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Fiona Clements of Senorita Awesumo and Sustainable Dunedin City describes the many challenges of the clothing industry – not least of these that it is a business model that relies on changing fashions. She describes social injustice, water use, manufacturers’ waste (call it what it is – wasted resource). But rather than complaining, she […]

Finn Boyle variously describes himself as a compost nerd”, a “food philosophy explorer” and a “yeast whisperer”. Realising the question of “what am I eating?” took him down a rabbit hole, Finn saw that he needed to change the world and that his lever was food systems design. He embarked on a food design degree […]

Dr Paul LeBlanc is President of Southern New Hampshire University. He says his goal (and that of SNHU) is making the world a better and more just place – one learner at a time. And how they are doing it, at scale. We talk about the social justice underpinnings for College for America, and […]

Alyth Grant retired from an academic job teaching German and has launched into a retirement role with the Orokonui Ecosanctuary.  She tells us that the sanctuary is about protecting an ecosystem, it’s not a zoo.

Talking points It felt like this was my opportunity to give back to what I’d always loved doing It […]

Bonnie Robinson is exploring the intersection of social justice and management.  She is drawing on a career in social services and putting it into practice in her role as Chief Executive of HBH Senior Living, focussing on meeting the needs of vulnerable older people.

Talking points: Change comes about from change at systemic level You […]

Scout Barbour Evans is many things – a student, an over committed volunteer, a transgender activist, a mayoral candidate to name a few.    We talk about an open society, where we value openess and authenticity and the importance of being openly mentally unwell and queer. Scout is committed to keeping learning and is a […]

Ashleigh Smith is Co-founder and Board Chairperson of Sticks n Stones, New Zealand’s largest youth led bullying prevention organisation.   She is a Queen’s Young Leader and a student in both the Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Leadership for Change.

Talking points: If you are unhappy about something, do something about it! I have such […]

Heidi Renata is the energy behind Dunedin’s Innov8HQ.  She is “inspiring people to follow their dream”.  

Talking points: Being a women and being Maori has presented itself as a form of unconscious activism. We’ve created a western and commercial version of a marae that brings people together and enables them to cross pollinate […]

Oonagh McGirr is Deputy Chief Executive Learning and Teaching at Otago Polytechnic.

Talking points: Other people motive me, just working with other people is a privilege and a pleasure. I’ve worked in lots of places, Spain, Italy, Greece, Ireland, England and now in New Zealand. So, I feel really privileged because its basically like a […]

Bryan Scott is an Otago Regional Councillor. With varied experience in science, engineering and agriculture, Bryan has a focus on integrating the science and the decision making. Thriving region with a community focus Graying of our environment Unintended consequences of development We need the environment to be there for our children, but we need […]

Dr Colin Kennedy is Head of Impact for the Young Enterprise Trust. We’ve been too busy focussing on the problems…it’s time for the solution section Enterprise is the most powerful agent of change we have – for good or bad. How could we have a bigger positive impact? Why wouldn’t you use something exciting […]

We talk with Dina Buchbinder Auron and Edgardo Martinez of Education for Sharing. Education for Sharing’s (E4S) mission is to form better citizens from childhood through innovative education programs based on the power of play and physical activity. Their vision is for EfS to become an integral part of school communities globally. We ask about […]

Dr Jean Ross is a Principal Lecturer at Otago Polytechnic. She specialises in rural nursing and we ask her about the role of place and community, and how the professional responsibility of nursing operates at different scales. Commitment, drive and wanting to make a difference. To do nothing is not the option, to do […]

Dr Ben Anderson is Principal Research Fellow in the Energy & Climate Change Division of the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton, UK . We ask what big data can tell us about habitual energy and water consumption. Living beyond our means. We are currently living outside of our […]

Amadeo Enriquez-Ballestero is science presentation co-ordinator at Otago Museum. If we all did a little bit, we could make big differences in the world. My motivation is offering the experiences that I would have wanted as a child to kids around New Zealand, and seeing that I can make a difference. Don’t stop feeling life […]

Dr Will Simm is a Senior Research Associate with the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University. He works in short lifecycle community-led digital technology innovation projects. Playful in space you wouldn’t expect Prototypes to understand problem space, not as a solution Perhaps the grandest challenge of our time, but beyond problematising individual’s […]

Connor Boyle of the Malcam Trust has a diverse range of interests stretching including climate science, growing and cooking food, writing and playing music, mindfulness and mental health, social enterprise development, and building interactive digital sculptures. His current work focusses on engaging young people in making a difference – to their own lives and […]

Mawera Karetai wears so many hats it hard to know where to begin.  Mother, Business owner, blogger, RMA Commissioner, Benefits Review panelist, Conservation Board member, school board member, Capable NZ facilitator and Otago Polytechnic’s first doctoral student.  But underneath it all, and not very far from the surface (if not completely visible) is a passion for […]