Programme

Project NZ: #theBIGshift took place on 17-18 September 2014.

The programme was designed so that attendees could tailor their own conference experience. Each session gave the opportunity to see The Big Shift in action, learn about the models that make it work, and find out how to use it.

To Download a copy of the programme click here Project NZ 2014 Programme – Printable Version

DAY ONE


08:00 Project NZ Registration + Coffee
08:45 Mihi + Welcome with Kate Kearins, Deputy Dean, AUT Business School

09:00

Setting the scene for sustainable business in New Zealand

Bernard Hickey
Economic and Finance Commentator


09:20

Launching The Big Shift – Tackling the Big Challenges for Business

Stephanie Draper
Deputy CEO of Forum for the Future

We know that the systems that business and community rely on are breaking down, so what can we do to fix them?


10:10 Morning Tea

10:45

Deep Conversations – Where is New Zealand sitting on the path to becoming a model economy?

We’ve gathered representatives from business, government, Iwi and social enterprise to present where their sectors sit with making New Zealand a model sustainable nation, and to answer audience questions.

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Bernard Hickey, Moderator
Economic and Finance Commentator

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Ngarimu Blair
Director, Ngati Whatua o Orakei

Derek Handley - Founding CEO

Derek Handley
Entrepreneur In Residence,
The B Team

Alex Hannant

Alex Hannant
Chief Executive, Akina Foundation

Gael Surgenor
Acting General Manager Southern Initiative, Auckland Council


12:00 Lunch & Hot Spot Conversations
Grab a delicious lunch, connect with new people and join a hot spot conversation with some of the speakers and other leaders.

13:15

Master classes – From pioneering practices to enabling the tipping point – Session 1

Stream A

Business Lab
Stephanie Draper
Deputy CEO of Forum for the Future

Innovation can feel like a risky business. More than 50% of businesses fail in their first four years, and the successful uptake of corporate innovation sits at 10-20%. When it comes to innovating a whole system, it can appear as though the odds are stacked against success.

In this Masterclass, Stephanie will outline the process of successful innovation, by defining a pioneering practice and explaining how to grow innovation; how to effect system changes during times of uncertainty; and how to build a corporate culture that supports innovation and experimentation. Stephanie will draw on her unique experience implementing successful system innovation with global brands such as Nike, Unilever and Azko Nobel.

Stream B

Social Enterprise Lab
Rowan Yeoman and Billy Matheson
Venture Manager at Akina Foundation and Principal Advisor for Social Entrepreneurship at Auckland Council.

There has been an explosion of social enterprises and social innovations in New Zealand over the last two years. Social enterprise represents a powerful opportunity to build a new economy that regenerates business and the environment, and creates social foundations for business and people to thrive.

Rowan’s expertise includes running Global Start-up Weekend initiatives and Billy founded the ReGeneration youth leadership project initiative. Between them they have much experience in supporting innovation in the public and private sector.

They will explain how to build social enterprise to compete and operate in the market, manage uncertainty and identify risks that can derail great ideas in their infancy. They will present the Social Lean Canvas as a tool to express social enterprise business models and Lean Start-up as a methodology to identify risks and validate the key business model assumptions.

Stream C

Government Innovation Lab
Gael Surgenor
Acting General Manager Southern Initiative at Auckland Council

Government and innovation: the stigma is that these two words together are an oxymoron. Government must work for people and business to build a thriving society, and therefore can be limited to move as fast as the markets, playing an important role in making sure all businesses operate fairly and safely.

Gael Surgenor is a social entrepreneur known for pioneering innovative strategies that combine social marketing with a ‘community development’ approach to creating social change. Gael will draw on this expertise to explore how government can show leadership in creating a Big Shift and how this has been achieved throughout the world. She will also show how government can create the right environment for business and community to accelerate efforts in business innovation and sustainable performance, ensuring that we build liveable cities and thriving communities.


14:30

Master classes – From pioneering practices to enabling the tipping point – Session 2

Stream A

Business Lab
Stephanie Draper
Deputy CEO of Forum for the Future

Repeat of session 1

Stream B

Social Enterprise Lab
Rowan Yeoman and Billy Matheson
Venture Manager at Akina Foundation and Principal Advisor for Social Entrepreneurship at Auckland Council

Repeat of session 1

Stream C

Government Innovation Lab
Gael Surgenor
Manager Community Development and Safety at Auckland Council

Repeat of session 1


15:45 Afternoon Tea

16:15

Exploring the big issues and The Big Shift

Stephanie Draper and Bernard Hickey
You will have the ability to shape this session – what is relevant to you and your business?


16:45 Day One Closed

18:00

The Good Food Feast
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DAY TWO


08:30 Welcome back

8:40

Exploring The Big Shift: Pecha Kucha Style

Forum for the Future, The Big Shift Team from the UK, will present to delegates via video. This will be a quick-fire presentation on each of the six steps of The Big Shift, including some of the great initiatives happening around the world from the likes of Ecover and The Sustainable Shipping Initiative.


