Ubuntu Toolbox, launching a new knowledge bank for peace and Conflict transformation

UBUNTU TOOLBOX is the hub in a network of process managers and trainers
working with Intercultural co-operation, Conflict transformation and

We are a network of individuals working to:
  • Promote cross-border understanding and mutual learning
  • Assist people and organizations in resolving conflicts
  • Promoting diversity and the opportunities it brings for development in society, among individuals and within organizations.
In our work we have been fortunate to meet skilled people from all
over the world who are working to create a world where we have the
ability to manage our differences and live together peacefully.
Something we all miss in this work is a comprehensive toolbox which,
without fees or restrictions, is available to all.

With this as background, we, through this website, provide:
  • A comprehensive toolbox with texts, manuals and exercises (without copyright) that you can use as you wish, in your personal life or
    professional work.
  • Customized workshops for your organization, your business or school.
  • A meeting place for those engaged in the above mentioned issues, where you can expand your network, participate in interesting discussions and
    exchange ideas and knowledge

We hope that we caught your interest and that you want to join us on this co-operative learning journey. Please visit us on: www.ubuntutoolbox.com

Peace be with you,
The UbuntuToolbox Team

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Comment by Centre for Peace and Development on March 10, 2011 at 12:02pm
we are still highly interested. could you please assist us?
Comment by Shanthi Amarasekara on September 11, 2010 at 8:38am
yes i like,becoures Sri lanka was bleed war.war is over .exchange ideas and knowledge .
Comment by Centre for Peace and Development on September 11, 2010 at 4:47am
Bravo wth God's blessings.
Rev Moses K Okrah
Comment by Susmita Barua on September 10, 2010 at 9:13pm
Patrick I love the image on the homepage of ubuntotoolbox...heard about ubuntu...didn't know they came from Bantu (studied them in my human geography class)...we need to learn much from the indigeneous, native cultures.

Comment by Joe Bazirake on September 10, 2010 at 5:29pm
Thats true patrick... infact allover Africa, there is a group of people known as the Bantu.. and s "ubuntu" usually denotes to humanity.. holistic humanity.. you are spot on Patrick :)
Comment by roibeaird o1cathmhaoil on September 10, 2010 at 5:29pm
Thank you kindly for the explaination. It was mentioned to me in Africa and I did not get the opportunity tyo research it at that time.
Thank you for the work you do,
Roibeard O!Cathmhaoil is my name in Irish, my mother tongue.
Comment by Patrick Gruczkun on September 10, 2010 at 12:17pm
Good question:

The concept of Ubuntu comes from the Bantu language spoken in southern Africa. The term stands for an entire life philosophy can be summed up with "I am, because you are, because we are".

Nelson Mandela explains the philosophy with a story: When a traveler in the old days came to a village he did not have to ask for food but the villagers gave him food and companionship without being asked for it. That is Ubuntu in practice, for Mandela.

Desmond Tutu explains the concept as follows:

A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.

For us ubuntu, in this context, means to become better at what we are working with in collaboration with our colleagues who share the same vision. We see other trainers in conflict management and diversity as colleagues with a common interest and not as competitors. And we seek knowledge, development and excellence together with them. And that is why we’ve created this platform for knowledge transfer and collaborative learning.
Comment by roibeaird o1cathmhaoil on September 10, 2010 at 11:42am
could you explain the word "ubuntu". Is this an African word meaning "incorporation" or "incorporating" or something of that nature?
Comment by Patrick Gruczkun on September 10, 2010 at 11:36am
Thank you Abdoulie, Samuel, Surya and Chrissy for your kind remarks about this project. I'm happy to feel your support and encouragement in this work. /Patrick
Comment by Chrissy Mahoney on September 10, 2010 at 5:12am
Bless you for sharing such an extraordinary resource ... such great generosity of heart. You will never know of, or be able to count, the innumerable people who will benefit from your gesture towards building peace ... many thanks Christine

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