The McGuinness Institute

The McGuinness Institute

The McGuinness Institute is a Wellington based non-partisan think tank working towards a sustainable future, contributing strategic foresight through evidence-based research and policy analysis.
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McGuinness Institute Newsletter Issue 15 Out Now!

McGuinness Institute Newsletter Issue 15 Out Now!

This newsletter gives updates on our work since our January 2015 newsletter and sets out the work programme for the next six months. We have a lot planned for the rest of the year, which you can see on our updated work programme (July 2015). If you are interested in receiving the Institute’s twice-yearly newsletter, please subscribe. Please also connect...
Building a Robust Strategy in the Age of Disruption

Building a Robust Strategy in the Age of Disruption

On 31 July the Palladium Group is running an event entitled ‘Building a Robust Strategy in the Age of Disruption’ in Auckland. This should be a fascinating seminar and will be well worth a look for those interested in business strategy. See the brochure here. Register here. One of the organisers is Mathieu Liminana, a...
The James Duncan Library ‘Gold’ Shelves

The James Duncan Library ‘Gold’ Shelves

New Zealand’s first sci-fi novel, Anno Domini 2000, written by New Zealand’s former premier Julius Vogel, was not exactly the sort of story Virginia Dobson was expecting to find when tasked with re-cataloguing the ‘gold books’ section of the James Duncan Reference Library. The ‘gold books’ collection of the library contains a diverse range of...
Watch Dr Bernard Cadogan Discussing What Makes a Good Political Speech in New Zealand

Watch Dr Bernard Cadogan Discussing What Makes a Good Political Speech in New Zealand

On 8 May Dr Bernard Cadogan discussed what makes a good political speech in New Zealand. Bernard presented us with a ‘perfect speech’, discussing the place of irony, wit and a range of other tools in political speeches today. It was an informative and thought-provoking presentation, and the following Q & A session proved stimulating. We...
Eighteen US States Introduce Bills for GMO Labelling

Eighteen US States Introduce Bills for GMO Labelling

A recent article in Time magazine, entitled ‘Meet the new lab-made foods’, discusses new GMOs that may soon be available on American shelves and asks: ‘will people want to eat them?’ Pink pineapples, non-bruising potatoes and non-browning apples are among the GMOs to be introduced, and while most research indicates that GMOs are probably safe...
Nation Dates Third Edition - Inviting Public Feedback

Nation Dates Third Edition – Inviting Public Feedback

The Institute is currently working on the third edition of our flagship publication: Nation Dates. This book presents a timeline of significant events that have shaped New Zealand, as well as identifying ‘historical threads’ (which link related events and illustrate patterns that have formed over time) and presenting them in a graph. Prior to the publication of each...
Q & A Session With Richard Louv

Q & A Session With Richard Louv

In November 2014 we travelled up the Whanganui River with 35 young New Zealanders aged between 18 and 25 as part of the LocalNZ workshop. During this trip the LocalNZ participants had the opportunity to hear Richard Louv discuss connections between family, nature and the community; this was followed by a Q & A session. We filmed...
One Ocean Round Table Generates Excellent Discussion

One Ocean Round Table Generates Excellent Discussion

The round table on the proposed ‘Pacific and Southern Oceans Institute’ (a working title) saw a compelling discussion, and it generated a wide range of ideas and observations regarding our ocean space. This event forms part of Project One Ocean. On Tuesday evening, 16 June the Institute played host to 13 guests – a diverse group with...
TalentNZ Newsletter Issue 7 out Today!

TalentNZ Newsletter Issue 7 out Today!

In this issue we discuss the six TalentNZ worksheets developed for the TalentNZ sessions we ran at the New Zealand Community Boards Conference in May and provide an update for the TalentNZ Journal: Grow talent edition and for our Menu of Initiatives website. We also share a highlight video from KiwiConnect‘s New Frontiers festival held in Upper...
Proposed Pacific and Southern Oceans Institute Round-table Discussion

Proposed Pacific and Southern Oceans Institute Round-table Discussion

The feedback generated by the report, Report 10: One Ocean: Principles for the stewardship of a healthy and productive ocean, has been very encouraging thus far. It has made clear both that there are many issues facing New Zealand’s oceans management and that there are many interested parties. Following the May launch in Auckland, the press...
NZ Antarctic Youth Council Develop a Working Plan

NZ Antarctic Youth Council Develop a Working Plan

The New Zealand Antarctic Youth Council held a workshop on 23 May at the Institute to discuss ways forward for the Council in the Antarctic education space. The Council heard from guest Speaker Professor Tim Naish, Director of the Antarctic Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington, as he explained the consequences of changes to the Antarctic...
An Interview With Karleen Marshall

An Interview With Karleen Marshall

In November 2014 we travelled up the Whanganui River with 35 young New Zealanders aged between 18 and 25 as part of the LocalNZ workshop. During this trip we visited the Te Wainui a Rua school, the only school on the Whanganui River and interviewed the school’s principal, Karleen Marshall. In this video Karleen shares...