adventures, such as his work with REV3 Tech on new technology to sell apartments with Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality for construction projects. We also talk about his childhood in Thailand and what it was like moving to New Zealand at a young age and the cultural differences he noticed. Oh, and the tiny house movement,studying to be a heart surgeon, what it is like to be a GP and making a difference with your life.
Episode 64 – Seeds Takeover! Tim Jones & Mark Ambundo discuss … everything!
Two former podcast guests have become great friends in the last year and as I respect each of them so highly I invited them to comeback and chat about whatever they wanted – I knew the quality would be superb and so on this episode they offer their unique perspectives on the West, the future, holding hands, cultures, colonisation, people, dog walking, spirituality, purpose, driving culture, social enterprise … it’s wide ranging which has always been the purpose of this podcast – to tell good stories and stimulate thinking. This is the best type of podcast mashup to keep things varied up! On one side of the microphone we have Tim Jones (originally from the UK) and on the other we have Mark Ambundo (from Kenya). This is a rollicking ride of a discussion and I hope you enjoy it!
Episode 63 – Bonus: Governance tips for Boards
This is a short talk given to about 50 people who were all involved as board members and so was sharing a list of top 10 tips for good governance. Thought some of you would be interested in these as well. My voice barely made it through!
Episode 62 – Dr. Cheryl Doig on the Future of Learning
Cheryl is a leadership futurist and expert in education and in this interview we combine the two into a far reaching discussion about what is to come in relation to the future of learning. We also talked about her background as a school principal, the impact of a child dying of abuse on an entire school community, the recent Future of Learning conference she co-organised with Hamish Duff (from Recalibrate) as well as her work at Think Beyond.
Episode 61 – Simon Mbonyinshuti on being a Refugee from Rwanda
Simon fled Rwanda aged 16 in 1994 and never saw his home again. This is one of those really deep episodes where we really explore what it even means to be human and reflect on what is important in life. In this interview we talk about his experience of being a refugee, what it is like to have your identity stripped from you, key points that he has learned from his journey and how he survived. We also talk about what he learnt from his parents and their positive attitude and the impact on his life of someone who helped his family in unanticipated ways. Finally we talk about his transition to life in New Zealand and how he continues to help others since his arrival here 15 years ago.
Episode 60 – Dr Sharon McIver on interviewing music icons like Radiohead and founding social enterprise ‘Our Daily Waste’
Dr Sharon McIver founded social enterprise ‘Our Daily Waste’ and in this conversation we talk about her entrepreneurial journey. Before getting to that though we discuss her childhood as well as work as a music journalist that meant she reviewed hundreds of albums and interviewed many musicians such as Radiohead and Ben Harper. We also talk about her doctoral thesis on outdoor dance culture which also looked at the influence of the New Zealand landscape on Kiwi music. This is one of those conversations where we end up talking about many, many topics so you are sure to enjoy it!
Episode 59 – Reuben Bijl on designing apps and co-founding Smudge
Reuben is a co-founder and Managing Director of Smudge which has been developing apps since the iPhone first came out. In this interview we start with a discussion about his love of music before we turn to his early experiences developing apps. We then discuss some of the work they do today including with the New Zealand Police to save thousands of hours of time and reduce the paperwork involved in their jobs. This is being released in the week of the Canterbury Tech Summit 2018 which had more than 700 attend – and where Seeds Podcast had a stand in the Community Zone.
Episode 58 – Bonus: Start-up key issues (structures for social enterprises, governance, key documents, IP and more)
To celebrate getting to 15,000 listens this “Legal Mashup” is a bonus episode recorded at XCHC recently. In this I presented along with Kris Morrison about key start-up issues including what a social enterprise is, best legal structure options for them, the charitable option, governance, board size, liability, intellectual property, overseas considerations, employment, and other start-up issues … we covered a lot! If you enjoy it consider sharing with someone else who is at the start of their entrepreneurial journey.
Episode 57 – Dave Lane on Free and Open Source Software
Dave Lane is an advocate for open source software and is the President of the NZ Open Source Society. In this interview we talk about his early years (including his Quaker roots) and growing up in a multilingual home. We also discuss his studies and what led him to New Zealand and his experiences as an entrepreneur.
