Inspiring and amazing

INSPIRING, influential and amazing, these are just a few words that described my experience at Festival for the Future 2017 in Auckland.

In early August I got the chance as a Gisborne District Youth Councillor to attend Festival for the Future, a three-day event aimed to get young New Zealanders to re-imagine and create the future that we will live in.

With nearly 25 guest speakers, four different panels and 11 different workshops there were plenty of opportunities to engage and express your opinions, including a democratic debate between five parties on the second night.

On the second day the workshops commenced and I attended two; the ideas and skills cafe and leading for impact.

Both of these were attended by over 100 people each from all round New Zealand and the world.

The ideas and skills cafe workshop was about having small group discussions with guest speakers who were having a large impact on the future of New Zealand with their innovative ideas.

The second workshop leading for impact was about finding your purpose and how you are going to take that purpose, and make a positive impact on the future through leadership roles.

On the third day I attended the creative problem solving workshop which aimed to get us thinking about the development of education and government in New Zealand.

Along with these workshops there were influential guest speakers and performances.

My favourites were Lisa King, the CEO and co-founder of New Zealand’s fastest growing social enterprise, Eat My Lunch with the motto ‘buy one give one’.

She talked about her life and how she helps thousands of Kiwi kids daily. My second favourite was Ken Arkind, an American National Champion in slam poetry and winner of many top writing awards.

Festival for the Future has had a massive impact on my life and has changed the way I think every day. I hope it had the same impact on the other 1300 people that attended — including the 25 people from around the East Coast.

I would love to see some more Gisborne students attending this life changing festival next year.

INSPIRING, influential and amazing, these are just a few words that described my experience at Festival for the Future 2017 in Auckland.

In early August I got the chance as a Gisborne District Youth Councillor to attend Festival for the Future, a three-day event aimed to get young New Zealanders to re-imagine and create the future that we will live in.

With nearly 25 guest speakers, four different panels and 11 different workshops there were plenty of opportunities to engage and express your opinions, including a democratic debate between five parties on the second night.

On the second day the workshops commenced and I attended two; the ideas and skills cafe and leading for impact.

Both of these were attended by over 100 people each from all round New Zealand and the world.

The ideas and skills cafe workshop was about having small group discussions with guest speakers who were having a large impact on the future of New Zealand with their innovative ideas.

The second workshop leading for impact was about finding your purpose and how you are going to take that purpose, and make a positive impact on the future through leadership roles.

On the third day I attended the creative problem solving workshop which aimed to get us thinking about the development of education and government in New Zealand.

Along with these workshops there were influential guest speakers and performances.

My favourites were Lisa King, the CEO and co-founder of New Zealand’s fastest growing social enterprise, Eat My Lunch with the motto ‘buy one give one’.

She talked about her life and how she helps thousands of Kiwi kids daily. My second favourite was Ken Arkind, an American National Champion in slam poetry and winner of many top writing awards.

Festival for the Future has had a massive impact on my life and has changed the way I think every day. I hope it had the same impact on the other 1300 people that attended — including the 25 people from around the East Coast.

I would love to see some more Gisborne students attending this life changing festival next year.

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