Shifting the System - Cape Town

Date: 19 September 2019

Time: 17:30 - 19:30

Venue: Executive Room, UCT GSB, 8 Portswood Road, Green Point



Join us on the 19th September as Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship host Shifting the System at the UCT Graduate School of Business, an inspiring event to hear from South African system changers and to input into their work in a meaningful way. 

Our socio-ecological systems are tricky and entrepreneurs, policy-makers, funders and civil society leaders are increasingly recognising there is no silver bullet to bring about positive change. Rather than give up, we navigate uncertainty and strengthen our change-agent capacity to work together to engage and transform our complex systems.

Shifting the System brings together Cape Town alumni from the Bertha Centre Systems Change and Social Impact course, and Bertha scholars who are applying different knowledge sets to shift systems in areas such as state capture, data for impact, education, renewable energy and more.

We invite you to discuss new approaches to problem-solving, to explore practical interventions for developing future-ready systems, share insights and take part in this collaborative and interactive session. Bring your own experiences to input into existing challenges and help shift the system.



As the Social Systems Innovation Lead, Ncedisa convenes the Bertha Centre's Systems Change and Social Impact Executive Education course. She also curates the Africa regional hub of the global Systems Play team- a support and resource node for change-agents aspiring to position their innovations at systems’ tipping points. 


Ella is an educator, activist and consultant working at the intersections of social justice, social innovation and feminism. Currently, she is a PhD student in systems change with the Bertha Centre and a consultant exploring development approaches with various collectives in Cape Town.


Simone is currently reading for a Masters in Philosophy in Inclusive Innovation at the GSB, and a proud Bertha Scholar! She spent the last 4 years working in the social impact sector in South Africa. She spent three years growing and managing programmes for a South African NGO focused on alleviating poverty through education, and is now working for a social enterprise that provides data management solutions for non-profit organisations.


Nina did the Systems Change short course in 2017 which seriously whet her appetite for academic enquiry and grappling with complexity. It propelled her to enroll at Stellenbosch University, where she is studying towards her Master's in Sustainable Development. Her interests in sustainability are around governance, ethics, development practice and socio-ecological systems.


Jasmine has a relentless passion for solving problems and an intense drive to achieve the seemingly impossible – to create a sustainable difference in the world and understand our common humanity. In 2013, she became a Candidate Fellow of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation where she formally began her journey of challenging the status quo.

Important Information:

  • Please RSVP for catering purposes.
  • Parking is available at the venue and on the street.



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