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In depth interviews with people who are living with purpose and having a positive impact in our world. We listen as host Steven Moe asks about their life journeys and what has shaped them into who they are today.

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Jeremy Nurse on empowering youth and improving outcomes with the 180 Degrees Trust

January 21st, 2023


Jeremy Nurse has led a fascinating life and we hear all about his background and working as a farmer and what led to establishing the 180 Degrees Trust.  They do amazing work with youth to help improve their outcomes.

Janet Cole on the Kaipātiki Project, an Innovative Eco-Hub, and a life of advocating for impact

December 21st, 2022


Janet Cole is the Manager at the Kaipātiki Project and in this conversation we hear about her life story and work focussed on impact initiatives that …

Better Banking: Discussion on how can we improve it for "For Purpose" organisations with Ros Rice and Dr Jane Horan

December 13th, 2022


In this discussion we talk about struggles with banks - how can we make it better for "For-Purpose" organisations?  What is needed for Banks and Charities and other groups to better interact?

Led by Community Networks …

Meng Foon on Race Relations in Aotearoa New Zealand

December 6th, 2022


The Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon joined the last Impact Call and in this episode we hear about the work they are doing.  In his role he is …

Jen Margaret on Pākehā educating and advocating for Te Tiriti o Waitangi

December 2nd, 2022


Jen Margaret is an advocate and educator for Te Tiriti o Waitangi and in this interview we hear about her life story and how she came to do this work.  We also learn all about Groundwork and the work they do - what is …

Rory Birkbeck on Safe Surfer

November 28th, 2022


Rory joined the latest Impact Call to share about Safe Surfer so this is a shorter than normal episode of seeds where he explains what they are up to in providing protections for young people online.


Diane Ducarme on Diet, Health and Migraines

November 8th, 2022


In this conversation with Diane Ducarme we discuss the links between our diet and health and migraines, and how her time in China helped her uncover principles ignored in Western medicine.  We also hear about her …

Lloyd Mander on Diversity of Thought in Governance

November 5th, 2022


Lloyd has developed the DOT Scorecard and in this conversation we talk about his life and background and then about what 'diversity' really means.  I really enjoyed this conversation and if you do as well make sure to …

Francesca Allen on chance encounters and unexpected adventures

October 23rd, 2022


This is a short little conversation with Francesca Allen who I unexpectedly met at Queenstown Airport…why?  Have a listen to find out, and what …

Dr Peter Loerscher on Tax, Time, 2,000 year old Roman signature stones, and a focus on immigrants to New Zealand

October 21st, 2022


In this conversation I hear from Dr Peter Loerscher who is an expert on tax with a focus on the implication for immigrants moving to New Zealand.  We also discuss growing up among Roman ruins, what it was like starting …

Real Founders' Stories with Sarah Grant, Nathan Taylor and Elise Hilliam

October 13th, 2022


In this episode we hear from a panel of Founders on their journeys.  Very often we just hear the glamorous part of the journey of Founders of start-ups. In this session we will be hearing some of the other parts too - …

Tariq Habibyar on coming to New Zealand from Afghanistan and empowerment through education

October 10th, 2022


Tariq Habibyar shares his life journey that has brought him from Afghanistan to New Zealand.  We hear a lot about his childhood, the role of …

Charities and paradigm shifts - A Discussion with Sue Barker and Steven Moe

October 7th, 2022


In this session I have a discussion with Sue Barker about the proposed changes to the Charities Act in New Zealand, the submission process, the key issues at stake and the "paradigm shifts" of thinking that are also …

Cheryl Spain on simplifying generosity, connecting charities, fundholding and The Gift Trust

October 2nd, 2022


Cheryl Spain joined the latest Impact Call to share about The Gift Trust - we had a wide ranging discussion about what they do and how they operate.  The purpose of the Impact Calls is to highlight the work of …

Brianne West on founding Ethique and lessons learned

September 28th, 2022


Brianne has a focus at Ethique on both purpose (having positive impact) as well as profit (being sustainable) - she has given a lot of interviews but …

‘Not for profit’ or ‘For purpose’? Some reflections by way of Star Trek

September 22nd, 2022


Star Trek and reflections on terms we use - why not?  In this very short episode I read out an article just written about the phrases "Not for profit" and "For purpose".

The article is here: ‘Not for profit’ or ‘For …

Dr. Colin Habberton on how we measure ‘impact’

September 10th, 2022


Dr. Colin Habberton and I have a great conversation about his childhood in South Africa, his memories of the transitions that have happened there and …

Fireside Chat with Michelle Berriman, Kaye Maree Dunn, Sue Barker, Liz Gibbs, Steven Moe and Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna'i at the FINZ Conference

September 5th, 2022


This was a Fireside Chat hosted by Michelle Berriman from the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand with panellists Kaye Maree Dunn, Sue Barker, Liz …

David Meates on people led leadership

August 31st, 2022


David has had an interesting life and in this conversation we hear about his origins in Christchurch, growing up as the son of an All Black and the …

Rose Challies and Vic Crockford join the Impact Call

August 28th, 2022


Rose Challies and Vic Crockford both joined the latest Impact Call to share about what they are involved in.  

Vic Crockford shared with us about …

This moment changed my life: Preston Hegel excerpt of conversation

August 26th, 2022


This is a short excerpt of my conversation with Preston Hegel which focusses on a story about the moment things changed for him.  If you like this have a listen of the hour long interview with him and check out other …

Alana Kilmartin on Advice about Career Advice

August 17th, 2022


This conversation with Alana Kilmartin we talk about careers and life choices.  Are there better ways to help people make big decisions and what …

"Board Matters": New Podcast

August 13th, 2022


I'm hosting a new podcast called "Board Matters" which was just released - it has 13 conversations with very experienced Directors on leadership and governance.  We need to upgrade and upskill our governance …

Mau’u Sio Ifopo on Sport, Mentoring, Young People and the Special Friends Sports Trust

August 11th, 2022


My conversation with Mau’u Sio Ifopo gave great insight on his life and journey to move back home to New Zealand.  What’s it like to grow up with an identity linking you to Samoa but growing up in Christchurch?  We also …

Preston Hegel on Creativity, Art and Building Community at the XCHC

August 6th, 2022


Really enjoyed this in depth conversation with Preston Hegal all about cultivating community among creatives who are creating Art at the XCHC XCHC …

Neil Edmond on MoneyTime and gamifying financial literacy for children

July 22nd, 2022


Neil wants to help young people to gain financial literacy and does so through MoneyTime.  Before we find out about that initiative and its rollout …

Carey Ewing on Te Whare Awhero, Hope House

July 14th, 2022


In this conversation with Carey Ewing we hear about his life journey coming from a small rural community to travelling the world and seeing poverty …

Lisa Foster and Nicola Nation join the Impact Call

June 27th, 2022


Lisa Foster shares about the work of Rare Disorders NZ and Nicola Nation shares about the work of Ākina on transforming New Zealand's economy through …

Incorporated Societies: Key Changes Coming

June 23rd, 2022


As well as podcasting I am a lawyer and in this session we describe the key changes coming to the Incorporated Societies Act 2022.  More free resources are here: Incorporated Societies Act 2022: Information Hub | Parry …

Tze-wi Ng and Emma Kostas on combining Impact in your Career

June 12th, 2022


Tze-wei and Emma are lawyers with a focus on combining impact into their careers.  In this interview we hear about their journeys and how they do this in their work as impact driven lawyers.  Tze-wei is based in Hong …

