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Now Available! Ubuntu Festival Tickets

UBUNTU FESTIVAL - South Africa 12-15 April 2018

Our online ticket sales and room reservation is now live on our website. We have luxurious hotel rooms, log cabins, rondawels, chalets, cottages, and awesome clean camping for over 3000 people. Tell everyone who resonates with our philosophy of creating a new world of abundance and prosperity for all. 

UBUNTU FESTIVAL - South Africa 12-15 April 2018

Book your ticket HERE: http://ubuntufest.org/tickets/ 

This is a FAMILY FRIENDLY event - for children under 12, admission is free - great accommodation and good clean camping for up to 3000 people is available.

Please share this with everyone you know who resonates with our message, and be there if you, can to add your energy to this unified effort. 

If you would like to participate and share your skills and talents with others, whether you are a musician, a comedian, yoga teacher, a potter, artist, a healer or more... please sign up on the website - click on the "Apply" menu button. 

VENDORS: There is no charge for vendors - just the price of the entry ticket. Please see the website and apply to come share your special products and services HEREhttp://ubuntufest.org/vendor-application/

Posted on 08 May 2018

Mayor Ron Higgins Makes CBC News in Canada!

Ron is rapidly becoming more than just a local hero. Mayors and councilors from other towns in Canada, USA, Australia and beyond, are reaching out for advice how to launch the ONE SMALL TOWN strategy in their communities. Funders are calling to invest in CONTRIBUTIONISM projects that have not yet been planned. What a great testimony of an idea whose time has come. Well done again Ron - keep doing what you are doing. More and more people all over the world are watching you lead by example and admiring your open heart and positive attitude to creating something new - that will benefit everyone. 

You can read the full article here.

In deep gratitude - Michael Tellinger

Mayor Ron Higgins

 

Posted on 08 May 2018

2017 End of Year Message - From Michael Tellinger

2017 was truly an unimaginable year of expansion and growth on so many levels, especially for the UBUNTU Movement.  

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I need to thank all the UBUNTU coordinators and activators who have been working behind the scenes, on the core management teams, in their own communities, and in other ways in their own time, to spread the UBUNTU message. You have my deep gratitude for your ongoing support and contribution. 
I will be sharing a series of videos and messages in the days to come, which will outline our our new focused plan of action for 2018. 

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We have walked an amazing long and winding road since 2005, when the Contributionism idea was first born and quickly evolved into the UBUNTU Movement. But until now we were mostly just another movement with a great philosophy, but the strategy of what to do and how to achieve our goals has been evolving all this time. 
The rapid success of our ONE SMALL TOWN strategy in 2017 has laid the foundation for a clear focused plan of action for 2018. 
In the days to come, I will be sharing more specific details of our plan, and how to take this forward in a structured way. 
The one thing we must guard against is enthused people running off in all directions, speaking to mayors and possibly misrepresenting our plan, because they do not know enough about the details.
We are creating a series of written material, videos, training, and more for all those who want to participate in spreading the message on a more active level. This will also give our National Coordinators and the UBUNTU Core Management teams a clear guideline of how to manage the growth of UBUNTU in their countries and local areas. I also need to find a way to work closer with the coordinators of the different countries.
I look forward with great excitement to how 2018 will unfold.  
In unity & resonance
Michael Tellinger

Founder of the UBUNTU Movement

Posted on 08 May 2018

Report from North Frontenac Ontario Mayor Ron Higgins

Implementation Update August 19, 2017

Ron Higgins

(North Frontenac Mayor Ron Higgins)

The following is an update on my activity related to developing an implementation plan to implement the one small town concept in North Frontenac, Ontario, Canada.
Since making the personal commitment to assess the requirements related to implementing this concept I have completed the following:

 

  1. Made the commitment to take the political risk to present the concept to my Council and to our residents.
  2. Made public announcements to that I was undertaking this task.
  3. Began stakeholder evaluations with my Council, residents, electricity generation, food supply, Earthship community and our provincial government.

