๐”พ๐•€๐•Š ๐”ป๐”ธ๐•: ๐”พ๐•€๐•Š ๐•€๐•Š ๐•ƒ๐•€๐•‚๐”ผ ๐•‹โ„๐”ผ ๐”ธ๐•€โ„ ๐•Ž๐”ผ ๐”นโ„๐”ผ๐”ธ๐•‹โ„๐”ผ

๐”พ๐•€๐•Š ๐”ป๐”ธ๐•: ๐”พ๐•€๐•Š ๐•€๐•Š ๐•ƒ๐•€๐•‚๐”ผ ๐•‹โ„๐”ผ ๐”ธ๐•€โ„ ๐•Ž๐”ผ ๐”นโ„๐”ผ๐”ธ๐•‹โ„๐”ผ

Happy GIS Day 2022! Smart and green development remains a compelling and relevant topic.

As I proclaimed before, “๐‘ฐ๐’‡ ๐’‰๐’–๐’Ž๐’‚๐’ ๐’„๐’‚๐’‘๐’Š๐’•๐’‚๐’ ๐’Š๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’“๐’‚๐’Š๐’, ๐’…๐’‚๐’•๐’‚ ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’ƒ๐’๐’๐’๐’…, ๐’Ž๐’†๐’๐’•๐’๐’“๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’Š๐’๐’”๐’‘๐’Š๐’“๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’‚๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’„๐’Œ๐’ƒ๐’๐’๐’†, ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’ ๐‘ฎ๐‘ฐ๐‘บ ๐’Š๐’” ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’†๐’“๐’—๐’๐’–๐’” ๐’”๐’š๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’Ž ๐’๐’‡ ๐’…๐’†๐’„๐’Š๐’”๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’”๐’–๐’‘๐’‘๐’๐’“๐’• ๐’”๐’š๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’Ž๐’”.”

We had a successful #GISday summit at Taita Taveta University, the eighth we have held at this institution for the #Tsavo ecoregion. The local theme was ๐†๐ˆ๐’: ๐ˆ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐, ๐’๐ฆ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐†๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ƒ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ๐จ๐ฉ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ. There were training sessions and presentations from students, academia including the ones living and working abroad, Esri Eastern Africa, and partners from the County Government of Taita Taveta and Voi-Mwatate Rotary Coalition.

As a guest speaker joining us from the Imperial College London, Prof. Washington Yotto Ochieng, FREng emphasised the following message to the diverse audience, drawn from universities, industry, and government (paraphrased): With the ongoing blurring of disciplinary boundaries, #GIS is evolving to be like the air we breathe. The air we breathe, as we know, is an indivisible, non-rival good. Thus, GIS is living up to its rightful mission of being an integrator for delivering shared visual understanding and meaning, complete with the #geospatial metrics that define most of the aspects of our work and life assignments.

In our curiosity to leverage parametric decision-making, the way engineering sciences condition us to abstract, interpret, and organise the world, a new era of transdisciplinary collaboration beckons to quench this thirst. This evolution demands a mindset change, a shift in perspectives on learning and skills development par excellence. Here is a new readiness to apply our brainpower and learning opportunities to resonate with the non-linearity and interconnectedness widespread in nature. It is about systems, and a system of systems! This eye-opening talk reinforced the fact that #systemsthinking is gaining strategic significance in understanding the complex world we continue to interact with. I bet that my fellow members of the System Dynamics Society will share an organic kinship with these perspectives exuded on the GIS Day 2022.

In the quadrant map below is a summary of the trajectory of GIS career development that should excite students about the future and the spheres of engagement that will continue to demand actionable location-based intelligence, hence applied GIS technologies.

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