Seeds

Seeds

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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May 23, 2022 68 min

Barry Coates has had a fascinating life journey and in this conversation he shares about his background and what has led him to found Mindful Money, which focusses on helping Kiwis invest ethically.  We discuss the work they do and the seminars, programs and awards run.  We also talk about his early years, work in the United States and England and his time as an MP.  If you enjoy this then subscribe and check out some of the hundre...

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Wendy Hoddinott shares her life journey in this episode and what has led her to focus on colloborative design of our shared spaces, as well as working on heritage related projects.  We also talk about the Gather Foundation which is a charity she founded which has a unique focus using its Place Cadets program: "Gather Foundation empowers Ōtautahi’s tamariki and rangatahi to co-design outdoor environments in their schools, neighb...

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This is the audio of our conversation with four founders of tech companies which was part of Tech Week 2022.  Thanks to Hannah, Elliot, Chris, Jack and Aislinn for being part of this!

Very often we just hear the glamorous part of the journey of Founders of tech start-ups. In this zoom session we heard some of the other parts too - no sugar coating, no glitz, just the reality of being an entrepreneur. Sharing were four founders who ...

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In the latest Impact Call for April 2022 we heard from:

00:00 - Introduction to call

05:09 - Kirsten Patterson on IOD

15:52 - Maria English on Impact Lab

27:22 - Ros Rice on Community Networks Aotearoa

44:38 - Final thoughts

46:13 - End

Kirsten Patterson (KP) is the Chief Executive of the Institute of Directors of New Zealand (IOD) – was great to hear more about this organisation that has 10,000 members and some of the resources av...

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Nicola Patrick has led an interesting life and in this episode we hear all about her journey.  We have a bunch of diversions along the way to talk about social enterprise, growing up in Takaka, working for the Ākina Foundation, rights of rivers and a lot more too.  We also focus in on an upcoming Expo that Thrive Whanganui are coordinating - you can find out more about it at their Facebook page below.  

https://www.facebook.com/Thr...

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The 300th episode!  Thanks everyone for helping get to this point - in this one it's a bit different as I am in conversation with Andy Dickson who interviewed me for his podcast, 'Down to Earth Conversations' which he called "Law, Seeds and Maximum Impact".  We talk about my background and history and I share some of my journey - hope you enjoy this!!  

Check out his podcast: https://www.downtoearthconversations...

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In this conversation with Michelle Berriman we hear about her purpose driven work, her fascinating background and what has led her to New Zealand.  We also talk about a report that the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand have just released prepared over two years on giving, wills and bequests (downloadable here) called 'New Zealand's Willpower'.  

Her bio: Michelle has been causing disruption and transformational chang...

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Stephanie Defregger is a photographer who captures stories and the essense of a person through her photos.  In this interview we discuss her background and growing up in Munich, her move to New Zealand and her work as a photographer.  We particularly discuss storytelling and the role of photos as well as the significance of certain 'thin places' where each of us feel connection and grounding.  I really enjoyed this conversa...

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Each month I host an "Impact Call" by zoom - this is the audio of the latest one featuring some amazing speakers about what they are currenty up to! If you'd like to join the more than 650 that get notifications about upcoming calls and news as well let me know by email to steven@theseeds.nz ...

Our speakers are:

- Sue McCabe the CE of Philanthropy New Zealand | Tōpūtanga Tuku Aroha o Aotearoa will share about their...

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March 10, 2022 5 min
Am curious - what advice would you give a new grad starting out in your role?

Am really pleased to have Sophie Tremewan join our team this month to share in our focus on purpose driven organisations, getting legal structures right, draft contracts where they are legally safeguarded and help them raise capital from investors. Sophie is also becoming a property law expert through her work with Judith Bullin – useful skills!

Am so gla...

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Raesha Ismail has grown up with multiple identities and we discuss her life story on this episode.  Born in New Zealand but with strong connections back to India and being a Muslim has meant many rich cultural influences on her journey.  What is it like to grow up in Christchurch?  And what are the type of questions we should be asking others we meet who might not fit a neat box?  We also talk about her work today as a counsellor, ...

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James Stewart founded Gemelli Consulting to work on impact focussed projects.  In this interview he shares his personal journey, from being challenged about how he would use his privilege early in his life and the change that resulted ad led to seeking out purpose.  We also talk about his unusual business model – profits get given away.  Finally we talk about a white paper he has just released which is focussed on the housing crisi...
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In this converation with the Christchurch City Missioner Matthew Mark, we find out about his background and motivations as well as the work they do with the homeless and others in need.  That is a lot more people than you might think.   Matthew also shares about his own background and why this work is so important to him, and how we can support what they do.  

Christchurch City Mission: Christchurch City Mission 

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This is a very short 5 minute excerpt of the conversation with Nobuko Okamoto about Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery using gold - we reflected on what it might mean for each of us and our lives and parts that might be broken.  

"The thing that strikes me about this technique of Kintsugi is that if we think about our lives, so often there are broken parts in our lives - and it is easy to push them aside and...

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Nobuko is an artist who uses the Japanese method of Kintsugi to repair broken pottery.  In this interview we talk about the process of doing that but also what it represents about us as humans as well.  We also go into her background and life in Japan, being a professional snowboarder and what brought her to New Zealand as a teenager and then later in life as well.  If you have any broken items of pottery that is special then she i...

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Sid is part of the founding team of Neighbourhoods, which is focussed on the role of reputation in an online world.  Before we talk about that initiative we dive into his past growing up in India, joining the banking system, abandoning that for several years including time at the Ghandi Ashram, thinking about the true meaning of wealth, finding that distributed ledger technology could be used to measure reputation and what Neighbou...

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Nicola has recently been appointed as CEO of the Ākina Foundation so in this interview we find out all about the work they are doing in the area of impact.  They have done a lot and continue provide many resources for those interested in the intersection of purpose, profit and business.  We also hear about her life story and journeys across the world and in other roles.  If you enjoy this then check out some of the hundreds of othe...

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December 13, 2021 47 min

Joy co-founded One Mother to Another which is an amazing initiative providing handwritten notes and gifts to Mothers and carers in Hospitals going through a difficult time with a sick child.  Their aim is to bridge the gap between 2 strangers and offer understanding and acknowledgement of their difficulty but mostly put a smile on their face and let them know they are cared about.  Before we talk about that we also learn about her ...

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Welcome to the audio version of the White Paper that you can download here: “The Decentralised Revolution: Understanding the potential of Blockchain, DeFi, Crypto, DAOs, NFTs and the Metaverse to drive innovation, creativity and new paradigms“.

You can download the paper here: https://theseeds.nz/the-decentralised-revolution-white-paper/ 

Know anyone who might like to see a copy?

Sparked by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand issues pa...

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November 30, 2021 7 min

This is a short story I wrote to encourage us when we lose sight of the value of what we are doing.  

The printed version is at The Empty Square here: https://www.theemptysquare.org/stories/the-apple-tree

Thank you Julie Holck and Simon Glinvad Nielsen for publishing this and other writing.  Check out their site for a lot of great content.

If you like this then would you consider sharing it with someone else?  

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