UBUNTU (Zulu pronunciation: [ùɓúntʼù]) is a Nguni Bantu term meaning "humanity." It is often translated as "I am because we are," or "humanity towards others," or in Zulu “umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu” or in Xhosa, "umntu ngumntu ngabantu" but is often used in a more philosophical sense to mean "the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity."
In Southern Africa, it has come to be used as a contested term for a kind of humanist philosophy, ethic, or ideology, also known as Ubuntuism propagated in the Africanisation (transition to majority rule) process of these countries during the 1980s and 1990s.
Since the transition to democracy in South Africa with the Nelson Mandela presidency in 1994, the term has become more widely known outside of Southern Africa, notably popularised to English-language readers through the ubuntu theology of Desmond Tutu. Tutu was the chairman of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), and many have argued that ubuntu was a formative influence on the TRC.
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I first heard about Ubuntu many years ago but recently came across Michael Tellinger and his vision of One Small Town. I also bought his book, UBUNTU Contributionism - A Blueprint for Human Prosperity. The philosophy of Contributionism as a new social structure was born in 2005. It was a consequence of his extensive research into the origins of humankind and the deeply convoluted path of deception that has lead us to this point in time as the human race.
In his book, Michael shares the simplicity and joy of UBUNTU, where people do not live divided in fear of each other but rather live in united communities that thrive in abundance on all levels.
Like me and many others, Michael was appalled by the human suffering and misery on our beautiful planet. Suffering that seems to continue as if there were no solution to the plight of humanity. And yet, in our hearts most of us know that there are solutions to our problems, and that these solutions are really simple. But our so-called leaders do not provide solutions. Instead, they have been sowing more confusion and misery.
As I build this website I hope to bring you information as to how people are creating better environments around the world, many based on this philosophy.