Create unlikely networks to stimulate positive change

Nurture an innovative and inclusive society

‘Unlikely networks’ activate social capital by building influential new constituencies and idea clusters. Networks of trust must now transcend the persistent social, political and economic divides in South Africa.[1]Pentland A (2015). Social Physics: How social networks can make us smarter. Penguin Books, NY New economic forces are needed, that break the racial patterns of capital ownership, yet counter narrow forms of financial empowerment and associated entitlements that worsen inequality. New social forces are needed in South Africa that place high value on life and personal achievement, and promote social cohesion.

Apartheid’s legacy still divides us, but new coalitions across class, race, economic and public sectors can inspire fresh thinking.

A network of emerging local social and business entrepreneurs is a pivotal mechanism for upward mobility for both individuals and communities as a whole. These entrepreneurs connect communities to information and resources that create new opportunities and spark innovation.[2]Krishna A (2002). Active Social Capital: Tracing the roots of development. Columbia University, NY This thinking is behind the Activate! Leadership network, which has been supported by DGMT for the past five years.

Recently, the business sector has started to play a more proactive role in shaping the national development agenda. It has mobilised in response to policy uncertainty, corruption and problems in tertiary education in particular. Ultimately, the business sector holds the key to creating jobs and may be willing to join in seizing some of the opportunities for economic growth and development outlined in this strategy.

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Our goal is to enhance the effectiveness of the Activate! network and expand alliances with the business sector.

What we will be working on…

From 2017-2021 we will nurture an innovative and inclusive society by:

  • Continuing to nurture a national network of young leaders committed to public innovation.
  • Joining the business sector in seizing the 10 opportunities to change South Africa that drive DGMT’s work

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WHAT HOW
Continue to nurture a national network of young leaders committed to public innovation. Support the continuing development of Activate! Leadership for Public Innovation as an unlikely network with potential for social, economic and political change.
Join the business sector in seizing the 10 opportunities to change South Africa that drive DGMT’s work

Frame the opportunities in business and economic terms.
Enable business people to experience the potential of children and young people.
Develop joint plans that:

  • leverage the core business of specific business (e.g. distribution chains of retailers);
  • build on the human resource functions of business organisations (e.g. as employers of parents of young children);
  • mobilise corporate leaders around issues they are passionate about and understand the links to their businesses.

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Opportunity 1
Drive public innovation by reigniting civil society
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Release the systemic chokes on innovation that are perpetuated by exclusion
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Create unlikely networks to stimulate positive change
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Give every child the benefit of early childhood development
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Stop nutritional stunting among children under two years
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Make sure every child is ready to read by the time they go to school
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Build simple, loving connections for every child
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Place failing schools ‘under new management’ so that children can succeed
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Create new connections to opportunity for young people
Opportunity 10
Support young people to keep their grip on opportunity
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