Get some insight in the panafrican concept of Ubuntu and it's relevance for

Community Wellness Focusing (see downloads)


The indigenious meaning of the word ubu-ntu is "be-ing becoming"

There is no exclusive definion of Ubuntu as a moral concept within African philosophy


The essence of ubu-ntu speaks of interconnectedness: „I need other persons to become a person. My humanity is bound up in yours. I am because we are.“ 


People with Ubuntu are warm, generous, open and available to others, affirming others and willing to be vulnerable


The concept of Ubuntu was introduced to me in 2011 by Prof. Peggy Gabo Ntseane/University of Botswana at ESREA Conference "Bildung meets Transformative Learning", University of Freiburg/Germany


In 2014 FOCUSZ started FOUR Focusing Oriented Ubuntu Resilience, a Community Wellness Focusing project without fees. FOUR is crossing Awareness Focusing with the Arts, the philosophy of Ubuntu and the theology of Desmond Tutu. Its function is to offer communal spiritual care


Volonteering in asyl procedures of African refugees parallel to hosting FOUR helped me

to step further into the practice and philosophy of Ubuntu

Loving The Gentle Kind 2016

Blob. International Focusing Conference
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Care & Share: Spirit of Ubuntu 2014

Blob. European Focusing Fair Hohenwardt
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"Ubuntu: Applied Environmental Ethics and Community Wellness" - Lecture with Freda Blob.  Series "Endangered Orders",  Tübingen VHS, April 9th 2019, based on the presentation of Prof. W. Kelbessa,  IZEW 2018

The philosophy and practice of the pan-African concept "ubuntu" goes beyond the anthrocentric world view.

The human being is not in the center, and resources from environment and nature should not serve human development. Rather human, animal, plant and mineral world are an inseparable unity.

The value system of this ethics encompasses the entire global living space. In concrete terms, this means that human laws must not violate the rights of living beings in other living environments.

How can this ethics be implemented on a practical level? The lecture takes up the linguistic roots of the terms "ubu" (to be in motion: "be-ing") and "ntu" (undivided and invisible unity) and shows how the natural order of the human body follows the life-promoting order of Ubuntu, if only we allow this to happen

Deepening my academic studies on Ubuntu I found that current debates on African philosophy underline the importance of animals, plants and the mineral environment as central ingredients of the ethics of Ubuntu

Prof. Workineh Kelbessa
Prof. Workineh Kelbessa

The contemporary idea of Ubuntu goes beyond the anthroprocentic view towards environmental holism


Where Ubuntu has so far been regarded as a concept of  interpersonal humaness, the more recently understanding of Ubuntu is about the co-existence of man with nature


In his presentation "Sustainability and Ubuntu Ethics", IZEW University of Tübingen 2018, Prof. Workineh Kelbessa/University of Addis Abeba, Etiopia, emphasizes:


"There is a need for concern instead of curiosity and plunder. Not to use ressources for ressources but only for what is needed. The first democratic policy is not to harm the ethical principle of intergenerational ethics." 


A selfish person is regared as someone who has no Ubuntu, because his or her selfish deeds are most likely to compromise the wellbeing of those who will exist in the future


Professor Workineh Kelbessa was key speaker at the World Biodiversity Forum 2020 in Davos/Schwitzerland


I thank Professor Kelbessa for his continuous support of my studies 

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