Two great ways you can apply to take part.

As you’ll hear from alumni, Future Leaders can be a life-changing experience. It’s a part-time programme designed to work with existing study or work commitments. You can apply for one of two tiers of involvement.


1. Apply as a Catalyst.

Option 1 – applying as a Catalyst is the best way to supercharge your capability. The key difference between this and the wider ‘Future Leaders’ option, is that you’ll attend all three national hui (including Festival for the Future), get access to one-on-one support through mentoring and coaching, and take more of a leadership role working with other Catalysts to develop and lead a project in your community.

Whilst there’s no cost to you, if you’re offered a place as a Catalyst it’s the equivalent of receiving a $5,000 scholarship to support your training and development. Spaces are strictly limited to 4 Catalysts per community.

2. Apply as a Future Leader.

Option 2 – applying as a Future Leader is the lighter way to experience the programme. Whilst you won’t attend all three national hui or get one-on-one coaching and mentoring, you’ll still make awesome connections, be inspired and build your leadership skills. You’ll get the chance to attend Festival for the Future in Wellington, attend local events and workshops, and get involved in the project your community.

Whilst there’s no cost to you, if you’re offered a place as a Future Leaders, it’s the equivalent of receiving a $1,000 scholarship to support your training and development. Spaces are limited.



The 2019 programme at a glance.


Be inspired, build connections and skills. Unleash your potential.


Attend Festival for the Future

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Festival for the Future is an action-packed weekend of inspiring speakers, future-focused panels, workshops and a marketplace for great ideas.

It’s been called New Zealand’s most inspiring event, and attracts a diverse range of amazing people who are driven to make a difference for our future. From Government Ministers and Mayors, to entrepreneurs, business and community leaders, and students from all walks of life.


Workshops to build ideas & skills

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There are various local workshops that run throughout the programme – on average, one every month. Example topics for the workshops include:
– exploring the big challenges and opportunities in your community
– learning about the design thinking process to develop your ideas
– minimum viable product (MVP), and prototyping and testing your ideas
– the project canvas, and designing for impact and sustainability
– how to give awesome presentations


Access coaching and mentoring

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In each community we train and support a local ‘Coach’ to help deliver the programme. Part of their job is to provide one-on-one coaching to support your learning and development, but also help to build connections with various mentors and supporters who can assist you on your journey.

At Inspiring Stories, we’ve developed relationships with a range of great people and organisations across New Zealand who are keen to help.


Present at the local ‘showcase’ event

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The local ‘Showcase’ event is a chance to bring together some of the key supporters and stakeholders involved in your journey throughout the year.

Make a difference in your community

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Work as a team to develop projects to make a difference in your backyard. We’ll challenge and support you on this journey to learn by doing, and to prototype and test your project as much as possible, and always thinking about the potential for impact and ongoing sustainability.

Towards the end of the programme, you and the team will share your journey and the project you’ve been working on at a local showcase.


Pathways beyond the programme

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We’ll work with you to explore pathways beyond the programme into entrepreneurship, employment and leadership.