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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.
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Toni has had a fascinating life living in multiple countries and experienced being a Kiwi overseas herself.  Now leading Kea New Zealand she has taken that background and used it with the work they do connecting Kiwis who live overseas.  But we start talking about her childhood growing up on a Deer Farm, early years working in Radio and a whole lot more.  If you enjoy this then you might want to check out the 259 other episodes in this podcast series talking with inspiring Kiwis about what they do and why. Kea New Zealand website: Where Kiwi Explorers Connect & Make A Difference | Kea NZ (keanewzealand.com) Kea connect link  https://www.keanewzealand.com/kea-connect/ Seeds podcast www.theseeds.nz 
This is a very short summary of a talk I heard recently at the Institute of Directors event at the start of May 2021.  Colin Meyer from the UK shared about purpose and business and gave some practical ideas for how to define purpose and provided a framework for this.   The book mentioned: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/prosperity-9780198824008?cc=gb&lang=en  Conference summary: https://theseeds.nz/key-lessons-and-learnings-from-day-2-of-the-iod-leadership-conference-2021/ Interview with Colin Meyer: https://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/oxford-answers/prosperity-better-business-makes-greater-good 
Anna Judge shares with us in this episode about founding Our Little Village and her experience creating that charity. The charity came from her experience with child birth and the challenges she faced as a mother. With the support of her family and guidance of a doctor, she made it through the challenges but was the experience inspired to start Our Little Village, the name for which is inspired from a comment by her doctor saying it takes a village to raise a child. With the charity up and running Anna is now working with others doing similar work and with support from Ronald McDonald house is well on their way to delivering packages to new mothers to support them with their needs. Website: https://ourlittlevillage.org.nz Email: hq@ourlittlevillage.org.nz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Our-Little-Village-101645388329336/  
Yoseph is one of the co-founders of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship and was the first CEO as well.  In this interview we talk about his childhood in Ethiopia, moving around Africa as a young person, studying in the United States and how he ended up in New Zealand. We also talk about the origins of the Edmund Hillary Fellowship and the programme which brings into New Zealand entrepreneurs and investors on Global Impact Visas and now has 532 Fellows.  I really enjoyed this interview and appreciated hearing more about Yoseph's background and life - if you like it too then check out www.theseeds.nz for a lot more interviews as well. Edmund Hillary Fellowship: https://www.ehf.org Yoseph on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yosephayele/  
Jezza founded Makingtrax to make a difference and in this short excerpt we hear from him about some of his journey - if you don't go away feeling inspired by this then I will be very surprised!   Check him out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/makingtrax.co.nz/  Website: https://www.makingtrax.co.nz/  Email: Jezza Williams  
In this interview we hear from Adrian Palmer about his life and growing up, with his high school friends forming the band Supra which became ZED, what it was like to top charts and travel the World, returning to New Zealand and the origins of the Addington Coffee Coop.  We also discuss Common Good Coffee which has been developed with Kind Cafe and Crave Cafe in Auckland.  We also discuss how they approach business differently and the connection over with India.  If you enjoy this then check out some of the other interviews in the back catalogue as there are more than 250.   Website: https://www.addingtoncoffee.org.nz/ Common Good Coffee: https://commongoodcoffee.nz/ ZED: https://www.facebook.com/thislittleempirenz/ Interview with Nigel Cottle on Crave cafe and Kind cafe in Auckland mentioned in this interview https://seeds.libsyn.com/nigel-cottle-on-crave-cafe      
Some interviews go deeper than others and this is one of those - Elle Archer has had a very interesting life and she shares about her early years, being adopted, the role her parents played in her life, leaving school at age 14, lifelong learning and doing, making access to education accessible and te ao Māori. We also talk about Ako Ōtautahi Learning City Christchurch festival.  I really enjoyed this conversation and am sure you will as well - if you do check out more interviews and content at www.theseeds.nz  Ako Ōtautahi Learning City Christchurch website (on May 10-16 2021) https://learningcitychristchurch.nz Aukahatia tō waka | Tighten the bindings of your waka (so that) Kia kumea e te au | When pulled upon by the tides Kia puhia e te hau | And blown by the winds Ka huri noatia tō hoe | You can but turn your paddle (and) Ka aro tonutia kā whetū | Continue to heed the stars. ChristchurchNZ https://www.christchurchnz.com 
Rick has had a truly fascinating life, helping the Chatham Island Black Robins survive through 9 summers of work there, having a childhood lived in a variety of countries, working on creating a permaculture farm and co-founding Xtreme Zero Waste.  We talk about all that and a lot more in this discussion - shout out to Craig Fisher for connecting us.  If you enjoy this check out more at www.theseeds.nz  Website: http://xtremezerowaste.org.nz/  
Charlie has had a fascinating life as a fashion photographer, running a contemporary art gallery in New York and travelling the world - what she saw on those trips led to her setting up Hello Future to work with adolescent refugees.  But we start the conversation learning about Charlie's early years in Taiwan and what it was like to be sent aged 11 to the United States without being able to speak the language - how did that experience influence what she now works on?  We also learn about her different experiences leading up to Hello Future as well as her experience of joining the Edmund Hillary Fellowship.  If you enjoy this check out some other interviews at www.theseeds.nz Website: http://www.charliegrosso.com/ Hello Future!: https://www.hellofuture.io/  
