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March 27, 2023

Podcast: Co-creating Peace Episode #113 – “Ubuntu Works”

Host: Kathleen Oweegon

How do we find our way back to recognizing, to remembering our shared humanity? It will take the efforts of many. It will take courage. It will take faith. It will take many approaches from many directions. You’ll find many of those approaches in episodes of Co-creating Peace, including this one. I know you will enjoy “Ubuntuworks”, Episode #113. 

Joining me again is Eric Sirotkin, my guest in Episode #99 “The Lawyer as Peacemaker”, & Episode #108 “Truth & Reconciliation – a Path to Forgiveness.” With him is Raphael Masesa from Capetown South Africa. Together, they bring us understandings about a way of seeing and a way of being, known as ubuntu.

Highlights of our conversation include:

    • Defining ubuntu

    • Understanding how ubuntu manifests itself in everyday life

    • Learning how ubuntu relates to indigenous law and peacemaking

    • How active listening, dialogue (Episodes #93 & #94), compassionate listening (Episodes #95 & #96), and other ways of practicing deep listening and empathy can help build ubuntu in our lives.

Eric Sirotkin mixes his experience as a lawyer, film producer, author and peacemaker, to contribute to the movement from the age of separation toward the era of ubuntu. Eric contributed to the dialogue on the new Constitution in South Africa, was a UN-sponsored election observer at President Mandela’s election, and coordinated an International Monitoring Project of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It was through this experience that he learned about the wisdom of ubuntu and has integrated it into his work in North and South Korea and all areas of his life. Eric is the founder of The Ubuntuworks Projectwhich collaborates with organizations and individuals on research and strategies to move us locally and globally toward an era of ubuntu. To learn more, visit: ubuntuworks.org and donate to the Ubuntuworks Project here

Raphael Chisubo Masesa has been teaching Indigenous law and Integrative law, among others at the University of the Western Cape and the IIE Varsity College for more than 15 years. He is a Board member of Ubuntuworks Project. Learn more about Raphael Chisubo Masesa at: linkedin.com/in/chisubo 

Contact Kathleen Oweegon at: oweegon@bridgesofpeace.com to share your ideas and feedback for this show. You can receive a free 30-minute communication coaching session by being a guest on Co-creating Peace to talk about your communication challenges and receive Kathleen’s suggestions on the air. Visit BridgesofPeace.com to learn more about Kathleen and her work.

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