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UBUNTU lives!


UBUNTU is the social philosophy that Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu used to unite post-apartheid South Africa.  It says...

I am only because you are.

Quick story: An anthropologist visited a village in Africa and set up an experiment. He put a basket of fruit under the biggest tree in the village, lined up all the kids in the village and said they were going to have a race.  The first one to the basket got to enjoy the fruit.  He lined them up and sent them off with a "ready, set, go!"  None of the kids took off.  Instead they looked at each other, began to hold hands and started making their way to the basket together as one group.

While the kids were all enjoying the fruit, he asked one of the older children why they did this.  The child replied: "How could any one of us be happy when all the rest of us are sad..."

That's UBUNTU.  I am only because you are; you are only because I am.

We're All Connected

We need the success of other people & organizations to create more opportunities. Opportunities which boost everyone. Like the recent move by Domino's Pizza. Check out what franchise owners decided to do to support others (in their same industry) in their local communities...

Domino's Supports Local :30 second ad

Domino's knows that for them to be successful they need others in the marketplace.  Then, and only then, can the market be healthy enough to serve everyone in each community.  Healthy job market, supply chain, etc. supports a vibrant & resilient community.

Ex: On NYC's 5th Avenue, if Gucci "won" the fashion competition and there weren't any other companies, pretty soon they would be out of business for lack of diversity in that market.  Gucci needs the success of others in their industry to create more opportunities for others thereby boosting everyone.

Thanks Domino's for reminding us...

I am only because you are.

Bravo Domino's, bravo!


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