• Hi, my name is

    SAM RYE

     

    I'VE BEEN CALLED A

    CONNECTOR,

    CHANGE AGENT & CATALYST

  • I prefer the term 'Unapologetic Generalist'

     

    My professional life has lately been focused on the intersection of social impact, creativity, communications.

     

    I focus on projects which support and nurture grassroots-driven social innovation & collaboration, and believe we need more people working on stuff that matters.

    Roller Strategies

    Associate

     

    Complexity Re-mastered is the aim of Roller, which is a global team working on Social Labs as a way to address complex challenges.

    Volunteer Impact

    Founder

     

    Making the world a little more Wild, by enabling environmental volunteers to better track & understand their impact.

    Horoeka Creative

    Founder

     

    Creating positive social + environmental impact using my skills in Marketing, Communications, Experience Design, Facilitation, Photography & Video.

     

    Enspiral

    Member

     

    Enspiral, at it's heart, is an ecosystem of businesses and individuals creating positive change through regenerative business.

  • Purpose

    DURING MY LIFETIME I'VE BOILED DOWN MY PURPOSE TO MAKING THE WORLD

    A LITTLE MORE WILD, AND CONNECTING PEOPLE TO THAT WILDNESS.

  • PAST PROJECTS

    I've had my fair share of projects, ventures and organisations in the past. 

     

    Here's a few which are particularly memorable:

    Lifehack

    Developing a lab to tackle Youth Mental Health challenges

    Co-leading the development of a social innovation lab over the course of 3 years, we built a range of programs and services to support a community of change makers to up skill, launch new initiatives, and improve youth wellbeing.

     

    My role covered experience & program design, venture coaching, community building, communications and marketing, impact evaluation and more.

     

    Find out more at Lifehack's website.

    Punakaiki Coastal Restoration Project logo

    Punakaiki Coastal Restoration Project

    A Living Lab for c21st Conservation

    Living & working in the remote South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand, perched on the edge of Paparoa National Park, I led teams of volunteers for the first 2 years of this amazing Restoration project with Conservation Volunteers New Zealand.

     

    A mix of community engagement, volunteer management, environmental education, practical conservation and restoration, photo points and much more.

     

    Find out more at the PCRP Website

    Peer Academy

    Product Design for Academies

    Supporting the Peer Academy team to roll out their new skill sharing Academies within a range of major Australian organisations in the public and private sector.

     

    A mixture of instructional design, experience design, and project management, this project extended me to design across tangible face-to-face experiences, website UX, and across a range of presentation formats and workbooks.

     

    Find out more at Peer Academy's website.

    Collaboration Cafe Wellington

    Where Ideas Take Flight

    Part of the founding team of this pop up social innovation space, we supported projects to gain vital early feedback to set them on the course to take flight.

     

    Part experience design, part social process - this was one of my earliest forays into facilitation and holding space.

     

    Find out more on the facebook page (free ebook coming soon)

    SKIP Tips

    Campaign Launch for Parenting App

    Supporting the Ministry of Social Development to develop and execute a creative launch campaign for their new parenting app.

     

    Campaign strategy to Lean Comms experiments and introducing new tools and approaches - this was a great opportunity to help the Government innovate in the communications & marketing space for a good cause.

     

    Find out more at the SKIP Tips launch page.

  • SPACES & VENTURES

    FOR ENVIRONMENTAL & SOCIAL INNOVATION

    We face huge challenges across ecological, social and cultural spheres, virtually all of our systems are in need of a reboot.

     

    I decided to start somewhere, because waiting would mean we were too late.

     

    In the last 5 years, I have been weaving together threads which have largely revolved around creating new ways of being and doing in the world, and new economic models to support them.

     

    After several years I've followed that thread, and now find myself working on some of the most interesting projects I've ever tackled in my life. I feel deeply humble for these opportunities, and grateful for the whānau (family) who I get the opportunity to be alongside in this work.

  • What others are saying...

     

    "Sam is a brilliant community developer - he seeks out great people, and turns them into the biggest fans for and advocates an organisation could ever wish for."

     

    - Ed Dowding, Founder of Sustaination & FoodTrade

     

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    "I love how he treats feedback as gold and passionately seeks continuous improvement in his own work style as well as for all our programs of work. Thank you for the golden years Sam! Hopefully we get to Co-Lead more innovations in the years ahead. Five stars. Would co-found again."

     

    - Chelsea Robinson, co-Lead of Lifehack (NZ's Social Lab for Youth Wellbeing)

     

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    "Sam has amazing energy and commitment to his work in the environment sector. He is very efficient, a good thinker and always delivered great work."

     

    - Lara Charles, Executive Director at Planet Goodness & Trustee of 350 Aotearoa

     

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    "Sam was wonderful at assisting in both creating visuals and copy for the TEDxTeAro Facebook and Twitter streams before, during and after the event - great understanding of the mediums and the aims of communicating emotion to the audience"

     

    - DK, License Holder of TEDxTeAro & TEDxWellington

  • CURRENTLY EXPLORING

    From time to time I get excited about different threads, topics, methodologies and projects. Here's some of the aspects I'm currently enjoying...

  • GET MY CURATED INSIGHTS

    I recently launched a simple wheneverly newsletter which curates some of the best stories from the worlds of Design, Social Labs, Technology and Systems Thinking.

     

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  • VISUAL RESUME

    Get an overview of my work history and current projects

  • Talking & Sharing

    I've had the privilege of speaking and running workshops across Australia & Aotearoa New Zealand at a range of events, conferences, universities and more, including; Massey University, Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation (UAE), Festival for the Future, Live The Dream, Chalkle, Smart Cities Network, OS//OS conference, EthnicA conference, Enspiral Social Series, Social Media Club, Smart Energy Challenge, The Changemakers Convention, and more.

     

    You can see most of my presentations on SlideShare.

     

    Some of my writing is currently featured on Social Labs, Enspiral Tales, Lifehack, Medium and Social Labs Wānanga

  • MASTERS STUDIES

    In 2016 to 2018 I am undertaking my Masters of Design

    through Massey University's Toi Rauwharangi | College of Creative Arts

     

    My research proposal currently focuses on how we can improve social and environmental outcomes of environmental volunteering experiences, by leveraging participatory design.

     

    This will form the research and development track of my work on Volunteer Impact - my latest project to help Environmental Restoration groups increase their positive impact, reverse habitat loss, and generate more human wellbeing.

     

    If you're interested in the research or sponsoring this Masters, please get in touch.

  • I CURRENTLY CALL

    WARBURTON, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA,

    MY HOME

     

    I'M KNOWN TO FREQUENT

    MELBOURNE | WELLINGTON | TWITTER

    I'm available to connect - as long as coffee is involved.

     

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