Tony Groves on leadership lessons from the battlefield, overcoming addiction and founding Halo Training

June 8th, 2022


Tony shares his life story on this episode and we discuss his childhood, joining the military in Australia at age 16, serving in war zones, his …

Elise Hilliam on nutrition and co-founding MenuAid

June 2nd, 2022

Answering the question "what's for dinner?" is at the core of what Elise Hilliam co-founded MenuAid to address.  In this conversation we hear about her background and influences and what led her to become an …

Kate Frykberg, Sue Barker and Justin Stevenson on latest Impact Call

May 28th, 2022


Thanks to our speakers at the Impact Call last Friday, we had a really amazing in-depth session on these topics which you can listen to here:

• From 4:24, Kate Frykberg shared reflections on her journey: “Missteps and …

Barry Coates on investing ethically and founding Mindful Money

May 23rd, 2022


Barry Coates has had a fascinating life journey and in this conversation he shares about his background and what has led him to found Mindful Money, …

Wendy Hoddinott on connecting people and places through collaborative design of shared spaces

May 21st, 2022


Wendy Hoddinott shares her life journey in this episode and what has led her to focus on colloborative design of our shared spaces, as well as …

Founders' Stories with Hannah Duder, Elliot Taylor, Chris Bacon, Aislinn Molloy and Jack Wood

May 19th, 2022


This is the audio of our conversation with four founders of tech companies which was part of Tech Week 2022.  Thanks to Hannah, Elliot, Chris, Jack and Aislinn for being part of this!

Very often we just hear the …

Kirsten 'KP' Patterson, Maria English and Ros Rice in conversation on the Impact Call

May 4th, 2022


In the latest Impact Call for April 2022 we heard from:

00:00 - Introduction to call

05:09 - Kirsten Patterson on IOD

15:52 - Maria English on Impact Lab

27:22 - Ros Rice on Community Networks Aotearoa

44:38 - Final …

Nicola Patrick on Purpose, Impact and Thrive Whanganui

May 3rd, 2022


Nicola Patrick has led an interesting life and in this episode we hear all about her journey.  We have a bunch of diversions along the way to talk …

Steven Moe in conversation with Andy Dickson

April 27th, 2022


The 300th episode!  Thanks everyone for helping get to this point - in this one it's a bit different as I am in conversation with Andy Dickson who interviewed me for his podcast, 'Down to Earth Conversations' which he …

Michelle Berriman on the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand and their new report on giving, wills and bequests

April 20th, 2022

In this conversation with Michelle Berriman we hear about her purpose driven work, her fascinating background and what has led her to New Zealand.  We also talk about a report that the Fundraising Institute of New …

Stephanie Defregger on being a Soul Photographer

April 14th, 2022


Stephanie Defregger is a photographer who captures stories and the essense of a person through her photos.  In this interview we discuss her background and growing up in Munich, her move to New Zealand and her work as a …

Impact Call featuring Sue McCabe, Kaye Maree Dunn and Michelle Berriman

March 25th, 2022


Each month I host an "Impact Call" by zoom - this is the audio of the latest one featuring some amazing speakers about what they are currenty up to! If you'd like to join the more than 650 that get notifications about …

10 Lessons Learned

March 10th, 2022

Am curious - what advice would you give a new grad starting out in your role?

Am really pleased to have Sophie Tremewan join our team this month to …

Raesha Ismail on finding your identity and the unifying work of the Sakinah Community Trust

March 2nd, 2022


Raesha Ismail has grown up with multiple identities and we discuss her life story on this episode.  Born in New Zealand but with strong connections …

James Stewart on finding purpose, empowering impact with Gemelli Consulting and thinking up solutions to the housing crisis

February 14th, 2022

James Stewart founded Gemelli Consulting to work on impact focussed projects.  In this interview he shares his personal journey, from being …

Matthew Mark on assumptions about Poverty and Homelessness and the work of the Christchurch City Mission

February 6th, 2022


In this converation with the Christchurch City Missioner Matthew Mark, we find out about his background and motivations as well as the work they do with the homeless and others in need.  That is a lot more people than …

Kintsugi: Brokenness, Strength and Beauty, excerpt of the conversation with Nobuko Okamoto

February 1st, 2022


This is a very short 5 minute excerpt of the conversation with Nobuko Okamoto about Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery using gold …

Nobuko Okamoto on Kintsugi and the art of giving broken things new life

January 25th, 2022


Nobuko is an artist who uses the Japanese method of Kintsugi to repair broken pottery.  In this interview we talk about the process of doing that but also what it represents about us as humans as well.  We also go into …

Siddharth Sthalekar on true wealth, reputation in an online world and founding Neighbourhoods

January 13th, 2022


Sid is part of the founding team of Neighbourhoods, which is focussed on the role of reputation in an online world.  Before we talk about that …

Nicola Nation on Ākina and catalysing positive impact

December 22nd, 2021


Nicola has recently been appointed as CEO of the Ākina Foundation so in this interview we find out all about the work they are doing in the area of …

Joy Reid on One Mother to Another

December 13th, 2021


Joy co-founded One Mother to Another which is an amazing initiative providing handwritten notes and gifts to Mothers and carers in Hospitals going …

The Decentralised Revolution: Understanding the potential of Blockchain, DeFi, Crypto, DAOs, NFTs and the Metaverse to drive innovation, creativity and new paradigms

December 6th, 2021


Welcome to the audio version of the White Paper that you can download here: The Decentralised Revolution: Understanding the potential of Blockchain, …

The Apple Tree: A Short Story

November 30th, 2021


This is a short story I wrote to encourage us when we lose sight of the value of what we are doing.  

The printed version is at The Empty Square here:

Thank you …

Oonagh Browne on the power of Chocolate and Cacao

November 23rd, 2021


Oonagh Browne is an expert in Chocolate and Cacao.  In this conversation we hear about her childhood in Ireland, her moving to different parts of the …

On Chocolate: Excerpt of the conversation with Oonagh Browne

November 17th, 2021


Oonagh is an expert on Chocolate and Cacao.  In this conversation we hear about this topic as a preview of the full episode which will come out …

Kirsty Allott on being happy in your Job (or making changes so you are)

November 10th, 2021


Kirsty Allott is an expert in human resources, personality and job satisfaction.  In this interview we talk about all of that and more but start with …

Questions to ask about your Job: Excerpt of the conversation with Kirsty Allott

November 8th, 2021


Kirsty Allott is an expert in human resources, personality and job satisfaction.  In this extract of the full interview we talk about the questions …

Laying Foundations for Reimagining Business: The audio book

November 1st, 2021


Audio book version of the newly released "Laying Foundations for Reimagining Business: Essays".  For more information on print copies, downloadable PDF and comments about the book visit: Laying Foundations for …

How agile contracts can promote project innovation

October 30th, 2021


This is a short bonus episode with the audio of an article I co-wrote with Louisa Taylor - it arose after she gave a talk that I attended about …

Alina Siegfried on A Future Untold: The power of story to transform the world and ourselves

October 27th, 2021


Alina is an impact storyteller who has just released a book about the power of story.  She first appeared on seeds for episode 143.  In this shorter …

John Morrow on The Cause Report

October 24th, 2021


John joins the latest impact sector call to share about The Cause Report which he is a co-author of for JB Were.  In the report there is an analysis of the For Purpose sector with data on charities analysed to look for …

Melanie Mark-Shadbolt on founding Te Tira Whakamātaki, biodiversity, indigenous knowledge and seed banks

October 18th, 2021


Melanie has a focus on preserving indigenous knowledge and highlighting the importance of mātauranga Māori and using that understanding to meet environmental challenges we face today.  Her expertise in biodiversity and …

Hazel Heal on the cure for Hepatitis C

October 11th, 2021


The truth about Hepatitis - what do you know?  In this interview Hazel takes us on a journey to understand her life and experience as someone who has been impacted by Hepatitis C but has found the cure which literally …

Leadership Myths

October 4th, 2021


This was fun.  Elle Archer, Sina Cotter Tait, Tim Jones and Michael Phillpott joined me for an online seeds podcast unlike any before.  Each of them shared one leadership myth they have seen and we had some discussions …

Dr Duncan Webb on changing the law on Duties of Directors

October 3rd, 2021


Dr Duncan Webb is the Labour MP for Christchurch Central and introduced a private Members' Bill which has been selected and is likely going to change Director Duties in a significant way. In this interview we spend a …

Duties of Directors set for Major Change in NZ: What could this mean?

