Ubuntu: A Dialogue on Connectedness, Environmental Protection and Education

  • Kofi Quan-Baffour
  • Norma R. A. Romm
  • Janet McIntyre-MillsEmail author
Part of the Contemporary Systems Thinking book series (CST)


In this chapter we discuss the concept of Ubuntu as a way of living, and we consider what it means to revitalise the principles of Ubuntu in relation to our human connectedness and sense of connectivity to all that exists. We discuss this in relation to some of our life experiences intermingled with the literature which we share with one another and with readers, in order to expand our (and our readers’) understanding of the meaning of Ubuntu and its current relevance not only for Africa but worldwide. We consider implications for human relatedness across (created) borders and for environmental protection as part of caring for Mother Earth. We also discuss what this may mean, in terms of educational and vocational initiatives that we suggest (as part of our dialogue).


African heritage Communal lifestyle Empathy Environmental sustainability Spirituality Educational opportunities 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kofi Quan-Baffour
    • 1
  • Norma R. A. Romm
    • 1
  • Janet McIntyre-Mills
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.University of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.Flinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

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