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 ⤵︎
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.