I have just returned from a terrific and all too brief visit to Wellington, New Zealand, where I presented the Analyst First (“A1″) vision to NZ’s intelligence community’s professional body- the New Zealand Institute of Intelligence Professionals (NZIIP) – at their annual conference. A big thanks once again to the organisers for inviting me, and giving me the opportunity to meet such a dynamic, interesting and intelligent group of people.
The presentation was too long for the time allowed,as it tried to capture the main aspects of the set of ideas comprising A1. The response was positive, with further NZ related A1 developments to be announced shortly.
It also included a picture that captures the whole idea of A1 in the ironic “Motivational Posters” style. You can find the picture on the second page.
This was only the first of two presentations that I gave at the conference, the second being delivered to an audience that included the New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. Not the kind of thing that I am used to by any means. This second presentation did not come with slides, but an extemporaneous opening of the NZIIP Forecasting Competition. Unfortunately this competition is closed to NZIIP members only. All are however welcome to participate in the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO) Collective Forecasting Competition, which is currently running.
I look forward to seeing some of the NZIIP people again at the AIPIO Annual Conference this week in Sydney.
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