September 29th, 2021


This is the audio version of an opinion piece I wrote for Stuff yesterday.  It relates to proposed changes to the Companies Act regarding Director …

Matthew Jackson on co-founding Alimentary

September 27th, 2021


Matthew has been involved in a wide variety of tech start-ups and in this episode we start with learning about his early years and how those …

Savva Kerdemelidis on Crowd Funded Cures

September 22nd, 2021


Savva Kerdemelidis has seen a need and is trying to solve it, in this case it relates to his NZ charity Crowd Funded Cures, whose mission is to use …

A Conversation about Purpose with Tim Jones

September 19th, 2021


I had a conversation with Tim Jones for his "Purpose Fuelled Performance" podcast recently and this is our wide ranging discussion on such a variety of topics I am calling it 'The Random Episode' - though the consistent …

Sophie-Claire Violette on Anthropology, Decolonisation and Language

September 13th, 2021


Sophie-Claire has led a fascinating life and we hear about growing up in Mauritius, her thoughts on language and decolonisation, her work as a …

Jo Garner on Fundraising and Strategic Grants

September 6th, 2021


In this interview with Jo we talk a lot about fundraising for purpose led organisations but we also learn about her life story and what led her to …

Peter Saunders on co-founding Solagri Energy

August 31st, 2021


Peter shares in this conversation about solar energy and we also learn about his life story.  Solagri Energy is the business he co-founded and is a …

The bottom line is not enough, companies should be required to have a purpose

August 28th, 2021


This is the audio version of a Stuff opinion piece that I wrote this week called "The bottom line is not enough, companies should be required to have …

Sam Stubbs on Simplicity

August 24th, 2021


This is a wide ranging interview with Sam Stubbs - the best type of interview!   Before we talk about Simplicity we get into the background to Sam and his life and learn about his childhood, the impact of stuttering as …

Robett Hollis on intergenerational Chess not Checkers and the fuel to overcome challenges

August 9th, 2021


Robett has fit in a lot into his life - from medal winning professional snowboarder to successful multi-exit media and tech entrepreneur, investor …

Garry Moore on the power of Public Debate, the Tuesday Club and Community Housing

August 7th, 2021


Garry Moore served three terms as Christchurch Mayor and in this episode we hear about his childhood then really have a very eclectic conversation - as expected!  We jump all through his life to learn about what has …

Caroline Quay on investing in Health Tech and CaraMed Capital

July 12th, 2021


Caroline shares some of her life with us on this podcast episode and we get to hear about what it is like to be an immigrant to a country like New …

Dr Jay Matenga on identity, whakapapa, spirituality and kaupapa Māori

July 5th, 2021


Jay shares about finding identity in this interview - from meeting his birth Father age 42 we learn about his journey of discovering his whakapapa, his spiritual life and his relationship back with kaupapa Māori.  What …

Excerpts from the conversation with Jay Matenga

June 29th, 2021


Some excerpts to give a flavour of the next interview, a deep dive discussion with Jay Matenga.  We cover identity, spirituality, whakapapa and more.  He also shares with us a reinterpreted song.  Be watching out for …

Toni Truslove on Kiwis overseas and connecting them through Kea New Zealand

June 22nd, 2021


Toni has had a fascinating life living in multiple countries and experienced being a Kiwi overseas herself.  Now leading Kea New Zealand she has …

Purpose and Business: Summary of talk by Colin Meyer

June 9th, 2021


This is a very short summary of a talk I heard recently at the Institute of Directors event at the start of May 2021.  Colin Meyer from the UK shared …

Anna Judge on Our Little Village

May 24th, 2021


Anna Judge shares with us in this episode about founding Our Little Village and her experience creating that charity. The charity came from her experience with child birth and the challenges she faced as a mother. With …

Yoseph Ayele on the Edmund Hillary Fellowship

May 19th, 2021


Yoseph is one of the co-founders of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship and was the first CEO as well.  In this interview we talk about his childhood in Ethiopia, moving around Africa as a young person, studying in the United …

Jezza Williams on prioritising inclusion and founding Makingtrax

May 19th, 2021


Jezza founded Makingtrax to make a difference and in this short excerpt we hear from him about some of his journey - if you don't go away feeling inspired by this then I will be very surprised!  

Check him out on …

Adrian Palmer on Addington Coffee Coop and ZED

May 3rd, 2021


In this interview we hear from Adrian Palmer about his life and growing up, with his high school friends forming the band Supra which became ZED, …

Elle Archer on being curious, lifelong learning and the Ako Ōtautahi Learning City Christchurch festival

April 29th, 2021


Some interviews go deeper than others and this is one of those - Elle Archer has had a very interesting life and she shares about her early years, …

Rick Thorpe on Xtreme Zero Waste

April 26th, 2021


Rick has had a truly fascinating life, helping the Chatham Island Black Robins survive through 9 summers of work there, having a childhood lived in a …

Charlie Grosso on transforming youth refugee experiences with Hello Future

April 19th, 2021


Charlie has had a fascinating life as a fashion photographer, running a contemporary art gallery in New York and travelling the world - what she saw on those trips led to her setting up Hello Future to work with …

What I wish I had known . . .

April 12th, 2021


To celebrate the 250th episode of seeds podcast this is a short talk I gave at the High School that I went to for about 60 Year 13 students …

Mark Longbottom on Heartkids NZ and Purposely Podcast

April 1st, 2021


Mark Longbottom has had a career working with for purpose organisations in the UK and New Zealand.  In this interview we find out about his passion for England from a very young age, his life there working in the NFP …

Mark Bregman on Intellectual Capital: moving from Knowledge to Innovation

March 26th, 2021


Mark Bregman has had decades of experience as an innovator, worked in start-ups and venture capital investing and I interviewed him on Intellectual Capital. This was a live interview held as part of an Edmund Hillary …

Joe Davis on key Covid lessons, pivots and the new 'Silver Linings' book

March 8th, 2021


Joe has just finished co-writing "Silver Linings" with David Downs about the impact of Covid on businesses and the pivots they went through as a …

Pivoting Nanogirl Labs: Excerpt of interview with Joe Davis

March 7th, 2021


This is a short excerpt of my conversation with Joe Davis who is a co-founder and the CEO of Nanogirl Labs.  In it he talks about the impact of Covid …

Paul Swettenham on recruitment principles and founding Sunstone

March 3rd, 2021


Paul has had an interesting life including a childhood in Ilam Homestead, made famous by the movie "Heavenly Creatures" and in this episode we talk …

Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafunai on Pacific Ocean Wayfinding

