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Africa’s game changers and the catalysts of social and system innovation

dc.contributor.authorSwilling, Mark
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-08T10:03:44Z
dc.date.available2017-08-08T10:03:44Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.citationSwilling, M. 2016. Africa’s game changers and the catalysts of social and system innovation. Ecology and Society, 21(1):37, doi:10.5751/ES-08226-210137
dc.identifier.issn1708-3087 (online)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.5751/ES-08226-210137
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/102071
dc.descriptionCITATION: Swilling, M. 2016. Africa’s game changers and the catalysts of social and system innovation. Ecology and Society, 21(1):37, doi:10.5751/ES-08226-210137.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at https://www.ecologyandsociety.org
dc.description.abstractIt is widely recognized that many African economies are being transformed by rapid economic growth driven largely by rising demand for the abundant natural resources scattered across the African continent. I critically review the mainstream game-changing dynamics driving this process, with special reference to a set of influential policy-oriented documents. This is followed by an analysis of less-recognized game-changing dynamics that have, in turn, been affected by the mainstream game-changing dynamics. These less-recognized game-changing dynamics include energy infrastructure challenges in a context of climate change, securing access to water, access to arable soils, slum urbanism, and food security responses. These mainstream and less-recognized game-changing dynamics provide the context for analyzing a range of African actor networks engaged in social and system innovations. I use a transdisciplinary framework to discuss these actor networks and how they construct their understanding of the game changers affecting their programs and actions. Based on a case study of the iShack initiative in Stellenbosch, South Africa, I conclude that social and system innovations will need to be driven by transformation knowledge co-produced by researchers and social actors who can actively link game-changing dynamics that operate at multiple scales with local-level innovations with potential societal impacts.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttps://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol21/iss1/art37/
dc.format.extent13 pages
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherResilience Alliance
dc.subjectSocial innovationen_ZA
dc.titleAfrica’s game changers and the catalysts of social and system innovationen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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