Talks: videos and audio recordings
Webinar on Chapter 3 of the The Age of Sustainability, Wednesday 26th May, 20201
Panel presentation at the International Association for the Study of the of the Commons (IASC) on ‘The commons as an institutional system to implement a just transition’, 6 May 2021
Interview on AfrikaNewz on unfolding state capture developments, 6 May 2021
Fourth Webinar based on The Age of Sustainability – Chapter 2: Ukama: emerging meta-theories for the twenty-first century. 8 April 2021
Third Webinar based on The Age of Sustainability – Chapter 1: Introduction: change in the age of sustainability. 18 February 2021.
Second Webinar on The Age of Sustainability – Chapter 9: Resisting Transition: Authoritarianism, Energy Dominance and Electro-Masculinity. Recorded in November 2020 during the 16 Days of Activism Against GBV, this was done in conversation with Mmatshilo Motsei – renowned healer, activist, writer and thought-leader – and facilitated by Nina Callaghan from CST.
TV interview about the Zuma and Zondo battle on 15 November 2020 – my predictions were spot, unfortunately.
Launch of my new book 4 November 2020, The Age of Sustainability: Just Transitions in a Complex World, with Prof Edgar Pieterse (UCT) and Prof Johan Schot (Utrecht) as discussants, hosted by Prof Rika Preiser (Centre for Complex Systems in Transition). A wonderful, enriching, engaging scholarly discussion – a highlight of my year!
Interviewed on ENCA news on solutions to load shedding, 8 October 2020 (Oops – made a mistake: cap on self-generation is 1 MW not 1 GW, and should be lifted to 10 MW not 10 GW!)
Interviewed by Nzinga Qunta on SABC News on 10 October 2020 on renewables and solutions to load shedding
Webinar on the developmental impact of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), 29 May 2020
CST Webinar delivered with Nina Callaghan on African Post-Covid-19 crisis pathways: Choices towards a more resilient economic recovery, 15 May 2020
Interview with Dennis Davis for the Daily Maverick Judgement Date podcast series, 20 April 2020
TEDx talk delivered in Johannesburg on 19 September 2019. The talk addresses a core theme of my new book The Age of Sustainability: Just Transitions in a Complex World: the tension between sustainability science and mainstream neo-liberal economic theory.
Interview on ENCA about ESKOM and South Africa’s energy future, 9 October 2019. .
Interviewed on the Tim Modise show on ENCA on 1 February 2019 – on the Zuma years and beyond
Interviewed on The Fix with Karima Brown and Peter Bruce, 27 January 2019
Age of Sustainability: Just Transitions in a Complex World – talked based on the new book at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Stellenbosch University, 8th August
TV debate between myself, Hilary Joffe and Azar Jamine hosted by Karima Brown about the ‘lowest cost option for South Africa’s future energy mix’, 6 October 2019.
Talk at LEADEREX 2019 at event hosted by the South African Institute of Chartered Accounts on Rebuilding Constitutional Governance, October 2019
Talk on the renewable energy revolution at NEDBANK hosted by EE Publishers, May 18 2019.
Talk on African search for a relational theory of change, followed by a talk by Brian Arthur from the Santa Fe Institute, CST, Stellenbosch, May 2019
Betrayal of the Promise: How South Africa is Being Stolen – my talk delivered last week on 27 July at University of Cape Town based on the report by the same name compiled by the State Capacity Research Group – a team of academics from different Universities that I convened to compile this report and conduct more detailed case studies. An eminent group were the panelists who responded to the talk, and the event was hosted by a co-author, Prof Haroon Bhorat.
Africa’s Urban Future – transdisciplinary research to support incrementalism
Based on an extended interview with myself for the Sustainability Institute’s Food Revolution video series, this documentary captures my views on African urbanisation, incrementalism and the role of transdisciplinary research in supporting incrementalism.
Is long-wave theory useful for anticipating sustainable futures?
Event: Anticipation: Complexity and the Future Organiser: Centre for Studies in Complexity, Stellenbosch University Location: Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch Date: 18 March 2014
The Power of Quiet Encroachment
Event: TEDx Stellenbosch Organiser: TEDx Talks Location: Stellenbosch Date: 14 October 2011
TV Interview in New York in February 1990 about the release of Nelson Mandela
AUDIO RECORDINGS AND PPT PRESENTATIONS
Participated in a Panel on Sustainable Transition Pathways in African Economies at the SDG Summit hosted by UCT on 14 September. The SDG Summit was an international conference hosted by UCT that included many international speakers from across Africa. My inputs at the UCT SDG Summit drew on the work I’m doing at the moment for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Central Africa Office – a concept note on ‘transformational leadership’ for a summit of the 11 countries in November. Drawing on political settlements theory, the focus is the leadership and institutional conditions for economic transformation and effective industrial policy within a carbon- and resource-constrained world.
