Meet Michael Haupt, Co-Founder EnoughZA, Convener Event 901

Michael Haupt is a writer, speaker, advisor and Certified Strategic Foresight Practitioner (some call this a Futurist). His early career involved the implementation of complex, large-scale technology systems internationally. He played a crucial role in the launch of GSM in South Africa, in time for the first all-race elections in 1994.

For the past 12 years he has been involved in citizen-led systemic change projects. He has written extensively on what a future society might look like for South Africa.

You can learn more about his Theory of Change, his definition of Society 4.0 and you can read his ‘faction’ (a mix of fact and fiction) at Postcards from 2035.

Topics of Expertise

1. Mandatory Climate-Related Financial Reporting

From 2022, companies will have to report on what they are doing to mitigate the damage done to the environment. These requirements will be announced as part of COP26 taking place in Glasgow in November. Michael can explain what will be required and how companies can outsource their ESG (Environmental and Social Corporate Governance) commitments to grassroots movements in South Africa.

2:22 Brief intro to ESG reporting
5:00 Overview of how ESG commitments can be outsourced

2. Transcending Politics

South Africa’s general elections are coming up in 2024, but politics is broken. What other options does SA have? Michael proposes simulating the resignation of the SA government and the implementation of an Interim Wisdom Council reporting directly to the Constitutional Court. Event 901 is the simulation event which will trigger new ways of thinking about an entirely new South African society.

22:30 Overview of Event 901

Personal Background

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