The African RoadMap for Complex Systems Research is being developed following the “African Conference on the Science of Complex Systems” held on the 9th and 10th November 2011, in Dakar. The conference was an opportunity to discuss the African Roadmap and its Digital Campus – towards a UNESCO Unitwin Network.
This conference brought together local networks in Africa and link them with other networks through the International Digital Campus. In particular it focused on how this new infrastructure can enable individuals and groups to create new social and economic activities to create jobs. The emphasis was on youth unemployment and how the chronic lack of opportunities for young people can be rectified by individuals reconfiguring the resources available to them in the context of the technological advances of recent years.
The conference has drafted the first Complex Systems Roadmap of Africa and its Digital Campus (CSDC-Africa) in harmony with those designed by scientists in other countries and regions worldwide. This prepared for the UNESCO UNITWIN submission in 2012. Youth Employment in Africa was discussed both as a specific complex evolving systems challenge for modern societies and as a criterion for designing the CSDC-Africa. The Digital Campus will use the next technological revolution of cloud computing which can efficiently coordinate scientists with engineers and technicians, physicians and nurses, agricultural experts and farmers. Young people are clearly the most competent in the new technological revolution that will bring a mass of new web services and digital goods, of new jobs and of new knowledge of high added-value for science and society. There are deep reasons why the next Schumpeter’s cycle will be a revolution of web services and digital goods.