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84 EpisodesProduced by Steven Moe

We talk purpose with inspiring people making a positive impact with their lives. We are particularly interested in social enterprises and entrepreneurs. We will listen to them reflect on their journeys and take time to dig deeper in order to better understand what really motivates their choices.

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Joanna Norris on ChristchurchNZ

February 18th, 2019

52:09

Joanna is the CEO of ChristchurchNZ which promotes the city as both a tourism destination and a dynamic place for business to grow.  In this …

Lisa Mead on founding 'Social Currency'

February 4th, 2019

1:02:06

Lisa founded Social Currency an accounting firm with a difference that we discuss in the interview (hint: it gives back).  We also talk about Lisa's early life, a near death experience at 11, growing up and playing …

Kerri Bonner on changing perceptions of Disability

January 21st, 2019

40:48

Kerri coordinates 'Carabiner' in Christchurch which helps provide mentoring opportunities for young people aged 18-25 with disabilities.  In this interview we talk about her childhood, love of the outdoors, working life …

E Wen Wong on being 16 and founding P.S. Our Beaches

January 14th, 2019

42:31

E Wen Wong was 13 when she founded P.S. Our Beaches.  Now aged 16 we talk about her love of poetry, founding an organisation to clean up our beaches, …

Steve Jukes on Pathway a social enterprise helping ex Prisoners

January 8th, 2019

1:33:24

Steve is the Executive Director at Pathway which is a charity and social enterprise helping prisoners reintegrate back into society after they leave prison.  It does that through a charitable trust owning two businesses …

Robert Read on Suicide Awareness and Prevention

December 31st, 2018

1:17:00

Robert speaks about suicide from a place of sincerity and personal experience which is profound.  In this episode we talk with him about his childhood, early life, guardian angels who have saved him from suicide, the …

Kathleen Gallagher on being a poet, staying attentive and slowing down

December 25th, 2018

51:07

Some interviews are like little jewels that I’ve somehow uncovered while walking along the beach.  Today is one of those as I speak with the poet Kathleen Gallagher.  Kathleen has written plays, poems, novels as well as …

Julie Chapman on co-founding KidsCan and child poverty in New Zealand

December 10th, 2018

49:32

Julie co-founded charity KidsCan 13 years ago and is the CEO now.  In this interview we talk about her childhood, her first jobs, the influence of …

Celebrating 20,000 listens with a bonus episode reflecting on Social Enterprise in Aotearoa, New Zealand

December 9th, 2018

1:05:52

Thanks everyone for helping reach this significant milestone!  The 75th episode was just released and with that we passed 20,000 total listens across all the interviews.  Thanks to all who are out there listening to …

Bonus: Short reflection on paradigm shifts and the term social enterprise

December 5th, 2018

4:13

Earlier this week (actually, last night!) I presented to around 50 people on Social Enterprise in Auckland and this is just a few short minutes extract of that more than hour long session.  I was reflecting on what we …

Dr Mike Dickison on being 'Wikipedian-at-Large' and giant flightless birds

December 3rd, 2018

1:05:50

Mike was appointed earlier this year to be 'Wikipedian at Large' and has been travelling the country in that role.  In this interview we talk about …

Historian Rowan Light on ANZAC day, what we commemorate (and why)

November 26th, 2018

1:04:04

Rowan is a lecturer in the History Department at Canterbury University who has done years of research into ANZAC history. In this interview (released in the month that is the centenary of World War I ending) we talk …

Louise Aitken on Ākina, Social Enterprise in Aotearoa ... and being a twin!

November 19th, 2018

1:26:04

Louise Aitken is the CEO of Ākina Foundation which is growing social enterprise in Aotearoa New Zealand. In this interview (the longest so far!) we talk about her childhood, what it was like growing up with her twin …

Dyslexia as Superpower with Geoff Bone

November 15th, 2018

22:40

On this episode we discuss dyslexia as a form of Superpower.  Why might that be?  After our full interview Geoff Bone contacted me to say he wanted …

Geoff Bone on the New Zealand Agricultural Show and how to create meaningful events

November 12th, 2018

55:31

Geoff is the event director for the New Zealand Agricultural Show (formerly the Canterbury A&P Show).  In this interview we talk about Geoff's …

