Academia has the responsibility to develop a theoretical foundation – an academic base – to develop a system of capital that is socially responsible. If we continue to educate executives, accountants, teachers – without inculcating how they contribute to our economy, to our country, then we have failed.
From Business, we need executives who have a “contextual intelligence”. To simply close down factories without any regard to the effect upon the individuals, upon society, upon our country, or to extract our mineral wealth while completely disregarding the “person” – that ivory tower mentality is no longer appropriate.
These dual challenges – to our innovative ability and to our common humanity – were laid down by Iqbal Survé in an inspiring presentation this week to the UCT Leadership Forum.
The full report on this inspirational presentation is attached.