Our vision.

Inspiring Stories operates nationwide with the vision to see every young New Zealander unleash their potential to change the world.

Our why.

We live in a world with urgent and complex problems that need solving – social, environmental, economic. Young people are the future – the lever that can and will change the world. We need to supercharge their capability, connections and confidence to create the future.


The difference we make.

We support young people to engage in big issues that affect our future, and build their ideas and skills to make a difference. We harness the power of storytelling to showcase what’s possible, increasing the visibility of people doing great things for their communities, our nation and beyond.

From curing treatable blindness to tackling recidivism in prisons, starting tech companies and leading volunteer movements – our alumni have been shortlisted for the Young New Zealander of the Year Award, won International Youth Leadership Awards, attended the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, and represented NZ on the world stage. It's been an epic adventure so far. We're just getting started!

How we operate.

We're a tiny but powerful team of staff and interns mostly based in Wellington, with contractors on the ground in eight communities across the country – Kaikohe, Whangarei, Kawerau, Ōpōtiki, Whakatāne, Palmerston North, Kāpiti Coast, and Greymouth. We grow and shrink depending on the time of year, with a small army of 50 volunteers who roll up sleeves and help with Festival for the Future.

Legally we're a charity (CC45932), but operate as a social enterprise. Our revenues are made up of five streams, which include our speaker bureau, programme fees and ticket sales, grant funding, sponsorship, and the generosity of Kiwis who make one off and regular donations to support our work either directly or via the One Percent Collective.

Our impact.


Young New Zealander of the Year.

The Founder & CEO of Inspiring Stories, Guy Ryan, was awarded Young New Zealander of the Year in 2015 (pictured second from left). 


The Founder & CEO of Inspiring Stories, Guy Ryan, was awarded Young New Zealander of the Year in 2015 (pictured second from left, bottom row).