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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Discussion paper 2016/01 – A Queenstown Lakes District perspective on tackling poverty

Discussion paper 2016/01 – A Queenstown Lakes District perspective on tackling poverty

The final draft of Discussion paper 2016/01 – A Queenstown Lakes District perspective on tackling poverty is now published. The purpose of this paper is to bring to light the issues raised by locals at the one-day TacklingPovertyNZ tour workshop in the Queenstown Lakes District, held on 29 March, 2016. The paper describes the structure of the...
'The future arrives at different speeds' – a presentation by Paul Saffo in San Francisco

‘The future arrives at different speeds’ – a presentation by Paul Saffo in San Francisco

At the 2015 annual conference of the World Future Society in San Francisco, Paul Saffo ran a session discussing pace layer thinking and its application to foresight. Paul Saffo is a forecaster with over two decades of experience exploring the dynamics of large-scale, long-term change. He is co-founder of Discern Investment Analytics, teaches forecasting at...
TalentNZ Newsletter Issue 15 Out Today!

TalentNZ Newsletter Issue 15 Out Today!

TalentNZ explores four integrated work-streams that were identified as necessary to create a talent-based economy: grow, attract, retain and connect. In this Issue we put the New Zealand education system under the microscope. At the Institute, we consider that a broad and deep discussion around changing the shape of our education system is essential, as it will...
2016 TalentNZ Refresh

2016 TalentNZ Refresh

On Thursday, 19 May 2016 the Institute held a lunchtime round table discussion about the Institute’s Project TalentNZ – refreshing TalentNZ. The purpose of the meeting was to stress-test the TalentNZ approach and refine the TalentNZ ecosystem model since it was created in 2014. The refresh of TalentNZ was not about repeating what has already been...
Dame Julia Cleverdon talks about social action – video published today

Dame Julia Cleverdon talks about social action – video published today

While at the Teach For All annual conference Wendy took the opportunity to interview Dame Julia Cleverdon. Julia is the co-founder of Step Up To Serve, a UK charity coordinating the #iwill campaign to make social action part of life for 10- to 20-year-olds by 2020. The interview with Julia was filmed and is now published on our YouTube...
Introducing Te Auaha - the New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity

Introducing Te Auaha – the New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity

In the heart of New Zealand’s cultural capital, a hub for creative students is about to emerge. The Council and Executive of Whitireia New Zealand and the Wellington Institute of Technology (Weltec) have merged their programmes to create Te Auaha – the New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity. The Institute is the outcome of a collaboration...
It's not just about a box, it's a facilitation, the relationship becomes really important' – International perspective at Queenstown workshop

It’s not just about a box, it’s a facilitation, the relationship becomes really important’ – International perspective at Queenstown workshop

Jennifer Weber, Chief Education Officer of The Baby Box Co., discusses the Canadian and Australian baby box initiative at the TacklingPovertyNZ one-day workshop in Queenstown on 29 March 2016. You can watch the video of her presentation on the McGuinness Institute’s YouTube channel, or you can view the video below. Jennifer discussed that The Baby...
'Policy is about people' – Dame Diane Robertson on poverty at Queenstown workshop

‘Policy is about people’ – Dame Diane Robertson on poverty at Queenstown workshop

Dame Diane Robertson, former chief executive of the Auckland City Mission, shares her experience of working with poverty and the Family 100 Research Project at the TacklingPovertyNZ one-day workshop in Queenstown on 29 March 2016. You can watch the video of her presentation on the McGuinness Institute’s YouTube channel, or you can view the video below. Dame Diane opened...
Is my child where they should be in their learning?

Is my child where they should be in their learning?

Holy Family School, located in Porirua, Wellington, has initiated a programme that aims to build stronger relationships between the school, teachers, students and whānau, called The Family So’otaga. Principal Chris Theobald, acting Deputy Principal Gina Lefaoseu and Metua Tengaru are managing the programme. Mark and Wendy McGuinness are investing in this programme through their charitable foundation – The McGuinness...
‘Queenstown is perceived to be the ritzy money place, but underneath that veneer, it is not like that at all’ – local perspective on poverty at Queenstown workshop

‘Queenstown is perceived to be the ritzy money place, but underneath that veneer, it is not like that at all’ – local perspective on poverty at Queenstown workshop

Hine Marchand, Community Ministries Worker for the Salvation Army, and Niki Mason of Happiness House, shared their local perspectives on poverty in Queenstown at the one-day TacklingPovertyNZ workshop on 29 March 2016. You can watch the video of their presentation on the McGuinness Institute’s YouTube channel, or you can view the video below. Hine and...
'The status quo is not an option' - Felix Drissner-Devine

‘The status quo is not an option’ – Felix Drissner-Devine

Felix Drissner-Devine attended a discussion about child poverty in New Zealand with Dr Russell Wills, Children’s Commissioner. The round table discussion was an initiative of the Productivity Commission and was held on Tuesday, 17 May 2016. Felix talks about his experience – read below! 15 floors above the affluence of Lambton Quay, I heard the...
Cīvitās: Aligning technological and sociological transformation is published in Policy Quarterly

Cīvitās: Aligning technological and sociological transformation is published in Policy Quarterly

Sally Hett and Wendy McGuinness contributed an article titled Cīvitās: Aligning technological and sociological transformation to the May 2016 issue of Policy Quarterly. The article is dedicated to the late Dr Ranginui Walker, a member of the Constitutional Advisory Panel (CAP) who encouraged constitutional discussion in New Zealand. This article is one of three written on The Civics...