Freya Daly Sadgrove, at the time editor at the McGuinness Institute, explored the futures of language at day two of the three-day ForesightNZ workshop in Wellington on 27–29 April. Freya’s three key ideas were:
- Change in the way language (and communication) is taught in schools
- A revolution at the level of language
- Visual languages and the inarticulable in self-expression
You can watch the video of her presentation on the McGuinness Institute’s YouTube channel, or view it below.
She acknowledged that language develops constantly, from Shakespeare revolutionising the English language to new words added to the Oxford Dictionary each year. She also discussed how languages are the carrier of culture, stressing the importance of learning other languages to get a glimpse into other cultures and societies. Freya left the participants with a thought: ‘I’d like to see a world where people speak a language which feels good in their mouths. No one is going to understand you if you don’t understand yourself.’
ForesightNZ playing cards
Freya’s presentation led to the development of the ForesightNZ Event Card: Te Reo Māori becomes a compulsory part of national curriculum for years 1-12. This card is one out of a pack of 64 that was developed at the ForesightNZ workshop. Participants created a robust foresight tool in the form of a pack of cards based on the events and trends that they believe could significantly shape New Zealand’s long-term future. They then designed three different games to play with the pack. The games aim to develop a deeper understanding of the possible futures that might occur if a small number of those cards played out in real life. The pack of cards are in the final stage of production and will soon be made available to download, print and cut your own – keep an eye out on the website. They are also available to purchase from our online store. The accompanying booklet is now published on the website and available to purchase here.
About the ForesightNZ workshop
Project: ForesightNZ aims to build public policy capability in New Zealand by encouraging long-term, agile thinking around our uncertain future. Initiated in 2008, ForesightNZ is about conceptualising the broad range of possible futures for New Zealand through up-to-date tools and conceptual approaches used in the field of futures studies. The primary focus of the ForesightNZ: Untangling New Zealand’s long-term future workshop was to develop a way to deal with the increasing complexity and uncertainty in the world around us. This workshop was a collaboration between the New Zealand Treasury and the McGuinness Institute. To watch other speaker presentation videos from the ForesightNZ workshop, head to the McGuinness Institute’s YouTube Channel.