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South Africa 2022

Hope sprung with the elections of Mandela and Obama as we celebrated the chance to bring people together, release old wounds and build a true culture of peace and equality. Yet, our nations have become increasingly divisive, violent and too often hopeless. Foundational to the defeat of apartheid was the reemergence of the principle of ubuntu - that we are all connected - what Dr. King earlier called “an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”  

 

What happened to that wave of unlimited human potential? Can we still shift from a world of isolation and separation to one of Ubuntu? Eric Sirotkin, the former co-chair of the International Monitoring Project of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, was an election observer during Mandela’s election and worked on the constitution’s bill of rights. He returned to South Africa after 25 years,  to engage with and expand an international coalition of integrative activists determined to usher in a new Era of Ubuntu. 

 

In South Africa Eric, the President and Founder of The UbuntuWorks Project,met with students, activists, integrative lawyers, mediators and government officials, as well as presenting The UbuntuWorks Project in keynote addresses to communities and universities. The insights from these key exchanges are being shared globally across the internet through social media, podcasts and the expansion of the Ubuntuworks Project.  THe South Africa experience remains an inspiration to local, state and national organizations and businesses to work together on breaking down our institutionalized walls of separation and integrating  practical ubuntu-based solutions into everyday operations.  

 

 

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Eric  Sirotkin with Varsity College Students and Faculty September 13, 2022

“In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be...This is the inter-related structure of reality.”

 

Martin Luther King Jr.,

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