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Day 4: Wellington Hui

September 26, 2017

After a night's rest, and a regrouping of the team. We made it to the capital city. With 3 very different events under our belt, we were excited to see what Wellington would bring.

 

The fact it was a city, made us look to compare it to Auckland in the types of conversations and discussions that came through.

 

We were excited to be running it at the Creative HQ Event Space, where the Pledgeme Team works. It was quite a special moment to have Anna from Pledgeme there, to thank her for her support in making the crowdfunding opportunity possible.

 

The opening circle, was beautiful as always, Britt further emphasised the quickness of the introduction, which led to people being clearer and more concise in their stories. Though still allowing for stories to be authentically shared and collectively felt. Mr.Tong, shared about a bit his past, dating back to when Devonport was the first town to declare Nuclear Free and set up the first recycling centre in Auckland.

 

The panel began with Nick Gerritsen, who has a broad background including government, start up, philanthropy and governance and is passionate about seeing the world as systems. He is interested in funding and playing between the worlds that disrupts and innovate those spaces. He spoke on the very real threat of climate change and the pressing need for collective action from all sectors of society. He spoke about the need to take action and for us to stop talking and start doing. He spoke of work he is involved with at The Land Trust, helping to cultivate land for future generations.

 

Habdeel shared about her interest and research in Climate Change loss & damage, and the rise in Climate Refugees, and its impact on them and the world.

 

David Tong; shared a story of self, of us, and of WWF. He shared about his experiences at the Climate Negotiations. He had a strong call to action around community being the leader in action and it is with people power, and together as society can we only then make a difference. As well as the need to empower individuals, with positive messaging and action.

 

After the semi-heated panel; the revolved around the differences in opinion of next steps ands actions and attitudes towards making change.

 

We head straight into the Unconference, to open up the conversation and draw from the collective intelligence of the room.

 

Unconference:

1. Asset vs eco warrior: the value of sharing in a community, everyone has their own background or live around central park, builds relationships/community, expectations of what a house and a home looks like in NZ not functional, challenge ownership at large

2. How can we as individuals create massive impact: can live on the spectrum of activism and eco, what breaks your heart the most go and do that.

3. Waste: Identifying the main source of waste, and how hard it is to see where that waste is, soil and topsoil is biggest issue. Transparency to sources, 100x greater than all other waste. We have consented to mine 90 million tonnes to sand off shore. Discard 80 million as waste. Use soil in right places.

4. Moving apathy to the issue: Not letting people put their head in the sand, tell me more about that, and why do you think that. Not letting people disengage. Fun and humour, going into grief, look in full system, acknowledge privilege, connect to values.

5. Storytelling to create change: Vulnerability and openness, when people make connections between selves and others opposed to facts etc

6. Public vs private sector who can solve CC better: Both, leveraging people's selfishness to do good, eg Tesla

Outcomes:

 

A conversation that revolved a lot around Climate Change, the focus shifted from big systems, to the need from collective action then into the unconference, bringing up opportunities where we can improve as a society.

 

Wellington showed us the complexity in this issue, and how storytelling, and narratives play a vital role in how we perceive the state of things, and our perception the necessary next steps and most effective actions moving forward.

 

The whakawhanaungatanga created, meant that people hung around till 1 hour after the event finished, and even a few to join us for a drink afterwards at the Rooftop Bar.

 

See the vlog for day four here. Read more about day five here:

More on the panelists:

 

Nick Gerritsen

Nick is a New Zealand based catalyst and impact entrepreneur. He loves BIG ideas – ones that are going to lead to global structural change – and is committed to the culture of innovation – unafraid of operating beyond existing boundaries. He specialises in developing technology propositions from the ground up, and has been one of the leaders promoting New Zealands contribution to emerging megatrends such as Clean Technology, the Internet of Things, and GovTech. Nick graduated from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB). During his legal career, he advised leading corporates on intellectual property and later enjoyed a string of successful business ventures, most notably in radio, and software sectors. He has been a consultant to New Zealand On Air, Radio New Zealand, Te Mangai Paho (the Maori Broadcasting Funding Agency), and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Nick is based in the South Island of New Zealand and has completed post graduate study at the Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership in The Netherlands.

 

Hadeel Salman

Hadeel is a Law Student at Victoria University. She specialises in Climate and International Law and is an avid environmental justice warrior. She has spent time researching the relationship between climate change and the current refugee crisis.

 

David Tong

David is a campaigner at WWF-New Zealand, working to protect Aotearoa's ocean and unlock the 100% possible transition to a safe, fair climate future. He is a former litigator, with five years experience in the UN climate negotiations, and he sits on the boards of several other charities and campaigns organisations.

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