Holly Norton on co-founding 'Collaborate' the social enterprise volunteering app

November 5th, 2018

1:10:48

Holly is one of the four co-founders of Collaborate which connects people with volunteering opportunities.  In this interview we discuss her early …

Professor Anthony Butler on 3D colour x-rays, MARS Bioimaging and the future of scanning in health care

October 29th, 2018

38:04

Anthony is a co-founder (with his Father) of Mars Bioimaging Limited which produces 3D colour x-rays (spectral molecular imaging).  This involves the …

Māori perspectives on Social Enterprise with Kaye Maree Dunn, Cain Kerehoma and Chanelle Armstrong

October 22nd, 2018

1:08:05

"What does Social Enterprise mean to us as Tangata Whenua?"  This question was explored during this participative session 2 at the Aotearoa Social Enterprise Forum held on 19 October 2018.  

We heard from Kaye Maree …

Bonus: Final challenge at the Aotearoa Social Enterprise Forum 2018 from Samantha Jones

October 19th, 2018

9:54

Samantha Jones gave the last word at the Aotearoa Social Enterprise Forum held on 19 October 2018 in Wellington.  The full transcript is typed below. …

Dr Pleayo Tovaranonte on social enterprise Beyond the Stethoscope

October 15th, 2018

1:06:42

Dr Pleayo Tovaranonte explains the social enterprise Beyond the Stethoscope that he co-founded sending Doctors to other parts of the world.  We also discuss his many other entrepreneurial adventures, such as his work …

Seeds Takeover! Tim Jones Mark Ambundo discuss ... everything!

October 8th, 2018

1:02:43

Two former podcast guests have become great friends in the last year and as I respect each of them so highly I invited them to come back and chat …

Bonus: Governance tips for Boards

October 4th, 2018

19:03

This is a short talk given to about 50 people who were all involved as board members and so was sharing a list of top 10 tips for good governance. …

Dr. Cheryl Doig on the Future of Learning

October 1st, 2018

53:29

Cheryl is a leadership futurist and expert in education and in this interview we combine the two into a far reaching discussion about what is to come in relation to the future of learning.  We also talked about her …

Simon Mbonyinshuti on being a Refugee from Rwanda

September 24th, 2018

1:04:31

Simon fled Rwanda aged 16 in 1994 and never saw his home again.  This is one of those really deep episodes where we really explore what it even means to be human and reflect on what is important in life.  In this …

Dr Sharon McIver on interviewing music icons like Radiohead and founding social enterprise 'Our Daily Waste'

September 17th, 2018

1:05:14

Dr Sharon McIver founded social enterprise 'Our Daily Waste' and in this conversation we talk about her entrepreneurial journey.  Before getting to that though we discuss her childhood as well as work as a music …

Reuben Bijl on designing apps and co-founding Smudge

September 12th, 2018

1:05:27

Reuben is a co-founder and Managing Director of Smudge which has been developing apps since the iPhone first came out.  In this interview we start with a discussion about his love of music before we turn to his early …

Bonus: Start-up key issues (structures for social enterprises, governance, key documents, IP and other common questions...)

September 10th, 2018

55:49

To celebrate getting to 15,000 listens this "Legal Mashup" is a bonus episode recorded at XCHC recently.  In this I presented along with Kris Morrison about key start-up issues including what a social enterprise is, …

Dave Lane on Free and Open Source Software

September 3rd, 2018

1:01:43

Dave Lane is an advocate for open source software and is the President of the NZ Open Source Society.  In this interview we talk about his early …

Philipp Sültrop on rockets, endurance races and surviving cancer

August 27th, 2018

53:57

Philipp is researching fuel use in rockets at the University of Canterbury looking in particular at rocket flight mechanics and control in …

Professor Julia Rucklidge on diet and mental health

August 20th, 2018

54:55

Professor Julia Rucklidge has been researching the link between diet, nutrients and mental health and in this interview we talk about that work.  We …

Zoë Hector on deaf children and her social enterprise to help them 'Talk Town'

August 13th, 2018

48:26

Zoë Hector (nee Haws) founded social enterprise 'Talk Town' after she had worked as a teacher aide and saw deaf children left out of games on the playground.  In this interview we talk about her own background and …

Bonus episode: The moment things changed . . .

