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We have entered a digital, networked age. Future-proof your business with John Sanei’s What’s Your Moonshot?

We live in a disrupted world. A world on the brink of great transformation and exponential growth – in which:

- Wearable and embedded devices are no longer just fantasies in sci-fi movies; they have arrived;
- Drone delivery systems are not an April Fool’s joke;
- Off-grid electricity is becoming widely accessible;
- The “gig economy” is taking off;
- Hyper-convenient, hyper-personalised services are changing the way the world does business;
- Tech is disrupting every industry, be it travel, taxis, media, books… ;
- And this disruption is happening everywhere, be it in First World cities or among less affluent Third World markets. As examples of the first, think of Uber, Airbnb, Facebook and drone deliveries.

As of today, more than 3.5-billion people are connected to the internet; by 2023 that number will be around 7-billion.

The end of the monopoly of oil and coal power is nearing as renewable energy emerges.

Transport is being revolutionised with the arrival of driverless cars and autonomous drones.

Massive, transformative “moonshot” ideas are shaping our future.
People no longer want to pay for content, but they will pay to be emotionally invested in a product if it prioritises personalisation, convenience, trust and brand recognition – never before has it been as important to understand your customers’ needs. And now you must understand your employees’ needs, too.

People no longer want to commute to work, but they will work harder and smarter if you give them the right tools and opportunities.

In What’s Your Moonshot? trend and innovation strategist John Sanei invites you to prepare for this brave new world by understanding the digital, networked age we have entered and learning how to future-proof your business.

The first step is to get your internal strategy right: are you seeing yourself as a victim of the future, or an architect of it? The second step is to decipher which business strategies, trends and innovations are relevant to you as you create your moonshot ideas.

Strap in and get ready to become the new type of “billionaire”: one who possesses the courage to think bigger, aim higher and make a positive impact on billions of people.

John Sanei is a trend specialist, innovation strategist and public speaker, with a client list that includes De Beers, Microsoft, Dell and Standard Bank. He lives in Cape Town, but workcations regularly around the world – and puts his apartment on Airbnb when he does.

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Institutional Architecture and Development: Establishing Development Agencies in 9 Developing Countries

Institutional Architecture and DevelopmentInstitutional Architecture and Development: Responses from Emerging Powers, edited by Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, Jorge A Pérez Pineda, Sachin Chaturvedi and Thomas Fues, is now available from Jacana Media:

South-South Cooperation has come a long way since the Buenos Aires Declaration of 1978. In 2010 the UN estimated that global volumes of SSC amounted to about US$15 billion. Although still smaller than the ODA provided by the developed world (US$130 billion), SSC is now much larger than 30 years ago. Southern actors are certain to play a stronger role in development cooperation as their economic weight increases and governments realise the full potential of intensified links with developing countries. As they continue transforming their national systems for SSC, such countries must address the following questions: Will they orientate their support towards genuine development objectives or will they put their own economic and geopolitical objectives at the centre? Will Southern providers be prepared to mobilise public resources for the provision of global public goods such as climate stability, whether in the form of transfers to developing countries or by financial contributions to international organisations? Will they restrict political dialogue and the sharing of experiences to their own camp or will they support a universal framework for global development governance?

The intergovernmental negotiations at the UN for a post-2015 agenda for global development offer an attractive venue for Southern players to address these questions among others and to clarify their roles and ambitions in the global system. It is clear, however, that the urgency and scale of global problems can be addressed only by comprehensive contributions from rising powers and middle income countries subscribing to the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities.

As SSC has grown, it has been accompanied by efforts in many of these emerging countries to systematise the institutional architecture of their development cooperation. This volume focuses on the efforts of nine developing countries in the middle-income bracket, which play a role in their regions, or are recognised regional powers, to establish development agencies.

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Jane Duncan: Governments are not Held Responsible for State Terrorism

The Rise of the SecurocratsProfessor Jane Duncan recently unpacked the value-laden meaning of the word “terrorism” in an essay for The South African Civil Society Information Service.

“For decades, governments have conflated revolutionary acts with terrorist acts for self-interested reasons. Yet when they themselves engage in acts of violence against civilians, they are usually not held to account for state terrorism. This means that the term is inherently one-sided,” Duncan writes.

The journalism professor at the University of Johannesburg and author of The Rise of the Securocrats: The case of South Africa argues that using the word “terrorism” allows state powers to respond to attacks of any kind – criminal or revolutionary – in the most extreme way. This in turn enables governments to “stifle political dissent” and to expand their military control over more parts of the world.

