397 episodes

Conversations with people who are living with purpose and having a positive impact in our world. Host Steven Moe asks about their life journeys and what has shaped them into who they are today.

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Conversations with people who are living with purpose and having a positive impact in our world. Host Steven Moe asks about their life journeys and what has shaped them into who they are today.

    Simone Woodland on building community and regenerating nature through the Tākaka Cohousing Project

    Simone Woodland on building community and regenerating nature through the Tākaka Cohousing Project

    Simone Woodland joined me for episode 397 to talk about her life and the Tākaka Cohousing Project (Tākaka Cohousing | Golden Bay (takakacohousing.co.nz)) which is an amazing example of an innovative project that combines both housing + community + nature + regeneration. 
    I’ve been involved with providing legal support since this project began several years ago.
    In this interview we talk about Simone’s background and origins in the UK, her becoming an architect, working on social enterprises there and then moving to Aotearoa New Zealand and how she decided to come here. 
    The project describes values like this:  “As a purpose driven housing developer we are committed to supporting the health of the whenua and community through regenerative and replicable cohousing models. Our team are committed to the values of kaitiakitanga, manaakitanga and courage.”
    Community & Privacy: Privacy is important to us. We have thoughtful designed home layouts that create privacy between the homes and gardens for peace and tranquility. The shared spaces are designed for community events, connection and collective food growing.
    Shared Resources: Shared resources offer a range of benefits, contributing to sustainability, affordability and community wellbeing. By sharing tools, equipment, and facilities, we are building an efficient system that provides more equality and support to our residents.
    Sustainable Design: To create a safe space for our children to play, cohousing neighbourhoods choose to keep the cars to the outside. This allows for a park like setting with more space for growing food, gardens, play spaces and the community to meet and interact.
    Article for The Spinoff on the project: https://thespinoff.co.nz/business/21-06-2022/is-community-led-home-ownership-the-way-of-the-future
    For more episodes and the link in podcasting apps, visit www.theseeds.nz
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3QdRBsKdWUrdRWkyr0tQbo
    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/nz/podcast/seeds/id1281908185?mt=2#episodeGuid=bf08f2d2ecacad03d93e59e8fa89960a
    Google podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9zZWVkcy5saWJzeW4uY29tL3Jzcw== 

    • 43 min
    The Rise of Street Art in Ōtautahi Christchurch: Identity and telling new stories

    The Rise of Street Art in Ōtautahi Christchurch: Identity and telling new stories

    This is the audio of an article that I wrote that was just published in The Press on street art and what it says about identity and new stories being told in Õtautahi Christchurch.  The orgins directly relate to Seeds Podcast as I had a conversation on Street Art with Dr Reuben Woods a while ago (here) and always thought the topic would make a great article.  So I wrote it up and this was published on 8 June 2024 as the lead article in the Mainlander section of The Press.  This is the audio of me reading out the article. 
    For the print version it is here:  https://www.thepress.co.nz/culture/350297693/rise-street-art-otautahi-christchurch 
    Watch This Space website: https://watchthisspace.org.nz/
    Toi Õtautahi  https://toiotautahi.org.nz/ 
    Interview with Reuben which inspired the article https://theseeds.nz/podcast/dr-reuben-woods-on-the-street-art-of-christchurch-and-watch-this-space/ 
    The book by Peter Simpson mentioned "Bloomsbury South: The Arts in Christchurch 1933-1953" https://aucklanduniversitypress.co.nz/bloomsbury-south/
     

    • 11 min
    Chairing meetings with a focus on AGMs: Seminar for Community Governance Aotearoa

    Chairing meetings with a focus on AGMs: Seminar for Community Governance Aotearoa