To celebrate the 250th episode of seeds podcast this is a short talk I gave at the High School that I went to for about 60 Year 13 students reflecting on 15 things that I wish I had known when I was their age.  Hope you enjoy this as it is applicable to me today still.  For more information and interviews check out www.theseeds.nz What I wish someone had told me when I was 17 sitting in your seat … Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi. With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive.  The value of . . . Identity Knowing who you are and letting that inform what you do.  Ring the bell. Your reputation – both offline and online.  Networks and staying in touch with others. Being open to opportunities where others see a dead end. Avoid letting fear shape your choices. Growth People who are dedicated and work hard are much ‘luckier’. Always aiming to exceed expectations. How can you add value? ‘Wasted’ time and being faithful with little. Splitting tasks - and most anything, into three. Start, middle, end. Everyone has a story – if you think they are not interesting, it’s on you. Experience Learning from ‘failure’ and looking for the positive.  Compost for the next idea. Leading when you are not in charge. You always lead at least one person – yourself. A long term perspective and “becoming the person you would like to meet”. Choose the less travelled path if there are two roads diverging. Don’t wish for a time machine. Move on. Stay curious. Steven Moe24 February 2021 Email steven@theseeds.nz  
Mark Longbottom has had a career working with for purpose organisations in the UK and New Zealand.  In this interview we find out about his passion for England from a very young age, his life there working in the NFP sector and then the decision to move back to New Zealand.  We also have a great discussion about starting a podcast as he set up his last year.  Check out the links to that as well - see below.  There is a lot more content at www.theseeds.nz Heart Kids: https://heartkids.org.nz/  Purposely Podcast: https://www.purposelypodcast.com/ www.theseeds.nz for more.
Mark Bregman has had decades of experience as an innovator, worked in start-ups and venture capital investing and I interviewed him on Intellectual Capital. This was a live interview held as part of an Edmund Hillary Fellowship 'Huddle' event this week.  Big thanks to those who put the event on from EHF and the Huddles crew. The real value in a business is most often in its intellectual capital - how do you protect that? How do you develop it? When do you collaborate and when do you keep trade secrets? How do you interact with Universities which want to hold onto IP researchers create? What about indigenous knowledge – should that even be capable of being sold to others or does it perpetuate problems to bring a Western approach to ‘ownership’ of such IP? We will cover this and more during our fast paced interview style session where Mark Bregman (C7) will be sharing his decades of experience in IT, start-ups and venture capital investing with key learnings for NZ, through a conversation with Steven Moe (C7), a purpose focused lawyer helping start-ups/investors as well as the seeds podcast host. Mark's Quidnet Ventures: https://www.quidnetventures.com/ For more interviews www.theseeds.nz  
Joe has just finished co-writing "Silver Linings" with David Downs about the impact of Covid on businesses and the pivots they went through as a result.  In this interview we find out about that but also dive deep into his background and hear about his childhood in England, moving to New Zealand at a young age, the work he was involved in before co-founding Nanogirl Labs and how they coped with Covid.  We also have a great part of the conversation thinking about what the important things are that have been highlighted from the Pandemic.  The event we discuss is taking place at the end of March 2021 and tickets are available here https://www.silverlinings.nz/ Nanogirl Labs: https://www.nanogirllabs.com  The book: https://www.penguin.co.nz/books/silver-linings-9780143775478 National Youth Theatre Company: https://nyt.nz  Coastguard NZ: https://www.coastguard.nz  LinkedIn article on pivoting: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/leading-our-business-through-covid-19-joe-davis/  
This is a short excerpt of my conversation with Joe Davis who is a co-founder and the CEO of Nanogirl Labs.  In it he talks about the impact of Covid on Nanogirl Labs as well as the book that has resulted called "Silver Linings".  We also talk about what it is that we can learn from the experience and ask whether we go back to "normal" or we actually change the way we act in the future - "what is really essential?".  Check out the full interview soon and there is more content at www.theseeds.nz  Nanogirl Labs: https://www.nanogirllabs.com  The book: https://www.penguin.co.nz/books/silver-linings-9780143775478 National Youth Theatre Company: https://nyt.nz  Coastguard NZ: https://www.coastguard.nz   
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 www.theseeds.nz  Sunstone: https://sunstonetalent.com
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 www.theseeds.nz About Wayfinding: https://www.flyinggeesepro.nz/ YouTube video of her talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y58Xf474NaQ&feature=youtu.be Wayfinding article: https://www.ehf.org/blog/swe2a87gjavk3i0brqd2buom9z1hec  
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: https://www.flyinggeesepro.nz/ YouTube video of her talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y58Xf474NaQ&feature=youtu.be Wayfinding article: https://www.ehf.org/blog/swe2a87gjavk3i0brqd2buom9z1hec
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.  www.theseeds.nz CarbonClick: https://www.carbonclick.com/     
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: https://www.hillaryinstitute.com/2020-hillary-laureate-dinner This talk as video: https://youtu.be/7d1LCK_9754  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: https://i.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/123070316/activist-and-advocate-for-social-change For more content visit www.theseeds.nz     
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 https://www.partly.com We mention the work being done by Rob Vickery and the Hillfarrance site has some good resources too https://hillfarrance.com The Blackbird investment notes on Partly are interesting too https://blackbird.vc/blog/investment-notes-partly/ Ministry of Awesome: https://ministryofawesome.com There are a lot of other resources at www.theseeds.nz         
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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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