“I am; because of you.”
That’s the traditional meaning of the South African ideology, “Ubuntu.” In other words, “people are not people without other people,” according to Boyd Varty, and it’s this philosophy that guided his empowering TEDWomen talk.
Perhaps no other person, says Varty, embodied Ubuntu better than South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela, who strove for peace, equality and dignity. It is that reason why the speaker gracefully dedicated his recent speech to the leader, who passed away just before Varty hit the stage on December 5.
Lions, Tigers And Ubuntu, Oh My! Boyd Varty On The Interconnected World Of South Africa