What do you think it means to have a life that works?



Welcome to my little experiment: how can I live in a way that works for the world, for a more equal society, and for me? To do this I’ve had to think a lot about what it means to have a life that works, and acknowledge the significant freedoms afforded to me simply for being born.

I fill my days sitting on several governance boards, thinking and teaching about social enterprise and creative business, singing, speaking, and writing. Oh and I’m licenced to marry people in NZ. The rest of the time I’m in the outdoors.

Ko wai ahau? Who am I?

Jason Pemberton

Jason Pemberton
My natural role in life is as a broker between sectors and perspectives. I love people and can talk to just about anyone about just about anything. I am fascinated by ideas, concepts, models, and systems, and learn very quickly. I love building things that really work, and all across life I see the relationships between things like recipe books and recruitment processes, cotton and song writing, and fudge and family. Nothing gives me more joy than wandering into the world, trying to understand it, and presenting it back in a way that helps other people to find their own joy too.

I studied human resource development, social psychology, and philosophical logic. Hence I believe that every single human has the right to a life of opportunity, dignity, justice, and fulfillment, but I know that more than half of the world doesn’t have that. I understand that we have all the knowledge and resources required for this to be a reality, but that we’re not very good at doing it all the time. My life’s work will be exploring new ways of arranging those pieces.

If there is anything to do, there is certainly a best way to do it, and the best way is both the most economical and the most graceful.
— Nitobe Inazō