To help employees feel fully included at work, employers can address these four factors.
A world of connections
We are at a crossroads. We can choose despair, chaos and separation, or redirect our institutions and resources toward relationship and connection. How we choose to walk on the earth, work and relate can shift our fate.
The Ubuntuworks Project, a 501 (c)(3) educational organization, infuses ubuntu-based principles into our schools, workplaces, corporations and courtrooms. Our Ubuntuworks Coalition of organizations and individuals share research and strategies to make a difference and usher in an Era of Ubuntu across the planet in order to strengthen the efforts of everyone working to build a more relational-based world.
Ubuntuworks Goals for 2023
Phase 1 - Creating the resource hub
Our first phase is a resource hub for the data, studies and experiences that support the power of connectedness, empathic, compassionate ways of living, working and teaching. The science is there and it shows that we are not soft wired for violence and separation, but for compassion and connection.
Phase 2 - Building coalitions
The second phase reaches out to the thousands of organizations and thinkers in the fields that use ubuntu based principle active or compassionate listening, indigenous dispute resolution, restorative justice, nonviolent communication, etc., and builds a coalition reflective of these principles so they may draw upon our Phase 1 resource hub and see their connection to a change movement in our institutions. We will weave connections that both reflect ubuntu, and empower these organizations in their own work and help them help others to adopt their skill sets that are so necessary for a new tomorrow.
Phase 3 - Donor & grant support
The third phase builds donor and grant support for the infusion of ubuntu-based principles into schools through a teacher training program and curriculum, into workplaces to enhance relationships at work and increase productivity and job satisfaction, into corporations to expand programs that redefine corporate responsibility, and to expand the use of conflict resolution models that help heal rather than divide.
Phase 4 - Applying the principles
As all hubs expand in their scope and outreach, a final phase tackles applying the principles to activism and social change wherein we use the wisdom of this process to break through barriers of us vs them in politics and international relations and refocus international resources onto ways to lift humanity out of hunger, war and separation.
The international Ubuntuworks Project board: Founder Eric Sirotkin, Dr. Kapil Narain, Joanne Lefrak, Fernanda Guerra Machado, and Raphael Chisubo Masesa.
Call for Volunteers
The Ubuntuworks Project seeks volunteers for on-line research to provide materials and organization leads for the Ubuntuworks Project’s Phase 1 Resource Hub. Collect data, studies, stories and experiences from online sources that support the power of connectedness, empathic, compassionate ways of living, working and teaching. The science is there and it shows that we are not soft wired for violence and separation, but for compassion and connection. Perform on-line searches for organizations operating from ubuntu-based principles around the world.
Also if you are interested in working more directly on our educational curriculum, teacher training, human resources training or with corporate responsibility or conflict resolution projects please contact us.Commitment: Any amount of time. One evening, or several hours each week. Expanded work available for any students needing credit or school projects.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.....Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love....Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality."
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Resource Hub provides organizations and individuals interested in a more connected and compassionate world with data, stories, studies and support for the importance of ubuntu-based principles in our world.
Empathy refers to how we recognize and respond to other people’s emotions and experiences. When workplace leaders practice empathy, especially through active listening, they can help break down barriers that prevent true connection among coworkers. As a main principle of ubuntu, active listening encourages communication and collaboration, two key elements of a thriving workplace. The Ubuntuworks
Realizing the benefits of spirituality in the workplace will help employers and employees alike perform better in their roles.
The Challenges of Modern Leaders Workplace spirituality—the support for ubuntu-based principles of connection—is closely connected with those organizations that clarify a meaningful purpose. Workplace spirituality is important to allow employees to define what is important to them in terms of belief and practice, as evidenced in this essay from Manage Magazine, excerpted, below. The Ubuntuworks Resource Hub provides