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In depth interviews with people who are living with purpose and having a positive impact in our world. We listen as host Steven Moe asks about their life journeys and what has shaped them into who they are today.
246 Episodes
Paul has had an interesting life including a childhood in Ilam Homestead, made famous by the movie "Heavenly Creatures" and in this episode we talk about his background, his time overseas, business in the Himalayas and what he does today.  I was curious to understand from him what it is that makes a good interview and how recruiting works as he is involved in that at Sunstone.  If you enjoy this check out other interviews at  Sunstone:
Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafunai's life and journey has been fascinating - in this interview we find out about what it is like to grow up with two cultures, being born in New Zealand but with strong connections back to Samoa.  In particular we focus in on Wayfinding - this originates from "a geneology of knowledge passed down through Pacific star navigators and ocean voyagers".  She wants to use Pacific Wayfinding to design better aid and development programmes.  Her reflections on nature and what it is like to be out on the ocean are very insightful.   Check out the last episode for a 4 minute summary.  If you enjoy this have a look at other interviews at About Wayfinding: YouTube video of her talk: Wayfinding article:  
A short excerpt of the interview with Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafunai where we talked about the ocean and long voyages and what she has learned from spending time learning from nature.   About what she does: YouTube video of her talk: Wayfinding article:
Jan has had an interesting life as a citizen of the world and a co-founder of CarbonClick.  In this interview we learn about his childhood in Norway and travels since then and how he ended up - by a serendipitous encounter - living in New Zealand.  We also talk about the work of CarbonClick as well as the Edmund Hillary Fellowship which Jan is part of.  I really enjoyed this conversation and if you do as well you might want to check out some of the more than 240 other episodes in the back catalogue. CarbonClick:     
Sacha McMeeking spoke at the 2020 Hillary Laureate Dinner to give the closing remarks.  She somehow managed to weave together so many unique threads that touched on colonisation, climate change, Te Ao Māori and some real challenges about who we are taking along with us and will lead in the future.  Sacha is Head of School of Aotahi: Māori and Indigenous Studies at the University of Canterbury.  The evening was to honour the latest Hillary Institute Laureate, Christiana Figueres.   Other speeches and videos are here: This talk as video:  Some excerpts of the talk: "One of the practises in Te Ao Māori that I don’t think we have carried through enough is that most of our chiefly types didn’t get there because they were the best person for the job, they got their because when they were young somebody picked them and made them do something they were utterly unprepared to do.  So collective imagination should be partnered with - where is your Rangatahi, who are you taking with you? What we need to do here tonight is to clothe each other in expectation… I challenge you all to ask yourselves - what are you going to give up?  Who are you going to believe in? Who are you going to jump start?  And what are you going to expect them to do for the world.  I can tell you a few things that I expect all of you to do because I know quite a few of you and I know your potential, I know your roles, I know your talents - that knowledge is arguably the most important component for belief.  When we talk about Manaakitanga, it’s one of those words that makes us feel good, because we think about hospitality and being cared forgot if you are going to Manaaki someone, you have got to know them - you have got to genuinely know them, you have got to genuinely care… so if we are genuinely going to do all of those things, then we have also got to deepen the relationships with each other, which is the reason I am most grateful to be here tonight sharing with you under an envelope of expectations that you will give up something tonight, that you will take someone with you tomorrow and that collectively we will self determine a better future." "It would be quite common at this point for a Maori speaker to tell you soothing tales from our traditional knowledge - but that’s not my lane... Instead what I want to do is talk to you about our practices and what I think our practices can teach us all.  The first is the power of small deeds.  I think in New Zealand we are really uncomfortable with small deeds… we are a small country so we don’t like small things.  We like to be the first to grant women the vote and we like to be doing grand international statements like nuclear free.  