Monthly Archives: December 2015

Da Vinci wishes you a happy holiday season

The Da Vinci Institute would like to advise you that we will be closing on Tuesday 15 December 2015 and will re-open on Monday 4 January 2016.
We would like to take this opportunity in thanking you for the support, energy and remarkability that you have shared with us in 2015.
We look forward to engaging with you further in 2016 in co-creating new realities.
We wish you a magical and festive holiday season cherished with love, happiness and rest.

Subject Matter Expert Workshop: 3 December 2015

A Subject Matter Expert Workshop was held at The Da Vinci Institute on 3 December 2015. The purpose of this workshop stemmed from the concept of collaboration, association and synergy amongst individuals within a community. 

The Institute aims at making the circle bigger by allowing the circle to become smaller, therefore bringing individuals strengths in order to co-create new realities.


The Institute, as a school of managerial leadership follows the Mode 2 approach of learning which links practical work experience together with the theoretical concepts. This approach allows associations to be formed with subject matter experts in various fields. 


The workshop took a look at the Da Vinci Business Model, which was facilitated by Kenneth Mabilisa: Business Development Manager at The Da Vinci Institute. Furthermore, the Da Vinci approach to learning and development was also discussed.


Individual presentations by all attendees was then conducted as each individual had an opportunity to discuss where they could add synergy in terms of their expertise. The Da Vinci Strategic overview was then presented by Prof Ben Anderson: CEO of The Da Vinci Institute

Open Day: Supply Chain BCom (Business Management) Programme

An Open Day was held on 1 December 2015 at The Da Vinci Institute. The morning saw various individuals with a need to study further and obtain a qualification within their industry.
The industry in question was that of Supply Chain and The Da Vinci Institute, together with Commerce Edge have developed and designed a BCom for the Supply Chain industry.
These individuals who were interested in this qualification are managers back at their workplace with years of managerial leadership under their belt. However, there is a certain need to obtain the qualification in order to receive promotions regarding career evolvement.
The Da Vinci Institute as a Mode 2 School of Managerial Leadership caters for working adults. The workshops draw on the existing experience of the students in order to co-create new workplace realities.
Through out-of-the-box thinking and solution finding opposed to problem solving, the approach of Mode 2 in the workshops serve to cultivate and grow managerial leaders through self-discovery and team engagement.

Facilitators Development workshop: 19 November 2015

A Facilitators Development workshop was held on 19 November 2015 at The Da Vinci House.

The purpose of the workshop served in two tiers, as one was to introduce new facilitators to the Da Vinci way and Mode 2 methodologies of facilitation.


The other served to reiterate these methodologies with current facilitators through a catch-up session. The workshop was chaired by Dr Linda Sibali.


The session on the Da Vinci way of facilitating and Mode 2 methodologies was facilitated by Prof Bennie Anderson, CEO of The Institute.


Other items discussed was Level descriptors which was facilitated by Dr Ronel Blom, Supervisor at The Institute. These also included Facilitation and Assessment practices, which linked to the Level descriptors.

Final Curiosita of 2015: #Curiosita2015

Guest Speaker: Lou Coetzer | World Renowned Nature and Wildlife Photographer

Topic of discussion: “Towards Synergy”


Lou started Photography 39 years ago as a high school pupil of then Helpmekaar Boys High School in Johannesburg. More than anything his years as a Sports Photographer, which were followed by a commitment to Portrait photography, shaped Lou’s current approach to the Wildlife genre. He is in a constant search for exquisitely-lit, dynamic action images shot against clean backgrounds. “I will be honest, only when the action is not happening will I start looking for the graphic image.” Lou was rewarded in 2007 and 2008 with a first runner-up award in animal behaviour and animal general, as well as 2 top 10 certificates in both categories of the Getaway & Fuji Film Photographic Awards.


In 2010 and 2011 Lou was honoured by Nature’s Best America for his outstanding work and 2 images were selected, one of which was chosen to feature in the annual 12-page calendar while the same image was selected to be exhibited in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. Lou was also the chief photographic moderator for The African Photographic Awards 2010. In 2012, Lou received two highly regarded awards for two images in the African category by Nature’s Best America and was awarded overall winner in the “Birds as Art” International Photographic Competition for an image of a baby Jacana. Once again in 2013 Lou received an esteemed top-10 award in the Africa category in the Nature’s Best America Photographic Awards. This was followed by an award in the “Mammal Wildlife Behaviour” category of the BBC Natural History Museum International Competition.


Speaker: Prof Benjamin Anderson: Chief Executive Officer / Vice-President – The Da Vinci Institute


Topic of discussion: “Reflection on Post-Graduate Studies at Da Vinci.”


Professor Benjamin Anderson has extensive global experience in learning design and accreditation, encompassing engagements with the United Nations, Global Leadership Forum and numerous international companies and learning institutions. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of The Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management (Pty) Ltd. He is a member of the Council for Higher Education HEQC Audit Committee. His involvement in establishing the corporate learning programmes for various corporate companies have ensured the offering of quality education to workers in a variety of industries across South Africa.