Social Innovation Conference
On the 5th of May 2018, we held our first Social Innovation Conference. This conference was a one-day event uniting all, to start a discussion on how to tackle today's most pressing challenges in creative and innovative ways. Our aim was to bring our attendees knowledge, inspiration, and skills to take action and build change.
At 9:30, all the conference participants moved into OGGB4 for a truly inspiring Keynote speech by Daniel Flynn, co-founder and managing director of Thankyou. He held everyone's undivided attention as he told the influential story of his social innovation that started as just a small group of university students with a passion. Despite his success, he always kept himself grounded with his humble purpose to help end global poverty. Daniel taught us many lessons and left us with many simple yet profound quotes to drive us through the day - an especially popular one was “What got us here won’t get us there”.
Co-Founder & Managing Director at Thankyou
Driven, resourceful and determined, Daniel Flynn is one of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs under the age of 30. He is the founder and managing director of the social enterprise Thankyou, which has given more than $5.5 million to help endglobal poverty. Thankyou’s 50 products are stocked by major retailers in Australia and 100 per cent of profits go to funding water, sanitation, food and child and maternal health projects around the world. In nine short years, Thankyou has directly impacted the lives of 755, 338 people in 20 countries, including Australia. Daniel is also the author of best-selling book Chapter One - a book that tells the raw and real start-up story of Thankyou and is sold using an unorthodox ‘pay-what-you- want’ method. Daniel is the recipient of EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Southern Region) and Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs.
Co-Founder & Managing Director at Thankyou
We moved into group discussions on inequality issues on a range of topics including socioeconomic status, gender, public health, accessibility, youth justice and ethnicity. Inequality has continued to grow and the goal of social
innovation is to ensure no one is left behind while society progresses forward. There are different organisations who work to tackle these inequality issues. We invited them to share their stories, and our attendees had the opportunity to discuss their thoughts and brainstorm on innovative ideas together.
Dr David Mayeda is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Auckland in Sociology. His research focuses on Maori and Pacific success in higher education and intimate partner violence in Asian communities. He facilitated the discussion on ethnicity.
Senior Lecturer, University of
With a background in Politics, social and environmental NGOs, and Māori Health, Kera blends her passion for advocacy in these spheres with her ongoing Medical studies at the University of Auckland. She specialises in using social media to effectively engage communities in advocacy- particularly within the public health arena, and is driven to amplify community voices at a local, national and international level.
Broad Trustee, The Moko Foundation and Community Engagement Advisor at Hapai Te Hauora
Josie Butcher is a member of the Equal Justice Project, which is a charity organisation based at the University of Auckland Law School that applies law students legal training and knowledge to promote social equality, inclusivity and access to justice in our local and wider community. She currently studies a bachelor of Laws and a bachelor of Science, majoring in psychology at the University of Auckland. As a part of her passion for youth justice she has been involved with Youthline and currently work as a volunteer at Youthlaw, helping young people achieve greater access to legal advice and assistance in their everyday lives.
Member of the Equal
Justice Project | Volunteer at Youthlaw
Ollin is a French and Mexican woman of colour who immigrated to New Zealand five years ago. She speaks four languages and is in her last year of a BA in Criminology, Politics & International relations. A lot of her time and focus is spent on furthering women empowerment. This ranges from running initiatives which highlight consent and safe spaces in social settings to co-running the Feminists of Colour Club. She is interested in policy, rights, intersectionality and feminism.
Policitcal Arm Coordinator,
Feminists of Colour
Jason Boberg is a creative director specialising in impact
narrative for social change, Having lived an experience of
disability, Jason is an advocate for disability rights, and works in
both a voluntary and professional capacity in changing the way society conceptualises disability.
Founder and Creative
Director, Activate. Film
From a young age Adriana Christie, co-owner of Pallet Kingdom, knew she wanted to get into social enterprise. At the age of 13, having grown up surrounded by poverty, she had the very mature realisation that if you don’t have a business and you don’t generate revenue then you can’t help people. Now, with Pallet Kingdom, Christie is turning that idea into a reality.
