Why the World Needs Ubuntu
In an era of repeated economic rescues and imminent global crisis... In an era where most citizens on the planet are desperate for a taste of prosperity... In an era where the majority of people are struggling to pay rent and school fees and drown in debt - we urgently need a solution.
What We Stand For
The world has changed. Another global crisis is looming and humanity is unprepared to tackle the challenges ahead. A new holistic decentralized economic system needs to emerge: a system based on abundance and not scarcity, on transparency and not deceit. We need a world fueled by the power of love and not by the love of power. A world enhanced by collaboration and not competition. A world fueled by shared knowledge and not by orchestrated ignorance. A world of interconnection and not exclusion, of unity and not division, of solidarity and not individualism. A world for our children... And a world for humanity, filled with humanity.
Ubuntu is an African word. It means “I am because we are”.
An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put basket full of fruit near a tree and told them that whoever gets there first wins the sweet fruits. When he gave them the signal to run, the kids all took each other’s hands and ran together, then sat in a circle enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they chose to run as a group when they could have had more fruit individually, one child spoke up and said, “UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the others are sad?”
In ancient knowledge Ubuntu means humanity, the very essence that makes us human. We decided to name our initiative after this powerful philosophy to call upon each human being to nurture the very attributes that define our species (dignity, freedom, love, oneness, and consciousness). Our core value is that of human interdependence and the understanding that everything is connected and related in this finely balanced world.
“I am because we are” the essence of the Ubuntu philosophy is one of the fundamental principles of distributed ledger technology (also known as blockchain). On a blockchain, validation of a transaction can only be approved through the concomitant confirmation by the other nodes in the network. In this sense nodes are only relevant through the other nodes. Africa, the cradle of mankind, has applied this principle for millennia to ensure the authenticity, accuracy, existence, validation of social facts and events. As we started out on this journey, we believed it was only right to return the Ubuntu philosophy to the forefront of the ongoing digital revolution.