Promotion – Leadership Week 2020, Challenge, Create, Change, 27-31 July.

2020 Leadership Week: Challenge, Create, Change

Learn about Leadership Week 2020 and watch recordings of some of the public panel discussions.

Leadership Week 2020, which was held between July 27–31 2020, aimed to empower and inspire young people to be at the forefront of generating ideas, setting the agenda, and enacting change. Expectations for rapid change are increasing. As culture creators, young people want to know how our communities, companies, and governing bodies are addressing environmental and social issues. As demand for social responsibility and ethical leadership increases, so too does the need for fresh new ideas.

The week showcased the transformative thinking occurring at the University and beyond. It focused on a range of topics including Aotearoa’s potential as a progressive leader in the international community, an intimate account of activism occurring around the Pacific, Te Tiriti as a basis for creative change; present and future formulations of democracy, social entrepreneurship fuelled by generosity, honing concrete skills to campaign for social change and advocate for recognition of rights, and a critical unpacking of leadership around the sustainability agenda.

Leadership Week 2020 was a partnership between the Brian Picot Chair in Ethical Leadership, VUWSA, the University’s two leadership programmes—Wellington Plus and the Wellington International Leadership Programme—and Disability Services. Together, we curated a week of events that aimed to stimulate challenging and creative ideas that will change our world for the better.

In creating this week, we drew inspiration from The Ethics Centre in Australia, which runs the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, and New Zealand's own Festival for the Future.

Recorded sessions

Watch recordings of Leadership Week 2020's public sessions.

Session transcripts

Transcripts from each of the public sessions are available for download.