March 1st, 2021


Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafunai's life and journey has been fascinating - in this interview we find out about what it is like to grow up with two …

"Nature is talking to you all the time": Extract of interview with Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafunai

February 28th, 2021


A short excerpt of the interview with Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafunai where we talked about the ocean and long voyages and what she has learned from …

Jan Czaplicki on carbon offsetting and co-founding CarbonClick

February 24th, 2021


Jan has had an interesting life as a citizen of the world and a co-founder of CarbonClick.  In this interview we learn about his childhood in Norway and travels since then and how he ended up - by a serendipitous …

Sacha McMeeking on Colonisation, Climate Change and Te Ao Māori

February 20th, 2021


Sacha McMeeking spoke at the 2020 Hillary Laureate Dinner to give the closing remarks.  She somehow managed to weave together so many unique threads …

Levi Fawcett on start-up learnings and co-founding Partly

February 15th, 2021


Levi shares some of his life journey so far as a young entrepreneur who has been involved in a few start-ups already and recently co-founded Partly. …

"It's ok not to be ok": A conversation with Stephen Penny

February 9th, 2021


In this very short interview we chat with Stephen Penny who was on the show pre-Covid.  He told his life story then and in this episode we catch up …

Steven Moe interviewed by Ian Harvey

February 4th, 2021


I interview a lot of people but seldom get the mic turned the other way round, so this wide ranging chat with Ian Harvey from Collective Intelligence …

Michael Gill on Sir Edmund Hillary

January 7th, 2021


Michael went on many expeditions with Sir Edmund Hillary and was a friend of his for 50 years and has written an in-depth biography of his life.  In this interview we find out about how they first met and what going on …

Dr Angela Lim on Clearhead

January 4th, 2021


Dr Angela Lim is one of the co-founders of Clearhead, and in this interview we find out about her childhood and life growing up in Malaysia and studying in Singapore before she moved to New Zealand.  We talk about …

Mitchell Gingrich on Autonomous Vehicles

December 22nd, 2020


Mitchell shares his life journey in this episode with a focus on autonomous vehicles.  As the founder of Autonomous Consulting and the co-author with …

Remembering ... Captain Planet!

December 15th, 2020


Remember Captain Planet?  This cartoon celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.  This is an audio version of an article I wrote for The Spinoff.  …

Jeanette Kehoe-Perkinson on understanding Menopause

December 8th, 2020


Jeanette founded Power Pause to help raise awareness about Menopause.   For episode 233 we find out about her life growing up in Liverpool, …

Understanding Menopause: Excerpts of the conversation with Jeanette Kehoe-Perkinson

December 7th, 2020


Menopause is still something of a taboo subject - we need to change that and in this short excerpt of the much longer conversation with Jeanette Kehoe-Perkinson on this topic we talk about this.  Be watching out for the …

Panel discussion on Impact Investing: The opportunity to back a better future

December 6th, 2020


This live seeds panel discussion was held on 27 November 2020 and brought together a variety of experts to discuss some practical case studies on impact investing.

It ties in with the release of this paper which …

Scott Pearson on Calm Pipe

November 23rd, 2020


Scott Pearson has developed the Calm Pipe and in this interview we find out what that is and how it works.  We start by talking about his childhood, his career, travels overseas, what he learned from that and how a …

Nada Piatek on Again Again

November 18th, 2020


Nada co-founded Again Again and in this interview we find out all about the reusable coffee cup sharing system.  We start by hearing about her journey of entrepreneurship as this is the third business venture she had …

Matt Morris on the Aotearoa SDG Summit Series

November 16th, 2020


Matt is the Sustainability Advisor at the University of Canterbury.  In this interview we learn about the upcoming Aotearoa SDG Summit Series as well as finding out about his life and the book he has coming out soon - …

Gardens and their hidden histories: Excerpts of the interview with Matt Morris

November 15th, 2020


This is a short excerpt of the conversation with Matt Morris where we talk about his book on gardens coming out shortly called "Common Ground: Garden …

Conference audio: Responding to COVID-19 – how might we #buildbackbetter?

November 10th, 2020


This is the full 7 hours of audio from the Conference held on 4 November 2020 called "Responding to COVID-19 – how might we #buildbackbetter?".

The …

Practical considerations when winding up an Organisation

November 5th, 2020


This is the audio of a session which I facilitated at the Charity Law, Accounting and Regulation conference held online on 4 November 2020.  In it …

Andrey Ivanov on mastering Uncertainty

November 2nd, 2020


Andrey has been studying uncertainty and in this interview we find out about how to make decisions, as well as what it was like growing up in the Soviet Union, studying in Germany, moving back to New Zealand, Game …

Lan Pham on our Native Fish, the Environment and Freshwater conservation

October 27th, 2020


Lan Pham deeply cares about our water and in this interview we learn about why.  From a childhood in Wellington we discuss growing up with multiple …

Governance by Nature: Excerpts of the interview with Lan Pham

October 26th, 2020


This is an excerpt of the much longer interview with Environment Canterbury Councillor Lan Pham to give you a snack size taste of what we talk about. …

How to Create a Podcast for Impact

October 20th, 2020


This is the audio of a zoom call I had with a group of people who want to know how to set up a podcast.  In it I describe why I think there is value in podcasting, key tips from my three years of doing it, the type of …

Stewardship as a lens for looking at Impact

October 15th, 2020


This is a session where I shared about some of my own journey and the concept of Stewardship as a lens for looking at Impact.  The event was held at the end of September 2020 for Social Value Aotearoa.

Pechakucha talk …

Who am I without the title? Finding your call: Excerpts of interview with Frances Valintine

October 14th, 2020


This is an excerpt of the interview with Frances Valintine pulling out a few key thoughts about finding your place and your call - what would you …

Frances Valintine on the power of being Curious

October 8th, 2020


What doors would open and what would our lives unfold if we allowed ourselves to follow our curiosity?  Frances founded The Mind Lab and Tech Futures …

"Helping our children make sense of the world they see": Excerpt of the interview with Richard Black

October 7th, 2020


This is a short excerpt of the longer interview with Richard Black that I thought was really helpful when thinking about the role we can help with …

Richard Black on Mind Health

October 5th, 2020


How often do we talk about our physical health but ignore mental health in our lives?  Richard founded Mind Health to change that focus by working to empower people to transform their lives.  He has recently released …

James Nikitine on our Oceans and founding Blue Cradle

September 28th, 2020


James founded Blue Cradle which is a social enterprise founded to make ocean science and research accessible for all.  James shares with us about his life and growing up in Europe, what led him to get into diving and …

Sprinting for Good: Using Co-design to Collaborate for Social Impact

September 26th, 2020


Audio of session on the "Sprinting for Good" report which captures the co-design process used to develop the National Action Plan for Community Governance and provides insights into the potential application of …

House Prices!

September 24th, 2020


Tim Jones sits down with me for a discussion on house prices based on this article I recently wrote for Spinoff:

Jessie Cross on founding The Not So Redundant Club

September 21st, 2020


What is the Not So Redundant Club?  In this interview Jessie explains more about what it is and why she started it as well as providing background on her life and journey so far.  One of the key themes that came through …

Chris Coromandel on technology for good and empowering Māori and Pasifika youth

September 19th, 2020


Chris shares his life journey in this interview.  We learn all about his childhood, what it was like losing his Father at age 16, how he rediscovered …

Dear Disillusioned Junior Lawyer, don't give up yet. Here's why.

