Idealog's Most Innovative in Social Enterprise/Charity: Squawk Squad

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Idealog's Most Innovative in Social Enterprise/Charity: Squawk Squad

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.

The power of giving

Making baked goods for those in need sounds like a simple task rather than a revolution, but sometimes small acts of kindness can also be the most transformative. This is what’s seen the charity Good Bitches Baking grow from humble beginnings in Wellington into a nationwide movement. Now, it’s turning its hand to helping rehabilitate prisoners through the therapeutic act of baking, with the goods then given to women’s refuge – giving two of the groups in our society that are most in need of some love a helping hand.

Meeting your match

How do you break the stereotype of the younger generation that’s been labelled lazy, self-entitled and reckless with money (hello, $15 smashed avocado on toast) and help them do some social good? You create an app akin to the world’s most popular dating platform, Tinder, that connects volunteers with charities and social causes. Collaborate co-founder Holly Norton explains her app, how it’s smashing Millennial stereotypes and how people actually do want to do volunteer work, it’s just the process that’s hard.

Drawn to a good cause

The February blaze in Christchurch's Port Hills saw the community rope together to support families who suffered loss from the fire. But one group of artists are pushing their talent to the next level to support a family in need.