The following are the results to date of the above actions.

Since making the commitment to take the political risk I have encountered the expected reactions. I have heard from those who think I am totally out of touch with reality, those who are curious and want to learn more and those who applaud me for thinking outside the box and looking at new innovative ways to make our life better here in North Frontenac. Those who think I am out of touch are the usual ones who will disagree with anything I try to do. Fortunately these represent the minority. Since I took the first step on the risk taking adventure I am thrilled at the progress to date and gain more confidence as each day passes.

One of my strategies was to make public announcements about what I intended to do to make our community prosperous again, which I did a month ago. The purpose of this strategy was to ensure I heard all the negative and positive comments about my vision before I write my implementation plan. In this way I can address both perspectives in an effective manner. Instead of having controversy when I announce the plan I can address most controversy in the plan itself. What I did not expect was the amount of support coming in from the outside community and from around the world. I have had to tell some to have patience because they want to move here now to help me get the one small town concept started. The problem is I am getting too many request to do interviews, documentaries or to simply ask me my plans. This takes me away from my research and analysis as well as my day to day Mayor duties. What a great problem to have!

The stakeholder engagement is where I have put my focus over the last few weeks. I have met with an electrical generation company who have the funding and are interested in working with us to provide electricity. I have met with fish and food production companies with the fish production company having the funding and are interested in breaking ground as soon as possible. We have found a potential piece of land for an Earthship community and are entering the negotiation phase very soon. One very important aspect for me personally is to get our provincial government on board to use North Frontenac as a test municipality to show how a community can be self sustainable on its own and not depend on grants to meet our ever increasing costs. Implementing the one small town concept will prove that a community can look after its own needs. Once proven this can be applied to other small rural and northern communities and reduce costs and dependencies on outside government agencies. To that end I just completed four minister delegations and all our open to seeing my implementation plan in October. They are open to the idea of working in collaboration with myself to accomplish this but they need to see a strategic and business plan which I do not see as an issue.

For the electricity generation to setup here I am required, by the provider, to conduct an electricity infrastructure study at a cost of $250K which we do not have. I did find out through the consultations that there may be an organization that will provide 100% funding which I will be following up on.

Next steps:

  1. I have some additional stakeholder items that I need to gather more details on.
  2. Work with the Earthship community to secure the land.
  3. Send out a notice to the Ubuntu community which would outline my plan and identify my high priority areas which are;  a. Health and wellness (doctors and other health & wellness professions) b. Fish and Food production   c. Computer programming (setup a Contributionism tracking system and other tech savvy programs)  d. Other lower priorities;   i. Engineers  ii. Planners  iii. Architects  iv. Lawyers  e. Ask;  i. Would you move here to help setup this community  ii. What is your skill set
  4. Start drafting my implementation plan

Mayor Ron Higgins. 

Posted on 08 May 2018

Taking Action for a Better World – by Tank Barrett

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Taking Action for a Better World – by Tank Barrett

  •  August 18, 2017 

Early in July, the man who started a circle of active and concerned Ubuntu Contributionists, Trygve Peterson, reached out to Derrick Broze – freelance journalist, YouTube personality, and now a Bitcoin-sponsored activist on a nationwide speaking tour.  Trygve wanted to know if there was anything the Ubuntu Minneapolis Circle could do in collaboration with Derrick’s event for the Twin Cities, and he was told to contact Juliet Nail, an activist with a group of concerned local agorists.   

 Juliet asked Trygve if the Contributionists could put together a permaculture event for Derrick – an “Action Day” – where his group, The Conscious Resistance Network, could participate and contribute.  The Minneapolis Circle accepted the challenge and went straight to work. 

On August 8th, the “Action Day” came to fruition.  Derrick, and his team members (Miriam, Johnny, and Mick) joined the Circle to install a rainwater capture system to provide water to a newly erected hoop-style greenhouse on a city lot used locally by Ubuntu Minneapolis as a base of operations.

