Thirty minutes before Boyd Varty was due to make his first ever presentation at the TED Conference in San Francisco this week he was informed of the sad news of the passing of former President Nelson Mandela.
Ironically the subject of Boyd’s TED talk was “African Ubuntu” focusing on the importance of collectiveness as a new consciousness for the world …..born out of Africa.
Coincidently Boyd drew on his personal experience of having met Madiba at Londolozi as a 9 year old boy and as could be expected Boyd used this encounter in his presentation as a metaphor and example of “African Ubuntu”.
As you will see contained in the talk are some personal examples of how Boyd has experienced “ Ubuntu” both amongst the people of South Africa and the wild creatures of this continent.
When asked by the TED coordinator his thoughts on the passing of Madiba, Boyd was able to echo what we all feel in South Africa…. How do we honour and live the legacy of inclusion, generosity and truth as taught to us by Madiba? How do we steer the moral compass of our country back towards servant leadership, honesty, values, integrity and always in the best interests of THE PEOPLE.
Already as the mourning of his passing and the celebration of his life converge in an week of explosive emotions we are experiencing the dawn of a new day . Everywhere there are young South African’s emerging who were, born free of the shackles of a past and who are now willing to take on the mantle of leadership and guide South Africa back to the values and principles upon which the miracle of our democracy and the potential of our rainbow nation was founded.
It is our belief that the passing of President Mandela will be his second gift of a unifying force upon which these young emerging South African leaders will propel our country to new levels of consciousness and ethical behaviour . Already amongst the youth it is cool to be caring, to be enlightened and to be educated …… and indeed uncool to participate in deception, greed and corruption.
Young South African leaders understand the power of the internet to harness the collective voice. Indeed they have witnessed political uprisings and the removal of despot leaders in other countries . They know that one earns the right to lead by ensuring that one has the support of the followers. Deep in their ancestral roots the concept of “Ubuntu” runs clear and strong.
At Londolozi we seek to learn from this ancient African wisdom and we commit ourselves to reflect on Madiba’s passing and to honour his teachings. More than ever it is our intension to ensure that the benefits, which a successful Londolozi brings, are spread as widely as is possible to all members of our extended Londolozi family and their dependents. We do this in honour of the Madiba legacy.
Enjoy the TED talk attached:
Written by Dave Varty