15 Jan 2016

Reasons to be cheerful

From Summer Noelle, 9:11 am on 15 January 2016
A picture of Michelle Dickinson as Nanogirl in a suburban backyard in Auckland

Michelle Dickinson as Nanogirl in a suburban backyard in Auckland Photo: RNZ

Being cheerful can be a tall order – often it feels like there's a lot of bad news. We angst over housing issues, especially in Auckland, and the cost of living is expensive relative to incomes, not only in Auckland but for the country at large. We're concerned about poverty and how to help children break that cycle – these are big challenges for a country.

But our panelists today also see a lot of reasons to be optimistic, especially about young people in New Zealand – their abilities, their potential, and what they have to offer the country and the world.

Noelle McCarthy calls on a couple of optimistic innovators to look at how we can harness potential in young people – science educator Michelle Dickinson, AKA Nanogirl, and the Dunedin businessman who, in a world first, turned data into visuals during the America's Cup, Ian Taylor.

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