The Sticky Matter of the Knowledge Age – GIZ S4GJ

The Sticky Matter of the Knowledge Age – GIZ S4GJ 2016-10-21T09:17:25+00:00

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Moderator: Ms Zini Godden, Mesopartner, South Africa
Panellist: Mrs Lebogang Ramafoko, Soul City, South Africa
Panellist: Ms Puno Selesho, Student, South Africa
Panellist: Dr Josef Gochermann, Osnabrück University of Applied Science, Germany
Panellist: Mr Ockert de Wet, Accenture Strategy, South Africa
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“The science of understanding and measuring knowledge will always be an imperfect one, as it is often capricious, sometimes sticky, frequently tacit and extremely heterogeneous”. These sentiments are magnified in multi-cultural and diverse societies where rich meaning resides in tacit knowledge founded on experience, belief, intuition and in cases personal, rather than codified, explicit, documented knowledge. There is increasing recognition that many knowledge based economies often use new technologies that allow for more systematic exploitation of tacit knowledge – but there is generally no consensus about what knowledge is and how it is understood and utilised.

Globally government seems to be challenged with knowledge transfer as there is a tendency to equate it with the linear transfer of ideas and information to the wider community, without consideration for interpretation and interaction that impacts on broader understanding. This “stickiness” of knowledge and its transfer especially in a diverse society requires fluid and experimental dialogue between government, industry, academia and civil society.

This session hopes to shed light on this topic, to hear diverse opinions about the significance of knowledge – its barriers, how it is defined, packaged and managed and how knowledge transfer can be enhanced.”
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goddenMs Zini Godden
Mesopartner, South Africa
Moderator

Zini has worked in different thematic fields including, Youth Development, Education and Capacity Development, Local and Regional Economic Development (LRED), Value Chain analysis, Cluster Analysis, Business Development and Trade Promotion, Monitoring and Evaluation, Leadership and Personal Development, amongst others. Much of this work has been conducted in different capacities and varying positions; ranging for roles as Programme Manager, Team Leader for process development, Consultant, Capacity Development expert. All these positions have involved multiple stakeholders in government, non-government organisations, donor organisations as well as representatives from the business sector, thus requiring good negotiation, dialogue facilitation and moderation competencies. Much of her experience includes managing programmes and projects, facilitating training workshops and other capacity building processes; facilitating multi-stakeholder engagement processes and dialogues; facilitating strategic planning, team building and other organisational change management processes; conducting monitoring and evaluation exercises; conducting research; analysis of economic opportunity etc. Additionally, she has led, organised and facilitated several exposure visits for study and exchange purposes. Several senior government officials as well as elected political heads in municipalities participated in such exposure and exchange visits to South Africa, Kenya and Germany in the fields of Local Economic Development as well Public Private Partnerships.
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ramafokoMrs Lebogang Ramafoko
Soul City, South Africa
Panellist

Lebo Ramafoko is a feminist and a social justice activist. She graduated form Wits University in 1993 with a BA Education Degree. Lebogang studies toward a Masters in Public Administration at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She graduated in 2010 and then became the CEO of Soul City in 2011. The NGO sector became a natural home for her as it offered her an opportunity to be part of a community of professionals and activists who were imagining a post -apartheid future. Lebo joined Soul City in 1995 and it has become her home since. Soul City afforded Lebo the opportunity to tap into her creativity with some of the ground-breaking projects that Soul City is known for and to advocate for many changes in society. Lebo is well known for her love of innovation and in her role at Soul City she sought to find creative ways to use media and develop cutting edge programming. She pioneered Kwanda, a reality community makeover show that challenged community members to work together to make their communities to look better, work better and feel better. That model attracted interest in the Netherlands as a model for civic driven change.
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seleshoMs Puno Selesho
Student, South Africa
Panellist

Puno Selesho is a 21 year old BA Law graduate from the University of Pretoria and is currently completing her LLB. As a spoken word artist she has performed on various platforms including TEDx Pretoria, where she was a speaker in 2014 and an MC in 2015, as well as the Standard Bank Women in Innovation event where she shared the stage with the renowned Lebo Mashile. Puno has a heart for uplifting the youth and impacting communities in a positive way. With social development as her main aim, she has started various social entrepreneurial ventures including The Cherry Blossom Project which provides Matric Dance dresses for underprivileged girls, as well as The Park Exchange which is a platform for discussions and storytelling among South Africans. Her words are her gift to the world and she hopes to share her own African narrative in a way that will inspire, uplift and ignite a spark in people.
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gochermannDr Josef Gochermann
Osnabrück University of Applied Science, Germany
Panellist

Dr Josef Gochermann, born in 1960, was PhD graduated in Physics and Astronomy. He is professionally engaged in the following fields; business and science and higher education. He was managing director of a research institute for optics and measurement technologies and of several small and medium sized technology companies, and is still executive partner and CEO of the consultant company LOTSE GmbH. Since more the 15 years is Professor for Marketing & Technology Management at Osnabrück University of Applied Science in the North of Germany. He is guest lecturer at Universities in Pretoria and Port Elizabeth (South Africa) and in Dortmund and Bochum (Germany). He was and is member of several supervisory boards and commissions in energy and environmental politics. Dr Josef Gochermann is positioned at the border between markets and science & technology. He has rich experience in combining both, markets and technology based products and services. He has rich experience in cooperation especially with small and medium sizes enterprises. As a consultant he accompanied numerous companies in innovation projects, mainly developing new products and bringing them into the market. He is accredited innovation consultant of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
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dewetMr Ockert de Wet
Accenture Strategy, South Africa
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Ockert is a Senior Manager from the Strategy Group in the Johannesburg office. Ockert joined Accenture as an experienced hire in Jan 2015 and has deep experience in strategic roles across consulting and Financial Services. Ockert holds a Bachelors Degree in Engineering (Chemical) from Stellenbosch University and is currently studying Industrial Psychology through Unisa.
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