EVENT RECAP: Coffee & Jam #226

Coffee & Jam Special: Social Enterprise World Forum

Speaker One:

Steven is here to talk about a new project called Seeds. Seeds is a weekly podcast with interviews of inspiring people on purpose and the choices they make that lead to lives of impact. Steven illustrated the idea beautifully with an avocado, which can be seen as food, but can also be seen as a seed, it has the potential to become a tree. Stories are like seeds, and everyone has their own unique tree which they can grow. Voices and the way people express themselves can be very different and the individuality make things interesting. People who have influenced you are inspirational because of their stories, their background, their impact on the world. The voice gives a picture, and makes the story come alive. Stories can inspire you to do things differently, help to shape your life and your take on life. Seeds can also provide you with information to avoid unnecessary mistakes, both in your personal and work life. Steven himself listens during his commute, in order to make that part of the day as productive and fantastic as possible. He talks with social entrepreneurs, or at least people who consciously chosen to do something differently. One of his current podcasts is with Kit, our Start-up Activator. As the podcasts are about diving deeper into the person behind the enterprise or really delve into the person’s background, the podcasts are about 40 minutes long. You can find Seeds via www.seeds.libsyn.com or search seeds in iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/nz/podcast/lianne-dalziel-on-being-the-mayor-of-christchurch/id1281908185?i=1000392630936&mt=2. You can also email Steven at stevenmoe@parryfield.com for more information or ask for his legal handbook for Social Entrepreneurships in New Zealand.

Speaker Two: Erin Jackson from Transitional City Streams

This week, the Social Entrepreneurship World Forum is taking place and besides that the Transitional City Stream is hosting around 40 different activities. The aim is to put our head above the SEWF parapet, and try to connect the community with what is going on around Christchurch in this specific business field. City Council has helped out to organise these events. It consists of three parts; public talks, tours happening around and about the city and a market place, where sustainable food trucks are providing all of the visitors and possibly locals with lunch, snacks and dinner, taking into account the  zero-waste policy connected to SEWF. On Saturday, David Harland will be speaking about the Eden project, there are some local heroes being showcased throughout the week and it is really a once in a lifetime opportunity for Christchurch to promote all of the developments taking place. You can find out more on www.transitionalcity.org or contact Erin via erin@narrative.co.nz.


Biketober is coming up! There are going to be 50 different events from a cyclecinema to bikebreakfast and workshops about maintenance of your bike! You can look at the website www.biketober.nz or check out their Facebook page Biketober. Besides that, GoCycleChristchurch is offering one-on-one help for beginning cyclists and small group rides to get comfortable with biking around the city. You can get more information about dates via www.fb.com/GoCycleChristchurch.

Mark from Chirny is running free workshops on how to make coffee, one is coming up this Friday at 4.30pm. There are also extended courses via Chirny Coffee and when buying coffee, you can support your charity and sports club. For more information, send him a message at mark@chirny.com and check out the Facebook page Chirny Coffee for more upcoming events.

Kate is looking for recommendations for a lawyer or business adviser for her project. You can email your advice to kate.s.liggett@gmail.com

Sefa is from Ara Workforce Development, where he works to try and bridge the gap between education and entrepreneurs and offering opportunities to up-skill yourself. For more information, you can contact him at sefa.faletanoai@ara.ac.nz.

Jonathan is here for the SEWF from the US, and will shoot pictures and videos for the Otakaro Orchid project, which is an urban food hub. He is a photographer and videographer in the Social Enterprise environment. For any cool projects, you can send him an email via subtledream@gmail.com.

Angus Whitehead is looking for a challenge in software engineering. You can email him at anguswhitehead@me.com or give him a call at 0226092740.

Allen came by last week to promote his event called Creatives for Charities. You can still join with the awesome event to help charities with the development of their marketing, such as logo design and photos to use as promotional material. You can send him an email at acarbonjournal@gmail.com


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