August 6th, 2018

43:46

This is a bonus compilation episode to celebrate getting to 52 interviews looking back through some of the conversations to pull out short extracts …

Stuart Dillon-Roberts on social enterprise Digital Journey

July 30th, 2018

39:03

Only a few social enterprises that I meet are focused on the digital and online world - so it was refreshing to talk with Stuart Dillon-Roberts who founded social enterprise Digital Journey.  The aim is to 'deliver …

Angela Sothern on plans for a global fundraising loyalty programme to help towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals

July 23rd, 2018

56:47

Angela Sothern has an idea for a new charity fundraising loyalty programme which is intended to to help towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.  We discuss Angela's background and history as well …

Marcelle Lunam on the art of Film, being a Director and the Tūmanako Wellness Centre

July 16th, 2018

1:03:57

Welcome to the 50th episode!  Marcelle Lunam is the founder and project lead for Tūmanako Wellness Centre.  Marcelle has worked in film as a director and we discuss the influence her Grandfather had on her as a child …

Andrew Bell on preventable blindness and the work of The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ

July 9th, 2018

58:47

Andrew Bell is the Executive Director of The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ which he has led since 2010.  In this interview we discuss his background and …

Sarah Kessans on synthetic biology, GE and applying to be an Astronaut to NASA

July 2nd, 2018

57:00

Sarah Kessans is a research fellow at the University of Canterbury.  In this interview we talk about her work as a synthetic biologist and discuss …

Peter Wells on edible food forests and the Ōtākaro Orchard

June 25th, 2018

1:17:13

Peter is the project coordinator for the local urban food hub Ōtākaro Orchard.  Its aim is to provide knowledge and inspiration about sustainable food systems as part of the Food Resilience Network.  In this interview …

Alanna Chapman on 27 Seconds a social enterprise winery focused on ending modern day slavery

June 19th, 2018

38:53

Alanna Chapman is a co-founder of 27 Seconds which is a social enterprise winery whose profits go to ending modern day slavery.  They do this by supporting the work of Hagar with their profits.  In this interview we …

Samantha Jones on sustainable fashion and founding social enterprise Little Yellow Bird

June 11th, 2018

52:14

Samantha Jones is a social entrepreneur who founded B Corp certified Little Yellow Bird (https://www.littleyellowbird.co.nz/). It’s aim is to ethically make uniforms and other workwear while also considering the source …

Michael Mayell on founding Cookie Time, the Power of Failure, and social enterprise Nutrient Rescue

June 4th, 2018

58:56

Michael founded the iconic New Zealand brand Cookie Time more than 30 years ago.  But that wasn't his first business idea and the initial ones he had tried failed - but he kept trying.  When you talk to Michael it is …

Bonus episode: Are there too many Charities in New Zealand?

May 30th, 2018

43:07

A bonus episode to celebrate getting to a total of 10,000 listens of the show and to say thanks to those who subscribe! This is a bit different as it is from the recent conference at Te Papa where I was able to help …

Miranda Satterthwaite on Space, colonising Mars and promoting STEM for the next generation

May 28th, 2018

46:51

Miranda is the STEM Coordinator at the Ara Institute of Canterbury.  In this conversation we talk about Miranda's background including her early …

David Carter on Technology, Canterbury Tech and his entrepreneurial journey

May 21st, 2018

54:51

David is the Chair of Canterbury Tech and in this episode released during Techweek '18 we talk about the origins of Canterbury Tech, what it is …

Stella Ward on the impact of Technology on Health Care

May 14th, 2018

46:43

Stella is the Chief Digital Officer (and Acting Executive Director Allied Health) for the Canterbury DHB and West Coast DHB.  In this interview we …

Peter Beggs on Antarctica

May 8th, 2018

53:39

Peter is the Chief Executive of Antarctica New Zealand and in this interview we talk about his background as well as the history of explorers in Antarctica, the work being done supporting world leading science and …

Professor Rob Lindeman on Technology, Virtual Reality and the HIT Lab NZ

May 3rd, 2018

58:58

Rob is a Professor and Research Leader at the HIT Lab NZ (Human Interface Technologies) at Canterbury University.  This interview is released in the …

Fiona Allan on Elite Sport, Paralympians and Inspiration

April 29th, 2018

49:21

Fiona is the Chief Executive and Secretary General of Paralympics New Zealand.  In this interview we talk about her childhood growing up in the UK, …

Dr Peter Simpson on the Arts in New Zealand

April 23rd, 2018

1:14:46

Peter has written many books on New Zealand's leading creative authors, writers, painters and musicians.  His most recent recognition was the 2017 Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in honour of his …

Chris Simcock on Impact Investing ... in NZ!