September 19th, 2020


Dear Disillusioned Junior Lawyer.  I do understand, but don’t quit yet.  

I keep meeting you.  Everywhere I go I hear some of your story and it echoes the other stories of people just like you.  It’s part of my own …

Esther Whitehead on Neurodiversity

September 15th, 2020


Esther Whitehead shares in this interview about Neurodiversity.  We also find out about her life story and find out about her childhood and decision …

How to set up an impact driven organisation

September 7th, 2020


In this episode I want to share what I've learned as a lawyer helping people set up impact driven organisations in Aotearoa.  I have these conversations all the time so thought I'd share this content here so you all can …

Margaret Austin reflections on a Life of Service

September 3rd, 2020


Margaret was born in 1933 and has lived an extremely full life - she is still involved today in more organisations than nearly everyone who I know …

One minute with Margaret Austin

September 2nd, 2020


Margaret Austin was born in 1933 and in the hour long interview with her we find out all about her long life of service, including as an MP from 1984-1996 - but this is a short minute excerpt that captures something of …

Shanna on being 12

September 1st, 2020


Do you remember what it was like to be 12?  In this interview we talk with Shanna about what it is like for her.  We cover a wide variety of topics including what it is like to be able to choose subjects, what makes a …

Impact Investing in Aotearoa: Live Panel Discussion

August 28th, 2020


This live seeds podcast event was held on Friday 28th August 2020 and brought together a variety of experts to discuss the current - and future - state of impact investing in New Zealand.  

The panel was facilitated …

Fiona Deehan on Conscious Leadership

August 24th, 2020


Fiona is from Ireland and in this interview we hear about her early days growing up and what brought her to New Zealand.  We both share an …

Hon Poto Williams on the Community and Voluntary Sector of Aotearoa

August 17th, 2020


The Honourable Poto Williams became an MP in 2013 and is now the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, and is the Associate Minister for …

Anton Matthews on normalising Te Reo in the Workplace

August 15th, 2020


Anton spoke at the Impact Unconference in April 2020 and this is the audio of his session about normalising Te Reo in the Workplace.  I really …

Mele Wendt on Culture, Racism and having the Tough Conversations

August 12th, 2020


Mele Wendt MNZM spent her childhood in Samoa and Fiji before coming to New Zealand to study at University.  In this interview we find out about that …

The 200th Episode! Highlights from 30 conversations ...

August 10th, 2020


This episode is a celebration of reaching 200 episodes and 75,000 listens.  In it we hear from 30 different people to give a taste of the wide variety of voices, stories and conversations we have had so far.

Thank you …

Marian Johnson on fostering collaboration at the Ministry of Awesome

August 4th, 2020


Marian is the Chief Awesome Officer at the Ministry of Awesome.  In this interview we discuss how it is helping connect and encourage start-ups and …

Healthtech Supernode Challenge: An explanation of why it matters with Marian Johnson

August 2nd, 2020


This is an excerpt with Marian Johnson about the Healthtech Supernode Challenge which is on now.   The full interview on her life and work with …

Chelsea Aitken on co-founding New Zealand and Beyond

July 28th, 2020


Chelsea Aitken co-founded New Zealand and Beyond and shares a few insights from her entrepreneurial journey in this episode.  We also find out about her background and what has led her to become an entrepreneur and the …

“Imposter syndrome can stop you trusting your gut…" an excerpt of the interview with Chelsea Aitken

July 27th, 2020


Chelsea Aitken co-founded New Zealand and Beyond and shares a few insights from her entrepreneurial journey in this short extract from the full …

Building a Story Brand: Book Review

July 24th, 2020


This is a short book review of "Building a Story Brand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen" by Donald Miller.  

More on the book:

For more content visit 

John Berry on Ethical Investing

July 20th, 2020


John Berry shares his life journey during this interview and we find out about what he is doing today in the area of ethical investing at Pathfinder which now has 7 different funds.  To start with though we find out …

Vaughan Winiata on founding V Formation and what Small Business needs

July 13th, 2020


Vaughan founded V Formation to focus on helping small businesses achieve their potential.  Along the way he has become a passionate spokesperson for the owners of the hundreds of thousands of small businesses in New …

"When you leave the Marae, that world is still with you...": Excerpts of the conversation with Vaughan Winiata

July 11th, 2020


This is a short excerpt from the conversation with Vaughan Winiata which will be released next week.  In that full interview we talk about small …

'Anau Mesui Henry on Empowering Pacific People

July 6th, 2020


'Anau shares her story of coming from Tonga as a child.  What is it like to grow up with two cultures and how do you adapt?  This is a really …

Empowering Pacific People: short excerpts of a conversation with 'Anau Mesui Henry

July 3rd, 2020


'Anau came to New Zealand from Tonga as a child - her full story will follow but this has 4 short excerpts from our conversation telling a few …

Kaila Colbin on Values, Leadership and founding Boma NZ

June 29th, 2020


Kaila is the co-founder of Boma Global and the founder and CEO of Boma New Zealand.  I'd been looking forward to this conversation for a long time because Kaila has had a fascinating life and has an attitude and …

"I am relentlessly curious": excerpts from interview with Kaila Colbin

June 27th, 2020


Kaila Colbin is on the show next week talking about her life - this is a short compilation of three excerpts from that interview to give a taste of …

Rob Lawrence reflections on Life at Retirement

June 23rd, 2020


Rob Lawrence retires in a few days and just turned 70 so in this interview we hear about his reflections on his career and life.  Starting from a young age he had an interest in the outdoors (his Father took him on his …

20 Life Lessons in 4 minutes from Rob Lawrence

June 21st, 2020


Rob Lawrence retires at the end of this month and recently turned 70.  Last week I interviewed him about his life journey and that will come out later this week, but in this short episode he offers 20 life lessons from …

Charting the Future: A framework for thinking about change - Live discussion

June 14th, 2020


In this live session I discussed with Craig Fisher the paper we released called "Charting the Future: A framework for thinking about change".  We discuss what the paper covers and why we wanted to issue the challenge of …

Creatives & the Arts: How can they shape our future? A live panel discussion

June 12th, 2020


Live panel discussion on Creatives & the Arts: How can they shape our future?  This was held as part of "Vision Week" and this panel brought together 4 thought leaders in the Arts from across a variety of sectors.

Vicki-Anne Parker on founding NZ Gifts of Love & Strength

June 8th, 2020


Vicki-Anne shares her life journey in this interview and we talk in detail about her founding NZ Gifts of Love & Strength.  This is a great new charity which was set up to support victims of different events such as …

Anne Rodda on Music, Creative Arts and Developing Good Strategy

June 2nd, 2020


Anne started her career as a professional musician before getting involved in a wide variety of initiatives focusing on the creative arts.  In this …

Terry Shubkin on Young Enterprise and how to define 'Success'

May 25th, 2020


Terry Shubkin is Chief Excitement Officer at Young Enterprise which is focused on "Inspiring Students. Unleashing Leaders."  In this interview we …

Sally Duxfield on Leadership Lessons, being an Experiential Architect and collaborating with Nature as co-instructor as the owner of Makahika Outdoor Pursuit Centre

May 18th, 2020


Sally curates unique learning experiences,, and delivers may of her programmes at Makahika Outdoor Pursuit Centre and in this interview we find out about her background, influences, time in the …

David Hall on Consumer Decision Making, Nudge Theory, Political Philosophy, and how all this affects Government Policy

May 6th, 2020


David is a lecturer at AUT and Co-Director of Mōhio's Climate Innovation Lab.  In this interview we talk about his early life, the influence of his …

'New Power': Book review

May 5th, 2020


This is a short book review of “New Power: How anyone can persuade, mobilize, and succeed in our chaotic connected age.” By Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms.

