In today’s day and age, many of us live with the illusion that we are more divided and separate from each other, than we are connected. This belief in our separateness has played a significant role in causing incivility in America to statistically reach “crisis levels” at work, at home and almost every place in between. Our keynote speaker, Shola Richards, has a powerful idea worth spreading about how we can reverse this troubling trend—and it all begins with one simple, yet transformative word.

The Power Of Ubuntu


Ubuntu (pronounced, “oo-BOON-too”) is often translated to mean, “I am, because we are” and this transcendent African philosophy represents the height of human connectedness, compassion, kindness and togetherness. In summary, as Archbishop Desmond Tutu once said on the meaning of the word:

We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.

Ubuntu is the one word that can change how we work, live and lead—and the timing could not be better to bring this unparalleled concept into the collective mainstream.  

How Ubuntu Will Elevate Humanity


What if our global mindset were refocused on the powerful concept of Ubuntu? What if we behaved as if we were literally connected to each other, meaning that there is not a place where you end and another person begins? How would that change how we showed up to work each day? How would it change the amount of kindness and respect that we showed to others during our daily encounters—especially to the people who we previously believed were different from us? How would it affect our ability and willingness to lead in a way that would have the deepest positive impact on others, and elevate our shared humanity in the process?

Break The Shackles Of Negativity

This is merely a sample of Shola’s thought-provoking ideas. The 2019 TEDx South Lake Tahoe event is your chance to break the shackles of negativity and hear directly from someone whose work has been featured in Business Insider Australia, Forbes, dozens of top universities, and even as a keynote speaker for the Department of Homeland Security. Don’t just stay home. Be an instrument of positive change and join us for the 2019 TEDx South Lake Tahoe showcase!

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