CatchImpact: Zapzapmath
19 Nov 2017

CatchImpact: Zapzapmath

The vast mass of entrepreneurial energy at last week’s Web Summit in Lisbon was distraction embodied: Robots, keynote speakers and spotlit stalls clamoured for the attention of the thousands of attendees who were otherwise glued to their screens by the all-knowing conference app. Despite the competition, chance happened to bring our small Berlin crew into contact with a very interesting education tech company. On the final day, as we sought to reach the afterparty for a well-earned wine, we ran...

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Escape the City — Hiking from Krakow, London, Berlin

It struck me as I rounded the bend of the mountain trail.  I stopped, captive to a force momentarily beyond my comprehension. Out of the Polish alpine air it came, a wave of pure emotion that left me with eyes watering. While I knew my summer escape into the High Tatra ranges was much needed, the ferocity of the release nevertheless took me completely by surprise. We Kiwis have a strong need for escapes into the great outdoors, which makes...

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CatchImpact — Saturá Bar
5 Aug 2017

CatchImpact — Saturá Bar

“Save Beer, Save the Planet!” reads like a t-shirt you may buy for a beery beloved, but as I sat in Friedrichshain, sampling a special lager spiked with the sour Berliner Weisse beer, it began to make more sense. My bar stool belonged to Saturá Bar, a pop-up social enterprise which existed last week for the Berlin Beer Week. On the next stool, Trent zum Mallen, the bar’s German-American founder, explaining how beer could be better. So why wouldn’t I be drinking...

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Innovation Communications Projects
31 Jul 2017

Innovation Communications Projects

The solutions journalism I’ve been working on is just one part of the story. I’m increasingly using my media skills to also help impact brands and individuals communicate the change they bring to the world. Here is a small handful of the innovation communications projects I’ve recently worked on:   TEDxKreuzberg I was part of the founding team of the TEDxKreuzberg event, which aimed to share actionable inspiration through an evening of talks held in front of an audience in...

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CatchImpact — Fashion for Good

Ever felt dismayed by clothes or shoes that fell apart after being worn for a few months? Like most of us, I’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirt. But recently, after requiring premature repairs on yet another pair of pants, I started properly questioning the clothing industry I’d taken for granted — finding a shoddy default setting driven by a throwaway culture. This is why, on a recent visit to the Netherlands, I was excited to learn about an...

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Spain, Portugal & the Book of Little Wins

Taking a 12-day break from the freelance slog to relax in Madrid, Salamanca and Porto finally allowed the chance to reflect on the four months which have passed since returning to Berlin with a mission. It’s not all been easy and something that’s helped on tougher days is an idea I’ve discussed with a buddy in NZ. There are also days where you feel like you’re on a roll. You’re unstoppable. They’re often triggered by one particular event, a little kernel of...

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CatchImpact — Developers In Vogue

I’m sitting with a Ghanaian lady named Ivy in a timbered German coworking space, talking about the internet of our homelands. Minutes later, Ivy Barley’s team is named as the winner of the #eskills4girls challenge, receiving €15,000 of funding and later appearing at the G20 spinoff conference, W20, where leaders like Angela Merkel would come together to talk about the economic empowerment of women — and particularly online. In our increasingly digital world we now face a digital gender divide: Compared to...

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Five years: backpacking to branding
19 Apr 2017

Five years: backpacking to branding

Last week was the five-year anniversary of the fateful, frigid day I first arrived in Europe.  I still remember being picked up at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, barrelling through ‘orrible traffic in the tiny car of friends and feeling absolutely frozen while exploring the city, since my travel attire was based on the somewhat romantic notion of ‘Paris in the springtime’ being something other than biting cold. Five years on I appear to have learned nothing, as I...

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CatchImpact — Ōtākaro Orchard Project

Revisiting Christchurch in the first weeks of 2017 was, as always, a bittersweet experience. It’s the first proper city I lived in, home to friends, family and the memories of my university days, and a place I no longer recognise as it rises, phoenix-like, out of the rubble and aftershocks of the February  2011 earthquake. The highlight of going back is always the people who call Christchurch home. This time, I also had the pleasure of being introduced to the Ōtākaro Orchard edible...

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Catching up with a hiss and a roar
22 Feb 2017

Catching up with a hiss and a roar

I’m really quite happy with how 2017 kicked off. A shambolically spontaneous adventure in Golden Bay, New Zealand. One which involved a hitchhiker, glowworms, surprise meetings, Manuka beer and a mission to get one American to their choppy ferry ride. Back in Berlin, I’m very happy to report that well over a month and a half later, my year has actually begun. I’m in no way complaining about wonderful times with friends and family, finding inspiration in the entrepreneurs nurturing...

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