    This is the audio of a talk I gave yesterday for Community Governance Aotearoa on the topic of Chairing meetings and with a focus on AGMs.  I do a lot of support for boards, companies, trusts and others in goverance in my work as a partner at Parry Field Lawyers so it was a pleasure to talk on this topic.  In it share my thoughts on this area and outline 20 principles that are relevant to consider when you come to your role as Chair.
    More resources that Community Goverannce Aotearoa provide are here (thanks for the chance to share Rose, April, Elyse and team) https://communitygovernance.org.nz/
    If this helps you then why not share with one other person?
    The 20 principles will be uploaded here and the other resource mentioned in talk on chairing meetings: https://www.parryfield.com/advisory/governance/governance-essentials/ 

    • 1 hr
    Neil Ieremia on founding Black Grace and the role Dance can play in commenting on our past and our future

    Neil Ieremia on founding Black Grace and the role Dance can play in commenting on our past and our future

    Enjoyed this conversation with Neil Ieremia about Black Grace dance company and his life as a choreographer – we start with his childhood and learned about his upbringing, the role of his parents, the impact of a childhood illness and sense of identity from a young age.  We also talk about the origins of Black Grace and the first dance he choreographed at age 13.  We then discuss the role of art and dance and how it can have an impact on society itself, commenting on the past and present.  Finally we discuss the future plans for Black Grace.

    Website: https://blackgrace.co.nz/
    For more conversations visit www.theseeds.nz

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Startups and Governance: practical advice from a panel with Flip Grater, Jeff Wallace and Steven Moe, hosted by Zach Warder-Gabaldon

    Startups and Governance: practical advice from a panel with Flip Grater, Jeff Wallace and Steven Moe, hosted by Zach Warder-Gabaldon

    In this panel discussion arranged by Ministry of Awesome, got the chance to share about governance for startups along with Flip Grater, Jeff Wallace and Zach Warder-Gabaldon.  We kept it practical and relevant for founders on what you need to know when it comes to advisory boards, directors, legal duties, paying people, finding the right fit, selecting investors, how to keep on track and quite a lot more!  If you like this, check out the other content at www.theseeds.nz 
    Resource on how to chair a meeting well: https://www.parryfield.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/How-to-Chair-a-Meeting-Well.pdf 
    "Ministry of Awesome presents a dynamic panel of expert advisors offering quick-fire advice to guide you through the early stages of your business journey. Our experts will demystify industry jargon about governance and structure and clarify how today’s decisions can impact the future success of your business.”
    Bios on panellists
    Zach: Zach is responsible for developing and managing the startup innovation programmes at Ministry of Awesome. After spending two and half decades in the Valley immersed in and surrounded by entrepreneurship and innovation, he is incredibly well equipped to helping Aotearoa’s startup sector realise its potential as a unique and powerful incubation nation.
    Jeff: Jeff is a long-time Bay Area resident who works with global startup ecosystems, including governments, corporations & startup accelerators/entrepreneurs, to help catalyze startup environments & create a bridge to Silicon Valley. He is an Adjunct Instructor at UC Berkeley and is co-founder of Silicon Valley in Your Pocket, a global virtual startup accelerator, serving 1000s of companies across 40+ countries. He is co-founder & former President of Batchery, an incubator for seed stage startups. He is an active angel investor with equity positions in 250+ companies and an active advisor & investor at Berkeley SkyDeck. He is an Executive Board Member for the Rutgers Business School Road to Silicon Valley Program (RSVP). Previously, he worked at Cognizant & Brillio as founder & Global Head for Mobility & UX practices. He is a frequent keynote speaker at global tech & startup events. He holds a BA in Economics/Finance from Rutgers College & an MBA from UC Berkeley.
    Flip: Flip Grater is an author, musician and activist, founder and CEO, chef and entrepreneur. After 15 years in the music industry as a music label owner and singer-songwriter, touring the world and releasing five albums and two books she moved home to Otautahi and started plant based food production company and restaurant Grater Goods. She is currently the CEO of Grater Goods and a Press columnist.
    Steven: Steven Moe is a Partner at Parry Field Lawyers with a focus on start-ups and small business and helping them succeed through practical support on topics such as structures, shareholders, raising capital and IP. He has edited free guides for startups including this one on raising capital and this one on common start-up issues. He has worked as a lawyer for 20 years including 11 years overseas based in Tokyo, London and Sydney, and since 2016 has been based back in Aotearoa. Steven hosts seeds podcast which has a focus on “for purpose” organisations and people doing inspiring things which has 388 episodes and another on governance for the IOD called Board Matters.

