Sustain our Africa (SoA) is a collaborative sustainability communications platform that acts as a catalyst for change. By cultivating awareness, showcasing inspirational stories and hosting practical tools for change, SOA aims to build an abundant, resilient Africa that can deliver Enough. For All. Forever.
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THE CHANGE MANIFESTO
For the first time in the history of mankind we have a common cause to fight for – a cause that we can all believe in. A cause that supersedes race, colour, creed, religion, nation, status, political belief orego. A cause to fight for ourcollective survival on theonly planet we call home.
THE CHANGE MANIFESTO STANDS FOR:
Working together in a manner of true collaboration and transparency. Sharing and using the skills of our collaborators to effect real change. Sharing our findings and solutions for change as far and as wide as possible. Our collective goal is to ensure a world that can deliver.
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What is the SoA Summit?
The SoA Summit is Africa’s first annual integrated sustainability summit focused on inspiration and tools for change. In a world first for the continent, 50 influential thought leaders from across the globe are gathering in Cape Town for the inaugural Sustain our Africa Summit, Expo and Festival in October this year to tackle, debate and find answers to the biggest question of all: Can Africa deliver enough for all, forever?
Up-skilling for resilience and adaptability: Business, government and civil society are all affected. This will continue through issues such as water, energy, food security, climate change and more. Increasing your awareness and adaptability is essential. At the SoA Summit you will discover opportunities that will change the way you think, live and do business forever. You will be inspired to pursue change and discover essential tools to assist you along your journey.
The core of the summit will run over three days (24th to 26th October), where day one and two focuses on awareness and inspiration for change and day-three will be tools for change covered in over 20 different break away SoA changeroom sessions. The ‘changerooms’ on the third day will be at different venues such as the V&A Waterfront, Graduate School of Business, and the Two Oceans Aquarium.
Running parallel to the Summit there will be a variety of activities such as the annual GSB Business of Social and Environmental Innovation Event (22nd to 23rd October 2012), as well as the SoA Expo and Festival for Change (22nd to 28th October).
Why participate at SoA 2012?
Current economic growth strategies are rapidly depleting the natural resources and ecosystem services that we depend on.As many developing countries strive to eradicate poverty via economic growth, they are all encountering the consequences of global warming and dwindling levels of cheap oil, productive soils, metals, clean water supplies and forest products.
If the fast-developing large-scale countries (China, India, Brazil) and small-scale countries (South Africa, Mexico, Venezuela, Poland) want to develop in the same way and to the same level as currently developed economies, they will simply be unable to find the natural resources they require to make this happen. For these developing countries, very different solutions are required.
Exctract from: Professor Mark Swilling and Eve Annecke: Just Transitions: Explorations of Sustainability in an Unfair World
Who should attend SoA 2012?
We invite all business, civil society, academic, and government leaders to participate in this unique opportunity to drive the collective goal of sustainability:an Africa that can deliver ENOUGH.FOR ALL.FOREVER.
Whether your interest stems from a business, political or civil society perspective your invitation is to participate by attending the Summit, Expo and Festival and become an agent of change. Everyone who attends will be empowered with new ideas, innovative solutions and practical tools to address the interconnected threats of climate change, resource depletion, food shortages and economic inequality.
What are Change Agents?
In short, a change agent is someone who intentionally or indirectly causes or accelerates social or environmental behaviour change. View Our Speakers Here.
The invitation to attend the Sustain Our Africa Summit, Festival and Expo is an invitation to open your mind and heart to a remarkable week that will create an inspirational and extraordinary platform for a pantheon of thought leaders and critical realists who are going to shake up your current reality in a most remarkable way.
The dialogue will be led by Change Agents who have the expertise to guide us towards a sustainable future. In their experience lie the solutions - some outrageous and some exquisite in there simplicity but all revolutionary in their power to affect positive change - to our most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges.
The Sustain Our Africa Summit, Festival and Expo, will combine economists, environmentalists, scientists, maverick entrepreneurs, artists, inventors and social champions who are poised to share their wealth of knowledge and experience.
As diverse as the range of speakers are, they are united by a common goal: To create a vision of hope and practical possibility in order to engender change for the benefit of a continent and the future of all its people.
Sound like a tall order? Can Africa in deed offer Enough. For all. Forever? The short answer is ‘yes’ and these Change Agents know it and have the experience to prove it.