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Three key things social innovators must do to truly affect the next 25 years

In this piece, written for City Press in the build-up to the 2018 SA Innovation Summit, DGMT Deputy CEO Janet Jobson, addresses aspiring social innovators as she reflects on key aspects that we must get right to make a lasting impact. 1. Bridge the divides that define South Africa Too often social innovation (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_innovation) fixates […]

Posted on 13 Sep 2018 under Alerts, DGMT, Opportunity 1: Resources and Toolboxes, Opportunity 3: Resources and Toolboxes, Strategy 2017.

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Youth will shape the South Africa of tomorrow – let’s get behind them today

Every January we as South Africans focus our full attention on the successes, and failures, of the education system as marked by the Matric results. We celebrate the individual shining examples of extraordinarily bright students, of inspiring principals that produce amazing results against all the odds, and take a step back to assess how we […]

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Posted on 17 Feb 2017 under DGMT Points of Interest, Enterprising School Leavers, Game-Changing Leaders, Opportunity 9: Reflection and Analysis.

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Five things to think about beyond matric results

Every January the whole country focusses in on a single number: the matric pass rate. For many this number comes to define the state of young people, and we tend to leave the conversation there. But for school-leavers, the matric results are not just the end of one journey, they are the start of a […]

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Posted on 7 Jan 2016 under DGMT Points of Interest, Enterprising School Leavers, Opportunity 10: Reflection and Analysis, Opportunity 9: Reflection and Analysis.

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Creating space for heads and hearts – bringing ourselves into amplifying impact

In 2009/10 I was lucky enough to spend a year as a Sauvé Fellow in Montreal, Canada.[1] As part of building their alumni programming, the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation recently hosted an ‘Encore’ programme – bringing together a small group of alumni from across the last 10 cohorts for a week-long session on “Amplifying Your Impact”. […]

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Posted on 10 Jul 2015 under From Head & Heart, From Head & Heart: Civil Society.

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Thinking scale – some tips to think about

Many of the organisations that we work with ultimately aim to scale – but very few have a clear sense of how to do it. While at a detailed level there are lots of ways to think about and plan for scale, here are a few tips we think can help: Start by shifting your […]

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Posted on 1 Jul 2015 under Civil Society, DGMT Points of Interest, Opportunity 1: Resources and Toolboxes.

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What promise does youth policy hold for transforming the situation of South Africa’s youth?

In October 2014, under the auspices of the United Nation’s Special Envoy for Youth, the First Global Forum on Youth Policies was hosted in Baku, Azerbaijan.[1] The aim of the conference was to bring together young activists and experts, development professionals, and government representatives to gauge progress made on the World Programme of Action for Youth […]

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Posted on 2 Feb 2015 under From Head & Heart, From Head and Heart: Game-Changing Leaders, Opportunity 9: Reflection and Analysis.

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Update on Activate!

In January 2012 an ambitious new programme – Activate! Leadership for Public Innovation – was launched with the aim of building a network of young leaders from across the poles of South Africa that could collectively tackle South Africa’s biggest challenges. Last year 182 Activators completed the intensive residential component of the programme and are […]

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Posted on 23 Apr 2013 under DGMT Points of Interest, Game-Changing Leaders.

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DGMT Trustees Annual Site visits

Exploring Southern KwaZulu Natal In August DGMT’s Trustees made their annual series of site visits, this year to projects across southern KZN, and the Wild Coast. These site visits are an opportunity for the Trustees to see first-hand the work of our partners, engage in critical discussion on key topics of interest, and learn from […]

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Posted on 5 Sep 2012 under Civil Society, DGMT Points of Interest.

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Amazing Opportunity – Google Zeitgeist Young Minds

Last year one of the co-founders of our grantee Rethink Leadership attended the incredible Google Zeitgeist Conference as one of 10 Young Minds selected from around the world. Google Zeitgeist brings together 400 of the world’s leading thinkers across business, education, science, activism and the arts to talk share and brainstorm on all things innovation. Speakers […]

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Posted on 10 Feb 2012 under DGMT Points of Interest, Game-Changing Leaders.

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Leadership for a Winning Nation in 2011

At the start of 2011, the Leadership for a Winning Nation portfolio posed a question: “How can we move away from a crisis-management approach to youth, and begin engaging with young people as agents of their own, and the country’s broader successes; as innovative, capable and with the potential to input wisely, inventively, and responsibly […]

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Posted on 22 Nov 2011 under DGMT Points of Interest, Game-Changing Leaders.

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