The New Africa – Future Visioning
African young leaders are ready to thrive ! In co-creative learning sessions of ‘creative visualisation’, we formulated the following future vision for ‘a New Africa’, starting with a movement in Ghana: “Africa is the binding force that will bring the world together.”
It is the year 2065
Africa is the only continent in the world that is completely self-sustainable. It is not depending on other continents for anything because of its many natural resources. Sub-Saharan Africa is now one of the leading regions in the world. Based on traditional African values like ‘Ubuntu’ and ‘Togetherness’, the region is playing an important role in a balanced development for all people. And in protecting world’s natural resources for all people and future generations.
Ghana was and still is one of ‘the peacekeepers‘ in Africa. The country has been stable and peaceful since its independency in 1957. It is flourishing and has a sustainable economy. A sustainable economy is producing its own economically viable goods and meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations. The production processes do not degrade the environment over the long-run. All externalities are balanced with human health, safety and security, natural resources and environmental health.
And…….back to the present (2014).
Is this really the future?
That is unknown at the moment. But why should it not be a reality? In present time, Western countries are changing their policy from ‘helping’ to ‘trade and investment’. More and more people discover Africa as the continent of opportunities and want to invest in it. In Ghana, the educated and successful business people are starting to have an increased awareness of the opportunities for them within the country. And last but not least, it is a fact that Africa is the only continent in the world that is not depending on others for its natural resources.
The changes and challenges of the world in the 21st century —social, environmental, economical and political—are so different from those of the past that they require us to seriously rethink the way the world, including Ghana, is supporting young people to prepare for their roles.
Therefore we started to ask ourselves questions about the role of learning and private sector development in realising sustainable economic growth in Ghana. Questions like:
- What is the role of learning in staying competitive as a country or to remain as a region?
- What is the role of learning in building global connections and keeping a strong connection to our authenticity as Africans?
- How do we ensure that learning is meeting the need of a growing economy, whilst protecting our natural environment and connected to our traditional cultural values?
- How can a growing economy meet the needs of social and environmental development?
- How do we prepare youth to contribute positively to economic growth and societal challenges on the one hand and to make sure they are prepared enough for requirements of private sector on the other hand?
- How will we prepare youth to 21st century leadership and entrepreneurship, which means local action, whilst being globally connected and part of the world?
These questions are translated in a 10-year pathway that supports a new generation of ideas and people with entrepreneurial, personal & professional learning and development. And in a practical model and program ‘how to connect the potential of youth to the potential of a value based economy’. You can read about it and follow the implementations in the category Africa’s potential on this website.
That the young generation is ready to take the responsibility when they get the ‘right’ support, is visible in the words of Maximillian Doku. Maximillian is one of the participants in our action-oriented programs, based on experiential and entrepreneurial learning.
Enormous opportunities exist in renewable energy. I continue to believe that the lack of political will is the bane of our destruction as a people. In the West a student’s project / research work could easily become a national project. In Africa a student’s project / research work ‘rots’ on shelves as they gather as much dust as they can. When we wake up to the reality that we are our own problems and fall on home-grown solutions, then we would experience ‘The New Africa’. Various opportunities abound in renewable sources of energy. – Maximillian Selorm Doku, Ghana
For me, Ghana is a country with enormous potential including its people.
Since 2010, I specifically align my energy with young people, with Ghana has my ‘home’ base of travelling and meeting them. I formed my perspectives whilst feeling their life stories, looking through their eyes towards the future and interacting with them in many formal and informal situations.
Concrete outcomes of this journey is Talent Beyond Limits (a 21st century learning concept & methodology). More information: Talent Beyond Limits.
Why I am so positive and attracted to the young generation in Ghana?
I experience young Ghanaians as emotional intelligent, fresh, talented and promising. I see them as very important contributors to a shift that is needed in the world. It is a generation of ‘local actions & global connections’. A lot of them have a great combination of characteristics, experiences and potential that is needed to be the example of leadership that the world needs desperately. The potential and inner will in young people is there and ready to thrive. That is a fact. And that is the most powerful source needed for transformations on a bigger scale. It is an honor to co-create the future together with them.