ForesightNZ playing cards

The ForesightNZ playing cards are an output of the 2016 workshop. You can order a pack of cards on our online store ($15 per pack) or by contacting us at

What do the futures of New Zealand look like?playing-cards-poster
Devised by a diverse group of 36 young New Zealanders, the ForesightNZ playing cards instil players of any age with the capability to apply futures thinking, to be innovative and to wrestle with the futures of New Zealand.

Playing with the future is always uncertain; however three games have been devised to start you off with this unique deck. These include Cards for Humanity, I Reckon and Quarrel. Each game is designed to target and stimulate various ways for players to compete and collaborate with each other, while enhancing their abilities to deal with an uncertain future. The dynamic nature of the cards means that they can be played any way you like. One deck, infinite possibilities!

The pack of 64 is spilt into four categories: Capital Cards (x 4), Event Cards (x 32), Trend Cards (x 25) and Joker Cards (x 3). Capital Cards refer to the four capitals at the heart of the New Zealand Treasury’s Living Standards Framework. Event Cards represent possible events that are categorised into one of four high-impact event types, depending on two factors: how aware society is of the event and the probability of each event occurring. Trend Cards show growing changes or movement in a particular direction over time. The Jokers spur on imagination and enable players to come up with their own events and trends.

The games enable you to frame and reason how events and trends can co-exist and intersect with each other, ultimately challenging the certainty of the future.

How to make your own ForesightNZ playing cards

  1. playing-cards-instructionsDownload the playing cards and card game instructions PDF (1 MB) here.
  2. Print the PDF. This can be done at home or at a printing shop for higher quality. We recommend printing them in colour.
  3. Cut the cards to size. Take care when cutting as the more precise you are, the easier the cards are to handle when you’re playing.
  4. For storage, use a container or a little bag to keep the cards all together.
  5. Now you are ready to play your own game!
  6. Post a photo or tweet your interesting scenarios using the hashtag #foresightnz to contribute to the national conversation around New Zealand’s long-term future.

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