Creative Welly Episode #35 | Freda Wells & Dan Neely

Courageous conversations with bold humans (from the most creative little capital in the world).

Freda Wells, Curator / Communications Advisor / Yoga teacher / mum

My curiousity about people, behaviour and the invisible forces between things, and my tendency to daydream, doodle, and sympathise with the underdog, have carved a winding life path around many countries, conversations and adventures.

In Europe, seeing our ecological trajectory, I added environmental science to my mishmash of uni papers, including psychology, neuropsyc, french, philosophy, graphic design, and music.

My work ‘portfolio’ includes comms & engagement advisor for the Wellington Regional Leadership Committee, teaching yoga, and curating The Kiwi Diary – a diary designed to share art and ideas that are good for people and planet.

I see many global woes as social in nature, that we need to “bring heart back”. We need to better understand how our inner world constructs our outer world, and the importance of psychological safety, I’m excited about co-curating experiences to cultivate these!

Dan Neely, Manager Community Resilience | Wellington CDEM Group Recovery

Dan Neely is the Manager of Community Resilience and Group Recovery Manager at the Wellington Emergency Management Office (WREMO). Dan is a community development practitioner – who happens to work in the Emergency Management.

He started in this field more than 20 years starting as a Peace Corps Volunteer working in the recovery of Hurricane Mitch in Honduras and later with the International Organisation for Migration in Sri Lanka after the Boxing Day Tsunami.

He leads a team of passionate and innovative people who make a real difference to peoples’ lives. Their work has been adopted by cities across Aotearoa, Australia, USA and Canada.

Originally from Arizona, he also knows a good taco when he sees one.

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Creative Welly Episode #34 | Bernadette Casey & Tan Huynh

Courageous conversations with bold humans (from the most creative little capital in the world).

Bernadette Casey, Textile and circular economy specialist

Co-Founder of UsedFULLY which leads Aotearoa-New Zealand’s transition to a to a low carbon, circular economy by implementing new technologies and business models at scale. Ensuring the full value of textile resources are maximised, to minimise the impacts of what we clothe and protect ourselves with. A frequent guest speaker on Stewardship and the Environment from a clothing perspective, she has presented her research on systemic change and circular systems at a number of international conferences, including the Global Fashion Conference. An Edmund Hillary Fellow she was awarded a University of Liverpool Dissertation of the Year for her Masters research into ethical purchasing. Bernadette believes the most effective way to solve our greatest challenges is through collaboration.

Tan Huynh – Manager, Impact Investing Network

Tan’s varied background has taken him across startups, corporate and government in diverse sectors such as investment, technology, creative, economic development and education. He has delivered major projects across New Zealand, Australia, the US, the UK and Vietnam. The underlying theme is growing the capability and scale of enterprises and sectors through strategic investment and economic development initiatives.

He has successfully raised investments for impact enterprises, previously at crowdfunding platform PledgeMe. Tan works with the Impact Investing Network to connect, educate and advocate for the growth of the impact investing sector in Aotearoa New Zealand. He’s also at the Ākina Foundation, coaching organisations to scale their positive social and environmental impact with investment.

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