Episode 56 – Philipp Sültrop on rockets, endurance races and surviving cancer
Philipp is researching fuel use in rockets at the University of Canterbury looking in particular at rocket flight mechanics and control in collaboration with Rocket Lab. In this interview we talk about his childhood in Germany, what he learned from his Father who got cancer and passed away and how it prepared him for his own battle and surviving cancer. We then get pretty deep about what that experience of survival has meant for how he approaches the rest of his life and finds his purpose. We also talk about extreme endurance races and one that Philipp was about to do in Africa that was more than 200 kilometres in a week.
Episode 55 – Professor Julia Rucklidge on diet and mental health
Professor Julia Rucklidge has been researching the link between diet, nutrients and mental health and in this interview we talk about that work. We also discuss her childhood and background growing up in Canada, how she got into this field, what the research is actually showing and what it was like to give a TEDx talk that has almost a million views.
Episode 54 – Zoë Hector on deaf children and her social enterprise to help them ‘Talk Town’
Zoë Hector (nee Haws) founded social enterprise ‘Talk Town’ after she had worked as a teacher aide and saw deaf children left out of games on the playground. In this interview we talk about her own background and journey that has led to this initiative, what it was like to win the Entre start-up challenge in 2017 and her plans for the future. Zoe has a crowdfunding campaign at the moment – check it out in the link below.
Episode 53 – Bonus episode: “The moment things changed . . .”
This is a bonus compilation episode to celebrate getting to 52 interviews looking back through some of the conversations to pull out short extracts of “the moment” when something changed for the people I was interviewing. I hope you enjoy it!
Episode 52 – Stuart Dillon-Roberts on social enterprise Digital Journey
Only a few social enterprises that I meet are focused on the digital and online world – so it was refreshing to talk with Stuart Dillon-Roberts who founded social enterprise Digital Journey. The aim is to ‘deliver digital projects and initiatives to support our goal of creating an environment where everyone has the opportunity to use, understand and benefit from digital services.’ In this interview we talk about Stuart’s background and what led to forming this venture as well as how they work as a social enterprise. We also discuss exactly how they can help companies and people to improve their online presence with an interactive assessment and resources.
Episode 51 – Angela Sothern on plans for a global fundraising loyalty programme to help towards the achievment of the Sustainable Development Goals
Angela Sothern has an idea for a new charity fundraising loyalty programme which is intended to to help towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. We discuss Angela’s background and history as well as her new initiative. In this interview we disagree a bit about the steps to implement the idea and have global impact. Angela has also provided the update below as well on positive progress since the intervew.
Episode 50 – Marcelle Lunam on the art of Film, being a Director and the Tūmanako Wellness Centre
Welcome to the 50th episode! Marcelle Lunam is the founder and project lead for Tūmanako Wellness Centre. Marcelle has worked in film as a director and we discuss the influence her Grandfather had on her as a child learning to appreciate light, paintings and film. We also discuss her career and work with the innovative Chris O’Brien Lifehouse in Sydney as well as being a creative who has been the international Creative Director of Mambo and Creative Director of zSpace in Sydney. We then discuss Tūmanako Wellness Centre and the unique plans to take the best of what is done overseas and improve on it here – what is it, what the plans for the future are and how it might change life for people.
Episode 49 – Andrew Bell on preventable blindness and the work of The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ
Andrew Bell is the Executive Director of The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ which he has led since 2010. In this interview we discuss his background and childhood in South Africa as a child of apartheid, studying anthropology and sociology and what that was like with a growing sense of the injustice of apartheid. We also discuss his role now with efforts to prevent blindness through the work of The Fred Hollows Foundation.
Episode 48 – Sarah Kessans on synthetic biology, GE and applying to be an Astronaut to NASA
Sarah Kessans is a research fellow at the University of Canterbury. In this interview we talk about her work as a synthetic biologist and discuss genetic engineering and the ethics of change as well as how it all actually works at a practical level. We also talk about her application to become an astronaut to NASA and what it was like to go through that process.
