EVENT RECAP: Coffee and Jam #207

Today for #207, we are joined by two incredibly loyal Coffee and Jam supporters.

First Speaker: Rebecca Parnham - Krama & Co.

Krama & Co is a social enterprise that sells beautiful cotton and silk krama (scarves), hand-loomed by weavers in the rural villages of Cambodia. The krama have over 60 documented uses in Cambodia, from a bowl to cook rice to a hammock for a baby. 

Rebecca first visited Cambodia back in 2010 and was devastated by the poverty she saw throughout the country. She knew she had to do something to help but wasn’t sure where to start. At the same time, she also noticed karma everywhere, being used by the local people in their everyday lives. Rebecca soon realised the solution was right under her nose; the krama. Not only were they versatile enough to solve these peoples’ every challenge, but they could also be a solution to a bigger, seemingly unsolvable problem. So with the help of co-founder Nita Pennell, Krama & Co was created. 

Krama & Co. believes in doing good in everything they do, at every step they take. At a local level, their weavers are paid ethically for their work. At a community level, 1USD from every krama purchased is saved in a village fund to improve the community’s health and wellbeing. At a national level, Krama & Co. is partnered with four charities, three of which have purposes to help Cambodia, and all of which support women's’ opportunities and education. 

Krama & Co. are also responsible for Random Acts of Goodness. Whenever the funds allow, various community acts of servitude are carried out to bring a little bit of brightness to other people’s lives. Past Random Acts of Goodness have included gifting dolls to Cambodian children, donating books to New Zealand charities and bring meals to patients waiting at a hospital in Phnom Penh. 

To purchase a krama, visit your local Home & Family http://www.homeandfamily.net.nz/ or go to https://krama.nz/shop/

Second Speaker: Preston Hegel - Learnings from the XCHC 

The Exchange Christchurch (XCHC) is a space for social organisations and creative individuals to come together to share ideas, create and connect. The space supports events and exhibitions, co-working facilities and a cafe/bar. With a wildly interactive and successful community in the making, the XCHC is thriving. 

So how does a community interact with the arts? The first way is through being involved in the arts by participating in creating something. The second way is through witnessing the arts, by being an audience member or spectator. The third way is by being a community member and experiencing the art by appreciating it is there.

The XCHC aims to build an empowered and inspired creative community by employing these three tools, with focus currently on the third method: Just by experiencing an artistic community, creatives and artists are able to contribute to enriching the arts environment. So with today being the official launch, the Exchange Christchurch presents their new, fully furnished, accommodation facilities! Preston hopes to welcome artists from all over New Zealand and the rest of the world to come stay at the XCHC so they will be able to build and positively impact Christchurch’s creative community.

What can you do to help? Talk about them, to your friends, families and Facebook communities. You can like and share them on Facebook or rate them on Trip Advisor. Every mention helps! Considered using the Exchange’s co-working facilities? Next time you’re in the area, come check out the space and enjoy a drink or a bite to eat from the cafe/bar. You can invest in the local community and can see results every day by donating to the Emerging Artist Fund. This is a fund that will support artists that may not have the funds to experience XCHC without support, and the Exchange hopes to aid that need. So what are you waiting for? Find out more here! 

Special Announcement: Start-up to Scale-up Masterclass at Awesome HQ. This Friday 19th May, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM we have an incredible one off event run by Bill Reichert, Silicon Valley venture capitalist. For more information on how to get involved, click here


Debbie Southgate is looking for work. She has experience in administration and business start-ups, she does writing/reading tutoring for all ages and is an affordable photographer. You can contact her on her cellphone: 027 5878 444

The Otākaro Network is organising to build a transitional river trail. They are having a logo design competition where you could win $500! The competition closes this Sunday 21st, but you still have time to enter! Go to engage.regeneratechristchurch.nz/trail to get involved.

A Brainstorming + Mastermind Group is being started up at Awesome HQ. Every other Thursday evening, beginning the 25th, this free, idea-generating event will be hosted by Kit, Ministry of Awesome’s Start-up Activator. Next week, on the 25th May there will be free ginger beer, so come along and bring your awesome ideas! More information on Meetup.

Flashworksmedia creates stunning, award winning videography, strategic storytelling, promotional videos and documentaries, and they want to help you tell your story. They are open to conversation, so if you’d like to have a chat to talk through ideas, John-Jo can point you in the right direction. Contact him on: create@flashworksmedia.com For more information: http://www.flashworksmedia.co.nz

Peace Education Programme is an innovative, media-based educational programme to help participants develop positive life skills. Starting from Tuesday, May 30th and running for 10 weeks, this free event will be held at The Arahura Centre at 7:00 PM every Tuesday night. For inquiries and registration email: jarcher@snap.net.nz or message: 027 240 2454 

The next Pecha Kucha night Christchurch will be held on Wednesday 14th June at 8pm. This time we are lucky enough to have CoCA as our venue, but there are only 200 seats. Book now to ensure you don’t miss the fun!  

Coffee & Jam is Christchurch's longest running weekly meet up for entrepreneurially-minded people. It’s a great place to see ordinary people doing extraordinary things, meet people, learn and share in a creative space, hear about other events in Christchurch 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.