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The three powers we possess as innovators for change

This an excerpt from the first issue of a publication called Improvise by the Fellowship for Organisational Innovation. The below article is based on a talk Dr David Harrison, DGMT CEO, gave to Fellows during Immersion 1 filling them with hope and inspiration as they continued with the rest of the Fellowship activities. As actors […]

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Posted on 1 May 2019 under DGMT, Opportunity 1: How to engage, Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Commentary on the proposed migration of ECD functions from DSD to DBE

The commentary below was delivered by DGMT CEO, Dr David Harisson, on the proposed migration of ECD functions from DSD to DBE at the NECT 2nd Education Dialogue on ECD on 12 April 2019 Time of opportunity The President’s SONA announcement of a transfer of responsibility for ECD centres from DSD to DBE and the […]

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Posted on 17 Apr 2019 under Alerts, DGMT, Opportunity 4: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Children should feel valued, not threatened

Our daughter came home in tears from her first day of the new school term.  All the teachers had commenced class with a pep talk on knuckling down to work right away. Some chose to motivate their students, but three harped on the unpleasant consequences of poor behaviour. In school, the wages of sin is […]

Posted on 12 Apr 2019 under Alerts, DGMT, Opportunity 10: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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The physics of change

An article from DGMT’s Annual Report, 2018 You may have seen the 2017 movie, Loving Vincent. Each of the 65 000 frames in the 100-minute long film is an individual oil painting on canvas. It mimics Van Gogh’s stippled style of art, exemplified by his famous painting, The Starry Night. He uses thousands of tiny […]

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Posted on 10 Apr 2019 under Alerts, Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 2: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Risk and opportunity as early childhood development moves to Department of Basic Education

This year’s State of the Nation Address may have radically changed South Africa’s prospects for education and economic growth. For the first time, there is a clear commitment to early childhood development (ECD), which is globally recognized as the most powerful investment in human capital that a country can make.[1],[2] At last there is real […]

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Posted on 11 Feb 2019 under Alerts, Opportunity 4: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Creating jobs and improving education at the same time

There’s a wonderful book by Dr Seuss that all parents should read to their children. It’s called Oh, the Places you’ll Go, written for young people as they set off on life’s exciting journey towards success (“98 and ¾ per cent guaranteed”!). But it’s not all breathlessly gung-ho. The book acknowledges that there are amazing […]

Posted on 8 Feb 2019 under Opportunity 10: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 9: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Finding heroes and hope in South Africa’s education system

Teachers who sew together the fabric of our society sow the seeds of a more prosperous nation at the same time.  However, the picture of education in South Africa as it is unfolding on school grounds and classrooms across the country, is complex, messy and often not easy to witness.  What should give us hope […]

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Posted on 28 Jan 2019 under Alerts, Opportunity 8: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Activating human nature, for good

This week DGMT CEO, Dr. David Harrison, presented the keynote address at the Africa Regional Symposium on Character Building in Nairobi (24-25 October 2018) organised by the Aga Khan University and the Templeton World Charity Foundation.  In this rather wide-ranging philosophical and personal address, he reflects on how we can activate human nature, for good. […]

Posted on 26 Oct 2018 under Alerts, Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Why we need big business to make bold moves and get behind this simple super food

Shoprite recently won public kudos by ‘zero-rating’ Ultrex sanitary pads – essentially selling the brand at cost price. This bold move is exactly what we should expect from private companies facing up to this country’s social and economic inequalities. Although South Africans may not experience the extreme poverty of people in low-income countries, the indignity […]

Posted on 21 Sep 2018 under Alerts, DGMT, Opportunity 5: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Love, Germs and Skill: Reframing early childhood care and education

In this talk DGMT CEO, Dr David Harrison, shakes up our thinking about early childhood care and education by asking probing questions such as “what is love?” and “how can we harness the power of love to enable children to thrive?” He draws on biology, genetics, chemistry and history to bring us closer to answering […]

Posted on 6 Aug 2018 under DGMT, Opportunity 4: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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