People are your
most powerful resource 

There is a global talent shortage, and demand for future-focused and knowledgeable people is at an all-time high.

Competition between organisations for the same people is fierce. Growing your talent is the only sustainable way forward.

The 2019 Manpower Report ‘Humans Wanted - Robots Need You’ says that by 2022, 54% of all employees will require significant reskilling and upskilling, taking six months or more. 

The 2019 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trend report states that due to the relentless acceleration of AI, cognitive technologies and automation, 86% of respondents believe they must reinvent their ability to learn.

In every sector there is an urgent need to develop team capacity and capability to remain competitive and relevant. The largest obstacle faced by most organisations undertaking massive change is the cultural shift needed to adapt mindsets and build confidence and enthusiasm for new ways of doing business.


Traditionally, teams were collectives of subject experts; like-minded people with similar skills, backgrounds and qualifications. 

Corporate Innovation
It starts with a conversation

As technologists, researchers, and educators our approach puts people at the heart of everything we do. We are very good at asking ‘Why?’ and getting to the heart of your organisational challenges - to the place where tangible and sustainable change can happen. We widen the lens - so you can see your organisation in the context of major global trends: demographic, social and environmental, disruptors or emerging technologies in your sector, new business models. Then, you can identify next steps for your organisation through an informed and collective voice.

What we do

Tech Futures Lab works with organisations and teams to: 

  • Cultivate a growth mindset

  • Build confidence with contemporary methodologies, such as design and systems thinking

  • Focus on the levers of massive change and the impact on organisations, roles and the future

  • Develop a culture of transparency, trust and idea creation without judgement

  • Build skills to enhance problem-solving and solution building

  • Unleash latent talent

  • Break down silos and hierarchies and working collaboratively in diverse, cross-organizational teams

Isn’t this just
change management?

We know from experience that to build confidence at a time of great upheaval requires clear understanding of the new context, and the implications of standing still. Shifting an organisation from one mode to another using incremental approaches is like pulling off a bandaid very slowly. Tech Futures Lab is focused on helping you make bold step-changes, taking teams from where they are to where they need to go.

About us

Established by education futurist Frances Valintine (CNZM), Tech Futures Lab is New Zealand’s only privately-owned graduate school, specifically designed to prepare people and organisations for the future of work. We don’t want New Zealand businesses to survive technology-driven change. We want you to thrive.


Our approach is based on robust, evidence-based knowledge. We’re about empowering organisations to create change that sticks; with no lag; no prerequisite investment in software or tools. We make agility part of your organisational DNA.

Our team

Sarah Hindle 

General Manager

Priti Ambani 

Director of Innovation

Rich Rowley

Innovation Advisor

What will this look like for my organisation?

That will depend on your objectives. Making things happen means moving beyond quick fixes, one-size-fits-all solutions and box-ticking exercises. We will tailor-make an approach to suit your needs.


If you’re serious about driving change, let’s start the conversation.

"...companies are blind-sided when plastic straws and bags and bottled water go from staples to rejects over night. And baffled when a change in social mores turns stars into pariahs, and colleagues into outcasts. In an environment that defies forecasting, efficiency won't help us. It specifically undermines and erodes our capacity to adapt and respond"  
- Margaret Heffernan, Writer and Entrepreneur 


[The team] are now coming to us with new ideas and ways of doing things... There'll be benefit not just to the IT team but to the business as a whole. 

Steven Ongley

IT Manager, Waste Management

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Tech Futures Lab is an education facility of The Mind Lab, a NZQA registered Tertiary Education Organisation under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. 

Candidates studying the Master of Technological Futures are enrolled with The Mind Lab which is approved by NZQA to award this qualification.