The Mind Lab’s key takeaways from Visionweek NZ

It’s been a busy week – how quickly we seem to have slotted back into the fast lane. The upside is that some things are progressing quickly, the downside is that some things are progressing quickly!

These are complex and overwhelming times. Visionweek NZ proved to be a welcome read of the country’s temperature.

Here are 6 of our takeaways from Visionweek NZ:

1. He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.
First and foremost, our Prime Minister’s mantra of our “team of 5 million” was emphasised in almost every session. Collaboration, consideration and making a seat for everyone at the table is a welcome prerequisite going forward.

2. The future is digital.

“We need the digital skills… If you think about that convergence of social, analytics, mobile, cloud all coming together to disrupt businesses, we need people understanding more of those skills and how to operate a business and innovate – that’s what is disrupting the world right now. We need to create more opportunity for those and the broader STEM skills and encourage people into the future skills of work.“

Jolie Hodson, CEO of Spark NZ during Visionweek discussion on Connecting NZ

The Mind Lab is thrilled to be offering programmes that support all of these necessary skills. We must all prioritise addressing the digital divide in New Zealand.

3. To stay relevant, we need to keep learning.
Our founder Frances Valintine CNZM was a guest on the “Connecting NZ” session and spoke of her vision for a return to a knowledge economy. The fact is, we are going to be living longer in a constantly changing world and the only way to stay relevant is to keep learning. Education will need to be seen as an ongoing process, and for that to happen, we need school to encourage enquiry, inspiration and passion-based discovery.

4. Māori language, culture and wisdom is integral to New Zealand’s future success.
There were a lot of people getting involved – 28,000 of them took the opportunity of learning Te Reo Māori during lockdown through vehicles like A Māori Phrase a Day.
Our very own Te Mihinga Komene submitted this video of her vision for Aotearoa.

5. A greener, cleaner and more sustainable New Zealand
It became clear that sustainability and zero carbon emission should be a priority for the country. Transport, agriculture, infrastructure all needs to be committed to that goal. As the future of work opened up, we began to see what future jobs would look like – and that’s important in giving our kids direction.

“New Zealand has so many advantages. It would be awesome if Auckland set a goal to be the world’s first autonomous transport city… It would attract tech jobs, it would engage universities in R&D, it would create a vision for where we’re going”

Marc England, CE of Genesis Energy

Fee Webby, the GM of The Mind Lab spoke with Marc England, CE of Genesis Energy about his vision for New Zealand, you can watch the full interview and read the article here.

6. Change starts in the classroom
We were a little disappointed that the future of education was not a session in and of itself. Yes, there were important discussions about skills needed and digital skill equity but it was primarily at a workforce level. If systemic change is needed, then we need to be teaching that change in the classroom. The Mind Lab has been lobbying for this for a while now, and actively supports teachers in leading change.

And now, it’s time to turn the vision into reality.

We were pleased to be part of Visionweek NZ and taking time to reflect, and ask ourselves the question “What’s next for New Zealand?”.

Truthfully, we are all part of the vision, part of the future and all responsible for this collective vision becoming reality.

Here at The Mind Lab, our vision is to continue to support teachers to explore and lead education that inspires, enables and results in a thriving society.

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