Data file and 10 data visualisations from the Pounamu conversation

The data file from Pounamu, containing all the cards played in the game, is available for you to download here

We’d love you to do your own analysis of the conversation and share it back with us (and tweet it out using the hashtag #Pounamu too).

Dion O’Neale (@droneale) from Callaghan Innovation has already created  ten fantastic visualisations of the data from conversation threads in the game:

Conversation 1 is a deep discussion about the science inherent in Te Reo Maori and what it would mean if science was taught in Te Reo.

Conversation 2 explores futures for the role of iwi re the IP for botanical pharmaceuticals.

Conversation 3 imagines a complete NZ Inc. approach to scientific and industrial research.

Conversation 4 scopes our forward paths and pitfalls in a complete transition to solar for New Zealand.

Conversation 5 is a highly engaged discussion about the relationship between science and religion.

Conversation 6 ranges over GE, the dairy industry and the shape of the science sector in New Zealand

Conversation 7 expands on a paradigm shift where most disease is prevented rather than cured

Conversation 8 morphs from the possibilities for using 3D visualisations in education to the ethics around use of technology

Conversation 9 explores the nexus between academic publication, funding and open access

Conversation 10 considers the definitions of science as a discipline and ways of moving beyond current boundaries


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New Zealand shapes its future

For the last 24 hours, New Zealanders from all walks of life have been shaping thousands of possible futures for the country and the life we will all live in it.

Together players have explored the innovative and exciting things we could create and pursue given the resources we already have, land, people, knowledge, connections. They’ve also explored the darker futures and what might lead us towards or away from them.

6986 forecasts  were posted by 349 highly-engaged players – though this time many player IDs were teams in schools, playing hubs and workplaces, so the overall number of New Zealanders involved was even higher.

The csv file containing all the game data will be available tomorrow  and we invite you explore it and to analyse it if you wish – and we’d love you to share your analysis back with us if you do.

The game is closed but you can continue the conversation, on the game blog, on Twitter (#Pounamu), in your communities and workplaces.

If you want to talk about the game or ideas about where to from here, you can contact

Stephanie Pride

Shaun Hendy


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The Heisenberg Award

The Heisenberg Award for the player with the biggest impact on the conversation goes to…Titus!

Titus joined the game as soon as it opened, and showed huge commitment by playing right through to 3am, then joining again the next day. Cards from Titus covered a wide range of topics, were both constructive and thought-provoking as well as well-informed, and this was reflected in the number of cards played onto Titus’ cards and a mammoth final score.

Titus’s cards covered a wide range of topics and added new information and new dimensions into the conversation.  Titus’s exchanges with other players genuinely developed idea and also generated fun!

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CrystalFjord wins the Gravida Award


CrystalFjord wins the Gravida Award for the best microforecast of a therapeutic idea for  a childhood intervention for improving the health of the individual throughout life.

cows milk

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Alan Wilson Award

The Alan Wilson Award for the player that evolves ideas in the most different directions goes to… phoenixrising!

Phoenixrising played interesting and constructive cards on a wide variety of topics, such as:

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TED Talk Award

This award goes to the Micro-forecast most worthy of an 18-minute elaboration.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t REALLY come with an invitation to the TED conference, although we would give one if we could!

We have given this award to People Reader, for their idea on supermarket receipts giving an environmental footprint and “good-health” rating of the food you have purchased.

people reader

We’d all love to hear more about this idea.  How would it be calculated?  What sorts of health aspects would it take into account? How would it be communicated? What would the reaction of the consumers be?  What about the reaction of the food manufacturers and retailers?  And ultimately, would it change your behaviour?


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ednz-formerly-ed wins the Macarthur Genius

Player ednz-formerly-ed  wins the Macarthur Genius Award for the Micro-forecast most worthy of five-year funding** for the idea that players and other New Zealanders have taken the ideas and challenges from the game and turned them into viable, sustainable businesses.  We loved this idea and we’d love to see it happen – online gaming catalysing real-world change!

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** Sorry ednz-formerly-ed the award does not come with five year funding!

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Feynman Award

WalterSomerville has won the Feynman award for the continual ability to focus on the very small for big ideas.  Laser driven plasmonics for the field of coherent cooking being just one such example.  Hopefully the spin-off technologies would be hugely beneficial (and tasty).

walter feynman award

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The Bio-Protection Award

Nanogirl didn’t play as many cards as many of our other winners, but she had a strong emphasis on quality.  She has won the Bioprotection award for the idea of nanofiltration units to convert farming effluent.  These units will also catch the waste products, making cleaner waterways and protecting the ecosystem and our health for the future.




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And a special award: On-ramp futuring

This award goes to teamextreme, for their active participation and having the courage and confidence to ask their questions.  If their ability to ask “what if?” is representative of the next generation of young scientists that are coming through, then the scientific future is looking good!

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