A discussion on narratives, metaphors and symbolism of Africa
African Futures explores some key trends impacting African futures including the youth dividend, increased rates of urbanisation, the digital revolution and rapid innovations in ICTs. The intention is to equip participants with broader narratives and expanded perspectives on Africa. The session aims to invite discourse on appropriate tools and approaches to futures thinking, that can best inform alignment of decision making and actions towards realising preferred futures for African societies and business.
Focus of African Futures
Njeri Mwagiru will lead a discussion on narratives, metaphors and symbolism of Africa. In examining the stories we tell and are told about Africa, some points to ponder are:
• Do these stories contribute to the shaping of optimal futures for African contexts?
• How do these stories influence approaches to interacting with the multiple and diverse realities that Africa represents?
Moderator Tanja Hichert
Presenter Njeri Mwagiru
Session: African Futures
Njeri Mwagiru is a Kenyan national who has lived in different countries internationally and is resident in Cape Town, South Africa. She is the Senior Futurist at the Institute for Futures Research (IFR), Stellenbosch University, focused on African Futures. Njeri has a Masters: International Relations, and a Doctorate: Business Administration. Her research interests include leadership, organisational performance, knowledge, gender, diversity, and transformation. Her work supports long-term, integrated strategic planning, and facilitates organisational initiatives to maximise on potential and mitigate risks, towards desired futures in/for Africa. Njeri has worked with several organisations in various capacities and contexts: academia; research; executive management training; programme/project development and implementation; evaluation of initiatives for business, public sector, and international partners.
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