April 16th, 2018

58:31

Chris is the Founder of Impact Ventures NZ which is a partner in the Impact Enterprise Fund which recently completed a first close having raised $8 …

Nigel Cottle on Crave Cafe and the dangers of success

April 9th, 2018

59:48

Nigel is a co-founder and Manager of social enterprise Crave Cafe in Morningside in Auckland.  In this interview we talk about his childhood memories …

Dr Jarrod Gilbert on Gangs in New Zealand

April 2nd, 2018

58:47

Jarrod is a sociologist at the University of Canterbury and the author of "Patched: The History of Gangs in New Zealand" which was a finalist for …

Erica Austin-Knopp on being an Experience Curator

March 26th, 2018

58:53

Erica is involved in a wide variety of different groups and organisations and we talk with her about all of them and her role as an Experience …

Michelle Sharp on Kilmarnock's key learnings

March 19th, 2018

55:06

Michelle is the Chief Executive Officer of Kilmarnock Enterprises which is a social enterprise established 60 years ago.  I interviewed Michelle for the first episode of the podcast about her own story but in this …

Camia Young on Architecture and Cultivating Community

March 12th, 2018

58:58

Camia worked as an architect in Europe for many years before she made her home in Christchurch after the earthquakes.  In this interview we talk …

Leighton Evans on the Rātā Foundation

March 5th, 2018

46:18

Leighton is the Chief Executive of the Rātā Foundation which provides millions of dollars in grants to community groups and charities each year.  In …

Franca Buelow on the value of Collaboration across Disciplines

February 26th, 2018

58:43

Franca is an Environmental Social Scientist with a curiosity about many things in the world so we discuss topics ranging from her childhood in Germany, her research on transnational sovereignty, climate change and love …

Sam Broughton on Leadership and Legacy

February 19th, 2018

44:57

Sam is mayor of the fast growing Selwyn District and is one of the youngest mayors in New Zealand.  We talk about his childhood, the decision to …

Dorenda Britten on Design and Critical Thinking

February 12th, 2018

44:54

Dorenda has studied and worked in Design for nearly all of her life and founded The Britten Institute.  In this interview we discuss what application principles of design and design led strategy have in other …

Michael Trengrove on Code Club Aotearoa

February 5th, 2018

54:02

Michael co-founded Code Club Aotearoa and in this interview we talk about the work that organisation is doing with primary aged school children to …

Amy Marsden on Whanau, Children and Te Mapua

January 29th, 2018

56:50

Amy Marsden is a co-founder of Te Mapua which translates as "the precious children" and works to provide camps and other activities for kids in need.  In this interview we talk about her early life and what influenced …

Joanna Pidgeon on Women in the Law

January 22nd, 2018

55:56

Joanna is the President of the Auckland District Law Society.  She is also the founder of Pidgeon Law in Auckland which is a boutique property and …

Jonathan Lee on Photography as Art

January 15th, 2018

1:19:34

Jonathan Lee is a professional photographer who has traveled the world taking photos and through them telling amazing stories.  In doing this he often supports social enterprises and other great causes.  In this …

Ben Atkinson on finding your purpose and founding social enterprise 'Fill Their Lunchbox'

January 8th, 2018

51:29

Ben set up the social enterprise Fill Their Lunchbox and in this episode shares his journey.  We learn about his childhood and hard times during high …

Catherine Brown with a Funder's perspective on social enterprises

January 1st, 2018

32:54

Growing up in an international family that spanned the globe, working as a lawyer before starting to work for a variety of charities particularly in …

Mark Prain on Sir Edmund Hillary

December 25th, 2017

59:46

Traveling the country at 11 as a boy soprano, studying acting and working as a professional actor and then working internationally as an opera singer before becoming an activist with Greenpeace, working with Sustainable …