Episode 47 – Peter Wells on edible food forests and the Ōtākaro Orchard
Peter is the project coordinator for the local urban food hub Ōtākaro Orchard. Its aim is to provide knowledge and inspiration about sustainable food systems as part of the Food Resilience Network. In this interview we talk with Peter about his background and experiences in different parts of the world and what led him to move to Christchurch to be involved with this new initiative as well as his time in Edinburgh, Costa Rica, discussing modern dance, acting and theatre.
Episode 46 – Alanna Chapman on 27 Seconds a social enterprise winery focused on ending modern day slavery
Alanna Chapman is a co-founder of 27 Seconds which is a social enterprise winery whose profits go to ending modern day slavery. They do this by supporting the work of Hagar with their profits. In this interview we talk about her childhood that included living in South East Asia, her more recent encounters with modern slavery and the resulting origin of the idea for 27 Seconds and how it operates as a social enterprise.
Episode 45 – Samantha Jones on sustainable fashion and founding social enterprise Little Yellow Bird
Samantha Jones is a social entrepreneur who founded B Corp certified Little Yellow Bird (https://www.littleyellowbird.co.nz/). It’s aim is to ethically make uniforms and other workwear while also considering the source of organic cotton, impact on the environment and the fair treatment of the workers involved. In this interview we talk with Samantha about her childhood, living in Russia, some initiatives she is involved in such as Campus and the origins of Little Yellow Bird.
Episode 44 – Michael Mayell on founding Cookie Time, the Power of Failure, and social enterprise Nutrient Rescue
Michael founded the iconic New Zealand brand Cookie Time more than 30 years ago. But that wasn’t his first business idea and the initial ones he had tried failed – but he kept trying. When you talk to Michael it is apparent that if the cookie idea hadn’t worked then he would have tried something else – that entrepreneurial spirit is still evident today with the launch of social enterprise Nutrient Rescue and other ventures we discuss in the interview. Michael’s focus has shifted greatly in the last few years and we discuss his continuing evolution and a wide variety of things that interest him – from tiny houses to electric cars and ‘Light’.
Episode 43 – Bonus episode: “Are there too many Charities in New Zealand?”
A bonus episode to celebrate getting to a total of 10,000 listens of the show and to say thanks to those who subscribe! This is a bit different as it is from the recent conference at Te Papa where I was able to help moderate a session on the topic “Are there too many Charities in New Zealand“
Episode 42 – Miranda Satterthwaite on Space, colonising Mars and promoting STEM for the next generation
Miranda is the STEM Coordinator at the Ara Institute of Canterbury. In this conversation we talk about Miranda’s background including her early years in the ski industry, involvement in space camps for youth, visiting NASA, the mission of Spacebase, the colonisation of Mars and the promotion of STEM for the next generation.
Episode 41 – David Carter on Technology, Canterbury Tech and his entrepreneurial journey
David is the Chair of Canterbury Tech and in this episode released during Techweek ’18 we talk about the origins of Canterbury Tech, what it is involved in and the future of technology for the next generation. We also discuss David’s childhood in South Africa, his different entrepreneurial ventures, what makes a good manager and how you hire to get the best people and culture fit.
Episode 40 – Stella Ward on the impact of Technology on Health Care
Stella is the Chief Digital Officer (and Acting Executive Director Allied Health) for the Canterbury DHB and West Coast DHB. In this interview we talk about Stella’s career and what she is involved in relating to technology and the health sector. What will a ward of the future look like? What will ‘big data’ mean for health care? We explore these and other questions in this interview.
Episode 39 – Peter Beggs on Antarctica
Peter was the Chief Executive of Antarctica New Zealand and in this interview we talk about his background as well as the history of explorers in Antarctica, the work being done supporting world leading science and environmental protection, keeping people safe on the ice, the role of technology now and in the future as well as the international significance of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean.
Episode 38 – Professor Rob Lindeman on Technology, Virtual Reality and the HIT Lab NZ
Rob is a Professor and Research Leader at the HIT Lab NZ (Human Interface Technologies) at Canterbury University. In this interview we talk about Rob’s background and how he started researching virtual reality in the 1990s, the origins and key points in the history of virtual reality, how you have to start with the human problem faced before getting carried away with technology and what the future holds for augmented reality.
