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Author: Steven Moe

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Conversations with people who are living with purpose and having a positive impact in our world. We take time to listen to them as they reflect on their life journeys and what has shaped them into who they are today.
164 Episodes
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 venture and saw him working on creating Amy, an AI powered maths tutor?  I really enjoyed this conversation and am sure you will too.   Learn more about Amy and try her out -   For High Schools -   For Primary Schools -     Amy is an AI powered private maths tutor which which was built to democratise education globally. She was designed to integrate into any online learning system or she can be used on her own.  Amy makes learning maths easy by giving students realtime feedback and automatically filling their knowledge gaps before they even realise they are there. She is available to help 24/7 and easily adapts to new languages.
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 the shootings in Christchurch and founding The Metamorphosis Path Academy.  I enjoyed hearing about Souhila's journey and am sure you will as well. Facebook: There are more than 160 other interviews in the back catalogue so you might want to check them out at 
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 career goals by providing a long term programme of mentoring, tutoring, and enrichment.   And by long term, he means long term - the people involved commit to supporting and being involved with the same children from a very young age right through to early adulthood.  It's an amazing program - more below - but we also find out about Scott's life and his background in Invercargill, working for Intel in the US and what he learned there about culture and work practises, what he learned working at Intel, impact investing, moving back to NZ and being involved in founding IceAngels one of the first Angel investment groups in New Zealand.   This is episode 162 - if you like it, consider checking out earlier ones at  Website: 'I Have a Dream NZ Overview and detailed information and links: The I Have a Dream programme has been operating in the Wesley community of Mt Roskill since 2003, with significant success.  Our results from the project (see table below) demonstrate that investing in children for their entire educational journey (from Primary School to Tertiary and/or Employment) can solve the problem of inter-generational poverty. These Auckland “Dreamers” have achieved on many metrics, including leadership, community participation, sports and quality of life.  But perhaps the most significant, and certainly the most easily quantified, is their educational success.  We tracked them against a Comparison Group, which was the Year Level ahead of them at the same Decile 1 Primary School in Mt Roskill.  80% entered tertiary education compared to 30% in the comparison group. These young people are now 24 years old, and most of them have entered successful careers.  This project was based on the US model which has enjoyed 37 years of success, with more than 200 projects impacting the lives of over 17,000 young people.  Our pilot project in Mt Roskill was designed to assess whether this American “franchise” can be applied successfully in the NZ context.  We have proven that it can. The next stage is to demonstrate that we can scale this out, cost-effectively, to all the schools in a community.  We started expanding to 1,000+ young people across 4 schools in the Tikipunga/Otangarei community in Whangarei in 2016.  We want to take the Government with us on this 10–15 year journey, with the intention that they will then roll this out to all high needs communities in NZ. Our points of difference, compared to many other education and youth development initiatives, are: ·       Long Term Intervention – 15 years, from Year 1 through to tertiary and employment ·       Full-time Adult Advocate – a Navigator works with each cohort (between 50 and 90 children in each Year Level ) for their entire educational journey, from Primary School to Tertiary Study and/or a Career ·       Inclusiveness – we work with all the children in a disadvantaged community – we don't just target specific kids based on their talents, risk factors, ethnicity or socio-economic status ·       Aspirational – every child has potential, so our kaupapa (mission) is to help uncover and develop that child’s dream and unique capabilities ·       Holistic – we offer wrap-around services, and do whatever it takes to keep each child on track ·       Collective Impact – we work closely with the schools, and we integrate the activities of all the non-profits and Government agencies that work with each child and whānau (family) Importantly, we have undertaken ongoing professional research that proves the programme’s effectiveness and outcomes.  Some of this evaluation can be seen at: These four links below give a good introduction to the extension of the I Have a Dream programme into Whangarei: ·        This 4 minute video provides an overview of our programme’s history in Mt Roskill and the future in Tikipunga/Otangarei ·        Personal testimony videos from some of our Dreamer alumni:  Amelia, Anna, Mosa, Robel, and Tali ·        This clip features a couple of our new Whangarei students and introduces some of our Navigators.  This was produced by our major funder, Foundation North ·        This clip was produced by the NZ Herald, as part of their series of articles on NCEA.  It features one of our Mt Roskill graduates, Amelia Unufe Beyond this information, I’d be happy to share our Business and Operations plans, our Annual Report and Audited Accounts, and the 6-monthly Performance Reports prepared for one of our major funders (Foundation North). We also want to inform public debate about the need for this kind of investment, hence our excitement at the sponsorship from the MediaWorks Foundation.  Have you noticed the TV and radio advertisements hosted by Duncan Garner? This programme is designed to produce positive outcomes for the children involved, their whānau and the community they live in.  By offering the services of a consistent caring adult for the 15 years of their schooling life, we help to ensure that each child graduates with the academic and social skills to successfully transition to a career or further study.  This will ensure that they become positive role-models who add value to their communities, increasing economic and social outcomes for our country. Here are three recent videos we’ve produced, with the pro bono assistance of local providers: 1.      This 2 minute video was shown at the 5th Annual IceAngels Tech Showcase in Auckland on 21st Sept, 2017.  