For text of this review look here:

Luke Campbell on co-founding Vxt

May 3rd, 2020


Luke is a young entrepreneur and in this interview we hear about the challenges of setting up a new venture.  We also find out about his life story and journey so far.  I really enjoyed my conversation with Luke and …

Piano by Matthew Goldsworthy

April 30th, 2020


A beautiful original song played on the piano by Matthew Goldsworthy which he performed live for the Impact Unconference last Friday 24 April.

It was …

The Great Disruption: Opening session from Impact Unconference

April 28th, 2020


This is the audio of part of the opening session at the virtual Impact Unconference held on 24 April 2020 where I shared about the context in which the conference was happening and asked some questions about 'what …

Michael Philpott on being NZ's premier speaking coach and Speaking in Public: Why we fear it, and what can help

April 22nd, 2020


Michael is New Zealand's premier speaking coach.  We find out a lot about speaking in this interview - why we fear it and what can help.  You will want to listen in on our conversation as I learned so much from his …

Jenny Gill on lessons from a life in Philanthropy

April 20th, 2020


Jenny has spent decades working in Philanthropy in New Zealand. In this interview we hear about her childhood and some of the influences that shaped her, becoming a teacher, travelling overseas and what she learned in …

Glenn Dodson on helping ex prisoners and being diagnosed with Cancer

April 13th, 2020


Glenn has had a variety of roles in social services and is currently helping ex prisoners with accomodation with The Salvation Army in Addington, and …

Ursula Cheer on a varied career in Law

April 6th, 2020


Ursula Cheer is the Dean of the Canterbury Law School.  In this interview we find out about her life and the fact that she has really had three …

Virtual Impact Unconference

April 5th, 2020


Announcing the first New Zealand Virtual Impact Unconference on 24 April 2020.  Collaboration is our future.  This unconference wants to get us out …

Shamubeel Eaqub on the impact of COVID-19 and foundations for the future

March 31st, 2020


Shamubeel is one of New Zealand's leading economists so this interview provides a fascinating insight into COVID-19 from an economic impact …

Tamara Smith on her love of Music

March 17th, 2020


Tamara is a flautist, composer, dancer and much more - in this interview we talk about her love of music and how that began as well as her band Mundi.  We hear about her early days as well as getting the chance to hear …

Coronavirus: Professor David Murdoch on infectious diseases

March 13th, 2020


The headlines are dominating on the topic of Coronavirus / COVID-19 and I just woke up remembering that I interviewed one of the world leading experts on infectious diseases last year: Professor David Murdoch.  So I …

Chris Taylor on career changes, busyness and developing winning habits

March 8th, 2020


Chris switched career in his early 40s and in this interview we find out about what led him to do that.  We also hear about his family dynamics growing up (with a Father who left to work in Saudi Arabia) and the impact …

Dr Brett Mann on the impact of stress on our bodies, psychotherapy and 'somatisation'

March 1st, 2020


Brett is a generalist with a deep interest in many areas.  While practising as a GP he has done a lot of research into psychotherapy and the connection between life events, stress and a person's health and …

Raphael Nolden on the future of Tech and developing Amy, an AI powered maths tutor

February 24th, 2020


In this conversation we hear about Raphael's life and his background.  That starts out with finding more about his childhood and what he studied at University, the chance meeting at a Startup Weekend which led to a new …

Souhila Abdelazziz on immigrating to NZ and founding The Metamorphosis Path Academy

February 17th, 2020


Souhila Abdelazziz shares with us some of her journey, what it was like growing up in Algeria, the decision to move to New Zealand, being a new immigrant, the importance of attitude to all circumstances, the impact of …

Scott Gilmour on founding 'I Have a Dream' NZ and supporting kids growing up in material hardship

February 12th, 2020


Scott founded 'I Have a Dream NZ' and in this interview we learn all about the impact it is having on the lives of kids through a programme that helps children from low income communities reach their education and …

"Nature abhors a vacuum": An untold story of Christchurch (Part 2) with Colin Meurk

February 12th, 2020


This is the sequel to the first episode - suggest you listen to that before this.  Many thanks to Colin Meurk who I interviewed for this episode.

Airport Rabbits: An untold story of Christchurch (Part 1)

February 10th, 2020


This is an untold story of Christchurch.  Yes, that's all you are getting - you'll need to listen to the episode to find out more.  Be watching out …

Brett Curtis on a Life spent on Ships

February 3rd, 2020


Brett has lived most of his life on ships.  With his wife he raised his 5 children travelling between remote and isolated communities bringing health …

The Future of Food: A conversation between Sarah Kessans (synthetic biologist) and Peter Wells (permaculture designer and food forest creator)

January 28th, 2020


This one is a bit different as it is a mash up with two former guests - Sarah and Peter discuss genetic engineering, food supplies and the future (without me being in the interview).  The two of them have different …

Jessica Trybus on the role fun should play in Education and founding Simcoach Games

January 20th, 2020


Jessica Trybus believes that education should be about fun and uses technology to achieve that.  She is the Founder and Chief Games Officer of

Dare to Lead by Brené Brown, book review

January 13th, 2020


I read Dare to Lead over the Christmas break and wrote down notes and reflections which make up this book review.  If you enjoy this then is there …

Gavin Sole on Environmental Sustainability

January 6th, 2020


Gavin is an experienced Process Engineer who has worked for many years in the water and wastewater engineering industry.  In this interview we talk about his life and what led him to work in that area as well as some …

Impact Unconference 2020

December 30th, 2019


This is the audio of the first planning meeting for the Impact Unconference 2020 to be held in Christchurch in May next year.  In it I explain the background behind what the event will be and why it is being held.  

Nathan Seaward on making big life choices and starting a new career

December 27th, 2019


Nathan Seaward left a successful career as an airline pilot to start something new as a personal coach - in this interview we find out why.  We also …

Don't delay, a reminder from Glenn Dodson

December 20th, 2019


Glenn never expected the sore on his tongue to be cancer - in this short excerpt of an upcoming interview we hear from him about this and his encouragement to get things checked... it just might save your life.  This …

Jezza Williams on founding Makingtrax (live recording)

December 10th, 2019


Last night I had the privilege of interviewing Jezza Williams and hearing some of his story.  This was recorded in front of a live audience of about 120 in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and was a Canterbury Employers …

Sacha Vee on Singing and founding SOLE Music Academy

December 4th, 2019


Sacha is a multiplatinum selling singer, songwriter and musician who has also founded SOLE Music Academy.  In this interview we talk about her life …

Steve Penny on the future of designing buildings and lessons from being an entrepreneur

December 2nd, 2019


Steve founded Honoris a year ago and in this episode we catch up on how that venture is going as well as learn about his life and what it is like to design buildings.  We also hear about his early days in England, what …

Tamara Smith live performance on flute

November 29th, 2019


Tamara came in for an interview yesterday and we also recorded some songs - here they are!  There are several songs played on this episode using three different flutes as well as lots of insights into playing flute in …

Matthew Button on Mentoring and Big Brothers, Big Sisters

November 25th, 2019


Matthew is the manager for the Christchurch branch of Big Brothers, Big Sisters.  In this interview we learn about his childhood and life journey, …

