The Person To Person Economy: Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu

At the recent FUEL Vancouver event I attended, Michelle Osry, a facilitator of a diversity discussion shared a Zulu saying:

Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu

It translates into a quite beautiful simple phrase:

A person is a person because of people.

She found the quote in a video by Mike Lipkin.

Lipkin makes the prescient point about saying the phrase, really meaning the sentence:

At that moment, you are transported out of your own head and into a shared reality that you are mutually creating with another person.

A person is a person because of people
A person is a person because of people

Yes! The world is personal. Our culture is shared. Society thrives on our interconnectedness, and dissipates on its absence. The sharing economy requires a level of trust that can only be achieved when we truly see each other. Networks enable persons to be; and they allow persons to be more.

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