New Connections Inspiring Christchurch

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Isaac Winsley from the social enterprise Inspiring Stories Charitable Trust, visited the Office of Ethnic Communities in Christchurch recently to talk about the trust’s vision - “To see every young New Zealander unleash their potential to change their world”. A key topic of discussion was the trust’s desire to expand its connections with young people from diverse communities in the South Island.

The trust was founded by Guy Ryan who was the Young New Zealander of the Year 2015. It promotes several streams of activity which provide pathways for young people interested in changing the world in which they live. These include an annual event Festival for the Future, and a venture incubation programme called Live the Dream and Future Leaders which looks to galvanise movers, shakers and innovators to design projects to address challenges in their communities via leadership and entrepreneurship. To make the trust more sustainable they also run a recruitment agency called Millennials and a speaker’s bureau Inspiring Speakers.

Isaac was particularly interested in discussing the impact of the September 2017 Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) - a three day international event which started in Scotland in 2008 and was hosted in Christchurch recently. The SEWF in Christchurch was extremely well attended and proved to be successful in highlighting social enterprise as a means of growing healthy communities, creating employment, celebrating diversity, addressing environmental issues and social exclusion.

Isaac observed that the youth of today with whom the trust is associated are looking for more than just economic success in life - they are looking for a shared purpose. Consequently, creating change via a social enterprise business model resonates with young people because it promotes business efficiency, and creativity via collaboration rather than competition.

The Office of Ethnic Communities is pleased to help the trust to connect and develop partnerships in the South Island.

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