13 October 2020

Your ideas distilled – a cumulative tale of our “Build-better, but how?” roadshow

This is a cumulative story of your ideas and questions that arose as part of this nationwide series of “Build better, but how?” conversations. We’ll add to it after each lunch session.

#1 HAMILTON – hosted by Soda Inc – 13 October – 10 attendees – facilitated by Ian Harvey

In this, our kick-off session, the conversation flowed really nicely, with lots of energy, much of it fuelled by frustration around the inaction by key institutions in Aotearoa.

The key takeaways were:

  • The oil and water relationships between Central Government and business-lead organisations was a major conversation thread. Wastage of resources by DHB’s came to the fore as well.
  • There is a disconnect between Māori and Pākēhā initiatives, and more work is needed to identify how we can become more coordinated between key stakeholders.
  • An interesting discussion was had about the fact that many policies can be greater than six times more beneficial for people over 65 years of age, than they are for younger people. Mainly because policies are often drafted by older people. The frustration of the older generation making all the important decisions came up several times in our session.
  • Harv got a wonderful challenge about his privilege, by not noticing how Government policies affected him so much. Ouch.
  • Harv heard about Universal Basic Services for the first time in this meeting. Something for us all to look into more.
  • There is definite progress being seen in who is joining Regional Councils at the board level, and what they can achieve.
  • Living in a house that is killing you, is a very real thing – and while there are solutions to this issue, not enough progress is being made.
  • Duplication of services, especially in sport, got some air time.
  • And finally the lack of ‘just doing something’ at a local level, was also a common theme.

Much food for thought there. We want to understand what the common themes of frustration people have around the country and explore how we can collectively, learn our way into the future. We’ve a new tool in our tool kit called Impact Teams. It’s designed to disrupt the traditional consulting model as we can quickly mobilise a team, create a focus, and design a inquiry process that will break down barriers, create more clarity of action, and ultimately enhance the effectiveness of a company or organisation’s efforts to change. Watch this space!

Thanks to everyone in the Hamilton crew pictured for stepping up and giving a voice to what’s possible. Check out our next roadshow stop via our website events page.

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