Thursday, November 11th, 2021
from 13:00-14:00
(Standard South African Time)
This webinar will take place online.
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Join the CST webinar for a participatory and interactive discussion on
Anticipatory Governance: Using a systems approach and strategic foresight to navigate complexity and uncertainty in Southern Africa

Anticipatory governance is built on the understanding that complexity and uncertainty cannot be managed but can be better navigated through a systems approach that combines capacities for forecasting and foresighting, visioning, and collaborative and participatory processes, in order to anticipate and respond to the challenges that come with rapid and unpredictable change.

Join Tanja Hichert from the CST and Dr Geci Karuri-Sebina from the Wits School of Governance, for a participatory and interactive webinar on where and how the practice of Anticipatory Governance is being applied in Southern Africa. Tanja Hichert will unpack the opportunities that Futures and Foresighting offer for anticipating and navigating uncertainty and complexity. Dr Geci Karuri-Sebina will reflect on lessons from her work on understanding how local governments respond to emergencies.


Tanja Hichert (Futures and Foresight Practitioner, Centre for Sustainability Transitions, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa)

Dr Geci Karuri-Sebina (Visiting Associate Professor, Wits School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)

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Tanja Hichert is an academically qualified and highly experienced futures and foresight practitioner who has maintained a link with academic Futures Studies in her career. She specialises in scenario planning, horizon scanning, strategic foresight, risk management, and facilitating strategic conversations that provide clarity and direction for organisations and institutions faced with complexity and uncertainty. Tanja has extensive experience in process design and applying futures / foresight to a vast range of issues in the public and private sector. She has a solid record of accomplishment in business strategy, plus considerable project management experience. Tanja is co-chair of the candidate UNESCO Chair in Complex Systems and Transformative African Futures at Stellenbosch University (due to be conferred late in 2021). Tanja teaches post-graduate students and serves on boards of Futures organisations. She has a passion for expanding and building the practical application of Future Studies on the African continent. Where opportunity allows, Tanja has a love for innovative and experimental approaches, and working at the intersection of complex issues.

Dr Geci Karuri-Sebina is an urban scholar-practitioner based in Johannesburg working in the intersection between people, place and technological change. She is a Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Witwatersrand where she is hosting the Civic Tech Innovation Network. She is also associated with the University of Cape Town’s African Centre for Cities, South African Cities Network, a learning network of the country’s metropolitan municipalities, and Singularity University’s Global Faculty. Geci’s work is mainly in Africa and the global south. She has a diverse background, spanning a range of foresight, policy, innovation and practice topics, and has worked extensively in R&D, government and civic organisations. She previously worked with South Africa’s Ministry of Finance (National Treasury), the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Advanced Policy Institute. She has also recently served on the South African Council of Planners (SACPLAN), the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) Board, and the national Ministerial Task Team on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of AfricaLICS (the community of innovation scholars in Africa) and Regional Advisor of the Africa Innovation Summit.

This webinar is offered as part of the online training on Anticipatory Governance, developed by researchers at the CST in partnership with the USAID Resilient Waters Program, and hosted on the UNESCO Open Learning platform.

Please watch this short video for more information about our free, self-paced course:

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Available online from 1 November 2021 until 31 March 2022