We Are, Because You Are …

Ubuntu means “I am, because you are”. In fact, the word ubuntu is just part of the Zulu phrase “Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu”, which literally means that a person is a person through other people. The spirit of Ubuntu is essentially to be humane and ensure that human dignity is always at the core of your actions, thoughts, and deeds when interacting with others.

Having Ubuntu is showing care and concern for your neighbor. It’s lending a helping hand and displaying an understanding of the dignity with which human beings ought to be treated — for the simple reason that they are human.

Ubuntu exists because human beings exist and seeks to provide a code of conduct for the co-existence of human beings. This human connectedness is captured within the spirit of Ubuntu;  “My humanity is caught up, is inextricably bound up, in what is yours.” It is about coming together and building what is in the best interest of the community. Learn more about Ubuntu from Andrew Foster here ⤵︎

Reality Yearns Existence

We Are, Because You Are

Quite often, we’re asked to explain what we mean by 360° Nation  —and we’re quick to explain that it is simply the “umbrella ethos” under which all that we do “for good” resides —including our award-winning publishing enterprise BIZCATALYST 360°, our multimedia enterprise 360° Nation Studios, and our social enterprise GoodWorks 360° —and @360° EVENTS, all of founded upon our quest to rediscover humanity at its very best.

While that kinda defines what it means to us, we felt it was about time that we reach out to a handful of folks worldwide who’ve been “walking the talk” with us over the years, asking what 360° Nation means to them. In the spirit of Ubuntu, we are both humbled and enlightened by their answers and proud to share them with you here ⤵︎

We’re grateful and indeed humbled by their voices —bringing to mind the eloquence of Amy Poehler:

Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.

Our heartfelt thanks to Laura Gray,Paula Goodman, Ipek Williamson, JoAnna Bennet, Laura Staley, Mariah Edgington, Byron Edgington, Myriam Ben Salem,  and Carolyn Lebanowski, AND to everyone across our community who challenge us, inspire us, and positively change our lives today and every day.


Dennis Pitocco
Dennis Pitocco
DENNIS is the Founder & Chief ReImaginator of 360° Nation, encompassing a wide range of multimedia enterprises, including BizCatalyst 360° —the award-winning global media digest; 360° Nation Studios —dedicated to reaching across the world in an effort to capture, produce, and deliver positive, uplifting messages via blockbuster global events, and; GoodWorks 360° —a pro-bono consulting foundation focused entirely on providing mission-critical advisory services to nonprofits worldwide. Collaborating with his Chief Inspiration Officer (and wife), Ali, everything they do is "for-good" vs. "for-profit". Their mission over the past decade-plus has been to rediscover humanity at its best, influencing and showcasing it every step of the way. Together, they do their very best to figure out what the world is trying to be —then using all their resources to help it to be better every day in every way. They understand and embrace the notion that it’s not about me or you; it’s about caring for the people we serve and more responsibly stewarding the precious resources in our care. And they believe it’s about showing up, being present, and intentionally giving our invaluable gifts of time, talent, and treasure "for good". Dennis is a contributing author to the Best-Selling Books ♦ Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational ChangeJourney Well, You Are More Than EnoughThe Four-Fold Formula For All Things Wellness: True Stories of the Heart, Spirit, Mind, and Body.

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  1. Dennis, thank you so much for sharing these sentiments and for the way you always “walk the talk!” You’ve given us an amazing place to be seen, heard and valued. This is the nugget I’m taking with me today:

    “Having Ubuntu is showing care and concern for your neighbor. It’s lending a helping hand and displaying an understanding of the dignity with which human beings ought to be treated — for the simple reason that they are human.”

    I cannot think of a better example of Ubuntu than the 360 Nation community. Thank you for showing so many of us the way!

    • Really appreciate not only your sentiment here, my friend but the fact that you “walk that same talk” right alongside us day in and day out. We share the values of Ubuntu as they parallel our quest to rediscover humanity at its very best …

  2. Oh my goodness! What uplifting and heart-filled tributes. Feeling the joy and love singing through each one of you. I’m grateful to have been invited to this ubuntu-infused ecosystem of kindred spirits. It’s ever so refreshing to be in a space of replenishment and sustenance. Thank you all!

    • Grateful for your very kind words, Marlene – and for the inspiration they provide us to dig deeper and reach farther today and every day “for good” … So glad you’ve joined our journey!

  3. My heartfelt gratitude to all of you. I thank God everyday I am alive and feel peace in my heart knowing there are other hearts that are open and accepting of mine. Thank you Dennis and Aly for saluting the birthright of dignity and embracing it fully.
    You lead the way for others to feel safe and bring us to the academy of humanity, where we can be who we are, because of You!

    • Our search is always to find ways to chronicle, share, and to document stories about people, just everyday people. Stories that offer transformation, that lean into transcendence, but that are never sentimental, that never look away from the darkest things about us. Because we really believe that we’re never more beautiful than when are in our darkest hours. Because that’s really the moment we really know what we’re made of. — Such a beautiful thing, humanity. And such a wonderful journey with people like you walking the talk with us, my friend Paula. Thank you for inspiring us to simply “do more” and do more “good” …

  4. I’m completely moved to tears. Thank you, Dennis, for bringing together such an incredible community of people. The richness, depth of humanity, wisdom, compassion, and love lives beyond, beyond, beyond. The vision you inspire, Dennis, continues to ripple out and attract beautiful souls. I’m incredibly grateful—abundancingly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such a safe and supportive, diverse, and loving community of speakers, writers, thinkers, and artists. I cannot imagine my life without BizCat360. I am not the same woman I was four years ago. The transformations continue to astonish. I love this video and the heartfelt expressions of what 360 Nation means to each and every one of us. WOW! Heart emoji, heart emoji, heart emoji.

    • Thank you for being a rainbow in so many clouds, my friend. We are so grateful that you are walking this walk alongside us, as together, we do all that we can, however we can, and whenever we can to simply rediscover humanity at its very best…

  5. Enjoyed immensely reading your post dear friend Dennis Pitocco

    You inspire me with an idea which I am giving it the name “group field effect”
    Like a magnet creating its magnetic field and attracting others into this field so human “magnets” are. Everyone creates his magnetic field of attraction . The question is what do we attract?