Go forth and build Wakanda

Building Wakanda “In my future vision of Africa, the real ‘vibranium’ of this continent is sitting in this room. The youth of Africa is the real vibranium of our continent.” This was guest speaker, Abbas Jamie’s message to engineering and science graduands on Thursday, 12 December – the first day of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) summer graduation…

The Afrikan triple helix

Co-authored with Zoe Palmer – Published in IFR Africa Futures Introduction Having reached a tipping point of industrialization over the last two decades, the world’s leading economies have evolved into knowledge-based economies, shedding their reliance on traditional resources like labour and capital. In these economies, new knowledge, innovation and technological change have become the drivers…

Afrikan design innovation – embracing complexity

Disrupting the pendulum Spurred on by disruption, rapid advances in technology and unprecedented socio-economic and environmental change, the adverse effects of globalisation have been felt worldwide.  Consequently, the globalisation gains that have been made over the past quarter of a century are fast being overshadowed by growing discontent in the West. This in part due…