On 30 September I delivered at keynote address at a conference on Environmental Justice co-hosted by Georgetown University’s Environmental Justice Programme (where I am a Visiting Research Professor) led by Prof Gael Giraud, Leuphania University in Luneberg, Germany, led by Prof Daniel Land, and the Centre for Sustainability Transitions. My talk was on the Just Transition and how we conceptualise institutional change and transdisciplinary research to drive change. Conference took place at La Salle Retreat, Zug, Switzerland.
Participating in the International Resource Panel’s (IRP) Africa Regional Stakeholder Consultation about the research agenda of the IRP for the next three years. Together with my work for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Central Africa Office, it pleases me that I am being drawn back into Africa-centred work. There is a new generation emerging, many of whom are products of the revolutions and uprisings of the last two decades. An excellent example if Aya Chebbi from Tunisia – a leader of the North African uprisings, and now an African Union Commissioner. Keynote speaker at the UCT SDG Summit that I addressed 2 days ago. She was pure dynamic – no longer usual boring stuff about ‘Africa’s Challenges’ or worse – normative statements drawn from UN tropes that lack any contextual feel.
Discussant on a panel on the Geography of Sustainability Transitions of a talk by Lakshmi Bhamidipati, based on excellent published papers by Padmasai Lakshmi Bhamidipati. Case studies of Chinese investments in renewable energy in East Africa. e.g. “Unpacking local agency in China–Africa relations: Frictional encounters and development outcomes of solar power in Kenya”, in Geoforum – 12 May 2021. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0016718520302943?via%3Dihub
Talk to introduce Transformative Infrastructure – new book edited by Prof Desta Mebratu and Prof Mark Swilling
Prof Desta Mebratu, an Ethiopian based in Addis Ababa and appointed as an Extra-Ordinary Associate Professor in the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, led an all-African research process that resulted in an edited book called Transformative Infrastructure published in 2019 (co-edited by him and myself). This talk was delivered at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (STIAS) on 5 December 2019. STIAS has jointly hosted Desta over the past few years.
Sustainable Development and Renewable Energy in Africa: Learning from the REIPPP
Event: Talk presented at Workshop of Southern African Development Finance Institutions Organizer: Development Bank of Southern Africa Location: Midrand Date: 1 October 2015 Download ppt: DBSA1Oct2015
South Africa’s Position at the next Climate Talks (COP in Paris)
Event: Presentation to Parliamentary Hearings, South African Parliament Organizer: Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs Location: Cape Town Date: 22 September 2015
9 structural changes, 6 change drivers, 5 shifts, 2 implications and a trigger: reflections on the state of global change
Event: Talk to Senior Management of Distel (but this was a more detailed version of the 5 minute talk I delivered at the launch of the SI’s Soil, Soul and Society seminar series) Organizer: Distel (wine producing company in Stellenbosch) Location: Stellenbosch, South Africa Date: 28 August 2015 Apologies for poor sound quality – this was recorded from a distance, so many sounds in the room also captured
Towards Sustainable Development in Africa: Why we need transdisciplinary research to reinvent development in a resource and carbon constrained world
Event: Invited lecture at the United Nations University, Tokyo Organiser: University of Tokyo and United Nations University Location: Tokyo Date: 26 June 2015 Powerpoint: TokyoFULLcompressed
Green Urban Infrastructures for the Twenty First Century: What Prospects for a Just Transition?
Event: 8th International Forum for Urbanism Organizer: International Forum for Urbanism Location: Songdo, South Korea Date: 21 June 2015 Powerpoint: seoul
Economic Crisis, Long Waves and the Sustainability Transition: An African Perspective
Event: Talk delivered at the XII INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM: Visions of Sustainable Development: Theory and Action Organizer: University of Florida, University of Brasillia and World Academy of Art and Science Location: Gainesville, Florida Date: 20-22 May, 2015
Facing Africa’s Urban Transition
Event: Africa Green Growth Forum Organizer: Global Green Growth Forum Location: Nairobi, Kenya Date: 13 May 2015
Greening African Economies: reflections on an emerging contested discourse
Event: Conference of African Ministers of Finance and Economics Organizer: African Union and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Location: Abuja, Nigeria Date: 28 March 2014D Download: AbujaFinal