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 within the series "Endangered Orders" of 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

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

Community Wellness


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


Volonteering in the asyl procedures of African refugees in the years 2014 to 2017 helped

to step further into the philosophy and practise of Ubuntu


The  interpersonal relationships among the young Africans were an eye opener. Their way of relating to each other differs much from the eurocentric style


The video of Caritas Internationalis illustrates this other kind of interrelating

Since then Tübingen FOUR FREE, a Community Wellness Project, is running. The idea is to cross the philosophy of Ubuntu, the theology of Desmond Tutu and Awareness Focusing


In adaption to new insights the FOUR FREE Project is currently renewed. Online Ubuntu Challenges are supplemented to the quartely meetings.The further scientific developement of Ubuntu ethics is thus taken into account

The current academic debate on African philosophy shows that animals, plants and the mineral environment are important ingredients within 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

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