1. What is TalentNZ?
  2. What are the key outputs of the project to date?
  3. Where did the idea of TalentNZ come from?
  4. What does talent mean?
  5. What are the seven assumptions?
  6. Who is the audience for the website?
  7. What is the TalentNZ Ecosystem?
  8. Why was the TalentNZ Ecosystem illustration developed?
  9. What is the Menu of Initiatives?
  10. Where did the 28 initiatives come from?
  11. Who reviewed the Menu of Initiatives?
  12. Which councils and communities were involved in the Menu of Initiatives?
  13. I know a really great initiative that should be included – how do I let you know?
  14. Can an initiative align with more than one category – growattractretain or connect?
  15. What is the TalentNZ Infographic Poster?
  16. What is the McGuinness Institute?
  17. What is the Institute’s role in the website?
  18. How can I receive the regular TalentNZ newsletter?

About TalentNZ

  1. What is TalentNZ?

    TalentNZ is a McGuinness Institute project designed to facilitate a structured discussion on how to make New Zealand’s talent-based economy flourish.

    Since starting in 2012, the Institute has produced multiple outputs, which can be viewed on the TalentNZ website. For further information on the TalentNZ project, please see the TalentNZ website.

  1. What are the key outputs of the project to date?

    There have been many outputs from the TalentNZ project to date (June 2016): These include:

    1. The StrategyNZ: Mapping Our Future workshop (March 2011)
    2. The 2013 TalentNZ Journal (November 2013)
    3. The 2014 TalentNZ national tour (March 2014)
    4. The Menu of Initiatives (June 2014)
    5. The TalentNZ ecosystem illustration (June 2014)
    6. The LocalNZ: Connecting youth committed to local government workshop (November 2014)
    7. The six TalentNZ Worksheets (May 2015)
    8. The TalentNZ promotional video (September 2015)
    9. The Timeline of significant events in the history of education in New Zealand, 1867-2014 (April 2016)
    10. Think Piece 23: The Future of Talent: Reflections from the WFS conference (December 2015)
    11. Think Piece 24: Self-aware cities (March 2016)
    12. Think Piece 25: The changing purpose of tertiary education (May 2016)
    13. TalentNZ videos and playlists
    14. The TalentNZ Newsletter

    The four work streams of TalentNZ (growattractretain and connect) evolved from the 30 interviews that became the 2013 TalentNZ Journal. The interviews informed our next steps, but it was during the TalentNZ 2014 National Tour that the unique nature of each community’s Ecosystem became apparent. Each community has their own strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. They were all actively seeking initiatives that might help their current talent-ecosystem flourish. The Menu of Initiatives aims to provide a platform for a deeper discussion within communities.

  1. Where did the idea of TalentNZ come from?

    In March 2011 the Institute had the honour of having Sir Paul Callaghan as the keynote speaker at its first major workshop, StrategyNZ. In his 20-minute presentation, Sir Paul expressed his belief that a focus on talent was crucial for New Zealand’s future. The TalentNZ project is the Institute’s response to Sir Paul’s idea of building a talent-based economy for New Zealand.

  1. What does talent mean?

    Each of us has a range of talents. However, not everyone is fully aware of what these talents might be, how they might be developed or how we might connect with other people interested in similar outcomes. In 2013 we undertook a great deal of research to determine what was meant by talent, and concluded that there was not a single definition. From the Institute’s perspective, ‘talent is a mixture of personality, character and focused practice (which leads to skills) but most importantly we believe that character is key’. This is the first of our seven assumptions.

  1. What are the seven assumptions?

    The seven assumptions set the scope and purpose for the project and were developed from our initial research in 2012. They were the starting point for the 2013 TalentNZ Journal, and have continued to guide our thinking as we receive feedback and develop greater clarity over the work programme going forward. The seven assumptions were stress-tested in 2016 during the May TalentNZ round table discussion and were found to still be relevant as the foundation for the TalentNZ project.

  1. Who is this website for?

    This website is designed for you to consider initiatives that might work in your community. You might be a councillor, an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, a member of a community organisation, a policy analyst or a social worker; but your underlying goal is to find ways we might make our talent-based economy flourish.

About TalentNZ Ecosystem

  1. What is the TalentNZ Ecosystem?

    The TalentNZ Ecosystem is an illustration of the key components and major flows of a talent-based economy. It showcases the four integrated workstreams – grow, attract, retain and connect.

  1. Why was the TalentNZ Ecosystem illustration developed?

    The TalentNZ Ecosystem was designed in 2014 to demonstrate how these four types of initiatives interact, as understanding how this interaction works is the first step to identifying the levers that will enable communities to consider, design and instigate workable strategies in ways that allow progress to be reviewed and measured over time.

