This year saw Trialogue hosting the Making CSI Matter conference for the fifth time. The conference, which attracts hundreds of practitioners to the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg, has grown from strength to strength. In 2012 we welcomed 360 delegates at South Africa’s biggest conference on corporate social investment and development. The delegate contingent comprised 47% corporates and 53% NGOs, with 39% of all delegates travelling from outside Gauteng.
Trialogue extends our thanks to the Making CSI Matter 2012 headline sponsors Aveng, Eskom, Standard Bank and Volkswagen SA; corporate sponsors Absa, Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), MNet Cares, MTN Foundation and the National Development Agency (NDA); and media sponsor Mail & Guardian for making this diverse learning and networking experience possible.
Good development work requires building relationships, pooling strengths and constantly assessing the impact and relevance of our initiatives. This informed the four themes of Making CSI Matter 2012: collaboration * communication * strategic alignment * ongoing learning.
The speakers and workshops incorporated these themes, developing a rich understanding of the issues among delegates. Opportunities for learning and sharing ideas at Making CSI Matter 2012 included:
- Four keynote speakers: Sizwe Nxasana, CEO of FirstRand, on the role of business in development; Joel Netshitenzhe, Executive Director of MISTRA, on the National Development Plan; Dion Chang, Head of Flux Trends, on ‘soft power’; and Margie Keeton, experienced independent CSI consultant, on NGO and CSI sustainability.
- Four three-person plenary panels – one on each of the themes – chaired by John Perlman, well-known radio journalists and CEO of Dreamfields.
- Six breakaway sessions on key CSI sectors, each with three case studies by leading practitioners, with delegates developing guidelines on best practice in each sector.
- Seated lunches and an opening-day cocktail function for networking.
PowerPoint presentations, breakaway outcomes and edited video clips of keynote speakers and plenary panels are available on www.csimatters.co.za. The guidelines that emerged from the group work in the breakaways will also be incorporated into the 15th edition of The CSI Handbook, another Trialogue platform for furthering best practice in corporate social investment and development. The CSI Handbook will be released in November 2012.
Communication, collaboration and ongoing learning online
In 2012 Trialogue relaunched our Making CSI Matter conference website as www.csimatters.co.za. The website will not only support and expand on lessons coming out of the conference, but will serve as a year-round resource for CSI and development practitioners. CSImatters is a space to share lessons, information, resources and contacts – practitioners are invited to post their own insights, news and collaboration initiatives through our interactive application forms.
Did you know?
- Delegates posted more than 500 tweets using the #CSI2012 hashtag during the conference. Follow Trialogue on Twitter: @TrialogueSA
What Making CSI Matter 2012 delegates are saying:
“The conference was very worthwhile; I gained a lot of information and I learned a lot.”
“As a first time attendee I am intrigued by the passion and knowledge shared by the panelists. Well done; I will be back next year.”
“Very well done. This was the best ever and absolutely outstanding.”
“The growth and dynamism this year is remarkable.”
“Loved the speakers. Well done, Dion Chang!”
“Bringing in speakers with vast knowledge was well appreciated.”
“Thank you all for an exceptional conference. This has been the first time I have attended a Trialogue CSI Conference and I found it hugely beneficial and informative. The speakers you had lined up were excellent and were certainly diverse enough to cover a broad range of issues in the subject matter.” – Theresa Griffiths, Head: Marketing and Corporate Social Investment, Kagiso Tiso Holdings
“I found [the conference] informative and inspiring. It was good to connect with like-minded people and see the collective determination to see an enabling environment for all South Africans to flourish and fulfill their potential.” – Louise Beghin, Partner Relations, Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust
Making CSI Matter 2013 will be held in mid-May next year. Pencil it into your diary and watch www.csimatters.co.za for updates.