Welcome to the Da Vinci Institute: School of Business Leadership

Corporate Social Investment












Our guidelines of practice are to:

  • Develop a practice of disruptive innovation
  • Apply situated learning, problem probing and decision making as critical constructs
  • Embed transdisciplinarity
  • Be socially accountable
  • Actively promote diversity and heterogeneity
  • Promote and manage quality in innovative and meaningful  ways
  • Appreciate where we are before exploring where we want to go
  • Acknowledge the world as a set of interdependent systems (systemic thinking)
  • Be relevant and remarkable

Corporate Social Investment

When identifying CSI partners Da Vinci ensures that these organisations contribute towards influencing the co-creation of sustainable societies in line with our dream. Hence, Da Vinci has identified a number of key projects in which it believes it can make a meaningful contribution to people and organisations on a continual basis, and organisations that influence sustainable societies by upskilling individuals. Currently, we have the following CSI partners:


In 2019 the SASCOC board presented their recommendations, as resolved, regarding the formal establishment of a Professional Body for Sports Coaching in South Africa. The board’s recommendations provided clarity on the roles and functions of the professional body that are stipulated by the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) since 28 July 2016. The National Sport and Recreation Act 110 of 1998, as amended, places a sizeable mandate on the accountability of the Professional Body for Sports Coaching South Africa towards the transformation of South African sport and the licensing of all sports coaches.

Da Vinci recognised the importance of the formalisation of this body and sports as a management function and thus committed to contributing to both the formation of the professional body as well as the development of aspects of the communication strategy and website development for the evolution of the body. The CEO of The Institute is also one of the interim project team members towards the formation of the Professional Body for Sports Coaching South Africa.

The Institute believes this pivotal step in the formation of a Professional Body for Sports Coaching South Africa, will further advance the professionalisation of the sports coaching industry, and require the type of innovation and managerial leadership that aligns with Da Vinci’s strategic intent whilst at the same time contributing to the formation of a professional body.


At Da Vinci, we believe that action learning comes in many shapes and facets and we do not believe in binding down any form of management that can be developed, albeit in a workshop or on a stage and we place great value on artistic expression as much as we do on business science. Before its closing down in 2019, Da Vinci worked with the Gauteng Opera as a CSI initiative. The Gauteng Opera is an opera production company, formally known as The Black Tie Ensemble, founded in 1999 by legendary soprano diva, Mimi Coertse, continues to develop performers from disadvantaged communities and showcasing them on both South African and international stages. Da Vinci has continued its relationship with members – we have provided bursaries for two tenors and the artistic director and continue to utilise these tenors for private events.


Da Vinci is proud to be involved with the ‘I Was Shot in Johannesburg’ project for community engagement as well as the support of purchasing of their products towards sustainable gifting, photo opportunities at events  and products in order to support this platform for youth at risk to learn skills and generate an income. The Iwasshot Foundation is a direct assault on homelessness, providing Skills Development Programs, with photography as the medium, to children living on the streets of urban centres. This aligns with Da Vinci’s dream of not only giving back but building sustainable societies.

The Foundation is a non-profit, non-government organisation aimed at strengthening the potential of individual lives – educating, recognising and caring for children who hold on to the smallest light of hope for a better future. The Foundation stands independent of discrimination of religion, race, culture and gender boundaries. ‘IWasShot’ operates in close collaboration with shelters that provides a safe environment for these children. The Foundation makes use of existing infrastructures as far as possible and builds upon them. The programmes are implemented by Bernard Viljoen, registered architect and professional photographer, through direct contact with the children. The Iwasshot Foundation initiates community-based projects that focus on the personal development and enrichment of children who might otherwise not have had the opportunity to explore their creativity. The focus of the project lies within the inner cities where children are constantly exposed to the darker side of humanity. Iwasshot Foundation works within communities affected by homelessness and highlights the vibrancy, paradoxes, multiplicity and talents of children who should be at play. The aim is to change the perspective of street children and re-empower them through innovative programs within their communities, to educate and enhance positive awareness.

Learn more about I Was Shot In Johannesburg at



Each of our students, staff and various partners receive Little Green Number bags, which utilise recycled billboards. Just like every Da Vinci student – these are funky and unique products. The Little Green Number creates jobs and saves the planet. They have a Buy 1 Give 1 philosophy – for every bag Da Vinci buys, a Little Green Number bag is donated to a school child that needs it. The Institute has also provided Masterclasses and intends providing further Masterclasses to the staff at Little Green Number for upskilling.

Little Green Number is an award winning company who turn ads into bags! Each one of their bags, made from recycled billboards, is funky and unique. They are passionate about creating jobs AND saving the planet. One billboard at a time!

Their Buy 1 Give 1 philosophy means that for every Little Green Number bag one buys they donate a Little Green Number to a school child that needs it.


More sales equal more jobs. And more jobs mean that hard working, talented South Africans have hope. A chance, an opportunity to feel successful, great at what they do. Little Green Number has community based micro manufacturing franchises all over Gauteng, and they intend to take this national. They are passionate about wiping out poverty, through social business principles: doing good, whilst doing good business. One Little Green Number at a time.


Billboards have nowhere to go. There’s no billboard heaven (or hell!) when they die. They just stick around forever and ever and ever. By participating in their upcycling process they have taken them off the streets and the garbage heaps and given them a new lease on life.


No one else has a Number exactly like anyone else’s! Everyone’s number is funky, sexy and unique. Made with love. To be worn with joy! Their products are all upcycled, they have character, a story to tell, so pardon the few scratches and scuff marks. Learn more about Little Green Number at www.littlegreennumber.com