Summit targets tomorrow’s design innovation leaders

By April 7, 2017 latest No Comments

The world of possibility will be unveiled to rangatahi this weekend when Waikato-Tainui hosts a unique leadership and design innovation summit to inspire and foster the next big ideas.

120 rangatahi have been selected to attend the Turongo me Maahina-a-rangi Leaders By Design Summit, which is a leadership-driven collaboration between Waikato-Tainui, Ngaati Maniapoto and Ngaati Kahungunu.

The Summit has attracted a quality field of presenters headed by former Nike senior global design director Jason Mayden, design thought leader Anne Gibbon, and inspirational entrepreneur Robett Hollis.

Rahui Papa, who chairs Te Arataura, the tribal executive of Waikato-Tainui, said the summit would connect some of our brightest young minds with world leaders in innovative design solutions.

“Design thinking and leadership, particularly when applied to social and environmental challenges, is already changing lives and has the potential to solve some of the major issues facing our world today,” said Mr Papa.

“The reality is that solutions for key global issues, such as how we sustain fresh water supplies or counter the effects of climate change, will come from the next generation of leaders who are inspired by possibility and big bold ideas.

“This summit is about inspiring rangatahi to bring their ideas into the light, to keep creating ideas, and to give them the confidence and the knowledge they need to push their ideas forward to execution and success,” he said.

Jason Mayden is hailed by Nike as one of the creative and technical masterminds behind many of the Brand Jordan sneakers and is now designer-in-residence at capital venture firm Accel Partners and CEO of brand apparel company SuperHeroic. He hopes the Summit will unlock the potential of the attendees and expand their understanding of what positive leadership looks like in the design innovation space.

“It is important to share and model positive leadership behaviour that serves as an example for possible outcomes for our youth,” said Mr Mayden.

“Leadership is about growth and the healthy exchange of ideas through critical discourse. The Leadership by Design summit is sure to spark conversations that lead to growth and meaningful change for all involved.”

The three-day Summit will feature keynote speaker presentations from iwi leaders and some of New Zealand’s leading innovators and entrepreneurs, and world-class experts on design thinking.

It will also include workshops, discussions and the completion of a design solution project aimed at creating meaningful outcomes for Maaori.

The workshops will include teaching the tools and resources needed for the rangatahi to co-design their own ideas. These tools are the same as those used by a range of global companies such as Google, Nike, IBM, and Porsche when creating new products.

The Summit will also see participants being paired with a tuakana (mentor) to support them to develop their Summit design project. The tuakana, who are all successful business experts, entrepreneurs and innovators, are volunteering their time and will continue to mentor the rangatahi beyond the summit.

Mr Papa acknowledged Summit partners Ngaati Maniapoto and Ngaati Kahungunu (which included Maungahuru – Tangitu Trust, Ngaati Pahauwera Development Trust and Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga) whose leadership and support to stage the Summit had been significant.

He also acknowledged the valuable support that the Summit had received from the Ministry of Youth Development, Te Puni Kokiri, Trust Waikato, Tuhono, ASB, Mercury Energy, JR McKenzie Trust, Te Kupenga o Maniapoto and Fonterra. This support had contributed towards enabling the rangatahi to attend.