2020 Module 2
Introduction: Utilising Imagination to Build Community: Exploring Afrofuturism
- This week’s topic will focus on fostering community and providing the opportunity for participants to share stories about their work.
- By foregrounding this session within the framework of Afrofuturism, participants will be required to utilise their imagination and creativity to explore the individual and structural forces that have shaped their professional journey and work within their current organisations.
- Ultimately this is an opportunity for participants to immerse themselves with the APF participant community
Please submit your responses to the questions below here
Read: “Afrofuturism: reimagining science and the future from a black perspective” https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2015/dec/07/afrofuturism-black-identity-future-science-technology
Read: “Afro-Futurism is not Africans Living in Africa”
Write a brief write-up (no more than 200 words) where you explore and describe what your work could look like utilising an Afrofuturistic lens. The purpose of the exercise is to use your imagination to deeply contemplate the narratives that have informed and shaped your work. Would your work look different through an Afrofuturistic lens? What would change and what would stay the same? There are no wrong and right approaches to this exercise.
Please share this brief write-up with your matched partner for this week (see below) prior to attending the APF Gathering. During the Zoom Gathering, your partner will share their interpretation of your write up with the rest of the broader group. You will also do the same on behalf of your partner.
Listen to the PinDrop podcast, “Nairobi” https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/ted/pindrop/e/70480125
We will utilise the arguments and concepts discussed in the podcast during the Zoom Gathering. Please take note of any questions or topics of discussion that you may want to unpack relating to the podcast.
During the Zoom Gathering we will also be working through the Connection Circles that we covered in the first week of Module 1. Please go through the drawing that you submitted.
As a refresher, here is a link to the video from Week 1 that describes Connection Circles: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IXL7GNrunq2AZcuGf1Pzhe8J7yABGXYo/view
Total hours: 2.5 hours
The Adaptive Cycle + Panarchy
Introduction: The first module introduced the concept of scale from a systems understanding and this week we’re going to consider the Adaptive Cycle and Panarchy as a framework that expands on that concept. In addition Panarchy and the Adaptive Cycle are useful tools for understanding the dynamics of organisational resilience and how to better recognise and act on opportunity contexts.
- Understand the Adaptive Cycle as a framework for understanding organisational resilience, and an expansion of our existing understanding of Scale
- Apply Adaptive Cycle to sel
- Understand Panarchy as a hierarchy of nested adaptive cycles
- Consider the relationship between adaptive cycles in the same system-of-interest
- Apply the frameworks to their own organisation to consider how they could work across scale for systemic change.
Please submit your responses to the questions below here.
Read: Panarchy, Holling
Write: Write down and upload 3 questions or comments that come up for you when reading the paper.
Jot down: Plot yourself on the Adaptive Cycle (choose the phase with which you best identify) to answer the question: “ this phase is the one in which I feel the most useful and / inspired”. Give reasons (from any system: social or organisational) why you place yourself in that phase.
Share your thoughts with your matched partner before the upcoming Friday Systems Change Gathering. Between the 2 of you, identify insights about the Adaptive Cycle that you’d like to share with the rest of the group on Friday.
The first module gave an introduction to innovative finance and impact investing. It focused on providing an overview of how to identify different revenue streams (from customers, etc) as well as potential resource mobilisation strategies (from funders, social investors, etc) in the form of innovative finance mechanisms. This week will dive deeper into these topics and encourage you to build a high-level strawman that works for your organisation to be shared with the rest of the group in the online gathering.
Please submit your responses to the questions below here. You will share your strawman in the online gathering.
If you didn’t get to it during the last module, please make sure you read the Innovative Finance in Africa Review p35-61, also read p3-7 for this week.
Draw: Based on the Innovative Finance Design Thinking Process, make a visualisation of your innovative finance strawman design. Please submit and upload a photograph of that drawing.
Total hours: 4h