Column on Moxie 20 (on Auckland)

Some diary challenges have slowed the podcast production for October and November, but Vaughn Davis is in the NBR with his column on Moxie Session number 20. The topic was:

    Auckland is New Zealand’s only credible claim to a city of global scale. How are we going with this experiment of a single city? What role does Auckland play in national economic development, either as a centre in its own right, or as a launchpad to the world?”

More on it here.


More on social enterprise

An alert Moxie Session attendee flicked around some interesting materials:

  • Colmar Brunton’s Better Business Better World study of New Zealanders’ attitudes, suggesting sustainability concerns are at a tipping point. That was 2013. The 2014 version has just been released.
  • Neilson’s 2014 global study, “Doing Well By Doing Good”. They ask “Increasingly, consumers care about corporate social responsibility but does concern convert to consumption?”, and the answer is increasingly yes, all around the place.
  • Havas/Accenture/UN’s 2014 global study, “From Marketing to Mattering”, which highlights the growing belief that business is as accountable as governments for improving lives.
  • Cone’s Global CSR Study 2013, which highlights the expectation that business should change the way they operate to align with social and environmental needs.

Moxie Podcast 19 (on social enterprise) out now!

This is the podcast from the nineteenth Moxie Session, held 8 September 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.

The topic is:

Social enterprise. Businesses with a social purpose. Corporate responsibility as more than a side-project. Are these the start of something economically transformative and positive, and what would it take to hurry it along in New Zealand or the world?


  • Alex Hannant on strategy, markets, and a shift in values
  • Antony Welton with a view from big corporate
  • Jade Tang on working with social enterprises. You can see the slides Jade presented here.

Interview by Glenn Williams.

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Culture and the benefits of being small

A few interesting items have piled up in Moxie’s inbox:

Also The Guardian had an interesting article talking about how great the UK’s technology sector is, including some words on game makers, big data businesses, and how the government and attitudes to business help.