Is there a movement emerging in New Zealand challenging the global capitalist system?

Last week I facilitated a fascinating salon conversation with a group of New Zealand entrepreneurs and change makers.

We explored the emergence of a movement in New Zealand where entrepreneurs are creating products and services that give back to the community. We situated this in the context of a global capitalist system where transnational corporates create powerful economies of scale, but often flood developing economies with their products to the detriment of that society.

A case in point discussed is the Cook Islands in New Zealand, where one of the salon participants has a lot of hands-on experience.

We explored some of the ideas emerging out of this part of the world. You can register for the salon and watch it below.

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Who participated in this salon?

This particular salon was initiated by Julian Noel from Shine (Jules), a good friend of mine based in Sydney. He’s a very heart-led entrepreneur. Jules was telling me how excited he is about what’s coming out of New Zealand. In particular, he felt that entrepreneurship is very connected to a tribal and communal sense of identity, while embracing some of the world’s most exciting innovations.

Jules curated some amazing people from New Zealand to join us in conversation. Jules himself was effectively the moderator, seeking to create a narrative as we explored ideas. We were joined by:

Andre Rowell, editor and owner of M2 magazines new Zealand, connected to entrepreneurs, and leaders in New Zealand. He’s the founder of The Cook Islands Project bringing culture and commerce together in Rarotonga. Andre hails from Rarotonga.

Arohanui Aperahama, a former nurse who is starting a home based business making Kombucha, Maori medicine, and broth products.

Ana Heremaia, a social entrepreneur who works with disadvantaged kids in local high schools solving social issues through design and buildings.

You can register for the salon below.



Highlights from the salon

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Notable replies

  1. It was a lot of fun to run a salon again, especially with such an interesting group of people. Thanks Julian Noel for putting this one together.

    Would love to know what the highlights were for you if you’ve watched it! If you can’t see the registration form above, click on the link to the original article on Ideapod.

  2. There are countries around the world that have challenged the global capitalist system. I think we would all agree they are not very pleasant places to live. There may be better systems, that might be a challenge for the AIs to create one. They could do simulations to see how well they worked. Every form of government has problems, making a list of problems for it does not mean it is bad, it just means it needs to be improved. I watched the on-line meeting and was not sure what was being addressed, I did not see an executive summary of the meetings objectives. Perhaps future group thinks could do a better job of helping me asses the benefits I will obtain by investing my time?

  3. Two examples we spoke about in the salon are South Korea and Singapore, both of which employed an “anti-capitalist” strategy of economic development. It was “anti-capitalist” in the sense of being “anti-free market capitalist” and rather it was instead “state-led”.

    Probably one of the best examples of an “anti-capitalist” country is the United States. Most innovation in the US is government-led. This interview may be useful to review.

    As for the objective of the salon, we wanted to explore new ideas around entrepreneurship coming out of New Zealand. We weren’t sure what would emerge from the discussion. I didn’t expect for example to be talking about the ideology of Neoliberalism as it relates to economic development in the Cook Islands. Another purpose of the salon is for it to provoke new ideas or ways of thinking in the participants. I’m hoping that a discussion will ensue here. Finally, it was an opportunity to introduce the speakers to the Ideapod community. We weren’t trying to develop a “solution” to a problem.

  4. When I meet new people, I look for what they may do for me (expanding my resources) and what I may do for them (my contributions to society.) Some people are so far outside my world experience I have no clue for either.

    I looked at the link, and it reinforced my concept of the world. If we grant that everything he said was right, that will not change what he said. It could be problematic, if anything was contradicted by anything else, one or the other must be false.

    If one looks at the world from today back 40,000 years we see it is just one big game. And a game without any referees or hard and fast rules. If we open the equation to religion, we can suppose some game management, but the players mostly ignore it.

    This is why I am so AI pro; here we have some oversight. And my creative efforts are in Science Fiction and alien species who know how to play a fair game (after a billion years of practice), so it is much more comfortable for me to socialize with my characters.

    In the world, today real wars will not be fought as no one can win. If people are going to list all the things wrong they should also contain the solutions for each problem they identify.

    Your groupthink presentations will attract more people if they know why they should attend. If a movie is being shown the promotions tell people how they will be entertained. If a video is displayed to a 5th-grade class, they watch because they have no choice and hopefully it will make them better people. If your presentations are intended to make the people that come and watch they need to be told good reasons why they should attend. A lot of success in the world is the result of word of mouth; people like to share good things and bad things. What you present will impact future turnout. People need to feel they got a benefit for spending their time.

  5. I agree the objectives and potential benefits of attending salons need to be more clearly explained. Thanks for the feedback.

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Written by Justin Brown

I'm the CEO and co-founder of Ideapod, a platform for people to connect around ideas. I'm passionate about people thinking for themselves, especially in an age of information overload.

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