Inspiring Stories is a nationwide New Zealand charity with a vision to see every young New Zealander unleash their potential to change the world.
This happens through programmes in the social enterprise, innovation, and youth leadership and development fields. They include the youth social entrepreneurship accelerator, Live the Dream, and the annual weekend-long Festival for the Future, which celebrates young people creating change in their communities. Inspiring Stories also runs a filmmaking competition and is about to start its first leadership programme for young people in provincial New Zealand.
5000 young people have participated in its social entrepreneurship and innovation programmes since 2011.
The organisation's founder and CEO is Guy Ryan, 2015 Young New Zealander of the Year, and panelist at the 2015 Social Enterprise World Forum in Milan. Inspiring Stories' work is backed by both New Zealand government and corporate partners.