Ubuntu – a person is a person through other persons : Getrude Matshe at TEDxTeAro

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Getrude Matshe immigrated to New Zealand in 2001 and is described as a serial social entrepreneur and the Founding Director of four successful companies in New Zealand. Gertrude’s talk will centre around Ubuntu, a Zulu word which serves as the spiritual foundation of African societies.

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  1. The tone of this talk is all over the place, talking about bungee jumping and aids within seconds. One moment we laugh, the next we cry. She weaves in interesting “yarn” about her life, but I’m left feeling that she could have related it more to the topic of Ubuntu.

  2. The language of the heart ty sister. My grandmother is also my guide I was in tears when you reminded me. We have forgotten the balance the mind and logic are being promoted due to money's (currencies's) hold on the world. I wonder when myself
    We will start to shift back to balance.

  3. I have had the opportunity of meeting this woman! She lived with me for a little while in America. She is a very humble woman who is a queen in disguise. She sacrificed her life and came to America alone just to lead her family out of Zimbabwe. Her strength and fearlessness still amazes me. Many blessings to this woman!

  4. Matshe thats not a true African woman. An African woman is not defined by rape, or abuse. Thats a wrong definition of an African woman. its a pity you have a shallow understanding of ubuntu and yet you stage a talk. I am not impressed at all.

  5. Absolutely amazing…. now the thing that is even more crazy is that this philosophy has so many similarities to following God. Universal principles will never die no matter how they are translated.

  6. WOW, this was amazing. Thank you so much for your vision and your dream Getrude. My coach Terry Hickey urged me to watch this video and I'm so glad I did. THIS is what truly Inspired Action truly looks like. It's the not the "it breaks my heart" videos we see so often from internet marketers trying to get you to buy their stuff. This is not about buying – it's about buying into. It's about enrolling others in a shared vision of how amazing life could be if only they stepped up. And not for themselves alone, but for others too and mostly – the Ubuntu that we are. This kind of Inspired Action empowers people to help because it's the right thing to do, and we feel it in our bones. Tour de force. Brava!

  7. Gertrude Matshe is such an inspiration, she proves that if you have a vision and continue to take steps towards that vision  you can manifest anything and create change in the world. Thank you Gertrude, you are amazing.

  8. I met you in August 2008 at Akasha and connected with you because your story resonated with my soul 200%.
    The Universe found a way to meet you online in the most hidden and unpredictable way for the second time in September 2014 and your story resonated with my soul as strongly as the first time!
    What next?
    I don't know and don't need to know but the Universe knows, that is all I need to know!
    Thanks for coming back into my life Woman, you are a blessed 'Black Angel'!
    Love from Gabriella
    A Woman of the XXI Century, Author, Speaker and Feminine Cycle Consultant

  9. Getrude, several moments in my life are so powerful they will be with me forever. Meeting you is one of them. I am thrilled to see you on the TED stage. Brilliant presentation. And about your 8-Oscar movie…GO AND WRITE THAT SCRIPT.

  10. Its not racist to tell differences between races. Black people are master in linguistic skills and East Asians are master in mathematic skills. White peoples' skills are somewhere between Africans and Asians.

  11. If you can't see it then maybe you should conduct the research??
    As for me, all i needed to do was walk in the streets of Africa, observe, talk to some African women and listen to their stories.
    It's not for sympathy, it's simply a harsh reality for SOME that's all i'm trying to say.

  12. Nah i wouldn't say that story does not represent African women,,, yes i agree not all African women go through what she described but a large number most certainly does. I say so from an African woman's point of view.

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