2015–2018 Think Pieces

You can download our TalentNZ think pieces from the McGuinness Institute’s publications page.


Think Piece 27 – The Family So’otaga: connection between home and school (February 2018)
This think piece discusses The Family So’otaga, which is a unique initiative that has been introduced at Holy Family School in Cannons Creek, Porirua. The Family So’otaga aims to educate and empower parents and families to find their role in their children’s education. The McGuinness Foundation Trust funds the initiative with practical support from the McGuinness Institute. You can read the think piece here and learn more about the two-year anniversary event on our blog here.


Think Piece 25: The changing purpose of tertiary education (May 2016)
This think piece explores how the tertiary education system could change today in order to foster the development of skills that will be required of New Zealanders in the long term. Think Piece 25 forms part of the Institute’s submission on the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into ‘new models of tertiary education’.


Think Piece 24: Self-aware cities (March 2016)Think-Piece-24-WEB-212x300
This think piece explores the future of cities; how cities are becoming self-aware as a result of the rise of independently authored city-ranking reports and why this leads to a number of concerns, including private companies performing the tasks of local government ‘through the promotion and prescription of their vision of the future city’, the blending of work life with social life and overlooking the interdependence of the local economy and private corporations.


Think Piece 23: The Future of Talent: Reflections from the WFS conference
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This think piece discusses the opportunities and challenges for New Zealand going forward, with a focus on the four major trends that were apparent at the World Future Society conference and how they will impact the future of talent:

1. Radical, transformative technological advancement
2. The transition to a post-work society
3. A modern overhaul of education systems
4. Incorporation of foresight and futures thinking into classrooms