When Fast Company was founded in 1995, the founding fathers (Bill Taylor and Alan Webber) declared that “Fast Company is not a magazine, it’s a movement”. Fast Company has now existed for 25 years and I’m proud to say we in South Africa are part of that movement. Our 25th anniversary issue is a form of celebration, reflection and outlook into the future. Since the beginning of lockdown in March 2020, we pivoted from printing the magazine and publishing digitally to enable you as a reader to have ease of access to our content. This issue of Fast Company is unique in a number of ways. One, it focuses on leadership and our cover issue features a young leader of the advertising industry whose company has been recognised as one of the top in the industry. Two, it focuses on new new rules of business for the next 25 years, which will prove instrumental for businesses as they map their future during uncertain times. As we work towards the next 25 years I would like to invite you to join our movement in a practical way by joining the Fast Company (SA) Club and gain more access to content and the Fast Company (SA) community.
As a member of the club you will have access to more than just content, but also a tangible business network and support. Since we are more than just a magazine, we would like to engage further with you as a reader of Fast Company magazine and bring you closer to the people in the story and the people who contribute to our content. If you like what you read in print we want to connect you more to the story by enabling you to access the video or audio version of content. If you really really like insights from the interview, we want to invite you to an exclusive live event to hear in person from the horses mouth.
Over time we want to enhance our membership programme to deliver tangible benefits to professionals and business people. There’s no better example of how our membership programme works than how you can experience our current cover feature. The 25th anniversary issue of Fast Company (SA) shines a spotlight on a leader, Sylvester Chauke, who is a shining example of professional excellence. In this issue of Fast Company (SA) you can read in print about the leadership philosophy that got him and his brand agency international recognition. If you become a member of the Fast Company (SA) Club you can also watch the video interview and also get to listen in person to Sylvester Chauke at our upcoming Most Innovative Companies conference in 2021. In addition to everything else, I’m happy to inform you that in this print issue we have also printed some of the best content from our digital magazines that we’ve published during hard lockdown since March 2020. These include a cover feature from our first digital magazine which focused on the “Please Call Me” story by Nkosana Makate, as well as the second one which focused on Adriana Marais and the real reason why her mission to space matters for us today.
As promised, this is one of the magazine issues you will want to keep due to its uniqueness in the history of Fast Company. I’m looking forward to see you soon at our upcoming in person event where we will celebrate innovators and the most innovative companies in South Africa.
For now you are welcome to nominate the companies that you consider to be the Most Innovative Companies during 2020.
Editor-In-Chief, Fast Company (SA).
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