Proceedings of The Civics and Media Project: A report on the three workshops held in 2015 is intended to contribute to the national conversation about civics and media by documenting our thinking about the nature of the issue, our vision for the future and some pragmatic ideas to get there.
The LocalNZ: Connecting youth committed to local government workshop (November 2014) saw 35 young New Zealanders explore the question: How do regional goals align with national goals, and how might these goals need to change in order to aid regional growth? Participants made several suggestions, including the instigation of a ‘mokopuna clause’, which you can see on page 8 of the booklet.
The LivingStandardsNZ: Aligning public policy with the way we want to live workshop (December 2013) saw 28 young New Zealanders stress-test the New Zealand Treasury’s Living Standards Framework using three case studies. Participants made several observations, and also produced the living standards metaphor, which you can see on pages 5 and 6 of the booklet.
The LongTermNZ: Exploring our long-term fiscal position workshop (December 2012) saw 27 young people attend the Affording Our Future conference (10–11 December) and subsequently engage with the key issues raised. Participants created a fiscal tool analogy using a multi-tool pocket knife, which you can see on pages 9 and 10 of the booklet.
The EmpowerNZ: Drafting a constitution for the 21st century workshop (August 2012) saw 50 young New Zealanders gather at Parliament to draft a constitution for New Zealand. The preamble states, ‘Our whenua, Aotearoa New Zealand, exists to preserve and protect the interests of the People in equal dignity, promoting our life in this land.’
The StrategyNZ: Mapping Our Future workshop (March 2011) saw 100 New Zealanders work in groups to explore a vision for New Zealand in 2058 and a strategy on how to get there. The booklet showcases the outputs for each of the 10 groups: a magazine cover, a coat of arms and a strategy map.