2020 | End Scene…

Reflecting and future gazing.

As the world continues to hobble forward through it’s pandemic / environmental / corrupt leadership crisis, please do take the time to watch the incredible video essay above on what I’ve always held dear: humans are innately good.

LESSONS

Be fiercely kind because…

There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.” ― Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

2021

Will be focused on the following:

  • Online production: have 20+ events already booked to MC plus producing podcasts for a couple of clients as well so building out the home studio to up the production values in these areas
  • Masterclasses, coaching and speaking: continuing to deliver in-person internal sessions on ‘purposeful storytelling’ whilst taking on 1-2-1 speaker coaching clients and also be open to speak on stage a few times as well (truly miss this)
  • RemoteTogetherNZ: continue my curation role for this Queenstown-based endeavor happening March 2021 (buy your passes here)
  • Online course: putting together a virtual offering with the hope to launch mid 2021
  • TEDxWellington: my pro bono to bring the largest ever TEDx to the nations capital (going to be a 2,000 person live event) and shine a light on the incredible talent we have in the region then amplify them through the TED platform
  • Creative Welly: continue to hone my side passion project and curate amazing people doing wonderful things in capital (read the review here)
  • Production pitches: have a couple of proverbial ‘irons-in-the-fire’ regarding NZ based content for distribution for a global market
  • Creative Leadership NZ: aiming to produce the fourth iteration of my little conference for the end of 2021.

BLOGGING EFFORTS

What I posted this year:

NEW SITE DESIGN

Spent some time sprucing this website up a little using the new Twenty Twenty-One WordPress theme to really minimilise the design and visual clutter. Am still working out a few extra tweaks although on the whole nearly there and so much slicker.


So here’s a 2021 which elates, brings joy and softer changes.

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Creative Welly 2020 Review | Lessons From Nearly 18 Hours Of Conversations

After 11 episodes with 22 impressive humans covering nearly 18 hours of conversations, has it been worth it?

The calibre of guests and their subsequent discussions has been impressive (see below). It’s been such a joy to bring together interesting souls who don’t know each other to explore connections and insights. It certainly celebrating the talent we have in the capital and have learned so much from the discussions.

As an a side, very aware of the positive relationships formed as well as the community being built up through the alums.

Creative Welly is an advertising / sponsor free project and the biggest cost is the time for all involved. It takes a whole day to set up then record two episodes. Then there’s the video editing, reviewing, blog post creation, audio production, uploading all content, distribution etc. I pay for the Vimeo Plus account and a few episodes in switched from the paid audio podcast hosting of Libsyn to the free Anchor platform.

In terms of how many views and / or listens, don’t know. Haven’t looked. This is the deficit in the plan as don’t have the time to promote and upload across multiple platforms, although, to be very honest, this is both not the reason to start this (but totally appreciate for many this is the validating factor).

From a production perspective, there is nothing like this out there. It’s exhilarating to see the result of my vision to craft something unique in the long-form video podcast format space come to fruition.

That being said, the focus next year will be:

  • hone the format: amplify the ‘courageous’ bit of the conversations;
  • promotional collateral: before posting live and during review create some shorter form content for cross-platform promotion (Linkedin / Twitter / blog content etc.);
  • 2021 list: continue to curate and focus on revealing the wonderful talent the city (and those passing through) has to offer.

So if you’re not subscribed here’s a quick run down on who you’re missing out on:

1. Jessica Manins, Co-Founder & CEO, Beyond & Sarb Johal, Clinical Psychologist and Youtube Creator
2. Olie Body, Social Entrepreneur & Executive Menstruator & Ged Finch, X-frame
3. Raqi Syed, Digital Artist & Gabe Davidson, Cocoa Bean Hunter
4. Sandy Gildea, Executive Director, Screen Producers NZ & Jase Te Patu, Founder of M3 Mindfulness for children, Co-owner Awhi Yoga and Wellbeing
5. Hīria Te Rangi, Kaiwhakahaere o Whare Hauora & Guled Mire, Community Advocate & Co-founder, Third Culture Minds
6. Haritina Mogoșanu, Astrobiologist and Space Science Communicator & Gareth Parry, Creating spaces for people to work together, Partner at PwC New Zealand
7. Pia Steiner, Senior Advisor Organisational Development at Ministry of Justice & Thomas van Raamsdonk, Irritator and Inspirer. Building performance geek. GM for Pro Clima in Australia & New Zealand
8. Lindy Nelson, Founded AWDTNZ and AmplyfyingUs: a Podcast in service to the mission & Clive Spink, Chief Executive Pūkeko Pictures
9. Janelle (Jay) Fenwick, Founder – Teulo CPD Education Platform & Tom Probert, Head of Marketing and Innovation – Powershop
10. Bron Thomson, Founder and CEO, Springload & Paul Atkins, Chief Executive, ZEALANDIA
11. Elizabeth McNaughton – Cofounder and Director of Hummingly & Rohan Wakefield – CEO & Cofounder at Enspiral Dev Academy

A cacophony of thanks, not only to the guests for sharing their generous times, stories and insights, but also deep appreciation to Alex at Xequals for hosting us, plus Jono from Empire Films for producing the superb and unique final videos.

If you’re a viewer / listener please feel free to drop me a line or comment below with any ideas / suggestions for improvement I’m missing out on here, and please subscribe via Creative Welly if you haven’t already.

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Get Away From It All | Whilst Staying At Home

The world is a bit bonkers and challenging at the moment so here are some things to give your creative attention to (apart from that toxic news cycle).

