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Māori Future Making: An Indigenous Approach to Social Innovation, with Tokona Te Raki

This session explored social innovation from an Indigenous perspective. Efforts to address inequities facing Indigenous communities often privilege the cultural perspectives, processes and priorities of the coloniser. The approach that Dr. Eruera Tarena and a group of rangatahi from Tokona Te Raki shared, Te Korekoreka, is a #socialinnovation framework grounded in the three realms of the Io tradition through which things come into being: Te Ao, the world of light; Te Kore, the world of potential; and Te Pō, the world of darkness. Building from these realms, Eru and his team have developed a systemic change framework that is inherently intergenerational and continuously iterates between past, present, and future.

This is their story of how reclaiming the past can help make a better future.

Download the slide deck we used in this session and review the collective wisdom and resources shared during the session. We also invite you to explore these links to learn more:

Because of the generosity of the registrants for this session, we raised $2280 USD to support and amplify the work of Turtle Island Institute.


Dr Eruera Tarena

Tribal affiliations: Ngāi Tahu,

Ngāti Porou, Te Whānau-a-Apanui

Eruera is Executive Director for Tokona te Raki: Māori Futures Collective, an indigenous design and innovation lab based under the mana of Ngāi Tahu. Our purpose is to provide next-gen solutions powered by rangatahi Māori. We employ, train and support rangatahi through an apprenticeship in changing the world, equipping them with future-focused skills, and honing them through real-world projects. Over time we hope to build an army of Rangatahi Future-makers who combine the audacity of youth with leading-edge research and innovation techniques to tackle the grand challenges of our time.

Our young team of researchers blend big data and rangatahi voice to understand where change is needed most and identify what changes will make the biggest impact. Our insights are complimented by a mātauranga Māori-based design process we use to make solutions and test them in the real-world. This is how we aim to create the future we believe in.



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