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Your best advice: How to start and drive a small, informal social initiative

Dear readers of the DGMT website You might have noticed we have a new information product called Create Change: Experience. Tools. Ideas. Through the Create Change resources we aim to equip individuals, communities and organisations with information and tools that will enable them to bring about the next big changes in South Africa. Have a look at […]

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Posted on 5 Oct 2015 under Civil Society and Public Innovation, DGMT Points of Interest.

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Revisited: “My South Africa” by Jonathan Jansen

I started today with a rather bleak outlook on South Africa – that happens sometimes after a review of my morning news updates.  With the recent xenophobic violence shocking the country, perhaps some of you can relate somewhat.  A little later I stumbled across Jonathan Jansen’s now classic “My South Africa” speech – I haven’t read it […]

Posted on 22 Apr 2015 under Civil Society and Public Innovation, From Head & Heart, From Head & Heart: Civil Society, Opportunity 1: Reflection and Analysis, Strategy 2017.

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Internships – helping young people get a foot in the door. You might just be impressed by whom you let in.

There are countless scholarly articles describing and evaluating internship programmes in just about every industry. Although the quality of the internship experience varies from employer to employer, generally these studies find that internship programmes are valuable in helping students make a connection between their studies and the world of work. It also assists them to […]

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Posted on 29 Oct 2014 under From Head & Heart, From Head and Heart: Enterprising School Leavers, Opportunity 9: Reflection and Analysis, Young People.

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DGMT Applicant/Implementing Partner Survey 2014

The purpose of the DG Murray Trust Applicant/Implementing partner survey 2014 was to get feedback from organisations on their experience applying to us for funding and as an implementing partner of the Trust.  We specifically aimed to get their input on the following and compare their responses to what they said in our 2012 survey: Our communication and […]

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Posted on 29 Aug 2014 under Civil Society and Public Innovation, DGMT Points of Interest.

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Chronicles of Cape Town Embrace #5: Back to the drawing board

After the second round of consultation, this time with potential participants in the programme, DGMT CEO, David Harrison and Mark Gamble from Educo Africa decided they were ready to pull together a group of people to thrash out the nuts and bolts of how the initiative could work: “We had chewed on the idea for […]

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Posted on 26 Feb 2014 under Cape Town EMBRACE, From Head & Heart, From Head & Heart: Resourceful Young Children.

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Chronicles of Cape Town Embrace #4: Take 2

In our last article we described the initial reaction of our Board to the concept and formal consultation results regarding the proposed Cape Town Great Potential Project (known today as Cape Town Embrace). Although most of the Trustees liked the concept, concerns around viability made them request the development of a more detailed implementation plan. […]

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Posted on 3 Feb 2014 under Cape Town EMBRACE, From Head & Heart, From Head & Heart: Resourceful Young Children.

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Young white South Africans…where are you?

In 2013 Janet Jobson, who is driving our leadership development portfolio, wrote an article under the heading “Young white South Africans…where are you?” which was published on Mail and Guardian’s Thought Leader website in March (read it here).  In the article Janet reflects on the challenges that Activate!, “a programme that supports a diverse network of […]

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Posted on 29 Jan 2014 under From Head & Heart, From Head and Heart: Game-Changing Leaders.

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Chronicles of Cape Town EMBRACE #3: Getting the Board on board

In our previous article describing how the idea for Cape Town Embrace was conceptualised, we mentioned in passing that regardless of the ‘great potential’ of the programme concept, it was going to be a tough sell to our Board.  The reason for this is that foundations and other bilateral donors tend to operate in very […]

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Posted on 17 Jan 2014 under Cape Town EMBRACE, From Head & Heart, From Head & Heart: Resourceful Young Children.

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Chronicles of Cape Town EMBRACE #2: Conception

It all started with a presentation to our board by the editor of the Cape Times, Alide Dasnois in November 2012.  Her presentation was thought provoking – it presented Cape Town through the lens of inequality. With a Gini coefficient[1] of 0.67, Cape Town mirrors the income inequality of the rest of South Africa.  Of […]

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Posted on 3 Dec 2013 under Cape Town EMBRACE, From Head & Heart, From Head & Heart: Resourceful Young Children.

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Chronicles of Cape Town EMBRACE #1: Why we are documenting the birth and growth of an initiative

Often we look in awe at the inspiring work that some organisations are doing and it just seems beyond us.  What a splendid idea, what a dynamic and creative team, what amazing work are they doing in such a smart way!  In the early 2000s I was seriously in awe of an organisation called loveLife […]

Posted on 3 Dec 2013 under Cape Town EMBRACE, From Head & Heart, From Head & Heart: Resourceful Young Children.

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