In a recent email to her South African colleagues, Louise van Rhyn shared a thought-provoking video of South African physician, anthropologist and activist Mamphela Ramphele. Louise asks, what are the parallels between Ramphele’s thinking about the meaning of “citizen” and John and Peter’s?
Dear passionate & active South African Citizens
Often when I make the distinction between “Consumer” & “Citizen” (in a Flawless Consulting training session, a community building event or a talk), someone makes the connection to Mamphela Ramphele (one of my icons).
She does not talk about “Consumer” vs “Citizen”. She talks about “Subject” vs “Citizen”…. A “waiting posture” vs an “Active ownership posture”
Have a look at this 3 minute clip:
I am curious: How do you make sense of the similarities between her ideas and that of Peter and John. Do you think they have been reading the same stuff?