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(Warren Nilsson: Social Innovation Researcher) I am Warren Nilsson. I spend most of my time puzzling over how organizations do or don't foster social innovation. After 10 years doing community development work in the U.S., I moved to Montreal, Canada to do my doctoral research. I'm now on the faculty at the University of Cape Town and am also the co-founder of Organization Unbound.
(Ulrike Rivett: ICT Action Researcher) I am Ulrike Rivett, an academic at the University of Cape Town in the Department of Civil Engineering. I arrived in South Africa in 1995 from Germany, to do my postgraduate studies in Cape Town. Since then, I have been privileged to learn through the people and the country of South Africa.
(Tim Noakes: UCT Professor of Sports Science) I am Tim Noakes, co-founder and executive director of the Sports Science Institute of SA, author, respected academic and A1 rated scientist. I am a Director of UCT/MRC Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, Department of Human Biology, Faculty of Health Science, University of Cape Town. I am also the Professor, Discovery Health Chair of Exercise and Sports Science, University of Cape Town. I have long been acknowledged as an expert in the field of sports and the science of physical exercise.
(Sue Harrison Bioprocess Engineer) Idea worth spreading: Sharing the potential for using integrated bioprocesses for conversion of a range of byproducts to commodity products, value added products and benign wastes using the underlying concepts of industrial ecology.
Shannon Royden-Turner: Urban Planner Idea worth spreading: Question and highlight the role of informal settlements as assets within our cities. We need to move beyond a paradigm of eradication towards one of intervention, based on the current housing backlog, the rate of housing delivery and the way in which budgets are currently allocated.
(Richard Marshall: Electronic Music Producer) After running a fledgling DJ Company throughout high school, he moved to Cape Town in early 2000 and immediately took up residence playing the infamous Strutt parties at the Cape's most reputable house music club, The Fez. Through successful music productions and an increasingly open minded approach to music, Richard's DJ career moved into the great outdoors where sets were being performed at all of the Cape's major music festivals; Rocking the Daisies, Earthdance, Origin, Vortex, Global Breakthrough, Alien Safari, Rezonance and MCQP where, along with Shaun Westcott, music direction is handled by him.
(Martin Tai Lyhne Jensen: Interaction Designer) Idea worth spreading: Hitchhiking open technology towards local ingenuity. The true potential of technology is too great to be trapped within the imagination of technologists.
(Louise van Rhyn: Education Activist & Social Entrepreneur) Idea worth spreading: A radical innovation in the field of CSI, Education Reform and Leadership Development that creates opportunities for business leaders to make a significant difference to education whilst developing their leadership skills.
(Mbali Vilakazi: Poet, performer, creative facilitator) Idea worth spreading: The process of creating poetry has certain principles that can be adapted into systems of living. Through the act of re-creating how we use language, we are able to re-create our very lives -- we are able to reframe our experience of it. It offers us the opportunity to process and navigate the world differently.
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