Project: ForesightNZ 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.

Project: ForesightNZ sits at the core of the McGuinness Institute’s work programme alongside Project: StrategyNZ. Together they form the basis of Project 2058 – the Institute’s flagship project – and develop the skills necessary for each of the Institute’s specific policy research and analysis projects.

These two core projects are distinct but related. Foresight is the study of an uncertain future – it requires openness to all possibilities. Strategy is the exploration of how high-level goals (the ends) might be achieved (the means) under conditions of uncertainty (foresight) – it requires specific choices and trade-offs to be made. Therefore, while foresight does inform strategy, strategy does not necessarily inform foresight.