Bringing close to 30 years’ experience in the ICT industry in South Africa and The Netherlands, Josine Overdevest follows her passion for the inclusion and development of people, organisations and the ever-changing society we live in.
Josine develops and executes projects across the digital divide, strategy and implementation, people and technology, private and public, business and social, the familiar and the unfamiliar.
Excited about the potential of innovative digital solutions in the education sector and concerned about the slow adoption rate in the majority of South African schools, Josine established Flying Cows of Jozi with a specific focus on the pivotal role that teachers play in 21st century education. In her vision flocks of passionate young teachers with digital skills fly to schools all over the country to activate digital resources and guide in-service teachers to confidently use these in their classrooms.
Since August 2021 Josine is a non-executive director on the board of the Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA). As chair of the Social & Ethics Committee she contributes to the realisation of IT professionalism and ethical digital transformation in the country. The power of technology to bridge or widen divides has fascinated her ever since she wrote her space law thesis on the United Nations Principles Relating to Remote Sensing of the Earth from Outer Space in 1992.
“Being present in this city of extremes and its humanity in between grows my heart and my horizon.”
Passionate inner city resident Josine Overdevest invites you to join her on a walk in town to experience the diverse sights, sounds and special encounters that spell Jozi,
Jozi, as residents lovingly nickname Johannesburg, the city that reflects and condenses the contradictions at play in the country, and maybe in the world, today: where you can drink your rooftop champagne with a view of overcrowded migrant hostels. Having these contradictions compressed on just a few square kilometres presents a perspective that is hard to escape and in an intriguing way shapes your understanding of the issues we’re dealing with as a society.
As Josine says: “How I experience my walks can be equally contradictory: sometimes they offer the anonymity I seek, other times I unexpectedly find the sense of community that I also long for, like when a car guard calls me over to share the neighbourhood news. It’s in absorbing the city’s extremes and trying to make sense of them that I find how deeply urban walking grows my heart and my horizon. The walks provide me with a perspective that I would love to share with others by inviting them to walk with me and be present in this micro-cosmos of the country, the birthplace of Joburg’s economic activity.”
Following the Presencing guidelines of MIT’s Otto Scharmer and in the words of Antony Osler, she asks you “stop for a moment, to pay attention, to put down our arguments and our fixed positions and to open our eyes. There we will find our world in all its glorious ordinariness. We will stand in each others’ shoes and be willing to be surprised”