Filmmaking and storytelling for change!

Our film competition, Making a Difference, is about changing the conversation and overturning the negative stereotypes that often get painted of young people. We know those stereotypes aren’t true – in fact, there are heaps of kiwis doing awesome things – big and small – to change their communities and the world. 

In this film competition, you get to highlight and celebrate those stories of epic kiwis doing great stuff – and be in to win some sweet prizes for doing it. 


Who we are

Making a Difference is run by Inspiring Stories, a charity operating nationwide with the vision to see every young New Zealander unleash their potential to change the world.

Since launching in 2011, we’ve helped to increase the capability and confidence of more than 5,000 young New Zealanders to make a difference. We’ve also built an impressive track record and partnerships with leading organisations to help young people stand on the shoulders of giants.

Our core programmes include Festival for the Future; the accelerator programme, Live the Dream; a new programme for young people in provincial New Zealand, Future Leaders; and the Making a Difference film competition. The Trust operates with a team of staff across Auckland and Wellington. In 2015, our CEO and Founder, Guy Ryan, received the Young New Zealander of the Year Award.

Our programmes are listed below.Our programmes are listed below.

Festival for the Future is New Zealand’s event to celebrate youth-led innovation. It’s the chance for you to connect with young innovators and leaders from across the nation, explore the big issues of our time, and grow your ideas for a better world.

The 2016 Festival doubled in size with just under 1,000 attendees from across the nation, as well as representatives from Australia, India and the US – the atmosphere was incredible.

Live the Dream is New Zealand’s programme to develop young social entrepreneurs. This accelerator programme is for young people who want to create social and/or environmental impact through entrepreneurship. It runs every summer for 9-weeks, connecting you with amazing mentors and workshops who challenge and support you as you develop and prototype your venture. If accepted, you can choose from one of three cities to take part in the programme – Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch.

Future Leaders is a youth leadership programme designed to build social entrepreneurship and leadership capability amongst young New Zealanders, with a particular focus on supporting young people in rural and provincial areas to empower others in their own backyard. This year Future Leaders will work closely with 17–25 year olds, with diverse groups of 2–4 young people from different communities across the nation – about 18 young people in total, from the Far North, Whangarei, Kawerau, Opotiki, Whakatane, and Palmerston North.

We’re building the Future Fund to provide seed funding and tailored support for New Zealand’s most promising young social entrepreneurs. The goal is to build it to a $10m endowment by 2020. Help us back young New Zealanders by making a donation.

Inspiring Speakers is a boutique speaker bureau that gives you access to New Zealand’s top young talent to inspire your audience – perfect for conferences, events and graduation ceremonies. Our network includes Forbes 30 Under 30, previous Young New Zealander of the Year recipients, entrepreneurs, innovators and emerging leaders. Even better – the booking fee goes to Inspiring Stories to support our programmes.

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Millennials is a specialist recruitment agency that helps purpose-driven businesses discover and place top young professionals in New Zealand. We work with you to understand your business needs, leverage our extensive network of innovators and influencers in our targeted recruitment process, and present you the best candidates for the role. Once successful, 100% of the placement fee goes to Inspiring Stories to support our programmes.

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Inner Creative is New Zealand’s creative agency working with purpose-driven organisations to help you better engage your target audience and drive business performance. Over the past five years we’ve provided strategy and creative services for a diverse range of clients with contracts ranging from $10,000–$200,000, we’ve just never chased work. Our team of digital natives leverage creativity and entrepreneurship to help you unleash your potential.

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Contact us


WELLINGTON OFFICE: The BizDojo, 115 Tory St, Wellington 6011


Request a Workshop

We have travelled the whole of New Zealand conducting film workshops in secondary schools. If you would like to us to do a workshop in your school, please contact Jo Bailey –


Hire a Crew

At Inspiring Stories, we are connected to many talented filmmakers. If you need a professional video made, we can put a crew together for you. Please email