After 12 years delivering RepTrak in South Africa, You are INVITED to JOIN in and ENGAGE with us in our higher purpose to foster Reputation Custodianship™.
It is with both humility and appreciation that we ANNOUNCE our exciting NEW Partnerships with the M&G and Martin Kalungu-Banda of Presencing Institute.
This, in addition to our focused commitment to deliver Reputation Research and Measurement via Reputation Institute’s RepTrak model, the world’s gold standard.
We trust that you will be as thrilled as we are about the launch of a Ubuntu.Lab Hub in Johannesburg and the upcoming events and initiatives that we are collaborating with the M&G to deliver. Ubuntu.Lab is an eight-month applied online-offline learning program for change-makers, emerging and established leaders and innovators across Africa.
Held in Lusaka from 28th to 31st August, 2018 With thanks and appreciation to Aggie and Martin Kalungu-Banda and Julie Arts for the Lusaka Experience and Report
Our own in-house Ubuntu.Lab Facilitator, Hlabaki Madondo, represented Reputation House at the Ubuntu.Lab Facilitator Training in Zambia, here is the report:
“One word that sums up my experience in Lusaka is ‘enlightening’.
I met like-minded people who are passionate about our continent; people who are taking steps in creating a greater narrative for Africa. The experience was life changing.”
Judy Owiti from Mombasa, Kenya
“The Lusaka experience was a precious moment. I arrived with the apprehension of how to transfer the learning to Francophone Africa. However, I left Lusaka inspired, enlightened, and with the courage of a warrior of change.”
Grace Gueye, Dakar, Senegal
With the deep intention of developing a community of highly skilled facilitators across the African continent, Ubuntu.Lab started an online facilitators’ program in March 2018. The program attracted 187 facilitators from 19 African countries. The facilitators’ training concluded with the face-to-face meeting in Lusaka from 28th to 31st August 2018.
What is Ubuntu.Lab?
Ubuntu.Lab is an applied online-offline learning program for change-makers, emerging and established leaders and innovators who are passionate about contributing to shaping a new Africa. The term “Ubuntu,” which is the guiding philosophy of the program, means “My humanity and well-being are inextricably bound with your humanity and well-being.”
Re-inventing education so that the process of learning can impart skills of how to solve societal challenges such as poverty, unemployment, environmental degradation, and crime, among many others.
Enable people to tap into the creative potential that comes with collective action, working with multi-stakeholders across sectors, and honouring diversity.
Promote creative and innovative approaches of how the African continent can effectively realise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Connect change-makers across African so that they can leverage the skills and experiences needed to take the continent to a new and better future.
The Lusaka Workshop
The purpose of the Lusaka workshop, which was attended by 54 participants from 13 African countries, was threefold:
To enable facilitators consolidate, through practice, the skills of how to hold learning spaces that foster practical innovation and creativity.
To share best practices of how to successfully host and lead a program that blends online and face-to-face learning.
Help facilitators establish the relationships and connections that encourage learning and collaboration across the continent.
The workshop followed the five main movements of the U-Process, the framework on which Ubuntu.Lab is designed. See below.
The workshop began with an evening session whose main purpose was let participants who had only met online to connect in person. They were guided by these questions: What is your background? What brings you to the Lusaka workshop? What have you learnt about “Ubuntu” from your elders? Thereafter, participants were re-introduced, through practical examples, to the key “software” of Ubuntu.Lab: Listening and Dialogue; How innovation works; Systems Thinking; and how to bring about change through prototyping.
Participants were given a chance to experience how sensing as a tool for understanding the complexities of challenges by engaging in dialogue with three people deemed to be leaders in their fields of practice:
Ms Mulenga Kapwepwe: Participants were blown away by Ms Kapwepwe’s ability to demonstrate that Africa’s path to sustainable development has to begin with Africans re-connecting with their traditions and cultures interpreted and adjusted to modern times.
Prof Nkandu Luo: She is Zambia’s Minister of Higher Education. Prof Luo shared her dream and the efforts she is making to re-invent higher education so that learners can focus on acquiring both intellectual and the practical skills the country needs in order to develop.
Dr Kachinga Sichizya: He is one of Zambia’s leading neurosurgeons. Participants were captivated by Dr Sichizya’s profound commitment to being both the best medical professional he can be and attending to the integral needs of his patients. Dr Sichizya’s love of his country (Zambia) and willingness to contribute to Africa was manifested by his refusal to take up lucrative job offers outside the continent.
Co-Presencing and Co-Prototyping
On the third day of the workshop, participants experienced the practices and techniques for accessing one’s deepest source of inspiration: journaling exercise, silent moments for reflection, sharing in a circle characterized by care and mutual respect, and how to turn insights into prototypes and scale-up what is working in the prototypes in order to cause system’s change.
The final day of the workshop was dedicated to participants practising more tools for facilitating learning: Peer Coaching (Case Clinic methodology), Open Space Technology, and the practicalities of how to establish a hub.
Conclusion and Next Steps
By the end of the fourth day, all participants felt ready to go and host learning hubs in their home countries.
Since the Lusaka workshop, 25 hubs have been formed in 12 countries. This being the experimental phase of Ubuntu.Lab, it is an impressive start. Facilitators have continued weekly online meetings at which they share experiences of setting up a hub and inviting participants. The main Ubuntu.Lab will begin with a live online session and face-to-face (within the hub) on 25th September 2018. The first cohort, expected to attract at least 250 change-makers and innovators across the Continent, will graduate in April 2019.
Ubuntu.Lab is very grateful to WWF-Africa, YMCA-Africa, the Bank of Zambia and the Presencing Institute for enabling the Lusaka learning event to happen.
“The connection for all of us in Lusaka was our love for Africa. It is in our hands to re-author the narratives of Africa and create new stories about who we are as a people and who we want to be. Going forward, what Lusaka means for Ubuntu. Lab is that it was the place where the bonfire started. All of us put our hands up to become fire tenderers and ensure that we keep the fire burning. We have also put our hands up to take a piece of the fire and start building our own fires wherever we find ourselves on the continent.”
Sharon Munyaka, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
” Let it be marked in history that Lusaka was the beginning of a movement for change across Africa: a new consciousness and collective leadership capacity.”
Lena El Sheikh, Khartoum, Sudan
Ubuntu.Lab Facilitator Training 2018: The journey preceding our Ubuntu.Lab Hub Launch