- Understanding the resilience of cities as social-ecological systems)
- The globalisation of migration
- Global health and the ‘new bottom billion’: What do shifts in global poverty and disease burden mean for donor agencies?
- Entrepreneurship becoming a more respectable career choice in Africa
- South African entrepreneurship falls to new low, lagging behind the rest of Africa
- Smallholders and agro-food value chains: Emerging practices, emerging challenges
- Investments in sustainable cities crucial for poverty eradication
- Zambia is the place to be for new ideas on think tanks
- African 'Social Capital' key to policy change
- Update on the iShacks project
- Understanding urbanisation, urbanism and urbanity in African cities: home spaces and house cultures in Maputo
- Inclusive green growth within the SADC extractive sector
- Innovation Prize for Africa 2013 Finalists
This workshop report highlights the creative findings and ideas that emerged from the latest annual Searchlight gathering that brought together representatives from the participating organizations and a small group of foresight experts. The goal of this week-long workshop, held in the New York City area, was to identify novel ways of framing the critical problems facing poor and vulnerable populations in two particular subject matter domains, livelihoods and urbanization. As the report indicates, it was a lively, dynamic, and energetic conversation touching on a wide range of intersecting topics, from suggesting new ways for individuals, young and old, to get involved in improving their urban communities to considering how to improve the flow of capital from diaspora populations back to their home countries. Using visioning exercises, graphic facilitation techniques, and scenario-like storytelling, the meeting demonstrated how imaginative individuals from different backgrounds can come together to generate new insights that connect the dots and weave together a rich mosaic of themes and patterns.
Searchlight Southern Africa, an initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation being implemented by the South Africa Node of the Millennium Project, is part of a global network. See the editorial article “Why Foresight?” published in Intellecap’s Beyond Profit magazine for a description of the Searchlight function and the importance of pro-poor foresight.
"We need a better understanding of the present, not just the future, and for that reason horizon scanning is a sense-making tool for understanding better the complexity of the present and also the future," says Tanja Hichert, scenario planning practitioner and futurist, and owner-director of Hichert and Associates.
Here are useful links to information about horizon scanning:
You can get hold of Searchlight Southern Africa in the following ways:
Futurologists, scenario planners, futurists -- experienced and enthusiastic -- who want to contribute to Searchlight Southern Africa should get hold of Tanja Hichert by email.