Let’s Rethink How the World Works Embracing Opportunity in a post-Covid-19 World

Trans-Tasman Business Circle and IBM virtually brought together a diverse group of New Zealand’s most highly regarded thought leaders to discuss the future of New Zealand and asked them to rethink how the world could work in a post-Covid-19 environment. This document is a summary of their discussion, along with supporting evidence and recommendations for industry and government.

NZHIT CEO Scott Arrol and others attended  this virtual event.

Covid-19 provides us with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rethink how the world works. Now is the time to rewire our economy, as well as to fundamentally shift how we value and empower people within society. We have an opportunity to reset and rebuild the New Zealand economy so it’s more robust than before.

Technology holds one of the keys to this transformation. But unfortunately, the edict ‘if you build it, they will come’, isn’t true in this case. When it comes to technology, democratising access is vital, but it is not enough. People need to have trust in what we’re providing, trust it will improve their situation and trust that they can learn the skills to leverage it.

This shift in mindset is hard but will deliver immense value to the nation. This discussion document summarises and builds on the conversation held in mid-June. It articulates the overarching situation New Zealand finds itself in and provides recommendations for both government and industry.



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