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