READ ALL ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED AT UNSCHOOL CHRISTCHURCH, NZ JAN 2017
Christchurch Fellowship Program ran on January 23-29, 2017. The Christchurch team will include 5 incredible mentors and 20 other badass change makers, for a weeklong brain-activating adventure that explores social change, creative interventions and all things related to sustainability!
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OUR AMAZING CHRISTCHURCH MENTORS
Leyla Acaroglu is a designer, social change agent and sustainability provocateur who is internationally recognized as a leading expert in the field of disruptive design, sustainability and education. Her 2014 TED Talk has had over a million views, she is an author, award winning designer, and the founder of the Un-school of Disruptive Design. She is into disrupting the way we share and gain knowledge, food systems and the status quo. She founded Disrupt Design and Eco Innovators with which she won a host of awards for her projects (ie: The Design Play Cards, The Secret Life of Things, The Game Changer Game and the handbook Make Change). Leyla has a PhD in disruptive design for social and environmental change and is currently a visiting scholar at New York University. WEBSITE >
Rebecca Mills is a strategist, innovator and ideator, who is internationally recognised as an expert in sustainability strategy. She has played central roles in ventures at the forefront of the impact space and has led thousands of hours of workshops and experiences around the world. Often sought out for strategic input, she has collaborated with organisations such as The University of London, The World Economic Forum, World Wildlife Fund, Unreasonable Institute, KiwiConnect, The Olympic Delivery Authority, The B Team, Arup, The Big Idea, and more.
She helped build and shape The B Team (founded by Sir Richard Branson and Jochen Zeitz) and led development criteria for the UK’s first ‘eco-region’, the Thames Gateway, Europe's largest regeneration project. She has designed impact evaluations, new ventures and strategies for entreprenuers, investors, institutions, companies and governments in Europe, the United States, China and New Zealand. Rebecca’s most notable areas of expertise include: Systems Thinking, Collective Impact, Business Model Innovation, Impact Investing, Impact Philanthropy, Energy and Climate Change, Environmental Science, Business Strategy, Sustainable Development and Regeneration.Website >
Jennifer Whitty is a sustainable design educator, researcher, designer, facilitator, writer and activist. Originally from Ireland, she teaches and practices at Massey University’s School of Design in New Zealand as Senior Lecturer of Fashion Design. She is the director and co-founder of Space Between a social enterprise for fashion. Her practice led research work is focused on developing new green business models and systems for alternative ecologies of fashion practice, which are connected to and have an impact on society. She strongly believes in the positive aspects that fashion can impart to both the individual and to our culture. Jennifer is involved in taking action to harness this power and to catalyse change in the current system by developing alternative roles for the fashion designer through activism and social innovation. She asks can we open up fashion to foster community, collaboration and innovation to provide a new vision and practice for fashion? Her work is informed by her industry experience in the fashion centres of Paris, New York and London. Her work has been exhibited in globally and in addition to her post in NZ she has been a visiting lecturer in Ireland, Denmark, Estonia, Sweden, UK, China and Australia.
Nick Gerritsen 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, and the Internet of Things. In addition, he is also involved in projects in online decision making, digital manufacturing, peer to peer energy, and next generation media and information platforms. As well as various directorships and advisory roles, he is a Principal of Tuia Innovation (specializing in innovation within the Iwi economy) and Chairman of The National Whale Centre Development Trust, and a Trustee of both the Akina Foundation, and The Land Trust. He operates within a global network across the innovation and capital markets. 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.
Raf's main purpose in life is to help create a better world. His broad range of experience enables him to move easily between different sectors. Raf enjoys adding value wherever possible and relishes new challenges.
Raf is very passionate about developing a new generation of leaders and their disruptive technologies. He has spent many years examining the friction between the public and private space and is especially interested in the reform of our monetary, welfare and tax systems, as well as in the developing social investment and peer to peer sector. Raf is keen to develop a new social contract. His other areas of focus include: a universal basic income, overt monetary financing, participatory democracy, decentralization and a more strategic approach to policy development.
Raf is currently a Christchurch City Councillor and chair of the Strategy and Finance committee. His main focus has been the Council's financial position as well as its strategic direction and risk management.
After graduating from the University of Manchester in 1987 with a degree in Economics and Social Studies, Raf spent 11 years trading global markets for investment banks in London. In 2000, he left banking to help start up and develop Trucost, which helps companies measure their environmental footprint in monetary terms. In 2002, he moved to New Zealand with his young family and has since been actively involved as a volunteer and trustee with Christchurch Budget Services, Pillars, Volunteer Army Foundation, Christchurch Arts Festival, as well as investing in and helping out early stage companies. He has a Grad Dip Arts in Political science, and a Masters in International Law and Politics from the University of Canterbury.