 

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For anyone new to the word “ubuntu” – it is a South African word that implies unity in community.  Michael Tellinger, leader of the global Ubuntu movement and the Ubuntu political party in South Africa coined the term “contributionism” to capture its meaning in English.  Both the movement and the political party are organized and growing in countries around the world, including the US, Canada, Australia, the UK, and many others.

Scattered in and around the metropolitan Twin Cities area, the local chapter of Ubuntu Contributionists was devising ways to incorporate the “One Small Town” strategy released by the Ubuntu home office in South Africa during October of last year. 

“It’s hard to imagine implementing the One Small Town strategy in this big city,” said Trygve, “so I thought, how about if we start with one small house and then build a network from there.”  At a recent meeting the Minneapolis Circle of Contributionists noted the many progressive organizations manifesting with common goals across the country, and a permaculture project seemed like the perfect way to start bringing them together.

“A hoop-style greenhouse alone doesn’t really capture or convey all the benefits of permaculture,” said Tank Barrett, another Contributionist, “… but if we used raised self-watering garden beds supplied by a rain-water capture system, we could get a lot closer to what permaculture actually is.”

“Here we capture the rainwater in the barrel shown, and we have installed lines to carry the water into the water reservoirs of the garden beds,” said Tank. “It isn’t a real permaculture yet, but it’s a start!”

According to Google, permaculture is “the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient”.  “A residential lot in the city is the last place anyone would expect to find permaculture,” said Jason Nelson, another Minneapolis Contributionist, “but with the ever increasing population of this world, I think it would be a good idea if we began to find more efficient means to produce and distribute our food. If we can move closer to local sustainability and self-sufficiency through permaculture ideology, we will be that much closer to finding real long-term solutions that everyone can implement – even if they live in the city.”

 

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“One product I found that made this whole project easier was something called ‘Catch a Raindrop’.  It’s sold at many area retailers, and it is made to fit inside the downspout for your rain gutters,” said Tank.  “It filters out most leaves and other debris that might otherwise end up in your rain barrel and it’s designed to accommodate a regular garden hose,” he continued.

Over a period of 3 weeks, the Minneapolis Contributionists spent their Saturdays to prepare the hoop-style greenhouse for the Action Day event.  First they cleared the ground and rounded up materials donations.  Next, they built the structure.  Finally, they assembled the raised garden beds and prepared the materials to install a rain-gutter water capture system when Derrick and his crew arrived.

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David Koehler – another Contributionist – installed the water lines.  “We didn’t put the plastic cover on until we had all the dirt we needed inside – but now with the plastic on we realize we will be able to lengthen our growing season by quite a bit, said David.”  He continued, “We may even get a crop of lettuce or something before this year is out, but I will leave that to people with greener thumbs than mine.”

All things considered, this event was a rousing success.  The gardens are ready for planting, and there was a packed house at the Birdhouse Inn & Gardens where Derrick Broze and his team spoke that evening.

green house

Their next project will be to collect the donation of a large aquaponics system.  “We aren’t sure where we are going to put it that it will be safe from the cold winter weather,” said Bruce Schaefbauer, another Contributionist.  While the Circle is figuring that out, they intend to build a healing pyramid in the side yard – a small metropolitan nature preserve that is already home to some chickens.”

Carolyn Smith, yet another Contributionist who donated most of the bricks for the floor and lots of labor said, “Our goal with the One Small House is to engage the community and to encourage cooperation and collaboration.  Hopefully, we can all learn a little about the Ubuntu Philosophy and support each other as this world transitions to a healthier socio-economic structure and a set of paradigms that values people and life over the almighty dollar.”  

 

They may be just a few small steps, but the Ubuntu Minneapolis Circle is seems to be taking them in the right direction and for the benefit of everyone.                        

 

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Ubuntu Minneapolis Circle online:   https://www.fullcircleproject.net/circle/499/

Posted on 08 May 2018