Episode 37 – Fiona Allan on Elite Sport, Paralympians and Inspiration
Fiona is the Chief Executive and Secretary General of Paralympics New Zealand. In this interview we talk about her childhood growing up in the UK, the role her parents played in her days as an elite athlete in Europe and how the transition to being involved in Paralympics happened. We also talk about the role of elite sport and in particular in the context of Paralympians, what it is that they inspire in those who get to know them and understand the work they put in, what she has learned from the athletes she has met and her most joyous moments in the job (such as calling the athlete to tell them they have been selected to represent New Zealand).
Episode 36 – Dr Peter Simpson on the Arts in New Zealand
Peter has written many books on New Zealand’s leading creative authors, writers, painters and musicians. His most recent recognition was the 2017 Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in honour of his non-fiction. In this interview we talk about his work as an editor, writer, critic, curator and former academic in New Zealand and Canada. We also talk about his memories of growing up just after World War II, the thriving literary scene in Christchurch between 1933 and 1953, his life as an academic as well as a period as a Member of Parliament for Lyttelton, his friendship and memories of the poet Allen Curnow, and what he likes about collecting books.
Episode 35 – Chris Simcock on Impact Investing … in NZ!
Chris is the Founder of Impact Ventures NZ which is a partner in the Impact Enterprise Fund which recently completed a first close having raised $8 million dollars for impact investing in New Zealand. In this interview we talk about his background and work as an investment banker before the decision to get into impact investing. We also discuss what impact investing actually is and what you look for when you go to invest such a fund which is commercially focused and wants market returns but also wants to have impact in other ways too. We also talk about developments in New Zealand in this sector such as the Social Enterprise World Forum in 2017, the role of Ākina and the network of impact investors that is developing as well as the Edmund Hillary Fellowship (Chris is a part of the first cohort).
Episode 34 – Nigel Cottle on Crave Cafe and the dangers of “success”
Nigel is a co-founder and Manager of social enterprise Crave Cafe in Morningside in Auckland. In this interview we talk about his childhood memories of the Solomon Islands, how he moved from the desire to make lots of money into setting up Crave, the challenges of operating a social enterprise (particularly in the hospitality industry), the dangers that can come with “success” and the transformation it is bringing to the suburb there and plans for the future.
Episode 33 – Dr Jarrod Gilbert on Gangs in New Zealand
Jarrod is a sociologist at the University of Canterbury and the author of “Patched:The History of Gangs in New Zealand” which was a finalist for best non-fiction book in the New Zealand Book Awards in 2013 (and is also the most stolen book in New Zealand). He recently co-edited “Criminal Justice: A New Zealand Introduction”. In this interview we discuss his life and what has led him to become an expert in this area as well as reflect on the role mentors have had in his life, the importance of cross discipline challenges and danger of silos, changing your mind in the light of better evidence and our shared memories of being involved together with the UCSA almost 20 years ago.
Episode 32 – Erica Austin-Knopp on being an Experience Curator
Erica is involved in a wide variety of different groups and organisations and we talk with her about all of them and her role as anExperience Curator, Photographer, Community Weaver, #ChChAmbassador and Social Intrapreneur (working with existing organisations to help them grow). The interview begins with her memories of coming from China to New Zealand as a child, studying architecture and then making the decision to move to Christchurch and help support and grow movements here.
Episode 31 – Michelle Sharp on Kilmarnock’s key learnings
Michelle is the Chief Executive Officer of Kilmarnock Enterprises which is a social enterprise established 60 years ago. I interviewed Michelle for the first episode of the podcast about her own story but in this follow up episode we focus more on Kilmarnock itself and the challenges it has faced in recent years as an organisation. In particular we talk about developing a great culture as well as how you raise funds when you are a social enterprise and do not fit traditional funding requirements. We also talk about the Social Enterprise World Forum, Impact Investing and the ability of one person with an organisation to leverage change.
