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10 surprising skills you need to work at a not for profit

Working for a not for profit can be immensely rewarding and life-enhancing, but it’s important to be honest about the challenges too. That said, here are 10 surprising skills that’ll help you thrive at a not for profit.  It’s not all solar power and organic roses. In the real world, not for profits often lack important resources […]

How 'deep work' could revolutionise your work and life.

How ‘deep work’ could revolutionise your work & life

Sick of distraction, ‘busywork’ and a whole of lot emailing? You don’t need to quit your job to transform your work-life. Cal Newport’s concept of ‘deep work’ allows us to create a more meaningful, more satisfying, more fulfilling role in the job we have now.  Think about your average work-day. Does it include: Masses of emails? Definitely. ✔ Swathes […]

Good Sort: Laurie Foon

GOOD PROFILE: Laurie Foon, Sustainability advocate Named the Kiwibank Local Hero Award in 2017, Laurie’s warmth, generosity, smarts and incredible personal connections make her a natural leader of Wellington’s sustainable business revolution. Here’s a quick run-down of Laurie’s career, and what drives her! Current job(s): She is currently the Wellington Regional Manager for the Sustainable Business […]

Getting Started with Social Enterprise

Guest post by Waveney Russ – The Ākina Foundation Starting something new is daunting. Whether you’ve thought about beginning your own charity, not-for-profit, NGO, community group or social enterprise, knowing where to find reliable resources to guide you on your first stages of the do-good journey can be confusing and disheartening. At The Ākina Foundation, […]

Here’s your permission slip to get started

Guest blog: Anna Guenther, Co-Founder and Chief Bubble Blower at Pledgeme — I often get asked about how to get something started. Uncertain entrepreneurs, bored public servants, conviction filled activists all struggle with this. As stupid as it sounds, what I tell them all is that sometimes you just have to jump. You need to […]

Fab collabs: 5 examples of great ‘do good’ collaboration

We all know amazing things can happen when great people work together, so imagine what might emerge if more of our charities, social enterprises and businesses did the same. You don’t need to dream! We’ve scoured our Land of the Long White Cloud to find five fantastic examples of ‘do good’ collaboration. Tackling issues fro […]

How to make your life magical this year…scientifically validated

While we promote the notion of there being magic in working in a do good environment, it is different when talking about the value of magic itself. Science gives us clear answers to deal with challenges. Which is all well and good – except that we’re not very scientific creatures. Our brains have this funny […]

TwicePodcast#44a: Jingo, Mental Health and Refugees

With this month’s theme on Mental Health we wanted to share Twice Podcasts chat with Marianne and Murdoch, as they discuss Mental Health, Refugees and Beer. Get the inside and authentic stories of two fine sorts driving people-powered change and working to double NZ’s refugee quota. With beer on the side. Marianne is a self-described […]

TwicePodcast#45: Nest Building While Egg Sitting, with Silva and Ants from Enspiral

With this month’s focus on social enterprise, I dug into Twice Podcast’s treasure trove of chats to bring you a story about Ants and Silvia – makers and doers of good business – and members of Enspiral. Enspiral is a decentralised network of people ‘working on stuff that matters’. They share frank and useful learnings on their journeys […]

Good Cause: Frank Stationery

Good Cause: Jess from FRANK Stationery

Last year I purchased some beautiful diaries for a range of friends and contributors to Do Good Jobs. I loved the fact that my purchase also meant a child somewhere in New Zealand also received a notebook at school too – win-win! Since then I’ve become mildly addicted to my FRANK diary, a diary that […]

Great business, doing good

Following on from last week’s blog with Good Sort, Anake Goodall, we asked for his thoughts on Kiwi examples of a really good social enterprise.

Anake Goodall

Good Sort: Anake Goodall – “Bringing what I can to wicked problems”

If someone in Aotearoa New Zealand was to be given the honorary title of godfather of social enterprise, Anake Goodall would be pretty high on the list. The Christchurch based ‘doer’ self-describes as “bringing what I can to wicked problems.” “I’w really interested in governance for social change, and being a driver at the community […]

Good Sort: Becca Harvey, Fred Hollows

From roadie wannabe to accounts superstar, and now the People and Capability manager at Fred Hollows – working to ensure there is a solid team in place to ensure no one stays needlessly blind in the Pacific. I chatted with Good Sort Becca to get her thoughts on the not for profit space, HR insights […]

The Leadership Factor-X: Can it be taught?

Guest post: Alanna Irving — “What is it that makes you a leader? Why is it you who often takes the lead?” This question was posed to us, a group of relatively young people at different points in our professional journeys, by our facilitator, Suze Wilson, at the Asia New Zealand Foundation’s Rethinking Leadership hui. […]

Gina remove lifehack

Good sort: Gina Rembe

Life-hacking, marketer and a do-good job success story (hoo-rah!). Gina spends her time at Lifehack – an experiment ground for improving youth wellbeing. She shares her career story, pivots and the time her job title included Chief Popcorn Maker…   Where were you working before you started this job? I’m from Berlin and after studying […]

Ashlee Gross overseas volunteering VSA

Good Sort: Ashlee Gross on volunteering and snorkelling

About a year ago, I profiled my good friend and co-working desk buddy Ashlee on her role with Neighbours Day Aotearoa. Since then she has left behind weekend scrambled eggs on sourdough brunches in favour of snorkelling, bushwhacking, 27-degree heat with “one million percent humidity” and the “best job” she’s ever had volunteering with Volunteer Service Abroad […]

Good Stuff: Topflite

If you’ve ever road tripped around Oamaru in summer there’s a good chance you have noticed the sunflowers. Rosedale Farm in Weston is an Instagrammer’s delight, the sweeping yellow fields some of the most extensive in the country. It’s more than a pretty picture however. Since the first crop of sunflowers was planted on the family farm […]

Tyler Wickham, IHC

Good Sort: Tyler Wickham

Tyler is a do-good success story who has moved from a volunteer role to paid employment. Today, he is a volunteer coordinator at IHC, managing their volunteer programme. Who better to give the low-down on how he managed this move, and how to make a great impression when you volunteer. — Can you tell us more about the […]

Workers of the world unite: Know your rights and why joining a union makes a difference

This week we have a guest Q&A with Erin Polazcuk, National Secretary at The New Zealand Public Service Association Te Pūkenga Here Tikanga Mahi (the PSA), the largest trade union in New Zealand with over 63,000 members. — What is PSA all about? PSA represents everyone from physiotherapists to DOC rangers; scientists to parliamentary cleaners; […]

Good sort: Justin Purser, Food Manager at Trade Aid

Here is one goodie I can personally vouch for, and have had the absolute pleasure of working with. My first role, green from University, was at Trade Aid Importers in Christchurch. In my marketing role, I worked closely alongside Justin Purser, the Food Manager. For the past 25 years, Justin has worked at Trade Aid Importers […]