Welcome to the Goedgedacht Forum

The Goedgedacht Forum was founded at the end of the apartheid era to promote reconciliation and to help develop a humane, peaceful and democratic society in South Africa.

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The work of the Forum is to promote democracy through dialogue. This is done by:

  • Initiating discussions on critical issues
  • Partnering with others who share our vision


We host up to 12 dialogues each year and participants are selected and invited in their personal capacities. We limit numbers to 20 – 25 people per dialogue.


We have speakers who each make a presentation prior to opening discussion to all present.  Our model differs from others in that we place a high importance on discussion and reflection.  Presentations are kept to a minimum so as to allow participants time to share their experience, explore their differences and find creative ways to overcome the challenges that we face.

The Forum does not associate itself with any political party or political pressure group and runs debates privately.  We believe that ideas matter, and that understanding and insight must precede effective action.

We invite participants from a representative range of sectors: government, media, NGO, community-based, labour, academic and business.

All dialogues are recorded and a typed report is published on our website.  However, following a version of the Chatham House Rules, other than the lead presentations nothing said is attributed to any individual.

Our aim is to provide the space for honest, open-minded, dynamic dialogue and we aim to make an impact beyond the debate when each participant returns to their work.

Types of Events Offered by the Forum

The Goedgedacht Forum initiates events – these are events which the Forum organises which address challenges and issues which require discussion, interrogation or reflection

Partners initiate events and request Forum support – these are events where partner organisations recognise the need to discussion or reflection in an area of their expertise; which fit in with the goals and the values of the Forum; and which the Forum can contribute to in the shaping of the event.

Social Entrepreneurship – these are events which organisers subscribe to the values of the Forum and recognise the ability of the Forum to assist in the practical, logistical side of organising events. The Forum has little or no involvement in the programmatic aspect of the event.

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