Co-owner at Pallet
Kingdom | Waitematā Local Board, Auckland Council
We enjoyed a delicious and wholesome morning tea kindly provided by our sponsors; Ooooby, Bread & Butter, Forty Thieves, Green Time and Ecoware. After prying the attendees from the delicious food on offer and their passionate conversations between each other, we split into two different sessions.
A social enterprise is a business that exists with a social purpose. Our hackathon was where participants formed teams based on interests, design solutions together for the problems given. We gave our teams tools to collaborate and develop a social enterprise that tackles numerous social issues we provided. Our teams then worked through the stages of identifying key problems and brainstorming ideas, to presenting their solution at the end. This was an opportunity to learn how to tackle social issues and to gain knowledge of social enterprise.
Colart Miles is an experienced leader, practitioner and mentor with a rich and interesting life story. Colart is passionate about building beautiful businesses that are fit for the 21st Century. Colart specialises in accelerated product development and business model design and plays a central role in the New Zealand startup ecosystem.
Innovation Coach | Founder of iTribe
Consulting | Co-founder of Velox Innovation |
Global Facilitator for Startup Weekend
Shailan is passionate about helping students catapult from the education sector into meaningful employment. His career has been diverse, having worked in sales and advertising for three of New Zealand’s largest media companies, and he is now leading the education channel for MYOB nationwide. He works alongside accounting/business students, young Kiwi entrepreneurs, and helping students to see the growing opportunities in a career in tech.
Education Manager NZ, MYOB
Since participating in a social start-up accelerator three years ago, Jane has been growing her interest in social
entrepreneurship and innovation into a lifelong passion. She has a keen interest in helping young start-ups and entrepreneurs develop, and is excited for the opportunity to further explore
how design thinking and lean methodologies can be applied to
solve real world problems.
Risk Assurance Associate at PwC
PUBLIC POLICY PANEL
How do different government policies affect the development of our society? What role does the public sector play in social innovation and how can we achieve the best outcome for our people? This panel invited representatives from the government as well as different agencies who work with the public sector. They shared their thoughts on our policy settings and discussed how to best encourage and support innovative social change together.
Tui has had a broad range of experience in innovation through incubators and accelerators in the Startup, Social Impact, and GovTech space. She also significant experience running large and small-scale events. She was the Event Manager for Festival for the future 2017. She was the Co-creator of The Love NZ Land & Water Roadshow, and is a Co-founder of The Social Experiment & Director of Unity House. She is also currently the Co-curator of Auckland Global Shapers. Tui is passionate about how personal development, community building, and innovation can create large-scale social impact.
Co-founder The Social Experiment, Director of Unity House
Jenesa Jeram is a research fellow with The New Zealand Initiative, and is a commentator on social issues and lifestyle regulations. She has a particular interest in the ways governments and the private sector can work together to achieve social outcomes.
Researcher, The New Zealand Initiative
Dr Jamie Newth is a lecturer at the University of Auckland Business School where his research focuses on social innovation and social entrepreneurship. He is also the founder of the impact investment company Soul Capital, and sits on the board of Social Enterprise Auckland.
Lecturer, University of Auckland
Shaun Hendy is Director of Te Pūnaha Matatini, a New Zealand
Centre of Research Excellence hosted by the University of
Auckland. Te Pūnaha Matatini is a national research network
that uses methods from complex systems to solve problems for
business and to develop better economic and environmental
Director of Te Pūnaha Matatini - the Centre for Complex Systems and Networks
LUNCH & SHOWCASE
There are many different ways to empower social innovation and create social impact. A wide range of businesses, organisations and individuals showcased their work during lunchtime. We saw their stalls set up across the foyer to showcase their unique and socially innovative products and services. Lunch was provided by Almighty and Zambrero.
EcoMatters aims to connect people to the environment and nurture a sense of guardianship. They support the community with knowledge and tools to restore nature, reduce waste, ride and fix bikes, and live more sustainably.
