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In 2021 we live in an information age, where at the click of a button we can enter into a digital world filled with an incredible array of possibilities. Information has reshaped the way we think, communicate and learn – helping us make better use of our intellectual intelligence. But, in a world which is host to a myriad of complex problems the question we need to ask ourselves is: is intellect really enough to enable us to evolve, and to create a life where we have a better sense of self, a greater understanding of each other, and a deeper level of respect for the world around us?

UCT alumni are invited to join guest speaker Kristin Ransome as she discusses leadership, emotional intelligence and other related themes:

Date:           Thursday, 26 November 2020
Time:          18h30 – 20h00 (GMT)
Platform:    Microsoft Teams
RSVP:         Online by Tuesday, 24 November 2020.

Kristin Ransome will discuss how we might better understand what matters to us as individuals, how to effectively craft a vision for our lives, and how best to communicate that vision to those around us – in a way that inspires change. This session will cover core topics of emotional intelligence, specifically focusing on the role of compassion in effective leadership and how compassion can be used as a strategic tool to inspire change.

It is our generation’s responsibility to challenge the way we are doing things; our world is a host to growing levels of inequality, desperate climate related issues, racial friction, mass immigration and dividing political views. These kinds of problems cannot be solved with intellect alone – they require knowledge, understanding and wisdom. They require leaders who live and breathe compassion – having the ability to influence the thoughts, feelings, emotions and the actions of other human beings. The world needs leaders who are dedicated to the mission of spreading collective wisdom and inspiring change. We all have the capacity to be such leaders, and it is now our responsibility to lean into the skills which will enable us to level up.

About the speaker:

Kristin Ransome is passionate about driving a truly connected world and is someone who is curious about the hidden influences that can shape and inspire human thought and behaviour. Since graduating from the University of Cape Town in 2016, she has completed her Masters degree, worked for one of South Africa’s fastest growing startups, and is now based in Dublin where she works at Google in the Sub-Saharan African team. Kristin is also a podcast host to a show called Connection Academy, a series of conversations which discuss what success might look like in a truly connected world – one where we have a better understanding of ourselves, each other and the endless possibilities of life around us.

To join the conversation:

  • Click on the meeting link to join the session on 26 November 2020
  • You do not need to have Microsoft Teams installed on your device. We do advise that you connect using a laptop or PC (not a mobile phone) for a better user experience.
  • The session will commence at 20h30 (SAST) / 18h30 (GMT).
  • You will have an opportunity to send us your questions for the panel, ahead of the session. You can do this by populating the ‘comments’ box contained in the RSVP form.
  • Alternatively, questions can be submitted during the live session on the 26th.