Episode 30 – Camia Young on Architecture and Cultivating Community
Camia worked as an architect in Europe for many years before she made her home in Christchurch after the earthquakes. In this interview we talk about community building, the role of architecture in that and the key lessons learned on her journey. We also discuss the XCHC, transitional architecture with the pallet pavilion and her work now with Ohu (Office for Holistic Urbanism).
Episode 29 – Leighton Evans on the Rātā Foundation
Leighton is the Chief Executive of the Rātā Foundation which provides millions of dollars in grants to community groups and charities each year. In this interview we talk about his life and journey to taking on this role at the end of 2017. We also learn about his motivations, influences, mentors, the key experiences which have shaped him and the meaning of “True North”.
Episode 28 – Franca Buelow on the value of Collaboration across Disciplines
Franca is an Environmental Social Scientist with a curiosity about many things in the world so we discuss topics ranging from her childhood in Germany, her research on transnational sovereignty, climate change and love of poetry and the importance of engaging each other across disciplines to both challenge and innovate.
Episode 27 – Sam Broughton on Leadership and Legacy
Sam is mayor of the fast growing Selwyn District and is one of the youngest mayors in New Zealand. We talk about his childhood, the decision to pursue a political career and what he has learned on the journey. In particular, he reflects on the people who have played a role in his life and encouraged him and what sort of legacy he wants to leave behind. We also cover his involvement in other things such as 24/7 youth work and engaging with young people in Selwyn.
Episode 26 – Dorenda Britten on Design and Critical Thinking
Dorenda has studied and worked in Design for nearly all of her life and founded The Britten Institute. In this interview we discuss what application principles of design and design led strategy have in other areas (beyond those we would traditionally think about). We also learn about a life spent trying new things and pushing boundaries that included several years in Papua New Guinea and helping her younger brother John Britten with his work before his untimely death.
Episode 25 – Michael Trengrove on Code Club Aotearoa
Michael co-founded Code Club Aotearoa and in this interview we talk about the work that organisation is doing with primary aged school children to teach them how to code. We also talk about his background on rural farms in New Zealand and experience living for several years in the Amazonian jungle before he got into his career in IT. We also discuss his involvement in Canterbury Tech – and what it was like to introduce the Prime Minister of New Zealand at a conference.
Episode 24 – Amy Marsden on Whanau, Children and Te Mapua
Amy Marsden is a co-founder of Te Mapua which translates as “the precious children” and works to provide camps and other activities for kids in need. In this interview we talk about her early life and what influenced her to work full time with children. We also talk a lot about her Maori heritage and the impact that has had on her thinking and approach to the work she does now and in particular talk about the term ‘Whanau’ and what that means for the children and others that come across her path.
Episode 23 – Joanna Pidgeon on Women in the Law
Joanna is the President of the Auckland District Law Society. She is also the founder of Pidgeon Law in Auckland which is a boutique property and commercial law firm. She has been involved with a variety of not for profit and charity committees such as the Selwyn Foundation and Auckland City Mission and these are discussed in the interview. We also talk about growing up with a famous lawyer father, women in the law and the changing profession and what it has taken to succeed in career and integrating that with being a Mother.
Episode 22 – Jonathan Lee on Photography as Art
Jonathan Lee is a professional photographer who has traveled the world taking photos and through them telling amazing stories. In doing this he often supports social enterprises and other great causes. In this interview we talk about his early life in Hong Kong, immigrating to the United States as a child, what formed him and gave him a sense of direction, his involvement in the Beacon Food Forest, a community-driven food-producing garden and forest in the city, work in Nepal after the earthquakes and his views about photography as a form of art and what makes capturing moments in time through photos so special.
To learn more and see his photos visit https://subtledream.com/
Episode 21 – Ben Atkinson on finding your purpose and founding social enterprise ‘Fill Their Lunchbox’
Ben set up the social enterprise Fill Their Lunchbox and in this episode shares his journey. We learn about his childhood and hard times during high school, losing a friend during the Christchurch earthquakes and his resulting depression and how all these factors led to his being inspired to start Fill Their Lunchbox which not only feeds children who wouldn’t get a lunch otherwise but also works with people from Odyssey House (recovering from drug and alcohol addictions) preparing the lunches to help them find their purpose.
