The Institute for Transdisciplinary Development (ITD), in collaboration with Taos Institute, proudly announces ‘Succeeding in Africa: Social Construction in Action’ to be presented in Johannesburg South Africa in July 2017. More than one billion people live on the African continent. It is a continent that challenges its people, amongst others, to eradicate hunger and poverty, achieve universal primary education, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, ensure environmental sustainability, address fundamentalism and its effects on conflict and relationships as well as to achieve global partnerships for sustained development.
The African heartbeat has a unique rhythm, and the continent poses unique challenges but also unique possibilities. It is in this landscape that the life-giving pulse of social construction comes into play. The African context provides fertile ground for a transdisciplinary approach in co-creating possibilities. Stories that can teach and inspire abound in this diverse landscape where new possibilities have been co-created out of challenges. Much has been researched and said about Africa’s problems and complexities and what should be done. This conference’s focus will be on what has been done – successfully. We want to bring African projects, from small to mega, from all contexts and disciplines, in the focus. We want to unpack these success stories to establish how collaborative, transdisciplinary relationships have enabled success.
The purpose of this conference is to provide the context to witness stories, from the African continent, of collaborative, relational practices and transdisciplinary approaches as creative and innovative responses to solving complex challenges.
This conference aims to create the context for both large and small group dialogue with the intent to harvest new learnings about how people together – across disciplines and in participation with local knowledges – can co-create innovative practices to address complex challenges successfully.
We want to focus on the successes of Africa and look into the future of Africa through ‘possibility lenses’. It is about witnessing the tenacity of Africans to co-create life-giving possibilities and opportunities in the face of complex challenges and to take these stories of possibilities into the future. By attending this conference you will have the opportunity to join actively in this conversation and reap the benefits of collaboratively exploring and understanding how transdisciplinary, relational approaches can contribute in making a difference in the lives of the people you journey with.
Who should attend?
ITD, in collaboration with Taos Institute, aims at involving delegates and presenters from across the African continent. Representatives of the following critical focus areas for Africa will benefit by attending this conference:
- Education (focus areas including amongst other primary education)
- Infrastructure (focus areas including amongst others; water; electricity; science and technology that are environmentally sustainable)
- Health (focus areas including amongst others combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases)
- Economy (focus areas including amongst others SME development; entrepreneurial development; sustainable agriculture, high performing organisations)
- Government (focus areas including among others good governance, stakeholder economic development, infrastructure development, poverty alleviation, education, sport etc.)
- Culture (focus areas including amongst others fundamentalism and its effects on conflict and relationships; race; gender)
Outcomes for attendees
By sharing your success story of collaborative, relational and transdisciplinary practices and engaging in dialogue around these practices, the following outcomes will be achieved:
- Witness the transformative effect of collaborative, relational and transdisciplinary practices in action.
- Learn best practices in collaborative, relational and transdisciplinary engagement.
Participate in small and large group dialogue with people who have successfully implemented transformative and sustainable small, large and mega projects.