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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 […]

Welby Ings is Professor of Graphic Design at AUT.  His recent book Disobedient Teaching is causing big waves in the education community.  We ask Welby what drives him, and how professional disobedience can change the world.

Talking points We need to play in the unknown The terror of poverty There is nothing beautiful about being […]

Tony Smith is chair of Sustaining Hawkes Bay Trust.   We talked about that role, and his career through computing and education. Tony’s family live in a wonderful home, built to celebrate a sustainable future so we talk about that too.

Talking points See connections, join the dots. It’s not a matter of environmental values […]

Vaneeta D’Andrea is Professor Emerita, University of the Arts London. An edcuator and sociologist, Vaneeta literally wrote the book on improving teaching and learning.   Vaneeta has a belief in the role of values so we talk about where those came from, and how that has influenced her career including what she describes as the disconnect in education. […]

Dr Dominique Hes is a Senior Lecturer  Melbourne School of Design, Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning.  She is director of the Thrive Research Hub and co-author of Designing for Hope: pathways to Regenerative sustainability.   We talk about enriching relationships and designing for possibility.

Talking points Happiness not wealth We’re not trained to think of ourselves […]

Skye Duncan is an urban designer who is the Director of the Global Designing Cities Initiative at the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) where she has been leading a multi-year program funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies to develop the new Global Street Design Guide.  We talk about changing the narrative to a people centred urban design. […]

Georgie Ferrari is Chief Executive of the Wellington Community Trust.  Before that she Chief Executive Officer for the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria for 14 years and before that a variety of roles in the not for profit sector in Australia and New Zealand.  But before all that, she grew up in Dunedin.  Home for […]

Natasha Barnes Dellaca is a founder of Epic Westport.  Before that she had several roles, mostly in the not for profit sector focusing on conflict resolution and then finding a middle ground in social enterprise.  She is driven by the idea of sustainable resilient communities – that don’t have to resort to violence to resolve differences.  […]