Project 2058 is the Institute’s flagship project focusing on New Zealand’s long-term future. When selecting a year in the future to guide our thinking, we decided 50 years was distant enough to avoid self-interest but close enough to realistically drive our work forwards. In 2004, the McGuinness Institute (then called the Sustainable Future Institute) began exploring what a National Sustainable Development Strategy (NSDS) would look like for New Zealand and published a report in 2005 titled A National Sustainable Development Strategy: How New Zealand measures up against international commitments. The next step was to research international best practice in sustainable development – the findings from which are discussed in further reports.

As a result of our observation that in policy-making, foresight drives strategy, strategy requires reporting, and reporting shapes foresight, we developed three interlinking policy projects: ForesightNZ, StrategyNZ and ReportingNZ. Each of these tools must align if we want New Zealand to develop durable, robust and forward-looking public policy.

The policy projects frame and feed into our research projects, which address a range of significant issues facing New Zealand. We have separated policy projects from research projects in order to emphasise that foresight, strategy and reporting are policy tools that are permanent by nature. In contrast, the research projects are developed in response to a specific area of study and have led to a wide range of reports such as Report 8 – Maori Representation in ParliamentReport 9 – Science Embraced and Report 10 – One Ocean. All our work as part of Project 2058 aims to build and contribute to a national conversation around New Zealand’s long-term future. Below are links to the satellite websites for each of the Institute’s projects.

Policy Projects

As a result of our observation that foresight drives strategy, strategy requires reporting, and reporting shapes foresight, we have developed three interlinking policy projects: ForesightNZ, StrategyNZ and ReportingNZ.

Exploring New Zealand’s probable and possible futures

Building pathways to New Zealand’s preferred future

Contributing to an informed New Zealand

Research Projects

These diverse topics represent areas where New Zealand has the potential to bring about meaningful change. How New Zealand responds to these issues will shape our public policy landscape for generations to come.

Exploring ways to address climate change

Investing in science for the long-term benefit of New Zealand

Promoting the stewardship of a healthy and productive ocean

EmpoweringNew Zealand citizens and building social capital

Contributing to Sir Paul Callaghan’s vision of making New Zealand ‘a place where talent wants to live’

Exploring ways to tackle poverty in New Zealand