John Hammond on choosing life

December 18th, 2017

53:51

On falling in love at first sight, the impact of a friend passing in your 20s, a lifelong love of skiing and travel, co-founding a marketing agency, deciding to retire but then getting a prognosis you never expected to …

Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom on Space

December 11th, 2017

42:22

Growing up in the Philippines with dreams of Space and interplanetary travel, how a scholarship to the International Space University in France has …

Martin Large on Common Wealth

November 29th, 2017

58:57

Growing up on a Yorkshire Dales hill farm, living in South East Asia during the Vietnam War era, pursuing an academic career, founding the Hawthorn Press, developing 'Stroud Common Wealth' and establishing community …

Peter Townsend on Business Leadership

November 28th, 2017

49:51

Growing up in Rotorua, being involved in the fishing industry and co-founding the New Zealand Salmon Company in the mid 1980s, working as Chief …

Gary Shaw on having been an Anti Human Trafficker

November 17th, 2017

46:08

Ambitions to be a superhero as a child and how that affected the decision to become a policeman and then work for many years as an anti-human …

Elena Casolari on Impact Investing in Africa and India

November 14th, 2017

48:16

Growing up in Italy, working as a researcher of economic models at the Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, joining the finance world as an investment banker before co-founding OPES Impact Fund which focuses on investing …

Dr James Austin on the Social Enterprise Initiative at Harvard Business School

November 7th, 2017

58:57

Joining the Peace Corps in 1964, studying at Harvard Business School and then joining the faculty before being involved in co-founding the Social …

David Harland on the Eden Project, education by stealth and plans for the red zone in Christchurch

October 30th, 2017

21:41

What the Eden Project is, the concept of weaving together entertainment with education, operating as a global social enterprise with expanding operations in China, Australia, America and a proposal for the red zone in …

Mark Ambundo with an African perspective on Western Culture and taking advantage of opportunities

October 25th, 2017

43:53

Growing up in Kenya and what life is like in the city of Nairobi, what impresses about Western culture when viewed from an African perspective, how …

Kit Hindin on Ministry of Awesome and the value of Slowing Down

October 19th, 2017

40:00

On what makes coming home from overseas so special, working with entrepreneurs as 'Start-Up Activator' at Ministry of Awesome, the scary/exciting moment you decide to launch out on your own and finding joy and purpose …

Daniel Flynn on Thankyou

October 14th, 2017

33:49

Co-founding the Australian Social Enterprise Thankyou at 19, being transparent about the ups and downs of the journey, what keeps you going on an entrepreneurial marathon, the importance of purpose as your foundation …

Bailey Peryman on Cultivate Christchurch

October 9th, 2017

57:55

Building a network of urban farms as a social enterprise, their potential to help the young people involved find their purpose and the chance to …

Dr John Vargo on Organisational Resilience

October 4th, 2017

44:55

Working in Silicon Valley in the 1970s, what resilience is in an organisational context, how theory was turned into a living labratory when the earthquakes hit Christchurch and what organisations can do to improve their …

Shanna on being 10

September 28th, 2017

27:47

What it feels like to turn 10, what kids can teach adults and what they wish we knew, the keys to developing a growth mindset, some innovative …

Lianne Dalziel on being the Mayor of Christchurch

September 24th, 2017

46:18

The one where we learn about a childhood without TV but plenty of imagination, becoming a Member of Parliament, how the earthquakes sparked the decision to become Mayor, the future for social enterprises and both the …

Netta Egoz on Pechakucha and Social Enterprises

September 20th, 2017

51:08

The one where we talk about when a national identity forms if you are a child of immigrants, starting your first charity at 15, empowering others as a Social Enterprise lawyer in post Earthquake Christchurch and moving …

Tim Jones on B Corps

September 14th, 2017

48:57

The one where we talk about what it takes to leave working in the corporate world behind, what B Corps actually are and the process to become one, what changes are needed to have more purpose driven people and …

Michelle Sharp on Kilmarnock and Social Enterprises

September 10th, 2017

52:48

The one where we learn about a childhood in Mexico, introducing the BlackBerry to Europe with Vodafone, being involved in IT startups in England and …

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