Episode 20 – Catherine Brown with a Funder’s perspective on social enterprises
Growing up in an international family that spanned the globe, working as a lawyer before starting to work for a variety of charities particularly in the health sector and then becoming the CEO of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation in Melbourne, Australia which the is the largest and oldest community foundation in Australia and funds many charities and social enterprises.
Episode 19 – Mark Prain on Sir Edmund Hillary
Traveling the country at 11 as a boy soprano, studying acting and working as a professional actor and then working internationally as an opera singer before becoming an activist with Greenpeace, working with Sustainable Cities and the “Redesigning Resources Business Leadership Group” then founding the Hillary Institute to honour those around the world doing great things in mid career and working with Sir Edmund Hillary on that. Mark Prain is the Founding Director of the Hillary Institute of Leadership.
Episode 18 – John Hammond on choosing life
On falling in love at first sight, the impact of a friend passing in your 20s, a lifelong love of skiing and travel, co-founding a marketing agency, deciding to retire but then getting a prognosis you never expected to receive and what you learn from that. John Hammond co-founded marketing agency Beck & Caul.
Episode 17 – Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom on Space
Growing up in the Philippines with dreams of Space and interplanetary travel, how a scholarship to the International Space University in France has led to a unique career as an international space consultant, co-authoring “Realizing Tomorrow: The Path to Private Spaceflight”, working as Chief Impact Officer at Singularity University and the study of how to leverage exponential technologies for global impact, becoming one of the first recipients of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship and how that has enabled the newly created SpaceBase team to start leading the push for the democratisation of access to Space, from New Zealand. Emeline Paat-Dalstrom is a co-founder of SpaceBase and arrived in New Zealand in 2017 on a three year Global Impact Visa through the Edmund Hillary Fellowship.
Episode 16 – Martin Large on “Common Wealth”
Growing up on a Yorkshire Dales hill farm, living in South East Asia during the Vietnam War era, pursuing an academic career, founding the Hawthorn Press, developing ‘Stroud Common Wealth’ and establishing community land trusts and social businesses and what that term “Common Wealth” actually means. Martin is a former academic, business consultant, Quaker, publisher with Hawthorn Press, founder of the UK Biodynamic Land Trust and a director of Stroud (UK) Common Wealth Ltd which enables co-op, cultural and social businesses e.g. community land trusts. Author of Social Ecology (1981); Set Free Childhood (2002); Futures that Work (2003), Common Wealth (2010).
Stroud Common Wealth: http://www.stroudcommonwealth.org.uk/ Hawthorn Press: https://www.hawthornpress.com/
Land Trust NZ: http://www.thelandtrustnz.com/
Episode 15 – Peter Townsend on Business Leadership
Growing up in Rotorua, being involved in the fishing industry and co-founding the New Zealand Salmon Company in the mid 1980s, working as Chief Executive at the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce for more than 20 years and the leadership lessons learned over his career.
Episode 14 – Gary Shaw on having been an Anti Human Trafficker
Ambitions to be a superhero as a child and how that affected the decision to become a policeman and then work for many years as an anti-human trafficker, the highs and lows, including burn-out and depression and what you learn through that. Gary Shaw is now the Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Kathmandu.
Episode 13 – Elena Casolari on Impact Investing in Africa and India
Growing up in Italy, working as a researcher of economic models at the Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, joining the finance world as an investment banker before co-founding OPES Impact Fund which focuses on investing in early stage social enterprises in Africa and India. Elena Casolari is the Co-founder and Executive President of OPES Impact Fund and she is also a Board Member of Social Enterprise World Forum C.I.C. based in Glasgow.
Episode 12 – Dr James Austin on the Social Enterprise Initiative at Harvard Business School
Joining the Peace Corps in 1964, studying at Harvard Business School and then joining the faculty before being involved in co-founding the Social Enterprise Initiative there. Dr James Austin is Emeritus Professor at Harvard Business School in the Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus Co-Founder Social Enterprise Initiative Harvard Business School.
