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Since the 2016 International Gambling Conference (2016 IGC) in held 8-10 February 2016 at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in Auckland, there have been moments of great insight to the notion of building a ‘knowledge economy’. It’s had me thinking about the way in which we share and exchange knowledge or intelligences both from person to person and culture to culture. The indigenous pre-conference workshop explored a range of topics to enhance ‘indigenous ways of knowing’ something that has become known more as the ‘knowledge economy’. Each indigenous speaker added to the collection of intelligence, experience and evidence of a number of different elements of the gambling harm minimisation field. The one day symposium concluded with a commitment to international indigenous knowledge exchanges, this paves the way for the development of the first international indigenous charter on Gambling Harm. One of the priorities identified at this hui, included the need to maintain traditional knowledge pathways while building confidence in the practices of a growing evidence base for indigenous communities. The pre-conference proceedings have been made into an e-book by the research team at Hāpai Te Hauora which will be available on here very soon.

A growing demand for innovation coupled with the insatiable appetite of society for technology, has made the developments within the gambling industry an equal measure with other fields like telecommunications, business, economic and commercial developments. Perhaps the time has arrived for us all to consider their contributions to the knowledge economy including the benefits for tomorrow, the next day and the next.

Link to International Gambling Conference (IGC 2016) website.

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