How South Africa's social pulse could benefit from a positive national mindset

Opportunity creation through innovation in all spheres of the economy could be driven through investing energies in positive thinking. This and other thoughts around addressing our socio-economic woes were shared on Cape Talk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies by Dr. Francois Bonnici, the Director at the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Bonnici adds that society is often caught in a 'problem mindset', choosing to focus on the negative circumstances we face and adopting what he calls a ‘corrective approach’.

Changing habits

Bonnici says South Africans need to re-imagine problems and transform their mentalities by changing their basic routines.

It might allow us to discover different kinds of solutions that we didn't know where possible. We get so stuck in our routines that we stop seeing some of the resources and some of the things that we actually have that may be part of our solutions.

He says that more research and development as well as positive creative energy is needed for how we organise our society - particularly our education and health systems.

The power of positivity

Bonnici suggests that South Africans should not undermine their sense of agency, regardless of their rank or role society.

We have more ability to change things than we think we do.

He told Kieno Kammies that the Bertha Centre at the UCT Graduate School of Business is invested in discovering what assets and strengths South Africa has.

The Bertha Centre hosts a monthly collective on the last Thursday of every month, runs formal courses and have launched UCT’s Upstart campaign.

Listen to the full conversation below:

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