A ‘change agent‘ is someone who intentionally or indirectly causes or accelerates social or environmental behaviour change. In a world first for Africa, 50 influential thought leader ‘change agents’ from across the globe are gathering in Cape Town for the inaugural Sustain our Africa Summit, Expo and Festival in October to discuss pathways and solutions for affecting positive change to our most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges.
The Sustain Our Africa Summit, Festival and Expo is Africa’s first annual integrated sustainability summit focused on inspiration and tools for change. Economists, environmentalists, scientists, maverick entrepreneurs, artists, inventors and social champions who are poised to share their wealth of knowledge and experience will be participating in the events. The common goal of the Summit is to create a vision of hope and practical possibility to engender change for the benefit of Africa and the future of all its people.
“The invitation to attend the Sustain Our Africa Summit, Expo and Festival is an invitation to open your mind and heart to a week that will create an inspirational and extraordinary platform for a pantheon of thought leaders and critical realists who are going to shake up the current reality in a most remarkable way,” says Deon Robbertze, co-founder of Sustain Our Africa.
Radical change approach to African sustainability required
“Experts are saying that the renaissance is some 10 to 15 years away. We know that radical change is needed now. To achieve that across Africa we require a change in both mindset and action. This gathering of dynamic leaders will inspire and guide African sustainability in a way that will catalyse new global thinking that leads to change through action,” continues Robbertze.
Sustain Our Africa aims to “re-invent sustainability gatherings in a way that creates new solutions, builds new markets, drives practical action and provides the tools to address the interconnected threats of climate change, resource depletion, food shortages, flood and drought and inequality – a toxic mixture that could further deepen grinding poverty in parts of Africa”.
Sustain Our Africa gathers widespread support, re-inventing sustainability gatherings
Sustain our Africa Summit partners and endorsers include Siemens, Globescan, the Government of the Western Cape, BOS Ice Tea, Puma, Green Talent, The Graduate School of Business, The Blended Capital Group, Dimension Data, Internet Solutions, Avis, Steadfast Greening, Green Renaissance, Firecracker and Generation Earth.
The lineup of change agent speakers includes a formidable array of thinkers, doers and innovators in the global sustainability arena, including:
- Guenter Pauli, Author of The Blue Economy
- Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International
- Jason Drew, Eco-entrepreneur and author of The Protein Crunch
- Nicola Robbins, Director at Incite
- Andile Ncontsa, CEO of Litha Communications
- Juenesse Park, CEO of Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA)
- Prof. Mark Swilling, Academic Director of the Sustainability Institute
- Cormac Cullinan, Founder of EnAct International and author of Wild Law
- Tony Budden, Founder of Hemporium
- Kevin James, CEO of the Global Carbon Exchange