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Summer 2018

Issue #69, Summer 2018

The Innovation Issue: Seeing The World Differently

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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 opportunities he sees for entrepreneurs in New Zealand's emerging medical cannabis sector.

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.

Urban design

Aotearoa is dealing with challenges when it comes to affordable housing, and while a host of solutions have been tried and tested to fix the problem, it is still occurring. But not all solutions are created equal. Here’s a look at some of the more interesting ideas to tackle the housing crisis, from both locally and abroad – including co-living, fake wood and living with people old enough to be your grandparents.

My favourite places

Angie Judge is the CEO of Dexibit, a big-data company that collects unique information on visitors to cultural institutions to measure things like visitation and engagement with exhibitions, as well as make predictions for the future. Here are some of her favourite cultural stops around New Zealand.

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.

Profile

How did one New Zealander go from seeing his house and all his prized possessions go up in flames, to becoming one of the world’s most sought-after virtual reality directors and cinematographers? Elly Strang sits down with realityvirtual.co founder Simon Che de Boer to get to know the man who says he’s in the business of ‘slice-of-life’ virtual experiences that are hard to distinguish from the real thing.

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 things he learned founding a company in an industry that doesn't exist yet.

A day in the life, brought to you by Hummingbird

Brianne West is the founder and CEO of Ethique, a Christchurch-based plastic-free and sustainable beauty company that produces handcrafted solid shampoos, conditioners, face and body and solid beauty bars with zero-waste packaging, ridding the beauty industry of plastic bottles one product at a time. The company has diverted 500,000 plastic bottles from landfill to date, and recently signed an $8 million deal to stock its products in more than 420 Priceline stores throughout Australia. Here's how West gets through the day, organises her time and handles the madness of business.

Idealog + Isthmus

Isthmus’ original plan for the Wellington waterfront at Kumutoto composed two key spatial moves: to push the city out and let the sea in. Now, over a decade on, the project is nearing completion. The latest phase of work – North Kumutoto – extends the laneway, tracing the historic sea wall past new commercial buildings. And while the precinct has evolved since its original plan, it still explores the relationship between land and sea. Findlay Buchanan talks with Isthmus CEO Ralph Johns about the new additions.

Idealog + Krunch

Combining data, technology and content into measurable business outcomes, independent digital marketing agency krunch.co holds a unique spot in the market. Managing director, Darren Kirkland, says the team of 35 people help its clients through a journey of transformation so they can thrive in today's challenging and increasingly complex marketplace.

Bold ideas

The statistics don’t lie: the bulk of the those that are designing living and urban spaces in New Zealand cities are men – but the times are changing. Globally, there is a conversation taking place on what cities would look like if equal weighting was given to all of its citizens in the design process. Co-founder of Women in Urbanism, a New Zealand organisation formed to push for more feminist cities, Emma McInnes makes a case for how New Zealand’s cities can be made to be more inclusive through urban design.

The future of farming

Our farming systems stand on the precipice of intense change. The task of how to feed a growing population that is set to reach 10 billion people by 2050 in the face of climate change, resource scarcity, and land degradation has forced innovation to spur. Scientists and technologists have blown the whistle on traditional farming methods and subsequently, new systems of agriculture have emerged. Plant-based meats have sprouted, cellular agriculture and alternative protein products have spread across supermarkets and fast food joints, and farmers have more environmental accountability. Thankfully, strides in technological development have opened the gates for a fourth agricultural revolution, but will New Zealand – with its national identity that’s deeply entrenched in traditional farming methods – be willing to move with it? In part one of a series, Findlay Buchanan talks to Hikurangi Enterprises, one of the companies growing the pastures of agricultural posterity.

Idealog + Commtract

In a day and age where communication and perception are so important to businesses, being able to have a communications professional on hand when needed is crucial. Commtract New Zealand managing director Jo de Joux talks how her business is helping connect communications professionals with companies in need of comms support in a specific area of business.

Elevator Pitch, brought to you by Flick

We gave Ecology & Co founder Diana Miller a little longer than an elevator ride to pitch her business, which creates artisan, distilled alcohol-free spirits.

Idealog + The Common

In a day and age where communication and perception are so important to businesses, being able to have a communications professional on hand when needed is crucial. So, when we found out that 74 percent of Idealog’s readers have issues with getting good advice and business support, we talked to Debra Chantry, founder of The Common, about how it connects businesses with communications professionals.

Beyond human

From the iconic Power Loader suit worn by Sigourney Weaver in Alien to the more recent depiction of Robert Downey Jr. flying around in armour as Iron Man, Hollywood has long used exosuits to transform ordinary humans into augmented, super-powerful beings who save the world. But Hollywood glitz and glamour aside, exosuits are proving to be an incredibly useful edition to workforces around the world, from rehabilitation to manual labour. So, what has the uptake for this once-fictitious innovation been like in New Zealand? And how can we as a country shape the future use of them to benefit as many people as possible? Anna and Kelly Pendergrast investigate.

Idealog + Creative HQ

It is no surprise to anyone that businesses are looking to grow. So, when we found out that 83 percent of Idealog’s readers have issues with growing their businesses we talked to Stefan Korn, CEO at Creative HQ about how it is enabling people to build businesses.

Elevator Pitch, brought to you by Flick

We gave Makeshi + Thappen founder and former Blunt Umbrellas managing director Scott Kington a little longer than an elevator ride to pitch his new business, a design-led innovation agency and product incubator.

Most Innovative Companies

The winner of Idealog's Most Innovative Companies in Finance/Money is Sharesies. Bringing investment to the masses, Sharesies thinks different, acts different and looks different from your typical investment company. “At Sharesies, we don’t see a future where banks, ETFs or managed funds remain the primary wealth holding,” says Brooke Roberts, Sharesies CEO. “We see personalised, values-based portfolios created by people, community and algorithm. In New Zealand alone there is an opportunity worth over $1 billion for Sharesies.”

Most Innovative Companies

The winner of Idealog's Most Innovative Companies in Social Enterprise/Charity is Squawk Squad. New Zealand's native birds are in a crisis. 80 percent of the country’s remaining endemic birds are threatened with extinction, with an estimated 25 million birds killed each year by introduced predators. Squawk Squad’s goal is to connect and engage Kiwis with the protection and growth of these native birds and to that, they’re applying start-up thinking to the conservation conversation.

Most Innovative Companies

The winner of Idealog's Most Innovative Companies in Media/Marketing is Special Group. By anyone’s standards, the last year has been a good one for the creative agency Special Group. Named New Zealand Agency of the Year by Campaign Brief, AUS/NZ Mobile Agency of the Year by Campaign Asia and Asia Pacific’s Most Effective Independent Agency by the global Effies index – all in the last 12 months alone – it’s a great tenth year, whichever way you look at it.