430: Bronwyn Williams | Saving South Africa From Itself In “Rescuing Our Republic”

Returning guest Bronwyn Williams joins host Armen Shirvanian to discuss her book ‘Rescuing Our Republic’ and the specific challenges faced by South Africa. She explains the collaborative effort behind the book and how it addresses relevant issues in politics, economics, and society.

One of the main themes discussed is the division and inequality in South Africa, particularly in Johannesburg, where high walls and gated communities separate the rich from the poor. Bronwyn also explores the tendency to blame the wrong people for inequality and the need to focus on the present rather than dwelling on the past.

The conversation explores the concept of property ownership and its impact on society, focusing on South Africa as an example. It discusses the issues of affordability and accessibility of property, the complexities of land redistribution, and the importance of ownership in creating a sense of belonging and investment in the community.

The conversation also delves into the idea of common goods and the need for more equitable distribution of resources, such as water and spectrum rights. It concludes with a discussion on optimism, agency, and the potential for change, particularly among the youth.

Bronwyn Williams is a polymath who challenges assumptions about the present and the future. She is a Futurist, Economist and Business Trends Analyst. She has over a decade’s worth of experience in strategic management, trend research and strategic foresight. She has consulted for clients in public and private sectors across the world. Part economist, part strategist, Bronwyn’s particular areas of expertise include fintech trends, alternative economic models, and sustainable futures design.