Enette Pauzé on Leadership, Intergenerational Stewardship and Systems Change

November 18th, 2019


Enette is an expert in Leadership and System Change based in Canada.  In this interview we talk about how that system change happens but also discuss stewardship and legacy. We also learn about her work in health care …

Heads or Tails? A simple question about what to do next (excerpt of a conversation with Nathan Seaward)

November 17th, 2019


This is very short extract from a conversation I had with Nathan Seaward where he shared a story that I thought others might appreciate as well.  If you are faced with a decision then this might be one thing to think …

Rebecca Parnham on founding Krama & Co, Giving Seeds of Love and the power of weaving Community

November 11th, 2019


Rebecca connects people and through that weaves community across traditional divides.  She does this through starting her own initiatives as well as supporting others with theirs.  The number of people she mentions in …

Alina Siegfried on impact storytelling, systems level change and performance poetry

November 4th, 2019


Alina Siegfried is an Impact Storyteller, Narrative Strategist, and award-winning Performance Poet. She is passionate about arts, storytelling and …

Big World, Small Planet: The Remix, a poem by Alina Siegfried

November 2nd, 2019


In next week's episode we will hear from Alina Siegfried a performance poet and impact storyteller.  She read this poem during the interview and so this is a preview of what is to come.

I think poetry helps us reimagine …

Angela Reimer on using music to heal brain injuries and the work of Cantabrainers Choir

October 28th, 2019


Angela is a speech and language therapist who works with people who have communication difficulties following brain injuries or disease through …

2119: An intertalk with Ron Park

October 25th, 2019


In this intertalk we speak 100 years after the original interview with Ron Park.  We sit down with Ron Park jr, the great grandson of Ron Park (named after his great grandfather), and reflect on what our grandparents …

Ron Park on health, sustainability and founding Kōrure

October 25th, 2019


Ron moved at age 8 to New Zealand from Korea and while a University student he founded Kōrure.  In this interview we talk about his memories of arriving in a new country where he did not speak the language, going …

John Balash on developing innovative educational ecosystems

October 21st, 2019


John is Director of Educational Engagement at Carnegie Mellon University Entertainment Technology Centre. In this interview we talk about his early …

Christchurch: City of Impact

October 20th, 2019


This is a panel discussion held as part of Impact Week at the end of September 2019 where we looked at what makes Christchurch unique today, how the earthquakes, shootings and fires have shaped that identity and given …

Dr Alex Wild on caring for your spine and co-founding Connect Chiropractic

October 14th, 2019


Alex grew up in Norway and dreamed of being a professional snowboarder.  In this interview we learn about her childhood in that country and what led her to study Chiropractic care.  We also discover what she has learned …

Future of Learning 2019: Audio of Conference

October 10th, 2019


The Future of Learning Conference took place over two days on 30 September and 1 October 2019 and this audio captures the main stage sessions.  If you enjoy this check out other interviews at 

This is an …

Say NO to say YES

October 9th, 2019


This is a short reflection on the power of "no" to free us up to say "yes" to what really matters.  

It is transcribed in full below and here

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd on being Chief Justice of England and Wales, being a peer in The House of Lords and the role of Judges now and in the future

October 7th, 2019


Lord Thomas was called to the bar in 1969 and after a long and distinguished career became Chief Justice of England and Wales between 2013 and 2017.  In this interview we talk about his early career and what led him to …

Dr. Mahsa Mohaghegh on founding She# and connecting Women in Tech

October 1st, 2019


Mahsa is an expert in Artificial Intelligence working as a senior lecturer at AUT.  In this interview we talk about her background and childhood in Iran and what first got her interested in computers (at age 7) as well …

Jason Swanson on being a Futurist

September 30th, 2019


Jason is Director of Strategic Foresight at KnowledgeWorks where he works as a futurist.  He visited New Zealand for The Future of Learning Conference held 30 September - 1 October 2019.  In this interview we talk about …

Impact Summit 2019: Audio of Conference

September 22nd, 2019


Audio of entire day held on 21 September 2019 of the main stage speakers at Impact Summit 2019 hosted by UCE (University of Canterbury Centre for Entrepreneurship).  The speakers were fantastic and it was a great day of …

Longdy Chhap on being Trafficked

September 20th, 2019


Longdy was trafficked age 8 from Cambodia to Thailand and forced to beg on the streets.  He had contracted polio as a young child and lost the use of …

Ben Reid on AI

September 16th, 2019


Ben is the Executive Director of the AI Forum and in this interview we discuss his background and journey to settle in New Zealand.  We then talk in depth about artificial intelligence - what is it and what might it …

Clive Antony on Identity and the power of Social Media

September 12th, 2019


Clive founded Mates Social Media and in this interview we talk about the power of social media and marketing - what works, what doesn't?  

We also talk about Clive's background and what it was like to be born in New …

Zahra Hussaini on valuing Diversity

September 9th, 2019


Zahra arrived in New Zealand as a 12 year old Afghan refugee who spoke no English.  In this interview we hear about what her childhood was like, …

Natasha Zimmerman on the science of belonging, community and founding Unchatter

September 4th, 2019


Natasha is a doing her PHD in organisational psychology at Canterbury University on belonging and community.  In this wide ranging interview we talk …

Shanna on being 11

September 2nd, 2019


Do you remember being 11?  In this episode we talk with Shanna about what her views of the world are.  It's good to get these reminders from time to time and also to hear about what children are learning about and what …

David Clifford on re-imagining 'school', Liberatory Design and how that can help nurture X-shaped students

August 27th, 2019


David is an edu-agitator who has explored what education is for many years through his work on Liberatory Design.  In this interview we hear a lot about David's childhood and his own education and how that has shaped …

Creativity & Vulnerability: Give it all ... give it now

August 19th, 2019


Reflecting on the intersection between our creative lives and the power of vulnerability.  The full text of this is here: 

Darren Ward on catalysing impact, improving governance and NGOs

August 18th, 2019


Darren has worked for many years in the NGO sector and now assists organisations to maximize social impact through Direct Impact Group.  In this interview we talk about his childhood and early years and career before he …

Bill Murphy on the Purpose Capital Impact Fund

August 12th, 2019


Bill Murphy is the founder of Enterprise Angels and of the Purpose Capital Impact Fund.  In this episode we talk a lot about entrepreneurs, start-ups and impact investing.  However, we also talk about Bill's life and …

Paradigm Shifts and Magic Eyes: Melbourne presentation at CLAANZ conference

August 6th, 2019


This is a short presentation in Melbourne at the Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (CLAANZ) annual conference.  The topic was looking at private enterprise and business in the context of how they …

Ian Kennedy on being Ambassador to Japan

August 5th, 2019


Ian was the ambassador to Japan at the time of both the Christchurch and Tohoku earthquakes of 2011.  In this interview we hear all about his childhood and what led him to the diplomatic service.  We also find out about …

Bridget Williams on the SDGs and founding Bead and Proceed

July 30th, 2019


Bridget cares about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and founded social enterprise Bead and Proceed to highlight them.  In this interview we find out about the SDGs as well as her own life story and journey …

What is your Cathedral?

July 27th, 2019


A short reflection.  

The text of this is here.

What do you think?


