At TEDx Auckland in August 2013 Lovenotes.co.nz produced the official conference note books. I was there helping Lovenotes out and having fun watching the talented Ruby creating an art installation as part of the event. Here is the time lapse recording.
The most powerful outcome from TEDx for me are these words; read on and see who said them and why:
“If we can get at least one person at a time to ignore the ideas set out by the media of South Auckland, one day we will be able to call ourselves the Super City that we are. This divide is what has set apart Manukau from the rest of Auckland and as students we are finally taking our stand. “
While we were hanging out at TEDx we met the delightful Meenal Pratap (Head Prefect, Ahi Whanau) at Manurewa High School. I loved her energy and confidence in coming up, explaining who they were, what they wanted and why.
Meenal explained that they were looking for gifts for their Ahi Whanau House Assembly where they rewarded house members for successes, improvements and great behaviour.
After the event I asked Meenal to explain from her perspective what they were doing and why and this is what she said:
“Rewarding students is one way of encouraging them to continue to excel in their work. When we confronted LoveNotes with our idea they were happy to help! We were lucky that Jennie from Zeopard was so impressed she even offered to pay for the notebooks. Awarding our students with prizes like a notebook always works as a learning tool as well as the excitement for being rewarded.
The remaining notebooks were distributed to the rest of my prefects they were very excited because our prefects’ team name was even printed on the back. Our prefects were very impressed by the design and now use it to write important reminders and other notes. We are very delighted with the notebooks. The message on the front is very inspiring and is a form of motivation for students to further themselves. “Dream it Plan it Do it” from Sam Johnson (Christchurch Student Army).
We really appreciate the support because most people assume that students from schools like Manurewa High School are people who can’t be trusted or are simply bad. The truth is that is completely false! I’m glad that Jennie loved our ideas and ambitions so much, she completely ignored barriers set by the media and gave us a helping hand regardless. If we can get at least one person at a time to ignore the ideas set out by the media of South Auckland, one day we will be able to call ourselves the Super City that we are. This divide is what has set apart Manukau from the rest of Auckland and as students we are finally taking our stand. “
Reading this makes me stop in my tracks. For my business this was an easy sponsorship but would have been easy to say no to. Makes me think how little I do and how much more difference I could make if I did some more simple things. i love it that a 17 year old has made me see the importance of getting the message out there that everyone in our city matters.