Viti Simmons is the Founder of Bear Fruit which was established in 2008.

In 2003-2006 a seed of an idea transformed into another then another then another.

A decade on her endeavours continue, through self-employment, to pursue activities that contribute towards Social Change.

Viti's scholarly activism and looking for answers has been undertaken beyond institutions since 2011.

2018 (NEW) Bear Fruit Feasibility Study

Joining the dots for this study, with the right set of circumstances, is exciting indeed.

Viti is examing an online Social Business Model in relation to products for children and youth who have an autism spectrum disorder and/or sensitive skin.

  • A support group has been established.
  • Development and trialling of products continues.
  • Research fieldwork commences in July 2018.
  • Bear Fruit e-newsletter, journal and updates will be distributed updating progress.

Authentic Mentoring with Co-Design Charateristics

Over a number of years, Viti has observed the value of her authentic approach to mentoring, previously applied as 'value add', rather than a stand-alone service.

In late 2017, Viti formalised Bear Fruit's Mentoring program already bearing fruit with a client in the Community Sector.

Those interested in Viti's Mentoring Program:

1. Q & A sheet with online Expression of Interest form available at

2018 (NEW) Bear Fruit Manuscript and Viti's 3rd Manuscript (New Zealand Context)

This project has been many years in the making. I feel like what has come before has prepared me for this endeavour.

My aim is to have the manuscript completed towards the end 2018.

I will be Blogging (from January 2018) about this experience as I have not lived in New Zealand for over four decades yet in some ways will be completing the circle.

2017 Local and National Activities

  • Australian Business Volunteers (ABV) Canberra. Team member for designing small business, 'Start-up' Workshop Program, for Tonga, South Pacific.
  • Sudbury Community House (SCH), Mirrabooka, Perth. Implemented co-design process with staff members for national funding application.
  • SCH volunteer with English conversation classes for migrant women.
  • ABV alumni contributor to the development of a Mentor Program for Business Link, Pacific.

2017 International Activities

  • Assignment with REACH (NGO) Hanoi City, Vietnam from March - June 2017. Role was Small Business: advisor, development of education and training hairdressing programme and mentoring for established E.M. Salon (Social Enterprise).
  • Self-published memoir for New Zealand clients from July - November. Role included, advisory, manuscript draft and internal book design.
  • Alumni Member: Leadership WA FLWA09 | Cranlana | UWA Business School - Centre for Social Impact | Murdoch | ECU

Hands with Hands Ambassador