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Pounamu: Generating Ideas – part of the Royal Society Transit of Venus Forum

Submitted by on June 3, 2012 – 10:22 pm
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On 7 and 8 June 2012,

YOU are invited to create a better future for New Zealand.

Join people from all over New Zealand in an on-line game in the future world of Pounamu to find thousands of answers to the question:
“How do we treasure and build on what we already have – land, people, knowledge and connections – with new tools, new capacities, new connections and new ways of thinking to generate prosperity for all?”
Pounamu: Generating Ideas.  On 7 and 8 June people from all over New Zealand are invited to create a better future for New Zealand by joining in the on-line, game in the future world of Pounamu.
The idea-generating game will run alongside the Transit of Venus Forum.
It is set in 2022, in a New Zealand where everyone is smart about science and technology.
Participants play by posting micro-forecasts (140 characters) of future possibilities and building on, or reshaping other players’ ideas.
Register on line to participate Find out more and play here.
See the Flyer.

Why is Pounamu being run?

From June 6-8 delegates from science, business, iwi and government communities will gather at the Transit of Venus Forum in Gisborne to hear some of New Zealand’s leading thinkers advance Sir Paul Callaghan’s vision for New Zealand – a place where talent wants to live – a community that is prosperous and inclusive.   Pounamu is being run to take the conversation out beyond the physical walls of the forum and involve New Zealanders from all walks of life in the conversation about creating our shared future
The game will run alongside the forum sessions. Questions and ideas from the forum discussions will be fed into the online conversation. Ideas, challenges and future possibilities from the game conversation will be fed back to the forum.   The game provides an opportunity for all New Zealanders to contribute to the conversation and for a wide range of different understandings and knowledge to be brought together to imagine futures for New Zealand.  There is particular encouragement for younger New Zealanders to add their voices to the discussion.
Who is running Pounamu?
The Pounamu game is sponsored by the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, StratEDGY Strategic Foresight and the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, with support from the Royal Society of New Zealand and the New Zealand Futures Trust.  The game is run with the support of the Institute for the Future on their ‘Foresight Engine’.

Jessie McKenzie
Teaching and Learning Specialist

The Royal Society of New Zealand
DDI: +64 4 4705 789MOB: +64 21 254 9114 |  SKYPE: jessie.mckenzie.rsnz
4 Halswell Street, Thorndon, PO Box 598, Wellington 6140, New Zealand

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