I was a panelist at last night’s Epiphany event titled “The unexpected business case for remaining in South Africa” moderated by David Donde. The other panelists were Mike Stopforth, Joshin Raghubar and Branko Brkic (Branko wasn’t feeling well and had to excuse himself at the beginning of a fascinating presentation).
I created a video out of my presentation slides and a voice overlay which I added this morning for anyone who would like to watch my presentation. The voice overlay is pretty much what I spoke about during my presentation, includes a few ideas that went around during the discussion that followed the presentations and a couple other thoughts I have had. It runs to about 12 minutes and I have also posted it to my Facebook page (feel free to wonder over there, become a fan, start a discussion or just post a pithy thought to the Page Wall).
I enjoyed listening to a number of pretty passionate people talking about how we can make a difference in South Africa. There was a fair amount of debate about who bears the responsibility for helping to bring about the change we seek. It was pretty sobering to see all the people who have been seriously considering leaving the country although that should be placed into perspective. One member of the audience made a good point about people leaving the country: there are many people who are returning or who are looking to create a new life here, whether they are coming from Africa or Europe and North America.
It was a fantastic opportunity being on the panel. Thanks for Max Kaizen and David for the invitation. If you are interested in continuing the conversation (or perhaps starting a new one), head over to the Epiphany network and dive in.
Update: Take a look at Nic Haralambous’ post here.