But I think actually what things like the Ngai Tahu settlement teach us is this power of small deeds.  So one of the things in the Ngai Tahu settlement which, when I was young and impetuous and probably a bit arrogant, I didn’t’t understand at all was the power off the place name changes.  So in the Ngai Tahu settlement, and in all settlements that followed, there are a raft of place name changes.  And I used to think but there is so much egregious unconscionable history - how can place name changes be at a level commensurate to offset the horrors of that history.  And then as I got older and started to appreciate that it is not just radical protest action that changes the world, I realised that the power of place names is that it changes habits.  So that now it is the exception to be on a plane when they actually fly and the pilot doesn’t mention Aoraki.  That power of changing habits is remarkable and it is something that I think we need to get more familiar with.  Because we expect and perhaps with the naivety and impetuosity of youth that’s got a long hangover - we expect that grand normative wins will change the world.  We expect that the declaration of women’s equality will translate to pay equity and a reduction in domestic violence.  But that grand normative change has done neither of those things - what has moved us closer to those are the small steps, the changes to habit, the changes to daily routine.  And that is what place name changes did.  So just over 20 years ago when the Ngai Tahu settlement was passed it caused outrage that we might refer to this landscape by its original names.  And now it is just habit, now it is just an expectation because day by day, small step by small step, normative change came through habit, through routine.  And that is something that we all have the power to do.  So my first challenge is to look at our daily habits and our daily routines." A profile on Sacha in Stuff: For more content visit     
Levi shares some of his life journey so far as a young entrepreneur who has been involved in a few start-ups already and recently co-founded Partly.  We talk about that venture which builds software solutions to solve difficult problems in the automotive parts industry.  As well as rapid growth and what he's learned raising $1.7 million in funding we also learn about his childhood and startups at University as well as his working at Rocketlab and the key things he learned there as an engineer.  Some of the key takeaways from our discussion: Don’t be afraid to be ambitious – aim high Get the right people involved and establish a good culture Learn from what you try at first, nothing is wasted – even if not a “success” it provides fuel for the next initiative Be prepared to have hard conversations if things are going along “fine” You may need to ask some hard questions and pivot to a new approach rather than just surviving Check out Partly here We mention the work being done by Rob Vickery and the Hillfarrance site has some good resources too The Blackbird investment notes on Partly are interesting too Ministry of Awesome: There are a lot of other resources at         
In this very short interview we chat with Stephen Penny who was on the show pre-Covid.  He told his life story then and in this episode we catch up on the topic of looking after ourselves and our mental health - how can we do better at checking up on those around us?  LinkedIn Post we discuss: Earlier interview with Stephen: Honoris, Stephen's company: For more visit   
I interview a lot of people but seldom get the mic turned the other way round, so this wide ranging chat with Ian Harvey from Collective Intelligence for his podcast "Stuff that Matters Now" was a lot of fun.  Harv was a guest on Seeds in 2019 and came to a session I did on how to create a podcast - so he has the same gear as me!  It was fun to appear on his show for his episode 34 and I encourage you to check out his other conversations too as he is producing some high quality interviews with some amazing people.  In this episode we talk about my background and origins, growing up in New Zealand, becoming a lawyer, moving to purpose driven work, the changing paradigms of thinking around impact as well as the Edmund Hillary Fellowship we both just joined.   Stuff that Matters Now is in podcast apps or click here: Collective Intelligence: Description by Harv of the episode: "There are many facets to Kiwi-raised American, Steven Moe. Despite interviewing several hundred people for his own impact-inspired weekly podcast, Seeds, he’s not shared much of his own story and journey with his listeners. So here it is! Fellow EHF fellow Ian Harvey asks the question ‘Who is Steven Moe?’ and riffs with him about his transition to living a purpose-led impactful life. We credit Steven for inspiring us to embark upon the ‘Stuff that Matters Now’ podcast journey and love the serendipity of Harv interviewing Steven in the same room in Christchurch that Steven interviewed Harv in, back in 2019."    