Changing Minds, a mental health advocacy not-for-profit that aims to shift the conversation around mental health and wellbeing. This year the government has undertaken an inquiry into mental health and addiction in NZ and ChangingMinds is providing a submission from 700+ people who are passionate about mental health. You will be able to have a look at the current themes and contribute your own thoughts and ideas to revolutionising mental health in NZ.
Welcome creators, artists, entrepreneurs & innovators - those who wish to create, share & express good into the world. We support, fund & enable projects that make the world more awesome.
Honeywrap is a reusable food wrap, beautifully designed and made here in New Zealand. It is a natural alternative to plastic wrap made with 100% organic cotton blended with a beeswax, tree resin and jojoba oil. This combination makes the cloth tacky so that it can be shaped over left-over food and dishes. Honeywraps looks great and can be used again and again.
Chiasma is a national New Zealand organisation that creates links between academia and the wider science, technology and engineering (STEM) industries. Our mission is to inspire and help our members to develop a successful career in the STEM industry by providing them with the necessary skills, networks and mindset. In turn, these innovative, well connected and commercially aware graduates will contribute to the growth of New Zealand’s knowledge based
The Happiness Experiment is a social enterprise to teach
gratitude practices to thousands of people across NZ. You will
learn about gratitude, the positive effects it can have on your
brain, and take part in a short and simple gratitude practice
using the 3GT (three good things) app. Learn More>
The Happiness Experiment
JOURNEY OF A SOCIAL INNOVATOR
Being a changemaker does not require you to be equipped with all the skills possible or to be a revolutionary. The important thing is to utilise your existing resources or knowledge, and start taking action. To help our attendees get started, some social innovators shared their journey - where they started, what they have learned along the way, the difficulties they have faced and how they adapted to translate their ideas into actual social impact.
Janette's work life is founded in business and influenced by her belief that business has a part to play in creating positive long term sustainable social change. She is currently applying that belief to both Take my Hands, a social enterprise that redistributes medical equipment to those in need overseas utilising an economy of spare capacity, and to a Collective Impact Initiative that is improving educational success for youth, and removing barriers to education for at risk and vulnerable young people, in West Auckland.
Founder & Managing Trustee at Take My Hands |
Managing Director at The Playground Creative
James Koo is a 24 year old entrepreneur who began his journey at the University of Auckland Business School. He is the CEO of Niesh, a government partnered social enterprise aimed at improving the New Zealand student experience. Niesh now works with over 100 businesses including household brands like Starbucks to offer beneficial services to a rapidly growing userbase of 20,000+ students.
Kitty Lin, a former Associate at Simpson Grierson, made a life- changing decision after attending a Climate Change Conference in October 2015 while still a lawyer. She is now the “brains” behind Green Time, a Sustainable Vegan Eatery established May 2016.
Founder, Green Time
TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
There has been a phenomenal surge of interest in social innovation as a way to tackle social and environmental challenges and achieve economic growth. New Zealand is getting recognition for its creativity and ingenuity in this area, and we heard from these leading projects which are transforming our society using innovative technology.
Antonia Mann is a human and cultural insight specialist operating fluidly between insight and strategy, and the today and tomorrow. She conducts multi-dimensional research to understand the symbiotic relationship between ever-shifting human behaviour, values and motivations, social dynamics, societal context and cultural forces. Antonia embraces and simplifies complexity as needed to provide a profound and actionable understanding of people and their world. Cross-cultural by birth and curiosity, Antonia honed her cultural antenna through travelling, working and observing across Asia, Europe and the US, working with Fortune 500, governmental and non-profit organisations.
Cultural Insight, TRA
The interface between law, public policy and technology is the most exciting and rapidly changing landscape in the world today. How we choose to deploy and utilise technology will increasingly shape the fabric and nature of our society. Rapidly emerging technologies are continually presenting new moral, ethical and legal questions. Stephens passions lie in contributing to these answers so that technology continues to unlock the potential in individuals and society.
