Guy Ryan

Guy Ryan likes to think big and then make it happen. He’s also a passionate advocate of something we believe staunchly in at One Percent Collective: the power of good storytelling. As the CEO of Inspiring Stories Trust, Guy is shaping a world where we look to young people to pioneer and shape a vibrant and sustainable future. Since launching in 2011 Inspiring Stories has run more than 100 workshops & events nationwide, aimed at supporting young New Zealanders to unleash their potential to change the world.


What’s happening in the world of Guy Ryan for 2013?

Well, it's year three running an organisation I've poured my heart and soul into, Inspiring Stories Trust. Right now we've got two crews of award-winning Kiwi filmmakers touring Aotearoa New Zealand running workshops for high school students by day and community film screenings by night – using film as a tool to celebrate good people, doing great things for their communities. We've also just launched an exciting new project called BeCause, a new crowd-sourced voting platform and campaign to connect young people doing awesome stuff with some of New Zealand’s best filmmakers, to tell their story.

Running an organisation can be challenging, exciting and incredibly rewarding. I'm grateful to be working with a team of people who love what they do and whose mahi is now starting to reach thousands of Kiwis and ripple into every corner of our beautiful country!


Describe the most generous person you know and how they influenced you.

I'd have to say my mum. Hands down. She raised my two younger sisters and I, and always gave everything to support our wellbeing, learning and development. Life as a solo mother holding down a job and raising a family is an incredible feat. I'm a huge advocate for more women in leadership and I guess that stems from seeing it in action.


Name an everyday action that makes the world a better place, yet is underrated.

Laughter. One of the happiest people I know is my nana. She's 84, lives alone, has terrible arthritis and can barely walk more than a kilometer but she's surprisingly happy. She laughs a lot and always sees the funny side of things. For a little old lady, she's incredibly content and personable. Good vibes make the world a better place for sure.


Tell us three things that inspire you and why.

Three innovative Kiwi organisations working towards a more vibrant, sustainable Aotearoa New Zealand. They're awesome because of their optimism, impact and they are compelling examples that change doesn't just happen in governments.

Sustainable Coastlines . The work these guys do is amazing; making big moves to create a generation of kaitiaki caring for our beautiful coastline.Kaibosh . Flipping food waste on its head and redistributing it to people in need. Another great Kiwi innovation with growing impact.Gapfiller . An amazing creative response to the Christchurch earthquake. Gapfiller epitomises grassroots community goodness for so many reasons.


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