The Future Leaders programme supports young people in rural and provincial communities to connect, explore big issues affecting their future, build their entrepreneurial and leadership capability, and make a difference in their backyard.
Our involvement ranged from supporting the scholarships process, to running various events and workshops for young people throughout the forum. Every night we held events for young social entrepreneurs to connect, share stories and knowledge.
On 4–6th August, more than 1,300 people converged on Auckland for our biggest ever Festival for the Future. We had young people from every region nationwide in the room, as well as a growing number of international delegates from the Asia-Pacific Region. The buzz was absolutely incredible!!
The pace of business is getting faster. Organisations are increasingly data driven and digital. Consumers care more about the ethics and sustainability of their purchasing decisions than ever before – every dollar is a vote for a better world.
Having built Inspiring Stories from scratch, I've accumulated six years experience of figuring out what it takes to develop a purpose-driven organisation, build relationships with a range of New Zealand's leading grant funders, values-aligned corporates, government, and generate revenue.
Last week was huge, with the showcase events for our Live the Dream programme in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. More than 300 people attended in support. There is an incredible community building around this work.
Meet Irene. Together with another Welly-based social entrepreneur, Liv, she’s on a mission to spark social change across Aotearoa by giving our young people the access to education about relationships and early stage abuse that she never had.
Over the past year I’ve been part of a strategic group brought together to provide advice to the New Zealand government to grow social enterprise and social finance. The group met about ten times over the past year to produce the report, which was released at Parliament on the 11th October 2016.
I’m super excited to share that the Social Enterprise World Forum is now confirmed to be hosted in Christchurch, September 27–29. Just quietly – I reckon New Zealand can pull off the world’s most epic SEWF yet!
This year, the Inspiring Stories team has taken a slightly different approach to creating Festival for the Future, throwing the doors wide and inviting in our wider community to design the Festival experience with us. Learning and Development Lead Shruthi Vijayakumar takes us through the codesign process.