    • 58 min
    So what is Impact Investing anyway? A short explanation ...

    So what is Impact Investing anyway? A short explanation ...

    So what really is Impact Investing?  A short explanation ...
    (This is the transript of the episode and all the links mentioned in it)
    Having now interviewed almost 400 guests on Seeds Podcast a recurring theme which has emerged is how they are using impact investing to effect positive change in our society.  A question I get all the time though - both from companies, charities, directors and Trustees is - what exactly are you meaning when you keep talking about the rise of Impact Investing?  
    So let’s break it down and give you some further listening if it does interest you.  
    First the traditional approach.  Someone has a spare $10 million dollars - now this is a hypothetical scenario rather than being my situation.  Anyway, they have a choice about where they put that money.  One option is a traditional approach which means they put it into a long term deposit which makes interest.  They get some financial return, even if it is relatively low, and the offshore owned banks recycle that money to make themselves a nice profit.  
    Impact investing steps in at this point and offers another approach.  What if that person has a particular cause that they care about - unfortunately the list is long - social housing, food deprivation for children, education on mental health and suicide prevention, climate change and green tech - there are many needs.  Let’s choose social housing because I know it really well.
    So what if our friend took a portion of that $10 million and invested it into a startup company that wanted to provide social housing - this could be as equity and result in owning shares, or it could be as debt and they would have a loan they make.  The crux of the difference with traditional investing is that they would be able to make a financial return because it is not a donation, it is an investment.  But at the same time they would be able to have impact which is far greater and more satisfying than the interest they make from that long term deposit.
    I am not saying they invest the full $10 million they have, but they do invest a portion of it - doing so may involve some risk but often ethically motivated companies that provide real solutions to our most wicked problems perform better, not worse, than traditional investments - and a tsunami of consumer support for such initiatives is on its way as people consider the supply chain and where their products come from.  
    Even easier than a direct investment might be joining a fund which has those ethical lenses and thinks about where they put their money - and this is a choice that each of us can easily make with our Kiwisaver - I’ll put the links to Pathfinder, Simplicity and Generate as examples of that.
    A real life example of this approach is Community Finance where I am the Chair of the Board.  We identified social housing as a massive need and we support Community Housing Providers by providing them with finance at a lower rate than mainstream banks, which we get from philanthropic investors and Kiwisaver funds like those I just mentioned.  Have we raised $50k or $100k for this?  No, actually in just a few years we have pulled together more than $160m for this. Before you all knock on the door this is for wholesale investors, rather than retail investors.  
    So that is what impact investing is - simple, right?  We may be on the cusp of going even further though. 
    Recently I released a legal opinion on how I think Trustees of large Trusts or Foundations that sit on large untapped pools of wealth now have a duty to consider Impact Investing and where their funds are invested - Shamubeel Eaqub interviewed me about that and why I think the law itself has changed for Seeds and will put a link to that in the show notes.  The point is that those funds that have billions of dollars in aggregate often were set up by a founder who wanted to tackle one of those problems in society, but the Trustees only think about how they can use income from

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I found Steven’s podcast about the Incorporated Society Act 2022 super easy to listen to, thanks so much. I loved that it was broken down into 10 points and easy was discussed at a high level. Though we were also told how to get further info. It was made even more interesting by having 2 presenters alternating through the 10 points. Top rating!

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I’ve really enjoyed listening to the variety of inspirational ideas from some amazing people you’ve been interviewing - keep up the great work 😀

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