Michael went on many expeditions with Sir Edmund Hillary and was a friend of his for 50 years and has written an in-depth biography of his life.  In this interview we find out about how they first met and what going on several expeditions with him all around the world was like.  We also learn about his memories of Sir Ed and the key points in his life and how they influenced him and what his character was like.  Michael has had a fascinating life so it was really interesting to hear about his adventures as well.  If you enjoy this then check out some of the other episodes in the back catalogue as well as there are more than 235. The book with Michael wrote on Sir Edmund Hillary:  
Dr Angela Lim is one of the co-founders of Clearhead, and in this interview we find out about her childhood and life growing up in Malaysia and studying in Singapore before she moved to New Zealand.  We talk about identity, how she ended up studying medicine and mental health in New Zealand - why do we have such poor rates?  We also discuss how Clearhead works and what it is aimed at - an online platform using an AI chatbot to give personalised recommendations.   If you enjoy this then check out some of the more than 235 in the back catalogue as well at Clearhead website:  
Mitchell shares his life journey in this episode with a focus on autonomous vehicles.  As the founder of Autonomous Consulting and the co-author with me of a paper on driverless cars I think you'll find this conversation interesting.  We start talking about the lunar landing of the 1960s, pursuing a career in the Law, moving to New Zealand and how he got into autonomous vehicles.  If you enjoy this then check out some of the others in the back catalogue as there are hundreds there now.   Mitchell is the President & Lead Consultant of Autonomous Consulting +64-021-0826-5755 Co-written paper on Autonomous Vehicles "The Driverless Revolution: What Next?": Car-Free Manhattan article mentioned -   SAE Levels of Autonomy   Ohmio   Zoox video   Nuro   Waymo For more visit 
Remember Captain Planet?  This cartoon celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.  This is an audio version of an article I wrote for The Spinoff.  The full text is here If you enjoy this then consider sharing with someone else who might remember the show? For more content visit   
Jeanette founded Power Pause to help raise awareness about Menopause.   For episode 233 we find out about her life growing up in Liverpool, transformative OE experiences, her career in Human Resources and what it was like for her going through Menopause - and why she then founded Power Pause. Website with resources: Jeanette comments: "My aim is to provide lots of resources, on one site, so that people don't have to work so hard to find relevant information.   My over-arching desire is to normalise the menopause conversation and let people know it is a life stage which passes - so let's support people who are going through it, or living with people going through it - so that we retain women in workplaces, improve family relationships, improve communities, eventually resulting in economic equity and improvement for women in their 50s, 60's, 70's and even 80's (like Margaret Austin - episode 208 - and RBG).   Power Pause NZ home page: Power Pause    Power Pause News and Resources page. This has lots of other websites which are much more comprehensive than mine, plus lots of helpful links to articles, books, videos etc: News & Resources – Power Pause    I mentioned Ph.Creative, 'Defenders of Happiness', a company I work closely with to enable fabulous employer branding and employee experience: Ph.Creative | An Employer Brand Agency (  Article: Margaret Austin interview mentioned in this: More interviews at   
Menopause is still something of a taboo subject - we need to change that and in this short excerpt of the much longer conversation with Jeanette Kehoe-Perkinson on this topic we talk about this.  Be watching out for the hour long interview with her that has more detail as well.  In this short episode Jeanette shares some of her experiences with Menopause and offers some thoughts on why these conversations matter and need to be normalised. Website: More interviews at     
This live seeds panel discussion was held on 27 November 2020 and brought together a variety of experts to discuss some practical case studies on impact investing. It ties in with the release of this paper which provides an overview on the state of Impact Investing in New Zealand.  Those on the panel sharing their practical experiences from different perspectives were: Liam Sheridan - CFO of Foundation North Rangimarie Price - The Connective Jenny Lackey - New Zealand Green Investment Finance Paul Gilberd - General Manager of Community Finance Steven Moe facilitated, with a welcome from Monica Briggs of the Centre for Social Impact.  Opinion piece for Stuff: Video: Report:ūaha-o-te-ako/2020/october/overview-of-impact-investing-in-aotearoa For more content visit 
Scott Pearson has developed the Calm Pipe and in this interview we find out what that is and how it works.  We start by talking about his childhood, his career, travels overseas, what he learned from that and how a forest fire caused him to come up with the idea for Calm Pipe.  If you enjoy this then check out some of the 230+ other episodes in the back catalogue.   Website:  
