Social License to Operate

No business operates in isolation. We all need suppliers, staff, financiers and customers. We impact on our communities. What we do matters not just to us but to many others. In my many years in business in a range of capacities I have met no one who really met the caricature capitalist who wanted only freedom to do whatever they wanted and only wanted profit.

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Insights, BrandsBrian Steele
Health sector opportunities

Solving health issues can feel like such a Herculean task but there are interesting developments in funding and engagement. In this article we touch on the developed world’s desire for longevity, the eradication of disease in the developing world, and opportunities for business to engage.

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InsightsBrian Steele
Protecting New Zealand with education and technology

In 2016 Cyber Toa a Wellington Head Quartered ICT Security consultancy partnered with Victoria University to co-design a new Bachelor of Cyber. Designed to strengthen New Zealand resilience against an escalating threat of cybercrime and cyber attacks. The Bachelor is the first known collaboration by commercial and tertiary partners in New Zealand.

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BrandsBrian Steele
The Technology Sector and Education

In the Technology sector the attraction and retention of [senior] talent is daunting if you are a [Cloud] Titan and more so if you are a Prometheus looking to capture fire. This is further a challenge when you are a global challenger / leader in your specialist field, but your customers are offshore and NZ marketing and brand awareness is therefore limited.

So, what are the statistics on engaging the Education sector and how does the company attract talent when it is not well known locally?

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InsightsBrian Steele
Adding an artist to the CreativeHQ mix

CreativeHQ is the Wellington based business accelerator, incubator and innovation service provider  that is all about activating potential. 

Over the past 15 years CreativeHQ has attracted entrepreneurs, innovators and business people from across the innovation sector - startups, government departments and large corporations, following their mantra “entrepreneurs are everywhere”.

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ConnectorsBrian Steele
Time to be courageous

Directionally and decisively we are entering a new era of care for the environment. Whether you agree with the process or otherwise the PM’s call on new oil exploration shows leadership above the minutiae.

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InsightsBrian Steele
A virtual collaboration

In a truly Wellington themed show, The Atom Room has had many people involved throughout the inception. From the cast, director, set-makers and musicians, to virtual reality designers and supporting organisations, there is a strong feeling of collaboration from the wider Wellington art and technology communities.

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CommunityBrian Steele
A place in space for art

The Thomas King Observatory sits on the hills of Wellington at the top of the Botanic Gardens, a place known as Pukehinau, alongside Space Place and MetService New Zealand. This is a place with so much cultural history, the otherwise unused space that is the Thomas King Observatory, is a fitting space for this emerging area of art.

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A shared passion for creativity

Starting in a shed on Vasta’s Reikorangi farm on Wellington’s Kapiti Coast back in 2000, Tuatara Brewery was born. Carl’s purpose was to brew beers that he and his mates enjoyed drinking. 17 years on, with significant growth in the NZ craft industry and two NZ Champion Brewery wins (the only brewery to achieve the accolade twice), the Brewery promise to “create memorable and uniquely Aotearoa beer experiences”.

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BrandsBrian Steele
Give Where You Live

There are a lot of options when it comes to giving, but sometimes you just don’t know how to give, who to give to, or what your options are.

Nikau Foundation, Wellington’s donor driven community foundation makes giving easy, but with a big impact.

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ConnectorsBrian Steele