Each day of August, the Institute will feature one initiative from the TalentNZ Menu of Initiatives. The Menu showcases four integrated work-streams – grow, attract, retain and connect.

Today we are showcasing ‘Attract 1. Map the ecosystem’. For examples of this initiative, please see the Menu of Initiatives website. If you know of an organisation or initiative that should be included as an example on the website, please email us at talentnz@mcguinnessinstitute.org.


Attract 1. Map the ecosystem

This is about:

  • Recognising every system will be different. Look for the unique strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. The boundary of the ecosystem you choose to map can either be very specific, such as the talent ecosystem in an organisation or industry, or very broad as in a community or a region.
  • Understanding what currently exists, as well as what works and why. Look to identify particular aspects of the system to help explain the more general system. Look for ways you can make the ecosystem flourish, what levers might you pull. Ask those in the system what they think might work.
  • Considering the future, where gaps and surpluses might exist in five/ten/twenty years’ time.

About TalentNZ
The Menu of Initiatives is part of our Project TalentNZ and focuses on how best to identify and distribute tools for councils, businesses and communities to design their own unique strategy for creating a talent-based economy. TalentNZ builds on Sir Paul Callaghan’s vision of making New Zealand ‘a place where talent wants to live’. Sir Paul outlined the reasons why his vision is important in a 20-minute video at the Institute’s StrategyNZ workshop in 2011. The focus of the Menu is on the ‘how’ – we are testing Sir Paul’s assumptions and exploring ways New Zealanders might turn this vision into a reality. To learn more about the TalentNZ project see www.talentnz.org.

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We want to build New Zealand’s talent-based economy. If you want to join us on this journey, please connect with TalentNZBy connecting you will receive our monthly TalentNZ newsletter, which outlines recent developments, research and resources related to creating a talent-based economy, and which keeps you informed about upcoming TalentNZ events. Please also share this link with anyone you think may be interested.