Africa’s New Frontier: Perilous Promise
To address these challenges, we need to think and act differently. Based on global research and local insights from forward-thinking leaders throughout Africa, it’s clear that we need a new breed of leaders. These leaders are the forward-thinking individuals that turn adversity into exponential opportunities. They transfer their leadership insights, invite diverse perspectives to challenge their assumptions, and are figuring out how to serve their complex economic ecosystems.
What’s more, technology continues to make the impossible a reality. As technology helps humanity solve our biggest challenges, it has also ushered in the 4th Industrial Revolution, bringing “great promise and great peril.” We’re all struggling to keep pace with this new frontier.
The future of Africa impacts the entire global economy. This is no longer a private matter, but rather an opportunity to work together solving our biggest systemic challenges.
The Bold and Fearless
There are some forward-thinking multinationals, development agencies, and policy-makers that are embracing this new frontier. They are challenging their own assumptions and fearlessly asking bold questions:
- What if we are blinded by our past successes, unable to see future opportunities?
- What if our strategy and decision-making practices are outdated (i.e. not aligned to reality)? Who and what can wake us up to reality?
- What experiments could enable us to become smarter, faster, and better?
These aren’t academic questions — they need action immediately. Our imagination, beliefs, and ability to trust each other seem to be our biggest constraints.