Social entrepreneur Sam Johnson is Head of Community for Mycare and Champion of Community Guardians - a project which will launch at LGNZ18. Sam is most well-known for founding the Student Volunteer Army after the Christchurch earthquakes and for his international work in the resilience and volunteering sectors.
Sam's startup joined forces with Mycare, NZ's Airbnb of homecare, in 2017 to help recreate mutually beneficial models of community - without a natural disaster. Deeply linked to personal growth, leadership and self-awareness, Sam's presentation will focus on why new models of trust, work, community and the shared economy enable us to realise the aspiration of local government in totally new ways. He's walking the talk by launching Community Guardians at the conference which is a partnership designed to change the current trajectory of community and social disconnection by supporting, creating and enabling 'Community Guardians.'
Sam is the Future of Work Co-Chair of the Australian New Zealand Leadership Forum, a Sir Peter Blake Trust leader and has been previously named a Young New Zealander of the Year award and Communicator of the Year.
Sam believes in starting small but thinking bigger than is comfortable: "It's in the evidence of local action where we can find the legitimacy to grow what works."