On Friday 15 September 2017, leaders from various sectors including civil society, business and diplomatic missions accredited to Zimbabwe will converge at the Harare Gardens (behind the National Art Gallery) for the 3rd edition of theSpace event.
The event, running under the theme “Challenging Power”, will see various speakers unpack the meaning of power, its emerging forms and rhetoric such as the ‘them and us’ narratives as well as the role and function of social and societal institutions. The event is expected to stimulate debate on the different issues with a view to provide local solutions to problems affecting Zimbabweans. Conversations will cover a range of topics including Skills for the future, Zimbabwe’s Informal Economy, Zimbabwe an Opportunity and Challenging Power. Some of the high profile speakers lined up for the event include Dr. Tawanda Mutasa, Dr. Bernard Mueller, Mr. Deprose Muchena, McDonald Lewanika, H.E. Ambassador Philippe Van Damme (EU Mission Delegation to Zimbabwe) and H.E. Ambassador Catriona Laing (UK Embassy to Zimbabwe).
Parallel to the high level conversations, 20 Embassies will be showcasing education (self-paying and scholarship), business and cultural exchange opportunities for free.
At least 30 cartoonists will also contest for the top prize to be selected on the day based on the relevance of their work to the theme.
The event aims to create an intergenerational space for Zimbabweans to come up with innovative solutions and recommendations for Zimbabwe’s socio-economic challenged as envisioned in government policies and international declarations particularly Sustainable Development Goals.
theSpace is a social enterprise that use its convening power to organize not agonize, engage and not disengage and raise public awareness to address some of the most pressing generational challenges of our time. With a focus on the agency of young people, we work with young people and partner with public and private partners to build tools, agency, narratives and campaigns that turn great ideas shared through OUR debates, exchanges and art into sustained action that bring change and impact.
Our annual event, theSpace is an international platform organized annually and convened locally by young people as a national process to champion, prepare, shape and re-imagine Zimbabwe’s future. We achieve this through promoting intergenerational exchange of ideas between our elders and young people with the sole aim of harnessing youth power, agency and energy to unleash the most creative generational potential into nation building.
It has brought young Zimbabweans, the community of authentic thinkers, social entrepreneurs, the development community of practice, conveners, diplomats, government officials, academics; all committed to share their ideas to advance the prospect of re-imagining a Zimbabwe centered on the role and agency of this generation. It has since transformed from being a national into an international event.