Nada co-founded Again Again and in this interview we find out all about the reusable coffee cup sharing system.  We start by hearing about her journey of entrepreneurship as this is the third business venture she had been involved in.  We end up talking about working in ski resorts, working as a physiotherapist, starting a clothing label and lots of reflection on reuse and waste.  If you enjoy this check out some of the other interviews at  Website: PledgeMe site: Email:  
Matt is the Sustainability Advisor at the University of Canterbury.  In this interview we learn about the upcoming Aotearoa SDG Summit Series as well as finding out about his life and the book he has coming out soon - "Common Ground".  I really enjoyed my conversation with Matt and am sure you will as well - if you do check out some of the other 228 other episodes in the back catalogue.   Email: Aotearoa Sustainable Development Goals Summit Series: Email: First event link here UC Sustainability Office: About the UC Sustainability Office The UC Sustainability Office is an on-campus hub for individuals and groups interested in how they can create positive change and promote sustainable practices within the University of Canterbury and wider community. The Sustainability Office organizes events, communicates pathways for change, promotes sustainability and supports a network of individuals and working groups across campus and wider community. We are a resource for staff, students and the wider community who want to connect with sustainable-minded others and create change in their own lives and spaces. UC Sustainability Office roles are: To help people see how sustainability relates to their area of work, research, studies and their wider lives. To act as a catalyst for the University in pursuing its charter intentions regarding sustainability and environmental leadership. To foster a culture of people prepared to make a difference in creating socio-ecologically sustainable societies. To value, recognise and reward people for sustainable efforts and participation.
This is a short excerpt of the conversation with Matt Morris where we talk about his book on gardens coming out shortly called "Common Ground: Garden Histories of Aotearoa".  If you enjoy this then check out the full interview with Matt which will be out in a few days time.   Book: Aotearoa SDG Summit Series: Overstory book mentioned: 
This is the full 7 hours of audio from the Conference held on 4 November 2020 called "Responding to COVID-19 – how might we #buildbackbetter?". The 2020 Charity Law, Accounting, and Regulation Conference was the third annual conference which brings together perspectives from professionals, charities, and government on key issues relating to the charities sector, covered the following topics with the time of the episode indicated for easy navigating: 01:53 Karakia, Welcome by Peter Vial and Matthew Harding 29:52 Opening Address by The Hon Justice Stephen Kós 49:58 Charities and Business: Sustainability or Distraction from the Cause? With Murray Baird, Stuart Donaldson, Fiona Martin and Andrew Phillips 1:32:29 How to be Sustainable when Asset Rich and Cash Poor with Bruce Anderson 1:46:55 Trust v Foundations and their sustainable interrelationships with Tim Watts 2:05:26 Charities Law Reform with Tai Ahu, Sue Barker, Jane Norton and Mihiarangi Piripi 2:55:44 Statements of Service Performance With Craig Fisher, Henry McClintock, Sharon Orr and Joanne Scott 3:40:47 When is it Time to Call it Quits with Craig Fisher 4:09:02 Collaborations, mergers and practical considerations of closing down with Steven Moe, Craig Fisher and Scott Moran 4:56:40 Impact Investing and how it can sustain Charities with Steven Moe, James Palmer, Rebekah Swan and David Woods 5:39:23 NZ Accounting Standards Update with Anthony Heffernan 6:30:10 Debate: Has the Concept of Charity had its day? With Jennifer Batrouney QC, David Gilchrist, Matthew Harding, Ross Hickey, Stephen Reilly and Jarrod Walker 7:02:12 Wrap up by Peter Vial   Welcome to the 2020 Charity Law, Accounting, and Regulation Conference, the third annual conference which brings together perspectives from professionals, charities, and government on key issues relating to the charities sector. This online half day conference has been developed in response to the global pandemic, to focus on issues relating to COVID-19 and its impact. Does the extraordinary set of circumstances presented by the recent events provide us with an opportunity to build back better? If so, how might we do that? The last few months have brought about an increased awareness of the importance and value of the charitable sector. In some respects, the pandemic has brought to the surface a lot of questions and issues that were already there. The 2020 Charity Law, Accounting, and Regulation Conference investigates these and other related issues, and provides an opportunity to hear differing perspectives from across different professions and disciplines. Welcome to our conference. He waka eke noa: we’re all in this together.  
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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