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We talk purpose with inspiring people making a positive impact with their lives. We are particularly interested in social enterprises and entrepreneurs. We will listen to them reflect on their journeys and take time to dig deeper in order to better understand what really motivates their choices.
107 Episodes
David is Dean of the University of Otago, Christchurch.  His main research has been into infectious diseases and in this interview we discuss that research, his time spent living in remote Nepal for two years as well as the role of antibiotics and breakthroughs he is searching for. Link: He is the co-leader of The Infection Group, the co-director of One Health Aotearoa, a Senior Associate in the Department of International Health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and a clinical microbiologist at Canterbury Health Laboratories. David’s main research interests are the epidemiology, diagnosis and prevention of respiratory tract infections, pneumococcal disease, legionellosis, bloodstream infections, and the role of vitamin D in infectious diseases. He has a particular interest in the microbial aetiology of pneumonia, and is the Laboratory Director of the Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health (PERCH) project which is focused on determining the causes of severe pneumonia in young children from developing countries. David has ongoing projects based in nine countries in Africa and Asia. Lecture by David:  
Tech for Good? This is a panel discussion on that topic recorded just one week ago.  We joined forces with Ian Wells (many thanks to you) from Canterbury Tech and hosted a Techweek 2019 session in the Parry Field Lawyers boardoom considering "Tech for Good" and what legal structures are best: charity? Company? Social Enterprise? Something else? After an intro from Kris Morrison (Partner at Parry Field), we heard from a range of panelists with questions facilitated by me and hearing the journey of Tim Jones (Kilmarnock/Grow Good Guy), Georgia Robertson (Humanitix) , Menno Finlay-Smits (Cacophony Project), John Ascroft (Jade Software) and Dave Lane (Open Education Resource foundation).  Thanks to the great crowd who turned out and asked some good questions too!  Bios and more info here: Tim Jones earlier episode:  Earlier episode two with Tim Jones and Mark Ambundo: Georgia Robertson earlier episode: Dave Lane earlier episode: Structuring for Impact audiobook  
Emily practised as a lawyer for many years and now assists both law firms and lawyers with thinking deeply about the work they do, and why they do it.  This interview was recorded live in front of an audience of more than 100.  We talk a lot about a commonly used word: "balance", and whether that is achievable, or not.  We also talk about the idea that "your work is your love made visible" and how life could be more integrated with work, in a positive way.  Emily shares about her own life story and provides insights for people to consider at whatever stage of their career they are at - whether they are students, graduates, have been working for a while or are nearing retirement (the correct R word being, "reinvention"). "Follow your nose, and don't be dazzled". Website: Resources:
This breakout session at the Philanthropy Summit 2019 deals with a very topical issue: The future of business in the "human economy" - but what is meant by that term and how does it all fit with social enterprise?  In this session we got to hear from three leading experts each offering a unique perspective and insight on the state of play in Aotearoa, New Zealand.  First is Louise Aitken the CEO of the Ākina Foundation, Christna Bellis from Thankyoupayroll and Shay Wright from Te Whare Hukahuka. Check out their bios and info below. Video of this session Index: 1:43 - Louise Aitken 13:14 - Christina Bellis 24:50 - Shay Wright 40:47 - Ends Louise Aitken: Earlier interview with Louise: Impact Report as audiobook and report is a link in this too: For more on Ākina Foundation: Christina Bellis and Thankyou Payroll: Shay Wright: Te Whare Hukahuka:   For more interviews - this is the 104th episode - check out     
The Philanthropy Summit 2019 was held for the last three days (15-17 May) at Te Papa with 500 attending.  To celebrate getting to 30,000 listens of seeds podcast thought it would be great to release a session I was involved in about impact investing.  I helped out with facilitating the Q&A time for this breakout session where close to 100 attended - recorded it all so that those not in the room could also listen to what was discussed.  Impact investing represents a real vision for the future and in this session we hear from four experts about their experiences and thoughts of current state of play and future trends.  The question time then unpacks some of the concepts in more detail.   Index 3:12 - Rebekah Swan 12:57 - David Woods 27:03 - Clive Pedley 41:58 - Emily Woodland 53:25 - Q&A starts For more interviews and content check out  Many thanks to Philanthropy NZ for putting on the summit and letting us put this breakout session on seeds. Bios: Clive Pedley Rebekah Swan David Woods Emily Woodland Impact Investing Network Philanthropy New Zealand site  