Please listen to these children, assisted by well-known TV News presenter, Duncan Garner, explain why the roomful of tech investors should support our programme.  We applaud the donors from the tech and angel investment sectors that are acknowledged in the video …. and are glad they didn’t mind being called “Donuts” …  J 2.     We released this new Dreamer Song at the Town Hall in Whangarei on Sat 21st Oct, 2017.  I Have a Dream was selected by Menzies, a global aviation services firm, as their charity partner for 2017.  This meant that they had a team of executives working with the programme for the week, culminating in the release of this awesome new song.  It was written by Joby Hopa (our Community Engagement Manager) and performed by 40 of the Dreamers from the 4 schools we’re working with in the Tikipunga/Otangarei community. 3.      All of our volunteers deserve this kind of recognition! We’ve also been lucky to have two great stories in the press recently: 1.      This article (and short video) in a recent issue of the Northern Advocate described an awesome camp for these tamariki (children).  All of them experienced a wealth of exciting new experiences, they had to push their boundaries, and they discovered new capabilities within themselves.  It’s a fairly expensive outing, on a per head basis, but the ROI in terms of their confidence and memories will be huge, and long-lasting 2.      This article in the Dec. ‘18 issue of North & South magazine illustrates the power of our model of inter-generational investment. It’s important to note that we are continually refining and developing the principles behind our programme.  Important elements that have been evolved specifically for the context in Aotearoa NZ are: 1.     Wairua/Tikanga Māori.  We recognise that Wairua/Tikanga Māori is fundamental to Māori existence, so as we are now expanding into a predominantly Māori community, we uphold a core set of values which determine our objectives and programming.  These key values are: Ako (learning), Aroha (love), Whānaunatanga (relationships), Tumanako (hope) and Rangatiratanga (autonomy). 2.     Circle of Courage.  The Circle of Courage model portrays four growth needs of all children: Belonging, Mastery, Independence, and Generosity.  This internationally applied model has evolved to act as a guide for adults to better serve children and youth who are in emotional pain from conflict in the family, school, community, peer groups or with self. We know there is more that we can do to deepen and broaden the reach of our programme, e.g., ·        During his recent visit Richie Poulton, the PM’s Chief Science Adviser for Poverty & Well-being, encouraged us to extend our mahi back to birth, rather than starting in Year 1 of Primary School.  We could do this internally, but see benefit in partnering with an expert in this space, such as Talking Matters. ·       We see the benefit in working more closely with other educationally-focused programmes such as Teach First NZ and Springboard Trust to become a more complete solution to the goal of raising education achievement in our schools. ·        There are many other wonderful groups in NZ doing similar and parallel work, such as The Wise Group, Mahitahi Hauora, Tamaki Regeneration Company, etc., whom we can learn from and share with.      
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. This is the paper co-authored by Colin mentioned in the interview called: "How to Put Nature into Our Neighbourhoods: Application of Low Impact Urban Design and Development (LIUDD) Principles, with a Biodiversity Focus, for New Zealand Developers and Homeowners": For more interviews visit  
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 for Part 2 with the conclusion. Connect via email  For the video mentioned in the episode and more interviews visit Video of rabbits:
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 care and medical supplies to them.  In this interview we find out about his origins on a Kiwi fruit farm in New Zealand, what led him to a life on ships and some of the work YWAM Ships do today reaching out to the remote communities of the South Pacific.  I really enjoyed talking with Brett about some of the issues facing these communities and am sure you will as well. Email for more info: Website which includes some great videos on the work done: For more interviews visit   
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 views on genetic engineering which came out in the interviews I had with each of them.  So I invited them back to interview each other and this is the result! Peter's interview: Sarah's interview:  
Jessica Trybus believes that education should be about fun and uses technology to achieve that.  She is the Founder and Chief Games Officer of Simcoach Games which is a company whose mission is to create fun video games that inspire youth and connect them to relevant career paths.   In this interview we talk about her early years and what shaped her into the person she is today, which includes talking about her job working for Drew Barrymore in Los Angeles, working as one of the first employees at AltaVista in Silicon Valley and what she learned from that.   Jess is also a former faculty member (2004-2018) of Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center (ETC). While there she led or contributed to many revolving using interactive technology and games for education.  She is a member of the Remake Learning Council. Simcoach games: Future of Learning Conference: A big thanks to the team who organised the conference as it allowed us to sit down with him, in particular Louisa as well as:   Hamish Duff from Recalibrate: Cheryl Doig (a former Seeds Guest) from Think Beyond: Cheryl's earlier interview on seeds:
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 someone else who would appreciate being sent a link to this episode? Full text is written out here: Earlier episode on Creativity and Vulnerability mentioned in this episode regarding critics and being in the arena: Link to info on Kaila Colbin and the courses offered by Boma NZ: For more content and interviews visit   
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 practical steps he and his family have taken to put environmental sustainability into practice.  Since recording the interview Gavin has changed jobs and now works at Brickhouse Technologies which is focused on water and wastewater solutions. Just an update since the interview.  Gavin and his family have since sold their lifestyle block and are building a new house in Christchurch.  The new house is designed to be a Passive Haus, with triple glazing, a 4.2kW solar PV system and heat recovery. For more interviews visit    
Impact Unconference 2020

