The Inkling exists to help nurture positive public conversations in Aotearoa New Zealand. We believe that discussion in a spirit of respect and generosity can generate ideas and options that bring us closer together and help us build the best possible future. But leading New Zealanders have told us that our public debates are a mixed bag; less polarised than elsewhere, but still too often superficial and strident with little ability to create adaptive and informed solutions. We can do better.
To bring this to life we’re setting out the ethos of The Inkling, founded on our values of respect, rigour, humility, and curiosity. Each value has associated commitments. Together, they make up the character of this initiative and embody our aspirations for it.
We hold ourselves to these commitments and we invite participants in The Inkling to do the same. We trust that people who experience this ethos will take it back with them to their families, communities, and professions. In this way, we hope to serve this nation.