When we started the process of working on this year’s SoCreative Hubs Summit, we were excited and energised by the prospect of working with Southern Africa’s brightest spirits and compelling voices.
I say this because, the social, creative and cultural economies and the hubs which serve them are the fore runners of transformation in Africa’s human and economic development.
These sectors engender a new set of values around responsibility, balance, resilience and sustainability that seek to solve deep seated problems at their roots.
They also contend for the principle that valuing people more than profit is
This week we will embark on a journey together as we have a conversation around defining ecosystem culture. Our main pillars that will frame this discussion are shared values, community connectedness and resilience.
The speakers who have come from all over Africa and the world are people whose stories have captured the essence of these pillars. They are dedicated and hardworking individuals with inquisitive minds who do not take the pursuit of knowledge lightly or for granted.
Over and above this, as we have worked together with our partners and sponsors, British Council Southern Africa Arts, DICE in South Africa, Zimbabwe German Society and Liquid we have also had the unique opportunity to reflect on what these pillars mean for how we as the SoCreative Team do business.
It is important to share values within an ecosystem, especially those that you partner with to do business.
Yet at the same time these must also be balanced with some values that are so important it doesn’t matter whether others share them or not, things like integrity and transparency.
And then we must also appreciate that none of us can accomplish anything truly meaningful without each other. But at the same time our connections can also hinder and hold us back.
Finally, at the end of it all, what do we want to come out of our efforts? An outcome that can be inherited or something that will honour the truth of this present moment. Both are necessary and many of us will have different ways of achieving this and this looks different to us all.
Through many months of planning, late nights of working and many moments of rejigging and redrawing our concept to capture what we have also learned and discovered we have lived the journey of also creating a culture for the space we now call SoCreative.
Thankfully the light that we have chased as we have followed this path is all of you.
You inspire us with your light so much we felt that there was no better way to start our conversation this week than to theme this opening night as African Glamour.
Our modus operandi this next few days will be listen, share, learn and network.
Our desire is that you would liberate your creativity and re-energise your cause.
Our intent is that all of you and even us would have a moment and exchange of truth.
Most of all, have fun getting to know each other and being a part of a conversation that can help us reshape the narrative of our ecosystem.
Rudo Nyangulu-Mungofa | Summit Director | SOCreative Hubs Summit 2020
ZIMBABWE’S Sunshine City, Harare is set to be the host city for young creatives, social entrepreneurs and hub managers from Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana and Mozambique from the 4th or March to the 7th of March 2020.
The summit dubbed, SOCreative Hubs Summit 2020 stands for Social, Creative and Hubs identifying with the sector members it will gather together. As Creative and Social sectors of the global economy are growing and remaining resilient through global economic downturns, these industries are a key opportunity for investment, research and documentation among the bulging youth population in the region. The summit therefore aims to provide a platform for youth entrepreneurs in this space to deliberate, discuss and dialogue on defining an ecosystem culture within these economies.
The second of its kind, with the inaugural summit held in Johannesburg in 2019, it is no mean feat to have Harare as host city for this second edition. Stimulus Africa, has been selected by the summit conveners to coordinate the programme of events over the four days. Stimulus Africa is an innovation hub whose mandate is to positively disrupt the manner in which Zimbabwe and Africa approach entrepreneurship
The Summit was initiated by The British Council Southern Africa Arts Program and Dice (A British Council Program in South Africa) in partnership with Zimbabwe German Society, Goethe Zentrum. The platform was inspired through the work British Council is doing to support creatives and social entrepreneurs. British Council and DICE take an ecosystems approach to nurturing economic inclusion with a focus on women and girls, young people, the disabled people and other excluded groups.
The SOCreative Hubs Summit 2020 for Creatives, Social Entrepreneurs and Hubs in Southern Africa will be held in Harare, Zimbabwe from the 4th – 7th of March 2020. For more information or to Register contact us via our WhatsApp Hotline +263777887112.
Welcome to the SOCreative Hub Summit 2020. The summit will be held from the 4th to the 6th of March in Harare, Zimbabwe. Over 200 creative and social entrepreneurs as well as hub managers from 8 countries in Southern Africa will come together to share their experiences and learn together as they map the way forward.
Business Coaching Clinics for Creative Entreprneurs /
Stimulus Africa in partnerships with Goethe Zentrum Harare | Zimbabwe German Society and British Council Zimbabwe offer business service support for small and medium sized creative enterprises in Zimbabwe. The programme was designed to give creatives professional advisory services at affordable prices to ensure that creative businesses work towards formalisation with the right advice to enable sustainable growth.
Creative entrepreneurs can access this services by contact Stimulus Africa as follows:
Stimulus WhatsApp Hotline: +263777887112
Please note: that this services is offered virtually as well as face to face subject to availability.