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Ubuntu 2024




Carnegie Hall. Ubuntu Festival (Carnegie Hall, 2014).

Abdullah Ibrahim, Dizu Plaatjies, and others speak about the concept of ubuntu.


Matte, Gertrude. Living Ubuntu: We Rise by Lifting Others (TEDxAuckland, 2021).

Carnegie Hall's UBUNTU festival celebrates the many threads that make up South Africa’s vibrant musical culture. The festival also extends throughout New York City with events at leading cultural institutions, crossing arts disciplines to include music, film, art exhibitions, and Festival artists in the festival includes Hugh Masekela, Abdullah Ibrahim, David Kramer, Vusi Mahlasela, William Kentridge, Angélique Kidjo, and many more.

Getrude Matshe talks about the embodiment of Ubuntu in today’s world. We rise by lifting others. It’s a call out to those who are struggling, to stand on the shoulders of those who’ve risen. To give back, to give a hand up, not a hand out. To walk with, not walk by.

She speaks to a notion, borne out of the Ubuntu principles of empathy, collaboration, compassion and connection. She speaks to actions, not words, to living your truth and bringing your own lived experience to bear on solutions. Her talk is a real and an acute account of how her visceral experience is evidence of home grown solutions working best.

Beyond helicoptering in ideas by well meaning philanthropists, it’s solutions from Africa’s diaspora that will succeed and stand the test of time. It’s people hewn from the granite resolve that she possesses, born of the same experiences, villages and towns that are best placed to forge a path forward to better their lives and to tackle the problems they face.

Getrude is a celebrated author, philanthropy consultant, and global curator and founder at HerStoryCircle - a women’s global empowerment organization. She is passionate about helping people achieve their full potential. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at TEDx Program.


Okeleke, Dozie. I Am Because We Are (TEDxTalks, 2016).

Watch Dozie Okeleke as he shares with us the philosophy of Ubuntu: "I am because we are".

We are all connected and the only way to be realised as persons is through other people. Dozie is a firm believer in business as a force for good. While at Unilever, he led the Africa cluster of the Young Leaders Sustainability Network (YLSN), a 175-strong group of high-performing young employees from across the globe. Members of the network were empowered to become sustainability pioneers within Unilever, in support of the company’s sustainable growth goals. In 2013, Dozie became an Ambassador for One Young World (OYW), a not-for-profit organization which provides opportunities for young adults to join in a global network of socially committed individuals with leadership potential. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA degree from INSEAD.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at TEDx Program.


Richards, Shola. Ubuntu: The One World to Change How You Work, Live and Lead (TEDxSouthLakeTahoe, 2020).

What if our global mindset was refocused on the transcendent concept of Ubuntu — the African philosophy that represents the power of human connectedness, kindness and compassion? In this vulnerable and thought-provoking talk, Shola Richards addresses that important question, while showing how Ubuntu can be used to transform how we work, live and lead.

Some people call me a cheerleader (admittedly, I'm a natural at enthusiasm), but I'm actually a champion of those who value integrity. Because really, what's more important than the principles we exude...and thus, the principles we spread?

A father, husband, son, brother, friend, author, keynote speaker, and also the founder of The Positivity Solution. Over the course of his professional career, he has trained literally thousands of exceptional men & women on topics including team cohesion, world-class customer service, transformational leadership, effective communication, and dealing with difficult customers, to name a few. His personal mission is simple: To help more people live and work with more positivity. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at TEDx Program.


Tutu, Desmond. On Ubuntu (2013 Templeton Prize Laureate).

Videotaped in London, November 19, 2013, for the 2013 Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, November 22-25.



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