Issue FIVE: FOR PEOPLE WHO GIVE A %
For this issue we really dived into the Collective world of our people who give a %. We looked at happiness, single use plastics and how two of our amazing Collective supporters see us unf**king the world. We talked to Luis Sutherland about his recent ‘Mike & Mandy’ video, that he and Sweetshop kindly produced for us. There are so many amazing humans in the Collective and this issue gives you a look into some of their worlds. Enjoy!
To start this piece-of-words thing I thought I’d come up with a clever title. What is the opposite of tunnel vision? Bridge vision? Panoramic vision? Paddock vision!? Not as clever as I’d hoped for, but has a bloody decent Kiwi ring to it so I’ll stick with that.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Lani Evans was New Zealand’s own Superwoman. She heads the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation, co-chairs Thankyou Charitable Trust, chairs Thankyou Payroll and is on the committee for the JR McKenzie Trust’s Peter McKenzie Project. Not to mention being involved in the first all-female traverse of the South Island, proposing to her partner at the end of the 100km Oxfam Trailwalker and fighting the crime of wastefulness through dumpster diving – plus being an amazing 1% donor and Future 50 member. Phew!
Inspired by the possibility of making someone’s life better gets Motif’s Director and One Percent’s Chair, James Bushell, out of bed each day. A fan of millenials and their conscientious decision-making (go millenials!) and a member of the crew that sailed a vaka unassisted to Bougainville and back searching for sustainable cocoa beans for Wellington Chocolate Factory, James is pretty proud he hasn’t scared his family and friends away, yet.
Julian Moller is a self-proclaimed nerd and known here at One Percent as ‘The Wizard’. From Opoho, Dunedin, Julian grew up exploring the ’burbs with his brothers, building huts in the bush and playing touch down at the local park. Nowadays, he works his magic as a programmer and developer at 1000minds, dabbles in a bit of craft beer brewing with his mates (they’ve called themselves 1000Brews – shout out to the Occasional Brewer) and is our much-valued volunteer tech support wiz.
One of the reasons the gender pay gap continues to exist is that it lives in our silence and our uncomfortable relationship with our salaries. We don’t like to talk about money. While the statistics show there is a gender pay gap that hasn’t changed much in the last decade, individually many of us don’t know if we are paid fairly. And many organisations don’t know if they have a gender pay gap or not.
To be human is to be on a journey – in Samoan, faigamalaga. A journey to discover your own kaupapa, and to find ways to live it out. At DCM, we talk about picking up the paddle – ki te hoe. For me, that’s a journey to becoming and to being my best self. We call the people we work with taumai, meaning ‘to settle’. You could say that to be human is to be on a journey to a place where you are settled, where your wairua (in Samoan, agaga) is settled.
What is happiness? A perfect sunset? A mansion on the hill? A dog walking on its hind legs? It’s the question that lingers in our minds when we consider which job to take, what to have for lunch and the sort of person we should spend the rest of our lives with. But do any of us have the answer? Sigmund Freud was not convinced and insisted that ‘the pursuit of happiness is a doomed quest.’ Fortunately, it seems that few of us agree.
Joe Bloggs may be a tidy Kiwi, but ‘tidy’ is not the kind of Kiwi that New Zealand needs right now. It’s fine to keep rubbish off the streets, but the real problem is the amount of plastic being used and thrown away on a daily basis. Let’s have a look then, at some of the very real facts about single use plastics (or SUPs). Joe would be horrified to learn, for example, that of the 322 metric tonnes of plastic produced each year worldwide, only 14 percent are recycled. Or that every year, New Zealanders go through enough plastic bottles to fill 700 jumbo jets.
Have you ever wondered just how easy it really is to give 1%? Well we pitched a video brief to global boutique production company Sweetshop, they sent it out to their directors and the incredible Louis Sutherland came back with this gem of a script called ‘Mike & Mandy’. This pro-bono video campaign blew our minds! Here’s a wee sneaky look behind-the-scenes with director and fellow Wellingtonian, Louis Sutherland.
In true Kiwi fashion, over a hot cup of tea, we sat down with two of New Zealand’s most fascinating people to discuss the state of the world around us, what the future looks like and what matters most. Melissa Clark-Reynolds (ONZM) is a digital strategist, technological entrepreneur and Future 50 donor of ours. Sarah Longbottom (MNZM) is the founder and former executive director of Ngā Rangatahi Toa. Smart, successful and more than a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, Melissa and Sarah share with us four key areas to help unf*ck the world.
You’ll often find Cracked Ink halfway up a wall buzzing up and down in a cherry picker, doing what he loves, painting walls with his infectious style. We were lucky enough to pin him down for a day in his Whanganui studio, so he could capture the crazy collective world of his amazing B&W ink style characters.
Issue FIVE Editor's YARN
One. Million. Dollars! Yep, as I write this, your 1% donations are collectively on the verge of hitting the million dollar raised milestone, an amazing Collective achievement!
While we talk here about the dollar figures, the most important thing to remember is that each and every donation is impacting the lives of people and the environment in Aotearoa and beyond. That’s thousands of lives supported each and every year by your small, regular acts of generosity. I think that’s pretty darn awesome!
So when Louis Sutherland and Naz Nazli sent us through the final words for our new ‘Mike & Mandy’ video, you can just imagine the grin when we read this: Sometimes giving almost nothing means almost everything.
It beautifully captures what this whole generosity movement is about, a small act that has minimal impact on our day-to-day lives, yet has the hugest impact on those who need our support.
To all of you who have been part of the Collective journey over the years, I can’t thank you enough for the support you have given, in so many ways. Believe me, meeting the charities and seeing the lives impacted makes this thing so incredibly worthwhile.
To those of you ready to join us in giving a %, we can’t wait for your help in creating even more impact. Thank you.
Editor/Chief Doer of Things
at One Percent Collective
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