Our Mission

Johnson Corner's mission is to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable world of work.

Our Story

Johnson Corner was founded in 2018 by a group of entrepreneurs who wanted to accelerate the transition to sustainable work in their home region of Taranaki in New Zealand – that new economies can be built from the ground up quicker, new jobs driving a sustainable future of work than sticking to narrowed-down regional strengths. Today, Johnson Corner is not only helping its founding region but is planning to help many cities and regions around the globe. Johnson Corner believes the faster the world stops relying on outdated jobs and moves toward the new world of work where humans, earth and technology converge, the better.

Johnson Corner has proven that the best place to accelerate such a transition is by creating community-based work and innovation spaces. Johnson Corner launched its first space in 2018 where a strong community of 500 people engage every year. To create an entire sustainable work ecosystem for a region/city and its enterprises, Johnson Corner also provides a unique set of tailored services through which it supports enterprises with establishing innovation strategies and management frameworks, setting visions for the future of their workforce, and re-imagining their future workplace. 

And this is just the beginning. With Johnson Corner proving its approach has a profound impact, Johnson Corner continues to make new products accessible and affordable to more and more people, ultimately accelerating the transition to sustainable work worldwide. Community-based work and innovation spaces, technology infrastructure, and economic strategies already exist independently in most regions/cities, but when combined, they become even more powerful – that’s the future we want.


Johnson Corner is committed to living our mission through partnerships with landlords, government, local non-profits and investors. We believe in leading change and empowering humanity. 

Leadership Team

Elle Belushi

Co-Founder & Chief Design Officer

Elle is known for her transformation from 14 years of mental illness. Before co-founding Johnson Corner, Elle founded Mrs Johnson, a handcrafted shoe line, operating out of Indonesia for 5 years, selling to overseas markets. Elle also styled events and worked in interior design. Elle studied fashion and design from Western Institute of Technology (NZ). Elle leads the design, community, people, marketing and brand divisions. 

Adnan Belushi

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Adnan is known for his transformation from poverty to an entrepreneur, a story he shared at TEDx Talks. Before co-founding Johnson Corner, Adnan worked at large enterprises and startups, for 13 years, driving global innovation and transformation projects. Adnan holds a Masters degree (MBA) from Henley Business School (University of Reading, UK). Adnan leads the commercial, sales, operations, real estate, technology and product divisions.


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