GloBUNTU Expert Symposium 2020
Invited speakers are carefully selected high profile experts from different works of life considered be powerhouses and keepers of knowledge and wisdom needed to fulfill the goals of this symposium.
When and where
This One hundred and twenty minutes virtual symposium will take place on 31 October, 2020, from 14:00-16:00 SAT (GMT+2)
Virtual venue will be confirmed upon registration
Participation is free and available for registered guests only.
Registration link available upon registration.
Why An UBUNTU Symposium Now?
“The great powers of the world may have done wonders in giving the world an industrial and military look but the great gift still has to come from Africa – giving the world a more human face.” -Steve Bantu Biko-
There is no doubts that our world is currently experiencing one of the biggest challenges of our time, economically, socially, demographically and even politically. The COVID-19 pandemic seems to be realigning our world in many ways. It is obvious that nothing is going to remain the same when we come out of the current pandemic. With Covid-19 our world is forcefully undergoing a paradigm shift, calling for new concepts on how we relate to each other in our private, social, educational, professional and business spaces when this is over. The question is, what if Africa had such a concept? Could UBUNTU be the answer to what the world needs after Covid-19?
The significance of Africa in the world
Africa is the cradle of humankind, the second largest and youngest continent in the world, one of the world’s most significant source of mineral and natural resources, and one of the world’s largest market for products and services. What if in addition to all these Africa has a recovery concept for the world after Covid-19?
It is no secret that Africa and her children have survived not only centuries of colonisation, enslavement, neo-colonisation, apartheid, countless repressions, civil wars, genocides and foreign rule, but also some exploitative acts of philanthropy and charity. Yet, the continent and her children remain like a weed that bends when the wind blows but never breaks.
Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic world scientists and experts are still coming out with all kinds of reasons why Africa remains the least affected continent in the world.
Africa continues to stand out
Despite all the different layers of challenges we face as Africans, we remain some of the most forgiving, hospitable, thriving and happiest people in the world.
Shared knowledge and wisdom have it that this has to do with our very essence of being Africans, our humanness and our perception of what it means to be human and to live as a human with other humans. This humanness is the foundation of our African way of life embedded in our profound wisdom and philosophies like UBUNTU.
The essence of this expert symposium is to unlock, understand and explore the global significance of the African Philosophy of UBUNTU as a concept that can improve human relationships in different areas of our lives after Covid-19.
The discussions will focus on the following four key areas:
1. Unveil and understand the philosophy of UBUNTU in its different variations and contexts across Africa and the diaspora.
2. Discuss how it can be used by us humans to recover from the current pandemic.
3. Explore how schools, especially in Africa and the diaspora can use it to decolonise our minds and our education systems.
4. Examine how organisations and businesses can use it to build more human-worthy businesses relationships after the pandemic.