Surface Technical Solutions Specialist at Microsoft
Hanna Eastvold-Edwins is an entrepreneur who aims to bring 10 new hardware programs to New Zealand. Her diverse background as a mechanical design engineer includes 20 years developing products for companies like Boeing and Yamaha, as well as Kiwi companies and startups. Her social impact focus was born during the time that she worked for Sir Ray Avery’s Pod Infant Incubator, a low cost healthcare solution for developing markets. Her later role as CEO of oDocs Eye Care, a social enterprise that aimed to end preventable blindness, demonstrated how quickly NZ hardware collaborators could quickly become a global product.
Co-Founder, Popcorn Collective | Former CEO, oDocs Eye Care
Calvin Li is passionate about finding the perfect intersection between business, law, and technology, and in particular, developing legal technology applications. He has a strong focus on blockchain and artificial intelligence developments, and how these multidisciplinary innovations will change and transform the future of the workplace.
Blockchain Association NZ
MISSION VERSUS PROFITS
We invited businesses from the private sector - both from industries as well as corporates, to discuss the social responsibilities that the private sector has. What are, and what should be the role that they play in the development of our society? How do they choose between generating profits and executing their social responsibility?
Kate Thompson is Auckland Airport’s Community Relations Manager. She manages a programme of activities to help the airport be a good neighbour to the communities it’s a part of. This includes connecting South Auckland people with work and training, managing education scholarships, sponsorships and community events, and corporate giving. Kate is also a member of the airport’s media team and manages communications with the airport’s staff.
Community Relations Manager, Auckland Airport
Julia has always been motivated by social justice. After working in eco-tourism overseas, she came back to New Zealand and worked for not for profit organisations and looks at how corporates can make a positive impact. She is currently working at Kiwibank as their Corporate Social Responsibility Lead, which involves working with community partners around social enterprise, microfinance and financial literacy, as well as leading the development of a sustainability strategy for the bank.
Corporate Social Responsibility Lead, Kiwibank
Martin is an expert in revenue growth and business development for social impact.
COO Ngāti Paoa Iwi Trust & Ngāti Paoa Group Investments
Nadya is a 4th year LLB/BCom student particularly interested in the intersection of social impact, technology, and international development. She is currently the Co-President of Social Innovation NZ and is a legal intern for Simmonds Stewart.
Curious about entrepreneurship, she has completed a business accelerator programme, Summer Lab, and interned at Soul Capital, an impact investment firm.
Co-President, Social Innovation New Zealand
PITCHING AND DISCUSSION
This was a place for people to share their ideas/ventures for any feedback, recruit team members, seek advice or collaboration where the audience helped to make these ideas happen. After presentations from our invited dreamers, the floor was opened to all participants to share ideas. There was then a short
discussion session at the end for attendees to build further connections to support each other.
Kiran is passionate about moving people, to take action, to see people differently, to believe in possibility, and to create & express what it is they love. He is a community builder at a creative studio on Dominion Road, manages moveSPACE - an creative impact space, and has created a number of mission driven communities - Idea Show & Tell, Hashtag Happy & Young Innovators Collective.
Founder/Director, Young Innovators Collective
A very special thank you to our speakers, facilitators and panellists. Your diverse and inter-disciplinary experience motivated all of us to follow in your steps and create change.
Thank you to our sponsors for making it all possible Ooooby, Almighty, Zambrero, FRANK Stationery, Forty Thieves, UoA Fair Trade Club, Ecoware Food Packaging, Green Time, The Collective and Bread & Butter Bakery and Cafe. Make sure to check them all out, they all do some awesome work.
And finally to all the people behind the scene working to bring this to you; our photographers Simon, Martin, Ji Ji, Jessy and Angela. And of course our conference team Laith, Sasha, Jisoo, Ojas and the incomparable Hannah and Lei.
Thank you all for coming - we hope you enjoyed the event and we’ll see you at our other events this year!