It’s now three weeks since we held the world’s very first Festival for the Future. For some (so we’ve heard), the experience was lifeâ€“changing. For a first-time event organised largely by two 25year olds we couldn’t have dreamed of a better outcome. So what’s happened since? And what happens next?!
So how did it go?
120 enthusiastic participants from around New Zealand took part in the Festival’s action-packed three-day programme. For the most part, the intent was to showcase & celebrate Kiwi innovation across a range of sectors â€“ to create a space for a range of people to share their passion, their projects, and their vision for New Zealand. An experience designed to inspire, to up-skill, and to spark new ideas!
Here’s a few quotes from participants we’d like to share:
“I met so many people doing such inspiring things, fromÂ social entrepreneurs to artists,Â andÂ I learned about the ways in which people are working to improve this world of ours in some way or another. It wasÂ inspiring in so many ways.”Â ~ Jamie Fenton, Young NZ’er of the Year
“I was really blown away by the enthusiasm and talent building in NZ, especially the youth at the moment. Â It’s very promising. Well done for all the great work, you should be proud!”
~ Barnaby Bennett, Architect
“After hearing the stories of so many talented young visionaries, the power of storytelling was evident â€“ how stories can motivate and inspire others to create positive change.Â
~ Jamie MacDonald, Entrepreneur
What’s happening now?
We’re working through follow up and reporting (woohoo!). But perhaps more excitinglyÂ we’re exploring possibilities for 2012 â€“ what this beautiful little idea can grow into, and how to make this amazing content accessible to every New Zealander. We’re looking seriously at Te Papa as a venue moving forwards. Finally, we’ll be taking some well deserved chill time over the festive season.
To all of you who helped out, contributed in any way, shape or form â€“ THANK YOU. Good luck for the rest of the year, have an amazing break, and we look forward to connecting with you in the New Year!