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Southern Africa’s future - are we at a tipping point?

Institute for Security Studies Seminar: Southern Africa’s future - are we at a tipping point?

06 Apr 2017, Time: 10:30 to 12:30

After decades of violent coups and civil wars, the last 15 years have been a period of relative peace for Southern Africa. During this time, development in the region has progressed steadily, but acute challenges remain. Long-term analysis suggests that countries in Southern Africa may be approaching a tipping point. Decisions made today may determine whether the region retreats into a period of instability or advances toward a more prosperous, sustainable future.

This seminar will launch the Southern Africa development trends report commissioned by USAID in support of their five-year Regional Development Cooperation Strategy.


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Africa 4.0 Exploring Africa's Futures and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Online Survey: Africa 4.0 Exploring Africa's Futures and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Scenarios for Africa and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The World Economic Forum has launched a wide stakeholder engagement process exploring potential scenarios for Africa’s future economic and social development with a focus on the opportunities the Fourth Industrial Revolution offers to connect markets, revitalize manufacturing and integrate innovation. As part of this process we would be delighted to hear from you.

The intent of this process is to engage Africa’s public and private sector leadership with the broader international community in a forward-looking strategic dialogue on possible pathways for the region’s economic and social development. The key outcome being sought is the development of new systemic insights and perspectives on how government, business and civil society in the region can address the continent’s most critical challenges by leveraging manufacturing ecosystems.

The World Economic Forum convenes this conversation by providing a neutral platform for driving this knowledge based engagement process. This includes this survey, interviews, analysis, consultations and dialogues online and at events, including the World Economic Forum on Africa, to be held in Durban on 3-5 May 2017.

The outcomes of this process will be published towards the end of 2017.


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Futures of a Complex World conference

Futures of a Complex World conference

12-13 June 2017, Turku, Finland

The next conference will be focusing on ‘the futures of a complex world’. The conference is organized by the Finland Futures Research Centre from the University of Turku together with National Foresight Network, Finland and the Foresight Europe Network (FEN).

To understand the pressing challenges of our time, we need systems thinking to grasp the evolving complexity of our world. At its core is seeing the inter-relationships rather than linear cause-and-effect chains, and seeing processes of change rather than snapshots.


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Applied strategic foresight for strategic management








Future of banking, finance and services - Applied strategic foresight for strategic management

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Learn how to apply strategic foresight for strategic management in a complex and uncertain business environment.

How are you managing external changes and disruption in relation to your internal capabilities and capacity? How can you apply strategic foresight to strategic management?

This half-day masterclass facilitated by Marius Oosthuizen, GIBS faculty, will shed light on how you can use strategic foresight to anticipate new opportunities and threats, and what the competitive landscape will look like in the future.

  • The future of industry;
  • The future of business: disruption, change and new business models;
  • Key trends shaping the industry; and
  • Strategies to navigate the new normal.

Who should attend?
This event is ideal for CEOs, MDs, GMs, functional heads, divisional heads, senior managers, business consultants, strategy executives, business development executives and those in senior roles in innovation.

Date:      Thursday, 6 April 2017 (Half-day)
Venue:   GIBS campus, 26 Melville Road, Illovo, Sandton
Fee:        R2 500 per person

For more information or to register, please click here. For queries contact Belinda Boxall on 011 771 4000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Colloquium on ‘Resilience for Development’






Colloquium on ‘Resilience for Development

Assessment Methods and Transformative Practices
8-10 May 2017, Johannesburg, South Africa

Call for Abstracts
We hereby invite you to submit an abstract to this innovative colloquium, which aims to further transdisciplinary dialogue between researchers and practitioners interested in the relationship between resilience and complexity thinking, and development in dynamic social-ecological systems.

We welcome a range of submissions for the colloquium.

Colloquium Theme
‘Assessment Methods and Transformative Practices’


  • Resilience assessment, monitoring and evaluation
  • Creating transformative spaces
  • Urban resilience and infrastructure
  • Indigenous and local knowledge for stewardship and resilience
  • Science-society partnerships for building resilience and transformation
  • Addressing inequality and human wellbeing through ecosystem services
  • Human rights in the Anthropocene
  • Achieving the SDGs in Africa

Read more: http://www.resdev2017.org/call-for-abstracts.html

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The Millennium Project - Newsletter 1.0






The Millennium Project - Newsletter 1.0


1.    Future Work/Tech 2050 Global Scenarios

2.    Workshops to address issues in the Work/Tech 2050 Scenarios

3.    NATO workshop on future terrorism and book

4.    Pakistan State of the Future Index

5.    New Nodes in Portugal and Georgia

6.    New website under construction

7.    GFIS scanning items added by new Interns

8.    RIBER and FEN

9.    FRM 3.0 Translated into Persian/Farsi into five volumes

10.  MPPC Meeting in Washington, DC




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