09:00

The Big Shift in New Zealand – what is happening right now?

Jacqueline Ireland
CEO of Colmar Brunton

The mainstreaming of sustainability means that businesses who are not yet on board with a strategy for the future are already behind the game in terms of what their customers want and need. Jacqueline Ireland, CEO of Colmar Brunton, will share the latest insights on how New Zealand consumers are thinking and behaving in this space, and who they see as leading the way.

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09:30

Project NZ with SBN – The Big Shift in Action

The Sustainable Business Network has identified a need to collaborate to achieve the significant change required in our critical work streams. We have talked to businesses in each area to understand the issues they face and find solutions to improve their systems. SBN’s project managers will talk through complexities they have uncovered, and explain emerging commercial and collaboration opportunities.

The Circular Economy
James Griffin
Network General Manager / Transformation Leader – Mega efficiency, Sustainable Business Network

Smart Transport
Matt Ayers
Transformation Leader – Renewables, Sustainable Business Network

Social Value in Business
Julia Jackson
Transformation Leader – Community / National Network Coordinator, Sustainable Business Network

Restoring New Zealand’s Food Systems
Emily Dowding-Smith
Transformation Leader – Restorative, Sustainable Business Network


10:20 Morning tea

10:50

Mapping the System 

These interactive workshops will show how we can move New Zealand business towards a sustainable future via commercial opportunities, as you help us create a ‘System Map’ for the barriers to change. Choose one stream to attend:

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Stream 1
The Circular Economy
James Griffin
SBN
Stream 2
Smart Transport

Matt Ayers
SBN
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Stream 3
Social Value in Business
Julia Jackson
SBN
Stream 4
Restoring New Zealand’s Food Systems
Emily Dowding-Smith
SBN


12:00 Lunch & Hot Spot Conversations
Grab a delicious lunch, connect with new people and join a hot spot conversation with some of the speakers and other leaders.

13:30

Exploring NZ’s Pioneering Success + Opportunities 

Seasoned pioneers, who have achieved success with innovative practices, will join us to share their learning. Please choose one stream to attend:

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Stream 1 – The Circular Economy

Robb Donze, Managing Director of Inzide

Closing the circle – Implementing end of life solutions for products when they are no longer needed.

Dr Barbara Nebel, Managing Director of PE International

Creating innovative product design with life cycle thinking – An insight into how life cycle thinking underpins product development to create innovative products

Manda Judd, Founder of Lovenotes; Reza Fuard, Design Director of Lovenotes

Designing from the heart – Why people love turning their wastepaper into beautiful stationery, and what that means for the Circular Economy.

Stream 2 – Smart Transport

Dr Sudhvir Singh, Direction Setter, Generation Zero

The Congestion Free Network – A world class, sustainable transport system for Auckland

Mike Bennetts, Chief Executive Officer of Z Energy

Shifting a traditional fossil fuel business to becoming a pioneer in renewables – It is a Big Shift story that is all too rare. So why is Z Energy making the shift, and how is it innovating from within?

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Stream 3 – Social Value in Business

Nick Astwick, Chief Operating Officer of Kiwibank

How to embed social value in business – how social value comes to life in Kiwibank along with its challenges and opportunities.

Vivien Maidaborn, Co-founder of Loomio

The compelling case for collaborationWhy innovation is so critical to business success and the role of collaboration.

Stream 4 – Restoring NZ’s Food System

Pete Russell, Founder & Executive Director of Ooooby

Plod plod plod – Beware the trap of going too fast too soon and raising funds as a last resort.

Rachel Taulelei, Founder & Managing Director of Yellow Brick Road

The business of authenticity
The most successful sustainability stories are those with one thing in common – authenticity.
From hook to plate, and with an eye on the future, Rachel Taulelei explores the imperatives and opportunities for New Zealand to become a world leader in the business of seafood.


14:40 Afternoon Tea

15:10

Deep Conversations – Techniques for realising opportunities

We all see potential and opportunities for our businesses, but how do we realise these ideas? Touching on real-life examples and linking to ideas that have come out of the conference, our panel of experts will explore with you the techniques necessary for creating your own Big Shift.

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Bernard Hickey, Moderator
Economic and Finance Commentator

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Mike Bennetts
Chief Executive Officer of Z Energy

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Rachel Taulelei
Founder and Managing Director of Yellow Brick Road

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Nick Astwick
Chief Operating Officer of Kiwibank

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Rob Donze
Managing Director of Inzide


16:10

What’s next?

Rachel Brown
CEO, Sustainable Business Network

What are the Sustainable Business Network’s next steps, and what projects are coming up.


16:30 Conference closed + After party

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