The Friday Download

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Summary

In this episode we take a brief look at the important role of the special parliamentary select committee - the Epidemic Response Committee - and chat with Erica Crawford of Loveblock - a story of innovation, risk-taking and the audacity to do something different, to take a different approach. It is an inspiring and relevant story for today.

Show Notes

In this episode, one week into our four week lockdown period here in New Zealand, I look very briefly at the work of the special parliamentary select committee - the Epidemic Response Committee - meeting via public Zoom sessions, and made up of MPs from across the House.

At a time where we have given the executive extraordinary emergency powers the Epidemic Response Committee is  performing an essential role and I think we can be proud of the MPs involved, the process, and our system based on democratic values, open government, and the ability to test government decision making - we're much stronger for this.

Also included in this episode is a discussion with Erica Crawford of LoveBlock. I recorded this discussion late last year at a different time for the wine industry and I understand that the industry is hurting.  But for me the key takeaway from this chat with Erica, and what is still relevant right now, and more so going forward, is the story about innovation, risk-taking and the audacity to do something different, to take a different approach.

Something that will be vitally important as we come out of lockdown and enter a new post-corona world and where we will need to continue to innovate, rethink business models and find new ways of operating, take risk, create new marketing channels, and be ready for when restrictions are lifted. It is an inspiring story.

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What is The Friday Download?

A weekly celebration of democracy, creativity, innovation, technology, business, and trade