Why we exist.

Inspiring Stories is a Kiwi charity with the bold vision to see young New Zealanders unleash their potential to change the world. The organisation was founded in 2011 by Guy Ryan, who went on to be awarded Young New Zealander of the Year in 2015. Guy and the team have built an impressive track record supporting thousands of Kiwis to build their capability, and their ideas to make a difference for our future.

Our impact.


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. From curing treatable blindness to running for Council and stepping into leadership positions, to increasing access to education – our alumni have won awards and represented New Zealand on the world stage.

Our Festival for the Future receives ‘life-changing’ and ‘world class’ reviews, attracting 1,200+ people annually. Our Future Leaders programme is changing lives for a diverse range of young people in New Zealand’s rural and provincial communities. Through The Impact Awards, we’ve awarded $20,000 to support New Zealand’s most driven and inspiring young social entrepreneurs.

How we operate.

We're a lean and innovative team of awesome humans who are passionate about making a difference for our future. Half of our crew are based in Wellington, with the other half based in rural / provincial communities across the country – Kaikohe, Whangarei, Kawerau, Ōpōtiki, Whakatāne, Palmerston North, Kāpiti Coast, and Greymouth.

Legally we're a charity (CC45932), but we operate like a business in the ever evolving quest for financial sustainability. 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.