Sam Johnson

Kia ora

I'm Sam Johnson - a social entrepreneur
from New Zealand.  

"The day you stop racing is the day
you win the race." 

Noho ora mai (stay well)



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The way we connect with each other has fundamentally changed. As Rachel Botsman says, "we've stopped trusting institutions and started trusting strangers." But what does this mean for business, community and work in New Zealand?  



Tēnē koe e hoa! (hello, friend!)

I’m privileged to love what I do working at the intersection of the volunteer, disaster resilience and health sectors with incredible people around the world.

My work and outlook on life has been shaped by starting the Student Volunteer Army after the Christchurch earthquakes and subsequently transforming the idea into a charitable foundation that now enables over 32,000 young people to learn about volunteering each year in New Zealand. I’ve worked in several international locations to help develop community mobilisation strategies with local organisations or governments - including Russia, several Pacific Islands, Japan, Nepal and Saudi Arabia.

As a social entrepreneur, I’ve co-foundered, grown and exited a startup in the health system after it was acquired by tech company Mycare.

I am privileged to have been named a Young New Zealander of the Year, Communicator of the Year and have received a Sir Peter Blake Trust Leadership award.

Current governance positions:
- Trustee, The Prince’s Trust NZ
- Member, Westpac NZ’s Sustainability board
- Chair, Volunteer Army Foundation

Previous governance positions:
- Advisory Trustee, Pacific Development and Conservation Trust
- Founding Trustee, The Ministry of Awesome
- Trustee, Plunket Foundation


SPeaking Reviews

The buzz in the room following your presentation was spot on. It hit our exact sweet spot. Thanks for making an ‘Impact’ with, and for us.
— Reece Moors, National Science Challenge - Science for Technological Innovation 2018
“Just a note to say thank you! Not just for what you have rallied and achieved for the betterment of the humanity you encounter and assist, but for the way you present that story professionally and in such a succinct manner! It was a joy to engage you for our clients’ International conference event. The pre-briefing was seamless, your personal preparation truly mindful and valued by our team and the client. Feedback has been consistent and solid. Sam Johnson was awesome! So, we can’t wait to have the opportunity to work with you again and to bring your special brand of team and leadership to another professional group keen to expand their mind to what’s possible for any leader when you ask, demonstrate and include vs. tell and demand.”
— IE Group, Australia