Creativity Month

Idealog's March theme is creativity. Business is an inherently creative pursuit: ideas are had, actions are taken, experiments are conducted, failures occur, success arrives, and the cycle continues. But those who are able to ride the ups and downs of the creative process are the ones who tend to push society forward. So this month, we're putting the spotlight on the most creative people, businesses and ideas.

Creativity Month

25 Things

Paul Manning is the co-founder and executive director of Helius Therapeutics, New Zealand’s largest licensed medicinal cannabis company, but most of his career has been spent in the design and advertising sector. He launched an agency called Metromedia at the age of 22, which went on to become New Zealand’s largest independent agency before being acquired by Ogilvy on 2007. He was then the executive director at Ogilvy before joining Clemenger Group as managing director of 99. A former EY Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Manning has worked at the highest level with major agencies and consulted to dozens of New Zealand’s leading brands. Here's five ways he thinks New Zealand's economy could be diversified through innovation.

The future of fitness

Even after 50 years of successful business, Les Mills has shown its confidence in its ability to innovate in order to remain an industry leader. Now, the fitness experts have debuted s a new state-of-the-art workout studio that mixes innovative design with operation endurance. We have a chat with Les Mills New Zealand managing director Dione Forbes-Ryrie about how its new form is a way of increasing Les Mills’ outlook on an inclusive revolution that’s happening in the fitness world.

Opinion

Design is a service industry, and designers are often in service to clients, staff, and collaborators. So how do designers ensure their inspiration tank doesn't run empty? Design Assembly writer and editor Nicole Arnett Phillips argues that creativity is like the land is a resource for farmers, and it needs to be nurtured and invested in. Designer Dirt and investing in our creativity.

Opinion

In response to school strikes by students planned across the country, Secondary Principals Association president and Pakuranga College principal Michael Williams has said the students' impact on climate change would be "probably zero" and the students are "wasting good learning time" and will be marked as truant if they don't have their parents' permission to take the day off to strike. Pakuranga College student and 14-year-old Holly Rowsell shares the letter she sent him regarding his reaction to the climate change school strikes, and outlines why being marked as truant is wrong as her and other students aren't doing it to wag class, they're doing it to give power to the youth's voice on an issue that impacts most on them.

Creativity Month

We celebrate women every day here at Idealog, but we also won’t pass on an excuse to roll out a list of inspiring women more people need to familiarise themselves with. So in light of March being our Creativity Month and today being International Women’s Day, here’s eight trailblazing women making New Zealand a more exciting, imaginative and innovative place through their work.

Podcast

It’s not often you stumble across a nine-year-old New Zealander hosting a business podcast, but then again, most nine-year-olds aren’t like self-proclaimed budding entrepreneur Eli Smit. After discovering Smit as our Emerging Talent, we will be hosting season two of Smit's podcast on Idealog. In his fourth episode of the season, Smit chats with the co-founder and managing director of Thankyou, Daniel Flynn. Thankyou is a social enterprise that commits 100 percent of its profit to ending global poverty. It has now given over $5.5 million to impactful projects around the world that have enabled clean water for more than 540,000 people and provided food aid for more than 132,000 people.

Creativity Month

It’s time for New Zealand’s entrepreneurs to remove the wool from their eyes and see the many potential uses for our own natural fibres, New Zealand Merino Company says. While companies like Allbirds and Firewire Surfboards are paving the way for innovative ways to use wool, to help fast-track the revival of this material, the organisation has opened an innovation space in the heart of Christchurch city to develop creative business ideas and encourage more wool and fibre-based businesses to arise in Aotearoa. We chat with CEO John Brakenridge about the opportunity for the both the start-up sector and the agriculture industry.

Elevator Pitch, brought to you by Flick

We gave Woolkin co-founder Luke Morreau a little longer than an elevator ride to pitch his company Woolkin, which makes toys and other products for children made from Naturesclip, a specially-formulated and flexible type of soft-but-strong wool they developed and own the rights to.

25 Things

Paul Manning is the co-founder and executive director of Helius Therapeutics, New Zealand’s largest licensed medicinal cannabis company, but most of his career has been spent in the design and advertising sector. He launched an agency called Metromedia at the age of 22, which went on to become New Zealand’s largest independent agency before being acquired by Ogilvy on 2007. He was then the executive director at Ogilvy before joining Clemenger Group as managing director of 99. A former EY Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Manning has worked at the highest level with major agencies and consulted to dozens of New Zealand’s leading brands. Here's five ways his advertising background helped him in becoming an entrepreneur.