The self study/action guide: The action guide gives meaning to the results of the self assessment and gives suggestions on the steps to be taken in order to address your weak points. It defines “what needs to be done” (the action area); “why it should be done” (the rationale) and “how to do it” (the practical steps). The guide should be read together with the additional resources provided in the website.
Additional Resource Centre: This section houses case studies, testimonies/shared experiences, examples and other literature on the various topics. It is a repository of good practice on what works, what doesn’t and why. The resources are categorised and grouped according to the key topics/themes on innovation and entrepreneurship. We hope that as interactions in the arenas take root, members will volunteer more resources based on their experiences and these will be added to enrich the resources centre. These resources will be fully open access and registered users will use them freely
Safe arena(s): This is a community area where you can log in, ask questions, post comments, answer questions and enrich the experiences by sharing your “walking through fire” stories to encourage and inspire others. This section will be moderated and monitored and is designed to allow for interactions and exchanges amongst a practitioners facing similar challenges and experiences.
Undertake a self assessment: The self assessment is a precursor to the envisaged group training workshops and seminars.
The self assessment tool is intended to guide personal or group reflection, analysis and action. It consists of a set of statements covering key topics and themes around innovation and entrepreneurship.
You are required to respond to these statements in a Likert scale of 1 – 5. Your responses are captured and displayed graphically on a radar chart. The radar chart is accompanied by the “interpretation of results” which explains what the responses mean and helps you understand and interpret the chart.
I really like the personal nature of the book. I think you can even go a bit further in owning the impressions in the book. You are very diligent in citing others on some ideas when I think you can reasonably take credit. The level of detail is impressive; the use of idioms and metaphors to reinforce a point is useful. I am so impressed and think that there are a lot of important messages for young people in this book.
Senior Product Development Policy Officer, PATH
I was impressed by the use of various great analogies — Moses, story of a farmer, catching butterflies, Christmas and rural chicken as presents, etc. I was humbled by the courage that you exhibited in sharing your mistakes. The book comes out as “honest”. I could connect to who you are as a person – your soul. Your experiences as outlined in the book touch on the very important aspect of limited career guidance for the youth. Many youth will connect to this. The multi-disciplinary skill sets that you have developed over time are what our youth should be aiming for.
Director, ICT Services and Knowledge Management.
The Association of African Universities, AAU