We live in a world with some big issues on our hands – social, environmental and economic. Sometimes the only picture we’re presented with is how stink things are. But we know there are people all over the world doing all kinds of amazing things to make the world a better place – including right here in our own backyard!
THE FILM COMPETITION BRIEF
Here’s the challenge – make a film, of any genre, that’s five minutes or shorter on the theme of “young kiwis making a difference.” Whether it’s cranking a community garden, cleaning up the local beach or rebuilding Christchurch – find a person or project that you think is doing something awesome, and tell us about them!
Our friends at Generation Zero are New Zealand’s biggest youth-led movement for creating solutions to climate change. As a starting point, ideas for this category could include young people making a difference around clean energy, sustainable transport, local food, planting trees or campaigning.
Street art, collaborative neighbourhood murals, dance, performance, or events that bring people together in new and interesting ways – creativity can take many forms. The Big Idea is New Zealand’s biggest online creative community, and they’ll be helping us choose the special award for Creativity & Culture.
A social entepreneur recognises a social problem and uses entrepreneurial principles to organize, create, and manage a venture to make social change. Social enterprises come in many forms, and the sector is a growing movement around the world. Programmes such as Live the Dream and Festival for the Future could provide good leads to help you find young people on their social enterprise journey.
Kaitiaki means guardian. Our mates at Sustainable Coastlines do an epic job of mobilising thousands of kiwis every year to be kaitiaki for the beaches we all love. They’ll be helping us reward young people making a difference for our environment, and embracing the principles of kaitiakitanga.
Leadership doesn’t always have to be about the person at the front of the room. It has many forms. Our friends at the Sir Peter Blake Trust develop and celebrate leadership among young New Zealanders, and partner with us to give out this award to young people demonstrating great leadership in action.
There are many injustices in our world, and young New Zealanders getting involved in making a difference for basic human rights at home or abroad are really important. This could include enabling access to clean water, food, and shelter, getting involved in things such as the 40 Hour Famine, or campaigning for gender equality – there are loads of options!