Harv founded Collective Intelligence and in this interview we find out what that is and how it works.  We also learn about his childhood, his family being torn apart by a murder trial, the impact of partial deafness, what it was like working as a Shepherd and then a farmer and his fluency in reading people's body language in groups.  This is one of those interviews I love because we had so many different rabbit holes to go down.  If you enjoy this style of interview and hearing about someone's life story they consider checking out some of the more than 100 interviews in the back catalogue. Harv is the founder of Collective Intelligence. His inspiration stemmed from his observation as a company director that key staff were often not supported as individuals to develop their own potential. Starting out as Collective Intelligence’s first and only Facilitator 11 years ago, Harv’s role now within Collective Intelligence is to oversee the teams, recruit new members, and keep developing this unique concept. His vision is to develop a professional community in New Zealand that supports its members to achieve their potential. He sees his work as being the Chief Cheerleader – the founder who supports the whole team’s efforts in order to give the best results. From the website: What is Collective Intelligence? Collective Intelligence is a pioneer in developing professional and personal performance. We help people evolve and realise their potential – while supporting them to be more resilient and effective.
Oliver founded Medsalv 18 months ago and in this interview we hear about his entrepreneurial journey.  We also find out a lot about the medical industry and single use devices and the amount of waste which goes to landfills.  UCE and it's programmes for encouraging entrepreneurs is also discussed.  Medsalv is a fantastic business approaching things in a unique way that combines profit and purpose as they seek to make health care more sustainable. Oliver's email: In early 2018 Medsalv won the inaugural "Dream Believe Succeed" competition, receiving $100k worth of backing from the foundation to accelerate the Medsalv's growth. About UCE and their programmes which is discussed in interview  
This was not planned.  Which makes it the perfect 100th episode as we always look for depth and meaning in unexpected moments.  Justice Joe Williams got up to give the keynote speech at the recent Charity Law and Regulation conference held at Te Papa in April 2019 and rather than start straight into that topic he took time and instead reflected on the Karakia which had been said just before that, "Whakataka te Hau".  I thought the description and explanation provided was really beautifully done as it opened an understanding of what this prayer was really about.  So I got permission to release those reflections as this podcast episode.  Have a listen to some of the other 100 for more diverse content and interviews!   The Karakia goes: Whakataka te hau ki te uru, Whakataka te hau ki te tonga. Kia mākinakina ki uta, Kia mātaratara ki tai. E hī ake ana te atākura he tio, he huka, he hauhunga. Haumi e! Hui e! Tāiki e! Translation: Get ready for the westerly and be prepared for the southerly. It will be icy cold inland, and icy cold on the shore. May the dawn rise red-tipped on ice, on snow, on frost. Join! Gather! Intertwine! The latest news since he spoke there was the following: "Justice Joseph Williams is the first te reo Maori speaker be appointed to the judge's bench in the Court of Appeal.  The former Chief Judge of the Maori Land Court was named a judge of the Court of Appeal by Attorney-General David Parker last week.  Justice Williams, who is of is of Ngati Pukenga, Waitaha and Tapuika descent, has had a distinguished legal career and was appointed the head of the Maori Land Court in 1999.  The following year, he was appointed acting chairperson of the Waitangi Tribunal, a position to which he was permanently appointed in 2004." About Karakia, from Karakia are the chants of Maori ritual, using traditional language, symbols and structures. They are a means of achieving oneness - one with the atua, one with the ancestors and one with events of the past. They have their own traditional structure, symbols and rituals, and their concern is the whole of the universe, earth, sea and sky and into the night. Karakia are not magic spells depending on the exact recitation of the words. The words can be, and are, changed. The power of the karakia came from the atua, and the effectiveness of the karakia depended on the faith of the people using the chants.  
Isabel on being 6

Isabel on being 6


Do you remember being 6?  Most of us have forgotten but it's important to try and recall sometimes.  This episode may help a little as we hear from Isabel about what she enjoys in life and how she sees the world.  What can adults learn from kids and what should they do less of?  It's a great 99th episode with a unique perspective!   For more episodes check out 
Lauren Burr on Mathematics

Lauren Burr on Mathematics


Lauren loves mathematics and that shines through in this interview.  She has worked for many years as a maths teacher and so I wanted to talk with her about her life and perspective on this as well as her work with the NZ Association of Maths Teachers.  This podcast covers any topic that we want it too - variety and quality of story are the consistent principles! We first met almost 20 years ago when I was living in Wellington so it was great to be able to chat with Lauren about her life and what has shaped her.   Some links and resources mentioned: NZ Association of Maths Teachers: NZ Maths Rob Eastaway Mathscraft   Maths is Fun This is the 98th interview.   For more stories visit  
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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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