Business, civil society and government will have to work together to rebuild an inclusive and prosperous society and economy after the massive damage caused by the COVID-19 crisis – and doing so will take ‘big, hairy, audacious, out-of-the-box solutions’, says social impact organisation Nation Builder.
Coming up with these solutions will top the agenda at the 2020 In Good Company Conference on the mornings of 17 and 18 September. Now in its sixth year, the event will be hosted virtually this year, bringing together business leaders, social innovation experts and impact investment thinkers to look for creative solutions to the country’s current crisis.
The theme for this year’s event is ‘Be the Regeneration’, says Nation Builder executive trustee Keri-Leigh Paschal. “It’s time to come together and talk about how we can ‘Be the ReGeneration’ that rebuilds our economy, repairs our society, restores our people and finds ways to #BuildBackBetter. Quite simply, the magnitude of our response is going to have to match the staggering scale of the crisis. It is clear that we will all need to effectively join hands and work together to successfully navigate this critical time in history,” she said.
This year’s conference will be an interactive experience designed to challenge views, bring new insights on how to engage in social development, and showcase remarkable people whose innovative social change practices give replicable examples for others to follow in effective nation building.
100% of ticket sales will be donated to the Gap Fund, a COVID-19 crisis fund established by the Mergon Group. The fund assists NPOs that are working on the frontlines, supporting our country’s most vulnerable people and has allocated grants to more than 70 NPOs since the start of the pandemic.
Co-hosted by Dr Michael Mol of Hello Doctor and Minah Koela, CEO of Beautiful Gate South Africa, the conference promises top local and international speakers who will share their knowledge and practical expertise from their fields of work.
The exciting speaker line-up includes:
- Dr Caroline Leaf, cognitive neuroscientist on the “The Science of Thought : Building resilience in a time of prolonged trauma”.
- Patrick Kuwana, founder of Crossover Transformation and transformational entrepreneur on “Economic Justice : Reconstructing our Economic Foundation”.
- Daniel Silke, leading political economy analyst and futurist on “Surveying the Landscape : Economic Risks, Challenges and opportunities”.
- GG Alcock, marketer, author and entrepreneur on the on “Discovering the bedrock of South Africa’s Economy : Creating interconnected formal and informal sectors”.
- Dr Michael Mol in conversation with Dr Boshoff Steenekamp, Epidemiologist and Health Systems Designer and Dr Rudzani Muloiwa, Director of Paediatric HIV – Groote Schuur Hospital on “Regenerating Self to Regenerate Society : How managing your Personal Health has an impact on Social Wellness”.
- Brandon Paschal, Director of Innovation at LaunchLab in an entrepreneurial mix with Shawn Theunissen, Founder of Property Point and Remmone Modisakeng, founder of Teambix, discussing how entrepreneurs are essential to a thriving South Africa.
- Cilnette Pienaar hosting a discussion around “The Social Case for a Green Recovery : Essential Building Blocks for a Sustainable Future,” with Wilberforce Chege & Reshmi Wolvers, both senior analysts and Jack Radmore, energy and finance programme manager at Green Cape.
“COVID-19 is redefining purposeful business, and we can all play our part and ‘Be the Regeneration’. We have the power to craft our Nation’s narrative and choose to use COVID-19 as an inflexion point in building a more resilient nation,” said Paschal.
For more information, and to book tickets click here. NPOs get a reduced rate by mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and the first 300 delegates to book will receive a goodie bag before the event to help them feel like they are ‘in the room’.
This year’s sponsors include Zutari, Momentum, Metropolitan, the V&A Waterfront, Fairtree and Mergon.
To find out more about the Gap Fun visit https://mergon.co.za/gapfund/ or https://www.backabuddy.co.za/supporting-supporters