Inspiring Stories operates nationwide with the vision is to see every young New Zealander unleash their potential to change the world.
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.
What we do.
We're a tiny but powerful team of young New Zealanders who have forged an impressive track record of programmes and partnerships. More than 6,000 have taken part in our programmes so far, which bring together innovators and leaders from across the nation and around the world to connect, be inspired, build their capability and ideas for a better world. Our programmes include the flagship national event Festival for the Future, the accelerator programme Live the Dream, building Future Leaders in rural and provincial NZ, and the film competition Making a Difference. We're also building the Future Fund to provide seed funding and support for NZ's most promising young social entrepreneurs.
How we're funded.
Inspiring Stories is a New Zealand registered charitable trust (CC45932), which has grown from scratch to about $650k annual operating revenue in 2016. Our other revenue is made up of contributions from corporate partners, programme fees, grant funding, and a number of generous Kiwis who make regular donations to help us back young New Zealanders. In light of building a more resilient financial model, we are also developing three new commercial ventures where 100% of the profit after costs helps to expand and support our programmes. The three ventures include the recruitment agency – Millennials, the speaker bureau – Inspiring Speakers, and the creative agency, Inner Creative.
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).