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These realities have led Arundhati Roy to argue, ‘Anti-terrorism laws are not meant for terrorists; they’re for people that governments don’t like. That’s why they have a conviction rate of less than two percent. They’re just a means of putting inconvenient people away without bail for a long time and eventually letting them go’.

Furthermore, the US government especially has used the term to expand its control over more parts of the globe militarily, while turning its expanded spy machine inwards to control restive populations domestically. Other governments have followed suit. The militarised foreign policies of the five eyes states, that target Muslim populations in the main, have laid the basis for a backlash that they are increasingly unable to control.

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Property Maverick Marc Wainer: I Haven’t Worked a Day in My Life – Because I Love What I Do (Podcast)

Making My MarcMarc Wainer, property maverick and author Making My Marc: Lessons from a life in property, was interviewed by Bruce Whitfield of CapeTalk and 702 about his new memoir recently.

Wainer’s career in property began when he applied for a job managing a shopping mall in Kempton Park. He had little relevant experience, but he got the job because he did his research and showed up. He believes he has never worked a day in his life since, because he loves the vocation he fell into.

40 years later, Wainer is at the helm of one of the most impressive property empires in South Africa. He says he sometimes wonders “How did this happen to me?” and has to pinch himself to prove it is real.

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Marc Wainer: The Success of Shopping Centres Lies in Clothing Outlets

Making My MarcMarc Wainer, the chairperson of Redefine Properties and author of Making My Marc: Lessons from a life in property, said at the release of the company’s annual financial results that the future of shopping centres lies in clothing stores.

Wainer points out how clothing brands have been flooding the country recently, and says that is just the tip of the iceberg: “The brands that have entered SA so far are only a smidgen of what is on offer in Europe and the US.”

According to Wainer, fashion chains are cheaper to set up than traditional “anchor stores”.

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Shopping centres should be anchored by clothing outlets to be more successful, as opposed to food stores, as South Africans embrace the slew of global fashion brands flooding the country, property doyen Marc Wainer said on Thursday.

Mr Wainer, chairman of Redefine Properties, was speaking at the release of the property company’s financial results for the year to August, in which the group achieved 8.5% distribution growth.

“The brands that have entered SA so far are only a smidgen of what is on offer in Europe and the US. South Africans are excited about global brands and that will encourage more of them to enter,” he said.

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Marc Wainer and Tudor Caradoc-Davies Present Making My Marc: Lessons from a Life in Property

Making My MarcNew from Jacana – Making My Marc: Lessons from a life in property by Marc Wainer and Tudor Caradoc-Davies:

In 1973 Marc Wainer saw an advertisement for a position as centre manager at the Kempton City shopping mall, one of the first shopping malls in South Africa. He got the job by virtue of being the only candidate who actually visited the centre before his interview – and with that, almost by chance, a career in property was born.

Four decades later, Wainer is a colossus in the South African commercial property industry, a dealmaker extraordinaire and the man behind Redefine Properties, a JSE-listed company with international presence in the United Kingdom and Australia, and nearly R50 billion worth of assets under its management.

In this revealing memoir, Wainer takes us from his early days working in his parents’ grocery store in Yeoville, through the major deals (and setbacks) that have marked his rise to the top, and the importance of getting the work-family balance right today. In reviewing his storied career and analysing the roles he has played in prominent Canal Walk, Attfund, ApexHi and Fountainhead deals, he reveals an array of valuable lessons from a life in property.

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Marc Wainer has nearly four decades of wide-ranging experience in the property business. He retired as CEO of Redefine Properties in 2014, and is now Executive Chairman.

Tudor Caradoc-Davies is a freelance journalist whose work appears widely online and in print. He has been the writer-behind-the-scenes on a number of South African titles, including recent publishing phenomenon The Real Meal Revolution.

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Daphna Horowitz Launches Courage to Lead: Leadership Lessons from Kilimanjaro

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The Courage to LeadThe beautiful hall at Villa Arcadia on the Parktown ridge, once the Jewish Orphanage and now owned by the Hollard Group, was well filled for the recent launch of Daphna Horowitz’s debut, The Courage to Lead: Leadership Lessons from Kilimanjaro.

