“Live the Dream was challenging, stretching and empowering. We learned how to use research to find the root cause of the issue we wanted to tackle, create business plans, prototype and ideate, pitch, market, plan and manage finances, and so much more.”
In the much anticipated lead up to the Festival for the Future, Inspiring Stories partnered with Deloitte to engage with young professionals to understand what they want to see at this year’s festival.
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.