Photo from Pixabay by suetot:


Japanese decision making and what we can learn

July 23rd, 2019


Japanese decision making - how is it different?  What can we learn?  This is a short little presentation at the Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce on doing business in Japan.  I lived in Tokyo and Osaka for 5 …

Hannah McKnight on communicating your Vision

July 22nd, 2019


Hannah is a communications consultant and wordsmith who helps organisations focussed on impact to communicate their stories. She founded Ngātahi …

B Corps: the what, why and how - live panel discussion

July 19th, 2019


This is a live panel discussion recorded 17 July 2019 in Christchurch at an event to answer questions about B Corps.  In it we hear from 6 different …

Israel Cooper on co-founding Home, and the importance of Community, People and Purpose

July 15th, 2019


Israel has a clear sense of identity and purpose and we talk about what led to his co-founding the building company, home, which has a real focus on people and community and is an impact driven company.  From his …

Glen Herud on failure, Happy Cow Milk, the hard road of entrepreneurship and what matters most

July 8th, 2019


Glen's start-up Happy Cow Milk failed.  That failure resulted in an outpouring of support - so he started again.  In this interview we talk about his …

Dave Sewell on Leadership in Business and beating Stress

July 1st, 2019


Dave has been studying leadership and the key elements that make up a good leader.  As well as that his focus is to understand stress and what that does to leaders, in both good and bad ways.  In this interview we talk …

Hayley-Maree Litt on counselling and letting go of the past

June 24th, 2019


Hayley-Maree is a counsellor and in this interview we talk about change, personal growth, addiction and moving forward in life.  We also find out about her early years growing up on a farm where race horses were raised, …

They are Us: Abdigani Ali and Osman Ahmed on the attacks in Christchurch, Resilience and Collaboration

June 16th, 2019


This one is powerful - today we hear from Abdigani Ali and Osman Ahmed, who was one of those shot in the attacks in Christchurch in March 2019.  I …

Professor David Murdoch on Infectious Diseases, Nepal and the University of Otago, Christchurch

June 3rd, 2019


David is Dean of the University of Otago, Christchurch.  His main research has been into infectious diseases and in this interview we discuss that research, his time spent living in remote Nepal for two years as well as …

Tech for Good: A live panel for TechWeek19 discussing this with Tim Jones, Georgia Robertson, John Ascroft, Dave Lane and Menno Finlay-Smits

May 27th, 2019


Tech for Good? This is a panel discussion on that topic recorded just one week ago.  We joined forces with Ian Wells (many thanks to you) from Canterbury Tech and hosted a Techweek 2019 session in the Parry Field …

Emily Morrow on Balance: Achievable, mythical, unhelpful or something else?

May 26th, 2019


Emily practised as a lawyer for many years and now assists both law firms and lawyers with thinking deeply about the work they do, and why they do it.  This interview was recorded live in front of an audience of more …

The Human Economy and the Future of Business, a breakout session at Philanthropy NZ Summit 2019 with Louise Aitken, Christina Bellis and Shay Wright

May 20th, 2019


This breakout session at the Philanthropy Summit 2019 deals with a very topical issue: The future of business in the "human economy" - but what is meant by that term and how does it all fit with social enterprise?  In …

Impact Investing: Future Trends from Philanthropy Summit NZ 2019 with Rebekah Swan, David Woods, Emily Woodland and Clive Pedley

May 18th, 2019


The Philanthropy Summit 2019 was held for the last three days (15-17 May) at Te Papa with 500 attending.  To celebrate getting to 30,000 listens of …

Ian Harvey on Collective Intelligence

May 17th, 2019


Harv founded Collective Intelligence and in this interview we find out what that is and how it works.  We also learn about his childhood, his family …

Oliver Hunt on founding Medsalv, making health more sustainable by reprocessing single use devices

May 13th, 2019


Oliver founded Medsalv 18 months ago and in this interview we hear about his entrepreneurial journey.  We also find out a lot about the medical industry and single use devices and the amount of waste which goes to …

The Honourable Justice Joseph Williams explaining the Karakia "Whakataka te Hau"

May 8th, 2019


This was not planned.  Which makes it the perfect 100th episode as we always look for depth and meaning in unexpected moments.  Justice Joe Williams got up to give the keynote speech at the recent Charity Law and …

Isabel on being 6

May 6th, 2019


Do you remember being 6?  Most of us have forgotten but it's important to try and recall sometimes.  This episode may help a little as we hear from Isabel about what she enjoys in life and how she sees the world.  What …

Lauren Burr on Mathematics

May 1st, 2019


Lauren loves mathematics and that shines through in this interview.  She has worked for many years as a maths teacher and so I wanted to talk with her about her life and perspective on this as well as her work with the …

Audiobook: "Structuring for Impact" Report

April 24th, 2019


This is an audiobook of the report "Structuring for Impact: Evolving Legal Structures for Business in New Zealand" that was released 17 April 2019 …

Georgia Robertson on Humanitix, the world's first non-profit events ticketing platform

April 22nd, 2019


Georgia is a changemaker, ex-lawyer and now CEO of Humanitix NZ, and she shares about building the world's first non-profit events ticketing platform backed by Google and Atlassian, the value of education and the power …

Louise Aitken introducing "Structuring for Impact" a new research report on the Future of Business and Social Enterprise in New Zealand

April 17th, 2019


Louise is the CEO of the Ākina Foundation and she spoke this morning in Wellington at the launch of the major new report: "Structuring for Impact: …

Full conference audio: "Future Prospects for Charity Law, Accounting and Regulation" held 11-12 April 2019 at Te Papa

April 16th, 2019


Yes, this is a very long episode!  Have a listen to short intro to understand more but it is all the audio of more than 10 sessions at the two day …

Dr Carolyn Cordery on a History of Financial Reporting - recorded live at Te Papa for 'Future prospects for Charity Law, Accounting and Regulation' conference on 12 April 2019

April 15th, 2019


Carolyn is an expert on the history of financial reporting - in this interview we spoke in front of a live audience of almost 200 at a conference …

Impact and Social Enterprise, a live panel discussion at Te Papa moderated by Steven Moe with Louise Aitken, Dana Brakman Reiser, Holly Norton, Kaye Maree Dunn and Andrew Phillips

April 14th, 2019

This bonus episode is all about impact and social enterprise in New Zealand.  It was recorded on Friday 12 April 2019 as a live panel discussion at Te Papa.   It was moderated by Steven Moe with Louise Aitken, CEO …

Wil McLellan on co-founding EPIC Innovation centre in Christchurch

April 8th, 2019


Wil co-founded EPIC (Enterprise Precinct and Innovation Campus) a unique building which houses many start-ups and tech companies in central …

John Page on Focus for Boards

March 25th, 2019


John Page is a governance expert at BoardWorks.  He is also the writer of a major research report "True to Label" looking at how value is measured in the non-profit sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.  He has many years of …

Peter Beck on love and 'thin places'

March 17th, 2019


Peter was the Dean of the Christchurch Cathedral at the time of the earthquakes in 2011.  I chose to air this interview now because we talk about love and acceptance in this and it feels like the most …

Matthew Goldsworthy on Youth Arts New Zealand

March 4th, 2019


Matthew founded Youth Arts New Zealand to empower youth to creatively express themselves.  We talk about his life and what led him to start this, the …

How to create a Podcast

February 25th, 2019


In this episode I share everything I've learned about how to create a podcast.  This was recorded live when I gave it as a session at the Social Enterprise Unconference in Levin in mid February 2019.  One of my dreams …

Collett's Corner: A paradigm shifting community minded property development

February 21st, 2019


This short bonus episode profiles Collett's Corner with founder Camia Young sharing about what this crowdfunded community owned property development …

Joanna Norris on ChristchurchNZ

February 18th, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


"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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Samantha Jones is a social entrepreneur who founded B Corp certified Little Yellow Bird ( 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


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


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


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


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


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

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