Consider this an adventure in hope-scrolling:

  1. Randomly port yourself to places in the world via MapCrunch:

2. Fly a balloon and feel the stress float away:

3. Gaze through a random window in the world:

4. Take long stroll in other cities:

5. Drift off with these 9 delightful soundscapes:

And remember:

30 March 1973

Dear Mr. Nadeau:

As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman, the contagion may spread and the scene is not desolate. Hope is the thing that is left to us, in a bad time. I shall get up Sunday morning and wind the clock, as a contribution to order and steadfastness.

Sailors have an expression about the weather: they say, the weather is a great bluffer. I guess the same is true of our human society — things can look dark, then a break shows in the clouds, and all is changed, sometimes rather suddenly. It is quite obvious that the human race has made a queer mess of life on this planet. But as a people we probably harbor seeds of goodness that have lain for a long time waiting to sprout when the conditions are right. Man’s curiosity, his relentlessness, his inventiveness, his ingenuity have led him into deep trouble. We can only hope that these same traits will enable him to claw his way out.

Hang on to your hat. Hang on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day.

Sincerely,
E. B. White

Source
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#24 December 2020 | Monthly Digital Breadcrumbs

Stop. Stay awhile. Linger. Browse. Explore.

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If you own a Mac and updated to the new operating then ‘Your Computer Isn‘t Yours‘, so sad.

Activists are now turning Facial Recognition tools against the police, the trackers become tracked.

French bulldog elected mayor in Kentucky hamlet.

WATCH

EXPLORE

Handz, A 3D illustration library available for free (or pay what you want).

Tiles, a great little free window manager / app for MacOS.

Buy ‘Eau de Bookstore‘ which is a fragrance from one of my fav book stores.

Make WordArt like in the old days with this emulator.

An online tool just to loop over and over a YouTube video.

All monthly digital breadcrumbs posts.
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#23 November 2020 | Monthly Digital Breadcrumbs

A barrage of stuff to wade through and be delighted / surprised / challenged by.

READ

The moment Wales went into national two-week ‘firebreak’ Covid lockdown.

Brexit Is Looming | The Emergence Of The New United Celtic Nation.

Why Peru opened Machu Picchu ruins for one tourist.

WATCH

EXPLORE

This thread of me handing out the TEDxWellington Call for Speakers / Performers cards.

The Rasterbator: enlarge images to multiple pages so you can print and combine them into huge posters.

If you need to chill and with 8 hours of sounds / views from sleeping in a tent when it rains outside.

Top video: Learning and Work Institute’s Annual Raymond Williams Memorial Lecture was presented by the Actor and Campaigner, Michael Sheen. The event was organised in partnership with The Open University in Wales and took place on the 16th November, 2017 (LINK). Full (pdf) transcript here.
All monthly digital breadcrumbs posts.
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Brexit Is Looming | The Emergence Of The New United Celtic Nation

ADDENDUM 12.4.21: Should’ve called it a United Celtic Kingdom (not nation)!

Imagine Wales, Scotland and Ireland leaving the UK in a decade, rejoining the EU and becoming a new country: United Celtic Nation.

Today the Prime Minister of the UK said this (btw, Australian-style is code for ‘hard brexit / deal’:

Every crisis is an opportunity in disguise hence the tweet thread I tweetmailed out above.

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TEDxWellington 2021 Call For Speakers & Performers Announced | Going Big

Boldly planning a mammoth capital experience.

For the past seven years or so I’ve been dedicating my pro-bono time to the TEDxWellington endeavour and last night we announced our public call for speakers and performers.

This is a not-for-profit venture for the wider community organisers by a wonderful bunch of humans volunteering their precious time to enable local stories go global.

The next event will be the biggest of its kind with 2,000 delegates at the award-winning Michael Fowler Centre, held on 8th May 2021.

What a time to be considering such a grand thing, however, with the ‘team of 5 million’ again pulling together to eliminate community transmission of COVID-19 from our shores, we’re leaning into the hope this will sustain through to next year and beyond.

So if you know anyone in or associated with the Wellington-region who has an idea worth spreading, here’s their chance to get considered for the TEDxWellington 2021 stage:

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Creative Welly Episodes Catch-up | Maturing The Format

The passion project progresses.

Above is the latest episode of the little side creative endeavour launched a few months ago in response to the lockdown anxiety we all felt (and many are still feeling around the globe):

Revealed only in retrospect these past couple of years, is a thematic thread through my past projects / experiences of ‘giving people voice’ (which has become my spoken purpose plus evidenced in both my producing and coaching roles).

Creative Welly is a mash-up-manifestation of this and my hunger for curating good people…

After six episodes, I’m reflecting on how important intentional space is, what the mix of curious humans and intersecting disciplines ignites plus how listening is the fastest route in connecting to another person.

Am still trying to get the balance right of tangent following plus the drawing of the connections between those guests invited to participate. Sometimes it just flows, softly and eagerly, other times it requires a more focused attempt…

…then again, that’s the same with every day conversation with folks we all interact with.

Onwards!

Oh and Episode 5 was released a few weeks ago and is equally worth your time also:

All episodes are shot and edited by the wonderfully talented Jono Tucker, Empire Films. An extremely diligent and personable soul who has added a polish to the resulting video which I never could’ve achieved, thank you Jono.

Hosted at Xequals, a centrally based web development agency who provide us with a kick-ass office which totally gets kitted out for the shoot. Thank you Alex Matthews for being so gracious with your space.

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