Former actuary, leadership coach and public speaker Horowitz was inspired by a client’s ambition to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Although she admits she is not the sporty type, although she does try to keep in shape, Horowitz says she loves a challenge and decided that she would climb Kilimanjaro herself. The climb was challenging and difficult, but day by day she was struck by how the metaphors and symbolism the climb revealed resonated with real life, and on her return home she needed to stop, reflect on and derive meaning from her experience. Horowitz never planned on writing a book, but she kept a blog during her climb, which was the genesis for the project.

Horowitz began her launch with a slide show of the Kilimanjaro journey, which conveyed the feeling of camaraderie among the climbers and of course the wonderful views as they neared the summit, including an incredible photograph taken from high above the clouds.

The key message of Courage to Lead: Leadership Lessons from Kilimanjaro is that everyone is a leader, and that leadership can be made practical and simple – and that it can be learnt. We all know of great leaders we can learn from. Horowitz’s message of leadership does not only relate to business; there are four parts to this book: Doing, Being, Relating and Meaning. Each part tells a short story, followed by a leadership lesson with questions and exercises. The book challenges readers to take the lead in their own lives and to get to a level of fulfillment rather than just going with the flow. “Be conscious of the choices you make,” Horowitz says.

Horowitz shared an extract from her final, and favourite chapter, Meaning, which outlines her thoughts and reflections on her return from the Kilimanjaro. She mentioned that her book does not have to be read from beginning to end but can be read in any order, depending on the reader’s sphere of interest.

To achieve anything in life, one needs good preparation, the correct tools, the right people and faith. Good leaders also need courage, vulnerability and soul. Horowitz challenged the audience to find their Kilimanjaro and find out how to derive meaning from it. She described her biggest personal lesson as the “lesson of being slow”. Kilimanjaro contained so much peace, solitude and connectedness that she wanted to try and keep hold of those feelings when the climb was over. Horowitz says she only managed to hold onto the feelings for about a month, even driving well below the speed limit on Joburg’s busy roads, before the fast pace of life in the city claimed her back. Since returning , this driven woman has written a book and completed her master’s degree. As the first Mount Everest climber Edmund Hillary said, “It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”

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Join Daphna Horowitz for the Launch of The Courage to Lead at the RCHCC, Houghton

The Courage to Lead: Leadership Lessons from KilimanjaroJacana Media and The Rabbi Cyril Harris are pleased to invite you to the launch of The Courage to Lead by Daphna Horowitz.

The event will take place at the Clive M Beck Auditorium at The Rabbi Cyril Harris Community Centre in Houghton at 6:30 PM. Author Daphna Horowitz will speak about the book, and a bit about her trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, drawing parallels between the climb and leadership.

Don’t miss it!

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Launch of The Courage to Lead by Daphna Horowitz at Hollard, Johannesburg

The Courage to Lead: Leadership Lessons from KilimanjaroJacana Media invites you to the launch of Courage to Lead: Leadership Lessons from Kilimanjaro by Daphna Horowitz.

Do you find that leadership is an abstract concept, difficult to define and grasp? Or do you think it is a collection of simple, practical steps that can be applied with relative ease?

Daphna Horowitz will answer your questions and tell you more about her life-transforming journey climbing Kilimanjaro. With every step she took, she was drawn to the parallels between the climb and leadership. The summit is a metaphor for the vision every leader needs to hold, the mountain a metaphor for the largest obstacles standing in a leader’s way.

The launch will take place on 20 August at the Great Hall, Hollard Villa in Johannesburg. See you there.

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  • Date: Wednesday, 20 August 2014
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Venue: Great Hall,
    Hollard Villa,
    22 Oxford Road,
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Daphna Horowitz Offers Tips and Advice in The Courage to Lead: Leadership Lessons from Kilimanjaro

The Courage to LeadJacana Media presents The Courage to Lead – Leadership Lessons from Kilimanjaro by Daphna Horowitz:

Leaders need to possess certain qualities, and Daphna identified those qualities during her ascent to the summit of Kilimanjaro. “Climbing Kilimanjaro was a life-transforming journey for me. In every step I took, I was drawn to the parallels between the climb and leadership. The summit is a metaphor for the vision every leader needs to hold, the mountain a metaphor for the largest obstacles standing in a leader’s way.”

Written in a fun and practical way, this book will help leaders identify their personal mission (the climb) and relate that to their work performance and leadership skills.

About the author

Daphna Horowitz works with leaders to help them identify their personal mission and relate that to their work performance. She is the founder of PEAC Solutions, an innovative and dynamic company that provides a variety of coaching solutions for maximum leadership impact. These include one-on-one personal and executive coaching, team coaching, workshops, facilitation and motivational speaking.

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