Ackama CEOs talk using technology for good

Ethical tech entrepreneurs and rebel CEOs, Josh Forde and Breccan McLeod-Lundy, share about how they merged technology with social enterprise

business ceo Josh Forde and Breccan McLeodLundy Ackama

When web developer Breccan McLeod-Lundy set up shop as an independent contractor in 2010 it was with the aim of making the world a better place by designing better technology.

Through Enspiral, the DIY collective of Wellington social enterprises, he found a like-minded partner in Josh Forde and Rabid Technologies was born. Almost a decade on, Ackama as the company is now known, has clients ranging from PledgeMe and SPCA to Open Polytechnic and the Marlborough Harbourmaster.

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There’s a movement right across business and government to be more explicit about the social impact of what we do.

Josh Forde, Ackama

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Business value, customer happiness and ethical outcomes are Ackama’s overriding priorities in a world where the early promise of the web has given way to the realisation that some of the biggest tech platforms don’t always have our best interests at heart. 

Ackama has a heavy weighting of social good and charitable organisations and unashamedly pursues tech activism to tackle some of society’s biggest issues.

Last year, Ackama built a digital presence for the Climate Vulnerable Forum which represents the 48 nations that are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

“Climate changes is apparently the ‘nuclear-free issue of our generation’ but as a country and society, we are way off track with making the changes we need,” Josh says.

Ackama expanded into Australia last year, but remains proudly headquartered in Wellington where, Josh says, it has the freedom to operate with the “integrity and creativity” that has fuelled the company’s success.

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