The Postgraduate Certificate in
Human Potential for the Digital Economy

Big questions need
big answers.

This course explores the big vision and locks it in with your purpose. Across four key areas, you’ll develop a holistic approach to developing Human Potential in the Digital Economy. 


Identify, contextualise and leverage emerging trends in an ever changing environment with the skills of Future Insight. Develop the skills to address the impacts of new business models in Digitalisation and Adaptation. Understand how Contemporary Organisational Ecosystems enable nimble responses to change and allow for constant recalibration without having to adhere to cumbersome linear processes. Deep-dive into Human Potential and the leadership approaches to enhance collaboration, agility and purpose. 


Confidence as a leader - at whatever level - hinges on the ability to navigate through change and disruption. In this course, you’ll learn how to develop ideas that put humanity at the heart of everything you do and allow for creative responses to humanity’s needs in a digital context.

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Move yourself into a position of influence to lead change for a positive future with the Postgraduate Certificate in Human Potential for the Digital Economy.

We’re in an era of constant change and disruption. It may not be wholly evident in your workplace, your community or your personal life, but the shift to a new paradigm for all of us is on the way. At the global level, big challenging questions are being asked. About our economic frameworks, our relationship and role with Mother Earth, our consumption and consumerism habits, our societal structures and what role technology plays in all of this.


We want to make sure that we’re all ready for the shift. That we’ve shaken off the old way of doing things and we’re working and living in a way that really brings success for humanity.

Now is the time to regenerate your way of thinking, being and doing. To lead the change.


The Postgraduate Certificate in Human Potential for the Digital Economy will equip you with the know-how to sense and identify these emerging trends and ideas; harness the energy that change creates across your workplace and your community; amplify it with technology; and balance it with your values to shape it into something that brings purpose to you.


Go from where you are now, to where you want to be.

Develop deeper knowledge about the forces shaping our work and lives, in a global and NZ context; 

Understand how to use insight and foresight for planning and to create a new lens to the world;

Understand the convergence of technology and the rise of cross-disciplinary roles;  

​​Develop innovative digital solutions and strategies for the workplace; ​


Manage and curate your personal career journey.


Lead and implement change initiatives that respond to contemporary challenge. 


​​Develop tools and techniques that can be applied to solve complex problems;

Course information


Part-time: 32 weeks

Phase 1

1 evening per week at The Lab (Wednesdays 4pm - 8pm) + 12 hrs/week independent study


Phase 2

16 hrs/week self-directed study. 2 workshops and + 3 presentations held onsite. 

Programme type

Postgraduate, Level 8, 60 credits.

Next start dates

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Application close date

Friday, February 28th, 2020 (for March 4, 2020 starts)


Onsite component – Newmarket, Auckland.


Places available

Max 50 candidates per intake

Our Postgraduate Certificate is split into two key phases.

16 weeks

Sense and synthesise

Introduction to and immersion in disruptive technology, creative systems thinking, evaluation,  properties of change and embedding learning in the context of Kaupapa Maori values. 

  • Wednesday evening 4pm - 8pm at the Lab

  • 12 hours/week independent study

16 weeks

Analyse and Develop



Build on knowledge and competency gained in Phase 1 to explore strategies 


Assessments, reports and a case study provide the opportunity to explore impact in the digital economy and the potential to thrive in complex and constantly evolving environments.


  • 16 hours/week independent study

  • 5 Lab sessions (workshops/presentations)

  • 1 full day symposium held on a weekend

  • Weekly virtual sessions; choose one of:

 - Tuesday 8am - 9am

 - Wednesday 12pm - 1pm

 - Thursday 4pm - 5pm


Fees and requirements

Entry Requirements

Designed for professionals, but suitable for anyone looking to drive positive change. 

  • We value industry and real-world experience as highly as an academic record. You'll need to  provide a personal statement of intent - you can do this via letter or video.

  • A recognised bachelor's degree and a minimum of two years' work experience OR equivalent professional experience.​​


  • Qualify as domestic student (NZ and Australian citizens and permanent residents).

Domestic only

2020 fees: $5,980* (incl. GST)

Student Loans

StudyLink Student Loans are available. Depending on your study history, you may also be eligible for the Government's 'Fees Free' scheme. Contact us for more information.

Key dates

Programme start dates
  • Wednesday, March 4, 2020

  • Tuesday, June 9, 2020

  • Tuesday, November 3, 2020


Application close date

Friday, February28  2020 (for March 4 2020 start)

*Applications received on or before the early bird cut off date receive a 10% discount. See dates above.

*Applications received on or before the early bird cut off date receive a 10% discount. See dates above.

Where could this programme take you?

Upon completion of the course, you’ll have a recognised NZQA, level 8 Postgraduate Certificate. You’ll earn 60 credits by completing the certificate and you can cross-credit 30 credits to our Masters’ of Technological Futures course if you want to take your journey of discovery further.

Open labs

Join us for an info session at our Lab in Newmarket  

Saturday 22 February 10-10.30am.

Ready to go?

Take the first step towards designing your future.

Research shows that there will be 200,000 new jobs created in Auckland over the next decade. This growth and the changing requirements in existing roles, mean courses like the new Postgraduate Certificate in Human Potential for the Digital Economy are a great option for Auckland’s businesses and people to keep their skills up to date.


Auckland’s Economic Development Agency (ATEED)


22 McColl Street


Auckland 1023

New Zealand


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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 who are studying on a programme delivered by Tech Futures Lab are enrolled with The Mind Lab.