MISTRA’s Strategic Reflections comprise research and a range of events that include seminars, lectures, informal ‘brown bag’ discussions, all aimed at adding value to public discourse and to incubate new ideas.
- roundtable discussions
- specialised seminars
- annual lectures
- strategic workshops/retreats
- skaftins (brown-bag discussions)
- occasional lectures
- occasional publications
The Institute conducts regular open and closed dialogues, facilitated key retreats and strategic roundtables. These include a workshop that brought together the Statistician General, academics, economists, and analysts to debate the country’s highly-contested employment statistics.
With the University of Johannesburg, MISTRA hosted US cosmonaut Greg Olsen
in a roundtable on the relevance of space exploration and scientific research for Africa and developing countries.
In partnership with the University of the Witwatersrand, MISTRA hosted internationally-renowned author Professor Richard Wilkinson
(co-author of Spirit Level
) in a Skype conference on the impact of inequality and a series of roundtables on issues such as the role of NGOs and civil society. With the South African Reserve Bank, MISTRA hosted ‘Blue Economy’ specialist Prof Gunter Pauli.