EVENT RECAP: Coffee & Jam #236

We’ve had a very busy year at Coffee and Jam with our 236th session to wrap it all up. We've sourced over 70 entrepreneurial minded speakers to encourage our community to think like an entrepreneur and be inspired by some of Christchurch's change-makers and technology disruptors. In 2017 we also achieved a lot outside of Coffee and Jam. Here are some of the highlights:

- Coffee and Jam's 5th birthday celebration

- 3 new staff: Gina, our Community and Events Guru; Kit, our Start-Up Activator; and Marian, as the new Chief Awesome Officer.

- Many external partnerships: Social Enterprise World Forum, Design Jam, School programmes, Lab5, and lots of international entrepreneurs flooding into Christchurch which has been great!

- Witnessed a lot of entrepreneurs and ideators who have been through our programs having success with their ideas – Michael Brown, who is an awesome member of our community and refined his Uri-Go pitch with us, has just won the Callaghan Seed Prize.

- We’ve run a very successful first series of the Launch Club, facilitated by Kit, that started this year.

 

Speaker One: Jonathan from Subtle Dream Photography Jonathan started Subtle Dream photography as a hobby but he has recently transitioned from full-time hobby to full-time profession. The tagline he chose was “photography and videography for good” because Jonathan is passionate about being driven to a purpose that is good for people and protects the earth.

He started with a story about when he was trekking in the Himalayas with a group of friends and they took a wrong turn and ended up at the bottom of a ravine on a sharp rock face with no food and very little water. Jonathan had just reread the Alchemist – the ‘personal legend’ theme in the book seemed very relevant to him at that time, he promised himself that after that ordeal he would be more committed to photography and delivering beauty but in accordance with his moral and ethical beliefs.

Jonathan believes that, like most of us,  photographs have tremendous power, even more so when coupled with context, sounds, video. He loves that a photo as the profound ability to immortalize a moment in time, he’s been obsessed with capturing that beauty since high school. At College he joined a lot of social justice groups, he wanted to evoke some positive action in the world and he knew he could do that through telling others stories, through the medium of photography and videography. He travelled a lot after school to record and document journeys, volunteering trips etc. Jonathan travelled to Panama where he worked alongside indigenousness peoples who needed help; they had a desire to preserve their own arts and culture. In rural Thailand whilst hitch-hiking Jonathan met two sisters who had started a charity where they rescued children and young adults from situations of physical and sexual assault.

Some of Jonathan’s friends founded a renewable rebuilding project in Nepal after the 2015 earthquakes, they put aside personal and professional obligations to be of service to others. Jonathan was volunterring with them at the time and shot a beautiful video documenting their project for Conscious Impact. You can watch the video here.

Jonathan explains how his entrepreneurial path has not been smooth or straight forward. He  hasn’t been financial stable and working with non-profits which usually have a small budget or no budget at all, he realised he wasn’t helping himself. It used to be his full time hobby and part-time profession but recently he’s decided to change the way that he approaches projects and people are starting to take him more seriously. His paid gigs are still in line with Jonathan’s ethical and moral beliefs of course!

People do what they do because they love it. The labelling of ‘entrepreneurship’ is a western thing but ultimately it comes down to passion and purpose.

Wherever you are in your entrepreneur or life journey, if you have a strong sense of purpose, especially one that is in service to the earth and to preserve the planet just keep going!

Peter Wells a good friend of Jonathan’s wanted to drive home the gravity of why Jonathan is here, Jonathan picked up his life in Seattle and moved here to Christchurch and he took a huge risk, he wanted to be a part of this thriving ecosystem. To give something back to this place, he’s given the world of world-class content.

As a photographer you don’t generally get photos of yourself or when you are in the moment of capturing something truly special or documenting someone else’s story – so if you see a photographer in their element, take a photo of them and you’ll be sharing their story too!

Get in contact with Jonathan and see some of his beautiful work on his newly launch website subtledream

Speaker One: Matthew Mark from Christchurch City Mission

 Matthew is the CEO of the Christchurch City Mission or the City Missioner he says he loves that title because we are on a mission, to make a difference. The City Mission is an integral part of our community. With a background in corporate finance, Matthew finally had had enough and wanted to do something that made a positive impact, do something charitable, he took on the CEO role at Ronald McDonald House that developed the skills that he learnt in the corporate space whilst learning to help people, make a difference at societal level.

 Matthew sees a common thread between social enterprises and what he does – they both need passion and purpose, he says they’re such powerful tools if we can harness them.

 A real passion for Matthew is people, working with at-risk youth for years in a special mentoring programme that culminates in each participate in doing the coast-to-coast. With an 85-90% success rate it’s a great initiative that keeps those boys on the straight and narrow.

 City Mission’s reach into the community is much deeper and broader than most people are aware. We have a food bank, we run a men’s night shelter, a women’s shelter, support and counselling programmes, we have the AOD Centre – a Detox Rehab Centre. We’ve got social workers who are in the community to speak to schools about the dangerous of alcohol and drug addict. We’re estimating around 35,000 food parcels given by the end of December this year – Matthew sees the food parcels as a litmus test for the state that Christchurch’s vulnerable people are in.  

 Technology has impacted the community hugely; it is good for us but not so great for the vulnerable people who need us. If you need a benefit – you must have a RealMe Login and have a certain level of computer literacy. To tackle this issue we are working with Ara Institute to develop a programme that teaches people computer literacy and literacy so that people can apply for the help they need themselves.

 The City Mission has worked for the immediate need extremely well for hundreds of years, but we are starting to look further down the line, trying to develop skills so that people can become self-sufficient. One of my passions is how to we work really cohesively with all the other social service agencies.

 The ultimate mission is that we do ourselves out of a job! That isn’t very realistic however, if we can have a positive impact on someone’s life that is making a difference.

 Visit the website for more info and to donate today! 

 

We’ve had a very busy year at Cofee and Jam with our 236th session to wrap it all up.We've sourced over 70 entrepreneurial minded speakers to encourage our community to think like an entrepreneur and be inspired by some of Christchurch's changemakers and technology disruptors. In 2017 we also achieved a lot outside of Coffee and Jam. Here are some of the highlights:

-  5th Birthday as an organisation

- Coffee and Jam event’s 5th birthday celebration

-3 new staff: Gina, our Community and Events Guru. Kit, our Start-Up Activator and Marian as the new Chief Awesome Officer.

- Many external partnerships: Design Jam, School programmes, Lab5, Social Enterprise World Forum, lots of international entrepreneurs flooding into Christchurch which has been great!

- Witnessed a lot of entrepreneurs and ideators who have had success with their ideas – Michael Brown’s technology who pitched here in 2015 has just won the Callaghan Seed Price.

-We’ve run a very successful first series of the Launch Club facilitated by Kit that started this year.

 

Coffee & Jam is Christchurch's longest running weekly meet up for entrepreneurial-minded people. It’s a great place to see ordinary people doing extraordinary things, be inspired, network, and share in an innovative space. Coffee and Jam is your opportunity to meet new people in the Christchurch entrepreneurial ecosystem and indulge in a little bit of free coffee, jam and bread.

If you have an idea you'd like to pitch get in touch with Gina at gina@ministryofawesome.com

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to Coffee and Jam events in 2017, the inspirational speakers, the volunteers and of course our wonderful audiences. From the Ministry of Awesome team we wish you a merry Christmas and and happy New Year and we'll see you in 2018!