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The ForesightNZ project aims to build public policy capability in New Zealand by encouraging long-term, agile thinking around our uncertain future. Initiated in 2008, ForesightNZ is about conceptualising the broad range of possible futures for New Zealand through up-to-date tools and conceptual approaches used in the field of futures studies.

The project is carried out through a number of publications and events. A full list of ForesightNZ publications can be found here, and details about the 2016 ForesightNZ workshop can be found here. The ForesightNZ: Untangling New Zealand’s long-term future workshop is a collaboration between the New Zealand Treasury and the McGuinness Institute. You can find out more about foresight and futures studies in New Zealand and abroad on our Resources page.

About the three policy projects
We developed the three interlinking policy projects as a result of our observation that foresight drives strategy, strategy requires reporting, and reporting shapes foresight; hence ForesightNZStrategyNZ and ReportingNZ. Underlying each of the policy projects is a set of tools and frameworks that shape and drive public policy. The reason there are three policy projects is to highlight that each of the policy projects must also align if we want New Zealand to develop durable, robust and forward-looking public policy going forward. The reason for separating policy projects from research projects is to emphasise that these three sets of tools and frameworks are on-going and are different from significant issues facing New Zealand.For a full explanation, go to the About Page on the McGuinness Institute website, found here.

The Project Work Programme for 2016
The 2016 work programme for the ForesightNZ project includes the following:

  • Undertaking a workshop (this was held on 27, 28 and 29 April 2016). A number of outputs will be produced before the end of the year, including a pack of playing cards.

If you have any inquiries about this project, Please email foresightnz@mcguinnessinstitute.org.