Impact Unconference 2020


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.   Even if you only listen to the first 5 minutes you will get a sense of what this will be.  The reason for releasing the audio of an initial planning meeting like this is so that others can find out about it and get involved - there are almost 60 organisations who have sent their logos to date and are supporting it in some way.  Join them?  The event will be led from the ground up so releasing early planning content exemplifies the ethos behind this conference as well. For more on this initiative visit and reach out by email to  Video of this is also here More interviews are at Bring on #2020!
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 discover his life story growing up in New Zealand and what led him to explore overseas and become a pilot.  This also contains the short 2 minute extract I did with him on "heads or tails" and how to make decisions.  Nathan is also a podcaster (The Nathan Seaward Show) so we talk about his podcast as well.  I really enjoyed this conversation with Nathan and am sure you will too. His website: For more interviews visit  
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 was recorded 4 days before Glenn went in to have part of his tongue removed - fortunately he is recovering and the cancer had not spread. For more interviews check out
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 Chamber of Commerce "Next Generation" event.  The interview is relatively short as it was one of several things that evening - but we covered a lot!  Be watching out in 2020 for a complete episode where we can dive deeper with Jezza but I think you will agree that what he shares on this is inspirational.  I personally loved being taught about the power of the word "inclusivity" as opposed to "accessibility" and will go into the future with a new way of thinking as a result. Website: A bit thanks to the sponsors Vodafone as well as Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce and the team that organised this and made it such a high quality and easy event - in particular Tash.   Bridget Williams interview mentioned: For more interviews visit  
Sacha is a multiplatinum selling singer, songwriter and musician who has also founded SOLE Music Academy.  In this interview we talk about her life story, her love of music, the role her Grandfather played in her singing, competing in Jazz competitions from a young age and why she thinks music is so important.  We also talk about the origins of SOLE Music Academy, what it is aimed at doing by empowering young people in their music careers and the plans for the future.   I really enjoyed this conversation and know you will too.  Please check out the website for SOLE Music Academy which has a link to the PledgeMe campaign currently running. PledgeMe: Spotify: Profile and bio: Full song which had an excerpt sung in interview: For more interviews visit      
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 led him into the career he has pursued and what led him to New Zealand.  What might a building of the future be like when AI has been integrated into it fully?  I really enjoyed this conversation with Steve and am sure you will as well. Website: LinkedIn: Email: For many more interviews visit   
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 between.... her band Mundi are amazing - check them out!  She also impromptu composed a short song called "Rata" as one of the pieces. For more content visit For more on Tamara visit And TedX event performance - where we first met:    
Matthew is the manager for the Christchurch branch of Big Brothers, Big Sisters.  In this interview we learn about his childhood and life journey, the role that mentoring has played in his life and what BBBS is involved in.  We also talk about what training they give to new mentors - skills that are relevant to all of us.   I really enjoyed my conversation with Matthew and know you will as well - if you do, check out some of the other episodes in the back catalogue at Website: Hawaiian resilience study mentioned: Email:    
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 reform and what led to her making the decision to pursue what she does now with Level 8 leadership.  I really enjoyed our conversation and all the variety of topics we touched on, including what she most appreciated about her Grandparents and what it means to be a French Canadian.  It's a very wide ranging conversation! Website: Thanks to The Canterbury Club for making a room available for this interview and also to Peter McKaskell for connecting me with Enette.  His business is here   For more interviews visit   
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 about! The full interview with Nathan will come out soon. For more interviews visit  
Comments (3)

Dorje Mckinnon

Thanks for helping remind me what it was like to be 11. Basketball story is great!

Sep 9th
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Jonathan Lee

A few weeks ago, I sat down with Steven and had a solid, fun, recorded conversation on purpose and life. Steven recently published a legal handbook on social enterprises in New Zealand and has been doing interviews with entrepreneurs and social enterprises about their journeys on this podcast. Through mutual friends and overlapping circles we got connected quite quickly. I feel honored to have been invited to be on the podcast. The growing list of humans and their truly impressive set of accomplishments and contributions to earth and society are humbling. Steven masterfully guided the conversation from my childhood to teenager years as an immigrant, as he waives into it his own story and aspirations, and we move into my university days and during that the exposure to the greater world, its beauty, its problems, my craft, and my finding of sometimes-often bumpy pathways that have taken me where I am currently. I told him it has been years since anyone has dug that deep to my past-history and the aspirations that have been part of my constant evolution, and it was truly an enlightening articulation/process for myself as well. After our interview/conversation, I have listened to several podcasts with other interviewees and have enjoyed their stories, lessons, and journeys. I am looking forward to soaking up some more! I can definitely recommend this podcast and hope that there is great value for you too.

Jan 23rd
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