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Who is the Social Change Collective?

The Social Change Collective is a platform that connects young people to action social and environmental change.

The Social Change Collective was formed in 2017 by a group of young Wellingtonians who wanted to be more informed of social issues and wanted to work together to create actionable solutions. We see the potential in our peers to engage with the range of issues facing the world today.

How do we operate?

We run bi-monthly events on a range of social and environmental issues, ending with a list of “actions” for attendees to sign up to. Our events aim to cultivate engagement, understanding, and action.

We also support young people to participate in governance across Aotearoa. See the Youth Governance page to learn more and get involved.

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Ethan Reille


Brock Stobbs


Research & Communications Advisor, NZ Parliament


Youth Governance Trustee


Policy Analyst, Ministry for Primary Industries

Adriana Bird

Engagement Trustee

Analyst, Ministry for the Environment

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Hope Lan

Finance and Impact Trustee

Analyst, DPMC


Josh Finegan

Event Manager


Senior Policy Analyst, Ministry for the Environment


Liv Mckenzie

Event Manager

Commercial Senior Associate,

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Anastasia Reid

Event Manager

Student, Victoria University of Wellington

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Saeyavan Sitsabesan 

Engagement Trustee


Senior Analyst, Commerce Commission


Ogonna Nweke

Finance and Impact Trustee


Consultant, EY

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Alice Linton

Event Manager

Consultant, SenateSHJ


Yeajin Im

Event Manager

Event Manager and Stage Manager; Student, University of Auckland

Fatima Imran

Youth Governance Trustee


Institutional Banking Graduate, ANZ



Pat Shepherd

Founder and Chief Doer of Things, One Percent Collective 

Pat is originally from Scotland, having followed his love of skiing to Wanaka for three seasons before ending up in Wellington. He worked as a freelance photographer and graphic design tutor, developed the fundraising project The Good Karma Project, and eventually this led to the development of the Little Lotus Project. He founded the One Percent Collective in 2010, after reading work from philosopher Peter Singer, to encourage the growth of generosity by asking people to donate 1% of their earnings to charity. Pat always aims to inspire community members to join the generosity movement.

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Teri O'Neill

Councillor, Te Motukairangi Eastern Ward – Wellington City Council

Teri holds a diverse background in governance and strategy. Presently, Teri is the chairperson of the Kōrau Mātinitini Social, Cultural and Economic Committee at Wellington City Council and board member of Zealandia.  Outside of mahi, Teri has worked on a range of campaigns and education programs across the motu and is passionate about empowering young people to engage with te taiao, climate, social, and political issues.

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Jim Scully

Founding Partner, ThinkPlace

Jim has successfully led design thinking in the New Zealand public sector throughout his career. He is all about unleashing people’s innovation potential to create positive change in the world. In addition to his role as founding partner of ThinkPlace, who help leaders to tackle complex challenges,  Jim sits on the UN Development Programme’s Innovation/Design panel and New Zealand’s Better by Design panel.


We'd love to hear from you!

Get in touch with the team in your city if you'd like to know more or have questions about getting involved.




Safer Spaces Policy

SCC strives to ensure that we create and uphold supportive, non-threatening environments that encourage open-mindedness, respect, a willingness to learn from others, as well as physical and mental safety.

If you have any concerns for yourself or other attendees, please refer to our Safer Spaces Policy and reporting routes to help us uphold the values of our spaces.

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