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)
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.
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
Learn more about our upcoming work below.
Think Piece on health services and the role they play in attracting and retaining talent
Cities and regions will continue to be our focus for research in 2015. We would like to explore the role of health services and whether health boards might benefit from aligning more directly with councils. For instance, should the representative nature of health boards be removed and governance be shared between councils and central government? This will not be published until early 2016, as we want to discuss this and other ideas further with key stakeholders.