    As a result of the 2016 TalentNZ round table discussion the Institute is in the process of developing an illustrative diagram that explains the development of our thinking from a traditional jobs-based economy to a talent-based economy.

About Menu of Initiatives

  1. What is the Menu of Initiatives?

    The Menu of Initiatives focuses on how best to identify and communicate the tools for councils so that they can design their own unique strategy for creating a talent-based economy. Our focus was on how best to identify and communicate the tools that work. We recognise that each community has its own character, personality and skill set. The Menu is designed like a menu you are given at a restaurant. In the same way that one cannot eat every item on a restaurant menu, nor can a community implement every initiative on the Menu of Initiatives. Councillors and communities will therefore need to discuss, research, try out and reflect on which initiatives might work best for them.

  1. Where did the 28 initiatives come from?

    The 28 initiatives in the Menu have been sourced from throughout New Zealand and then assessed, synthesised and reflected on by the most action-oriented and committed people we know. There have been a wide range of New Zealanders that have been involved directly and indirectly in this initiative. The Menu was a collaboration between councillors, the 30 Kiwis interviewed in the 2013 TalentNZ Journal, and other interested parties. The 28 initiatives were stress-tested in 2016 during the TalentNZ round table discussion and have been updated to reflect the discussion.

    A full list of those who have contributed to the Menu is available on the contributors page of this website.

  1. Who reviewed the Menu of Initiatives?

    We had over 30 councillors and council staff from throughout the country participate in our Menu of Initiatives Advisory Group. We invited those who had expressed an interest in TalentNZ during the 2014 National Tour. It was important for us to have the thoughts and opinions of those who will be using the Menu to ensure that this document was a useful resource for councils and communities.

    The 28 initiatives were stress-tested in 2016 during the TalentNZ round table discussion and have been updated to align with the discussion.

    A full list of those who have contributed to the Menu is available on the contributors page of this website.

  1. Which councils and communities were involved in the Menu of Initiatives?

    The Menu of Initiatives Advisory Group was made up of councillors and council staff from Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Gisborne, Hastings, Kaikoura, Napier, Tauranga, Wanaka and Wellington. For further details please see the TalentNZ 2014 National Tour page on our website.

  1. I know a really great initiative that should be included – how do I let you know?

    In 2014 we researched and sought out examples which demonstrated best practice for each of the initiatives on the Menu. These exemplars can be found at the bottom of each initiative webpage. We made the commitment to continually monitor and update examples on this website for one year (2014).

    Since 2014 we have been showcasing interesting resources and examples of initiatives that are working towards a talent-based economy on our TalentNZ newsletter. If you can think of any initiatives that we should include on this website, or feature on our TalentNZ newsletter please email us your example at talentnz@mcguinnessinstitute.org and let us know which page you think your example applies to – grow, attract, retain or connect.

  1. Can an initiative align with more than one category – grow, attract, retain or connect?

    Many of the 28 initiatives align with more than one category, so a level of judgement has been necessary to determine where they intrinsically belong among the four. Overall, we tried to categorise initiatives based on where they were likely to have the strongest results.

About TalentNZ Infographic Poster

  1. What is the TalentNZ Infographic Poster?

    The TalentNZ Infographic Poster will be an illustrative diagram that explains the development of our thinking from a traditional jobs-based economy to a talent-based economy. It is an output of the TalentNZ Refresh meeting held on 19 May 2016. We hope you will find it a useful resource to place by the water dispenser or in the lunch room. We hope to make it public in July 2016.

About McGuinness Institute

  1. What is the McGuinness Institute?

    The McGuinness Institute is a non-partisan think tank, contributing strategic foresight through evidence-based research and policy analysis. We endeavour to undertake research that is independent, innovative and relevant in a professional, ethical and honest manner. The Institute places a great value on education, inclusiveness and accessibility, and works to respect cultural and demographic diversity. See the McGuinness Institute website for more information.

  1. What is the Institute’s role in the website?

    We will host the website and ensure the content is up-to-date and relevant. We will crowdsource discussions on initiatives, sharing knowledge and ideas throughout New Zealand on this website and on our TalentNZ newsletter. Further, the website will offer more detail and examples on the 28 initiatives, as well as provide examples of best practice from New Zealand and around the world. If you are aware of new and interesting initiatives happening around you, please email us directly at talentnz@mcguinnessinstitute.org.

  1. How can I receive the regular TalentNZ newsletter?

    Please connect with TalentNZ to receive the regular TalentNZ newsletter, which outlines recent developments and discusses recent research and resources. You can find more information on the TalentNZ  website.