Kiwi Connect is bringing together global impact ventures in New Zealand.
There’s a lot of talk these days about how lessons from the open source community can be applied in other areas. The deeper question going on at OS//OS (Open Source Open Society) in Wellington this year, was whether “open” automatically is the best option?
I sat down with Eric Hysen of US Digital Service in Wellington to chat about his experiences within President Obama’s much discussed “Government Startup”, what the most surprising thing has been in the leap from Silicon Valley to Washington DC, and what New Zealand can learn from his journey.
There's been so much action so far, we've put together this rundown on Storify of all the nuggets of greatness during the first morning of Open Source Open Society in Wellington
There’s an ongoing campaign gathering momentum here in New Zealand, to make San Francisco and Wellington sister cities. For those of us who are familiar with both cities, it’s no secret that the two two share a lot in common. Like any siblings, these would-be sisters share a great deal of similar characteristics, features and quirks.
New Zealand is unique in that friends of friends of friends of friends can reach nearly any room in the country. When the right people get into a room, our culture is open enough to create the connections we need to innovate, remove blockers and make things happen.
We headed along to the KEA Inspire event in Auckland yesterday, the annual afternoon of incredible speakers, put together from the Kiwi Expat Association's list of World Class New Zealanders. Get a dose of inspiration with our highlights.
Who benefits most from Aotearoa New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi? It is those of us who are non-Māori, because it is through the Treaty that we have the right to be in this land.
In 2008, the world around me was crumbling, and I didn’t even realise. I remember coming downstairs one morning in my flat in south London, and my flatmate, who worked in banking, was sitting at the kitchen table, with his glowing phone in his hand. He said, “Northern Rock bank failed.”
We’re committed to the idea that real change happens when we break the binary between economic livelihood and positive impact. We’re not waiting for the system to change - we are operating in a new paradigm within it, right now. We want to do well by doing good.
HRH Prince Harry: "I would like to congratulate those who have already pledged their time, and encourage others to do the same.” There I was, squatting in front of a graffiti-covered wall in Upper Hutt, New Zealand, alongside a small German boy, an entrepreneur and a street artist; all of us scrubbing tags and other assorted delinquent creations off an alleyway out the back of a service station.
The history of economic development in New Zealand is steeped in immigration. It is one of our greatest strengths that our young nation has been built upon the diverse skill-sets and contributions of many generations of migrants from the Pacific Islands, Europe, Asia and the Americas, all seeking opportunity and adventure.
The lights have gone out in the Event Dome, with New Frontiers wrapping up for another year. Yet as the festival itself has come to an end, the conversations are just beginning. A group of 250+ individuals who just participated in a deeply immersive experience together are heading back to their homes, their workplaces, their communities and their next adventures, with new perspectives on old problems, and the seeds for new collaborations sowed.
We are in the midst of a global race for talent. We explore what we can learn from other nations in the ways they are attracting entrepreneurial talent, outlining the world’s top five countries for startup visa policies.
Having followed the thought leadership of peer-to-peer and commons theorist Michel Bauwens for some time, seeing him speak in person provided an immediate impetus towards action; and had me wondering why peer-to-peer models of production haven’t become a dominant force in our current political and market discourse?
Dmitry Selitskiy is a man on a mission to transform the way that severely disabled people communicate with the world around them. Building software to turn relatively cheap brain sensing hardware into communication tools, Dmitry and his team at Thought-Wired are providing pathways for people to communicate with their families in ways they never were able to before.
Kendall Flutey is the 24-year old co-founder of Banqer, a financial literacy app for classrooms. With a varied background spanning accountancy, entrepreneurship, programming and diverse styles of education, Kendall is the archetype of a young entrepreneur who has experienced the status quo, and is intent upon improving on it.
At the age of just 20, Sam Kerse is following his passion of shifting the way we approach classroom learning. Sam created Notifr, a tool that allows teachers to become more effective by making student feedback truly effortless, in the hopes that feedback mindsets will become the norm in education.
Kiwi Connect is kicking off a nationwide online during Global Entrepreneurship Week, to celebrate the New Faces of Entrepreneurship - our young Kiwi entrepreneurs under 30.
Shay Wright is a co-founder of Te Whare Hukuhuka, an organisation that enables indigenous community organisations to be more effective, through creating learning experiences around innovation, strategy, training workshops, coaching and advisory, and helping Māori organisations to pioneer new industries.