Episode 11 – David Harland on the Eden Project, education by stealth and plans for the red zone in Christchurch
What the Eden Project is, the concept of weaving together entertainment with education, operating as a global social enterprise with expanding operations in China, Australia, America and a proposal for the red zone in Christchurch. David Harland is the CEO of the Eden Project in England which has large biomes at the site in Cornwall in which there are a wide variety of plants from all over the world.
Episode 10 – Mark Ambundo with an African perspective on Western Culture and taking advantage of opportunities
Growing up in Kenya and what life is like in the city of Nairobi, what impresses about Western culture when viewed from an African perspective, how community is different, the opportunities people may take for granted here and what it means to find your purpose. Mark Ambundo has been in New Zealand for less than a year and in this conversation gives his unique perspective on what we probably take for granted. Mark is a pastor at Hope Presbyterian Church in Christchurch.
Episode 9 – Kit Hindin on Ministry of Awesome and the value of Slowing Down
On what makes coming home from overseas so special, working with entrepreneurs as ‘Start-Up Activator’ at Ministry of Awesome, the scary/exciting moment you decide to launch out on your own and finding joy and purpose by taking the time to slow down. At the time of this interview Kit Hindin was the Start-Up Activator at the Ministry of Awesome which was founded after the earthquakes to make things happen in Christchurch. They support early-stage entrepreneurs with ideas for projects, events, start-ups, social enterprises and more; to turn their ideas into reality.
Episode 8 – Daniel Flynn on Thankyou
Co-founding the Australian Social Enterprise Thankyou at 19, being transparent about the ups and downs of the journey, what keeps you going on an entrepreneurial marathon, the importance of purpose as your foundation and what the future holds. Daniel Flynn co-founded Thankyou, a social enterprise started in Australia which aims to end global poverty. I spoke to him during the Social Enterprise World Forum in Christchurch.For more on Thankyou visit https://thankyou.co/
Episode 7 – Bailey Peryman on Cultivate Christchurch
Building a network of urban farms as a social enterprise, their potential to help the young people involved find their purpose and the chance to participate in the next stage of Cultivate Christchurch through “Broccoli Bonds” with the ability to receive fresh veges if you invest. Bailey Peryman is the co-founder of Cultivate Christchurch, which is a social enterprise that inspires young people to live lives they value in an urban farm environment in Christchurch, New Zealand. For more visit: http://cultivate.org.nz/
Episode 6 – Dr John Vargo on Organisational Resilience
Working in Silicon Valley in the 1970s, what resilience is in an organisational context, how theory was turned into a living labratory when the earthquakes hit Christchurch and what organisations can do to improve their resilience before a crisis hits.Dr John Vargo is an Executive Director of Resilient Organisations Ltd based in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Episode 5 – Shanna on being 10
What it feels like to turn 10, what kids can teach adults and what they wish we knew, the keys to developing a growth mindset, some innovative transport ideas, how to reduce pollution and what it means to be a good friend.
Episode 4 – Lianne Dalziel on being the Mayor of Christchurch
A childhood without TV but plenty of imagination, becoming a Member of Parliament, how the earthquakes sparked the decision to become Mayor, the future for social enterprises and both the challenges and unique opportunities facing Christchurch today.
Episode 3 – Netta Egoz on Pechakucha and Social Enterprises
Talking about when a national identity forms if you are a child of immigrants, starting your first charity at 15, empowering others as a Social Enterprise lawyer in post Earthquake Christchurch and moving to Tokyo to help grow the Pechakucha movement worldwide.
“Just because you can’t do everything doesn’t mean you should do nothing.”
Episode 2 – Tim Jones on B Corps
We learn about what it takes to leave working in the corporate world behind, what B Corps actually are and the process to become one, what changes are needed to have more purpose driven people and societies and how medieval history fits in to all this.
Episode 1 – Michelle Sharp on Kilmarnock and Social Enterprises
Michelle has had a fascinating life – we learn about a childhood in Mexico, introducing the BlackBerry to Europe with Vodafone, being involved in IT startups in England and how all these unique experiences combined to provide a perfect background to working as the CEO at Kilmarnock Enterprises, a world leading example of a Social Enterprise based in Christchurch, New Zealand.