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Thinking P2P: Kiwi Catherine Brands shares insights from Microsoft and Amazon
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Kiwi Catherine Brands is the Microsoft global industry marketing director of retail and consumer goods, and was also one of the founding team members to launch Amazon Go – the world’s first grocery store without a checkout. This week, she spoke at the CX Conference 2019 about ‘P2P’ marketing and how companies, big and small, can ensure they’re placing people first.

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Outgoing Spark CEO Simon Moutter talks transformation, diversity and leaving a legacy beyond just metrics
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Simon Moutter has just wrapped up a seven-year tenure at Spark, where the changes the company has gone through under his reign are nothing short of radical. From its name change (Telecom to Spark) and its operating model (traditional to agile), to its culture (publically called out to inclusive) and its structure (monopoly brand to many). Elly Strang sat down with Moutter had a candid chat about his journey to CEO and how one of his biggest lessons was he couldn’t solve a culture issue with process and strategy.

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New Zealand’s mental health and creative industries, part two
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When the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction report was released in December last year, it painted a grim picture. “New Zealand is experiencing a rising tide of mental distress and addiction,” it said. “The cost of poor mental wellbeing and addiction is high. It is a high cost to individuals, families and whānau, businesses and organisations, communities, government and the country as a whole.” While the spotlight has been shone on specific demographics, one sector that is also toiling under pressure is our creative industries. We all know the squeeze of creative work well: late nights, long hours, client demands, unrealistic deadlines, impostor syndrome, self-criticism. This, coupled with the sensitive disposition creative people tend to have, often creates an environment where mental health issues can flourish. However, these people also have a talent for communicating ideas at a time when New Zealand has a base-level awareness of the problem, but not a deeper understanding or the tools to fix it. In part two, Elly Strang talks to the new wave of creators who are coming up with inspiring solutions to confront our mental health problem head on.

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New Zealand’s mental health and creative industries, part one
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When the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction report was released in December last year, it painted a grim picture. “New Zealand is experiencing a rising tide of mental distress and addiction,” it said. “The cost of poor mental wellbeing and addiction is high. It is a high cost to individuals, families and whānau, businesses and organisations, communities, government and the country as a whole.” While the spotlight has been shone on specific demographics, one sector that is also toiling under pressure is our creative industries. We all know the squeeze of creative work well: late nights, long hours, client demands, unrealistic deadlines, impostor syndrome, self-criticism. This, coupled with the sensitive disposition creative people tend to have, often creates an environment where mental health issues can flourish. In part one of a series, Elly Strang looks at the scale of the mental health problem in New Zealand’s creative industries.

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Providing Voices of Hope: Jazz Thornton and Augusto talk their new web series on teen suicide, Jessica’s Tree
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Creative agency Augusto and 23-year-old film maker and Voices of Hope co-founder Jazz Thornton have joined forces to kickstart a conversation around youth suicide. The duo have recently released Jessica’s Tree, a web documentary series hosted on the NZ Herald and Youtube that examines the last 24 hours of the life of Jessica, one of Thornton’s friends who took her own life. The series carefully balances tragedy and hope, and has been produced by Augusto and directed by Thornton. Here, Thornton and Augusto executive producer Cass Avery talk telling this sensitive story, social advocacy and using a creative medium to create change.

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Can technology help brand a start-up in one day? Storytech founder James Hurman says yes
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Traditional agencies and brand strategists may be a luxury only big companies can afford, but that might be set to change if James Hurman has anything to do with it. After two years in the making, the Previously Unavailable founder has just launched Storytech, an online platform that takes small to medium businesses through an online, do-it-your-self brand strategy process and helps them come out the other end with an exciting story to tell. Idealog talked with Hurman about why New Zealand entrepreneurs and start-ups often struggle to tell – and sell – their story.

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Introducing Design Work, a podcast by designer Kate Darby on global designers embracing new ways of working
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Design Work is a new podcast hosted by New Zealand designer Kate Darby that interviews trailblazing creatives from all over the globe about how they design and how they embrace new modes of working, which will be hosted on Idealog over the coming weeks. The Idealog team sat down with Darby to chat about what inspired her to start the podcast, the gig economy and what it means for designers, and the key lessons she’s learnt along the way while conducting the interviews.

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Designers Speak (Up) launches directory of New Zealand women designers
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Following on from a protest on gender equality at the 2018 Best Awards, the organisers have created a directory that aims to showcase a diverse range of women designers from Aotearoa living anywhere in the world, of all social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. As well as this, a series of workshops on diversity in design being hosted by DINZ and Design Assembly are about to kick off around the country. We talk with the Designers Speak (Up) founders about the movement to make New Zealand’s design community more inclusive.

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Simply the best: The prestigious Purple Pin winners of the 2018 Best Awards
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From a calming, machine-learning led interactive experience at Starship Children’s Hospital, to the story of a goat that acts as anti-bullying initiative and teaches children the effect their actions can have, the best in New Zealand design was crowned at the 2018 Best Awards on the weekend – and a discussion about gender equality in design has been brought to the industry’s attention. Here are the supreme winners, and a statement from the Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ) CEO Cathy Veninga on the protests that took place.

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