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About James Samuel

I'm a pragmatist who's been using digital technology for over 30 years – a projects guy looking to get things done.

I enjoy helping others find and embrace digital tools for their context, and seeing them become less stressed and more productive.

A four day work week

Digitising the information flows, and designing processes to manage all of the key business tasks, gave us freedom!

In 2003 I partnered up with a plumber on Waiheke. We made two important agreements. We agreed to check in each week to find out "Are we still having fun?" Then we agreed we'd work only four days a week.

I ran the office and applied all my learnings about productivity. We quickly expanded the business, while having ample time off, and avoiding the usual startup stresses.

A conditional optimist

My focus has been building resilient community, with an emphasis on strong local food economies.

I believe we can build a better, more fair and equitable world, one where people flourish in vibrant communities, where resources are used wisely and nature is tended to, and supports us with her healthy abundance.

I've put my hand up for all sorts of interesting projects: Transition Towns, Ooooby, Food Forest NZ, Beyond Organic NZ Tour, Six Figure Farming NZ Tour, Drinkable Rivers, Crowd Food Network, and more.

 

One eye on the future

I like to know where we’re heading, and identify opportunities that go hand in hand with these changes.

Attending events like the Singularity University Summit in Christchurch late last year, and New Frontiers in February this year feed my curiosity and keep me on the leading edge of change.

Sometimes I find new tools, and sometimes I notice trends that will impact society at large.

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