HOW WE STARTED: THE LAUNCH OF TE TAKARANGI
During lockdown in NZ in 2020, PROJECT:MOONSHOT co-founders Juhi Shareef and Priti Ambani created the MOONSHOT:CITY podcast and blog which asked the big questions around what makes a resilient and regenerative city. MOONSHOT:CITY is now the name for all MOONSHOT place-based innovations.
Covid-19 led to the announcement of infrastructure projects in NZ to stimulate the economy and create employment, but there was widespread concern that these projects might lock us into a high carbon future at the very moment we need to rapidly decarbonise.
The MOONSHOT team launched our podcast series with te takarangi - a model of the indigenous Māori double spiral based on the acclaimed 'doughnut' economic model by economist Kate Raworth - which Juhi co-created with Māori scientist, Teina Boasa-Dean. Tineke Tatt, a designer of Pasific-Island descent, developed the design with input from circular design entrepreneur Jennifer McIver.
While many groups in NZ called for 'building back better' post Covid, te takarangi (the grey and white spiral in the doughnut diagram below) spoke to the need for us to set a dynamic context for these projects that acknowledged our ecological boundaries and social needs. A context that would enable the system-shift needed to transition to a distributive, circular, and regenerative future. And a context that was based on the values of New Zealand's indigenous Māori people.
Te takarangi and its related Kawa (values / customs) of Whakapapa, Wairua, Tapu / Noa, Mauri and Mana are being used by the Ministry for the Environment as the 'compass' to inform the new National Waste Strategy for New Zealand. Teina and Juhi are part of the Strategy Advisory Group.
A compass needs a map, and the PROJECT:MOONSHOT team are now working on the Moonshot Map.
Teina is an Advisor to Project:Moonshot and is currently developing the practical application of te takarangi 'bio-spiral' at a national, regional and local level.
OUR DECADE OF ACTION: THE JOURNEY SO FAR
TE TAKARANGI is Developed
After meeting at Ōhanga āmiomio, the Circular economy Pacific Summit, Juhi Shareef and Teina Boasa-Dean develop Te Takarangi, the Tūhoe Māori reimagining of Kate Raworth's Doughnut Economic Model.
PROJECT:MOONSHOT is Founded
Juhi Shareef and Priti Ambani joined forces to launch their decade of action - their first initiative was Moonshot:City Podcast series featuring practitioners working to make cities more resilient and regenerative
TE TAKARANGI is Launched
Juhi and Priti launch Te Takarangi by interviewing Teina on their first Moonshot:City podcast and blog. It goes viral.
The birth of the MOONSHOT MAP
2021! The Moonshot Map is created by the Co-Founders and developed with a team of Moonshot Activators. The Moonshot Map is the team's attempt to underscore place-based innovation featuring projects, initiatives, organisations leveraging circular and regenerative thinking.
The Map was launched during COP26 in an interview with Juhi and Rod Oram for Newsroom NZ.
PROJECT:MOONSHOT starts to formalise
The Moonshot team starts the process of becoming a not-for-profit organsation.
The growth of the MOONSHOT MAP
The Moonshot Map is further populated and the technology platform is improved. The team starts to 'join the dots' and apply systems thinking to analyse the projects and businesses on the map.