At Idealog, we regularly celebrate our design community's brilliance. Admittedly, we also get a twisted sort of pleasure out of making our annual design challenge harder and harder each year – but that’s because we want to ensure the community continues to think outside the box. Thanks to our friends at Icebreaker, we sent out a box of very raw wool fibre to some talented humans in a range of design disciplines and tasked them with recreating an everyday object using wool. Here’s what interdisciplinary design studio Isthmus came up with – comfort felt.
When the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction report was released in December last year, it painted a grim picture. “New Zealand is experiencing a rising tide of mental distress and addiction,” it said. “The cost of poor mental wellbeing and addiction is high. It is a high cost to individuals, families and whānau, businesses and organisations, communities, government and the country as a whole.” While the spotlight has been shone on specific demographics, one sector that is also toiling under pressure is our creative industries. We all know the squeeze of creative work well: late nights, long hours, client demands, unrealistic deadlines, impostor syndrome, self-criticism. This, coupled with the sensitive disposition creative people tend to have, often creates an environment where mental health issues can flourish. However, these people also have a talent for communicating ideas at a time when New Zealand has a base-level awareness of the problem, but not a deeper understanding or the tools to fix it. In part two of a series, Elly Strang talks to the new wave of creators are coming up with inspiring solutions to confront our mental health problem head on.
Tomek Bielanski, senior analytics consultant at krunch.co, has spent the last two years trying to track, crunch and analyse all the real-time data about himself that he can, in the name of wellness. What has he learned?
There’s a movement afoot globally to create more companies that balance purpose with profit and view business as a force for good. Called Certified B Corporations, companies that meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability can become certified. As of April, Sharesies investment platform was the first financial company nationally to qualify for the B Corp certification, joining just 22 other New Zealand B Corp certified businesses. CEO Brooke Roberts talks us through the process, and the benefits for businesses in becoming certified.
When the Christchurch attacks unfolded earlier this year, prime minister Jacinda Ardern was praised around the world for her empathetic leadership style. But how does this same style of leadership apply to business leaders? Leadership expert and keynote speaker Daniel Murray discusses how businesses can discover the concept of strategic empathy, and in turn, realign their commercial objectives and develop a culture that contributes to a more inclusive world.
A wellness craze is making the rounds in Silicon Valley circles, and it involves hopping into a tub filled with ice and following a particular breathing method created by a Dutch wellness expert called Wim Hof. Thanks to Samsung New Zealand, NZ Retail Magazine deputy editor and young, creative and stressed out professional Courtney Devereux put her body on the line to see if the practice lauded by entrepreneurs, social media influencers and fitness junkies around the world actually does increase mental wellbeing (Spoiler alert: not really, but it does leave you feeling moist and slightly vulnerable).
Once a buzzword only noteworthy to the most committed of OSH representatives, ‘wellbeing’ has, against all odds, become the business productivity term du jour. That doesn’t mean corporate NZ is any good at actually doing it though.