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A new economy for a new civilization
GSB Connect in partnership with HSRC presents "A new economy for a new civilization" with Dr David C. Korten - American author, former professor of the Harvard Business School, political activist, prominent critic of corporate globalization - in conversation with Prof. Crain Soudien, CEO of HRSC and UCT GSB's Dr Gavin Andersson.

We have created a global economy that is driving humanity toward self-extinction by ignoring the fundamental truth that we are living beings born of and nurtured by a living Earth. By embracing the spirit of ubuntu, we can create a new economy for a new civilization dedicated to the well-being of all people and the Earth community to which we all belong.


DR DAVID C. KORTEN is an American author, lecturer, former professor of the Harvard Business School, political activist, and prominent critic of corporate globalization. He is founder/president of the Living Economies Forum, co-founder, board member, and board chair emeritus of YES! Magazine, and the author of several books, including The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community (2006); Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth (2009, 2010), Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth (2015), and the international best-seller, When Corporations Rule the World (1995, 2015).

He earned MBA and PhD degrees from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and worked for more than 30 years in preeminent business, academic, and international development institutions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. In 1988, he turned away from the establishment to become a leading critic of what he calls the global suicide economy and work with leading Asian nongovernmental organizations to identify the root causes of development failure and build the capacity of these organizations to function as strategic catalysts of positive national and global change.

In 1990, he founded the People-Centered Development Forum, now the Living Economies Forum, and, in 1992, after returning to the United States, he wrote When Corporations Rule the World; soon after, he participated in the formation of the International Forum on Globalization and served as an IFG associate for nearly 10 years.

Korten lives with his wife and life partner, Fran, near Seattle in Washington State and continues to devote his life to advancing the global transition underway to a living Earth economy organized around deeply democratic self-governing living communities.

PROF. CRAIN SOUDIEN, CEO of HRSC holds a PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a former deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town, where he remains an emeritus professor in Education and African Studies. His publications in the areas of social difference, culture, education policy, comparative education, educational change, public history and popular culture include four books, four edited collections and over 200 articles, reviews, reports, and book chapters, including a 2017 publication entitled Nelson Mandela: Comparative Perspectives of his Significance for Education.

He is involved in a number of local, national and international social and cultural organisations and is chairperson of the Independent Examinations Board, former chairperson of the District Six Museum Foundation, a former president of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies, and has served as the chair of three Ministerial Committees of Enquiry, including the Ministerial Committee on Transformation in Higher Education and the Ministerial Committee to Evaluate Textbooks for Discrimination.

He is a fellow of a number of local and international academies and serves on the boards of a number of cultural, heritage, education and civil society structures.

DR GAVIN ANDERSSON started his working life as a diamond prospector, and since then has had a rich variety of work experiences. Whilst studying for a BSc degree Gavin worked as a guitar teacher and quantity surveyor’s clerk, then became an organiser in the emergent black South African trade union movement before being banned by the Apartheid Government in 1976. Forced to find new ways to earn a living he grew vegetables, then learnt carpentry and helped create two successful woodwork factories. This initiated a period of passionate involvement in enterprise creation and civic initiatives. Gavin was founder and co-ordinator of CORDE, an organisation working with community enterprises throughout Botswana and later led an organisational development and management consultancy, working across southern Africa and in the Caribbean. On return to South Africa with the inception of democracy he led a development advocacy organization, and then formed a southern African leadership network.

Gavin is co-creator of Kwanda, a reality TV show on community transformation that rekindled interest in community organization across the country. He was one of the pioneers of the Community Work Programme, which now provides regular and predictable work opportunities to over a quarter of a million people across South Africa. Midway through 2009 he co-founded the Seriti Institute www.seriti.org.za, which strengthens community organization for social health and economic development. For more than 30 years Andersson has worked with the method for large group capacitation initiated by C.S. de Morais in Brazil and known as the Organization Workshop, and has elaborated this method to enable transformation of activity systems, catalysed by communities organizing on their own behalf.

Andersson has played a prominent role in strengthening civil society across southern Africa. He served on the Board of the International Centre for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) for 6 years and is currently a member of its Council, and previously was elected to the Council of both the Botswana and South African NGO Coalitions. He was editor of a regional magazine for several years, and a founder and chairman of the board of the Mmegi Publishing Trust, which started what has become Botswana’s largest newspaper. Gavin has worked in the field of leadership development for over twenty years and was a member of faculty of the United Nations University Leadership Academy in Jordan. He is a distinguished fellow of the Chair in Development Education at the University of South Africa (UNISA), a senior research fellow of the Chair for Social Change at the University of Johannesburg, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town where he lectures on the Executive MBA programme at the Graduate School of Business.

Gavin Andersson holds a PhD in Development Studies from The Open University in the United Kingdom. He is the originator of the concept of Unbounded Organization and has published extensively on this theme and the related concept of Unbounded Governance.
Event Details

14 November 2019
18:30 for 19:00 - 21:00
UCT GSB, 5th Floor, 61 Katherine Street, Sandton
Johannesburg, South Africa


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