A Waiting Posture, or an Active Ownership Posture?

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:

http://www.mopanetree.com/media.php?do=details&mid=184.

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? 

About the Lead Author

Louise van Rhyn
Louise van Rhyn
Louise van Rhyn is an organization change practitioner with a focus on large scale change in complex social systems. She has worked with diverse local and global organizations, across all sectors, in many countries. She is the founder of Symphonia for South Africa, a group of organizations committed to sustainable transformation in people, teams, companies, organizations and communities throughout the world. Through Symphonia, Louise works to mobilize citizens to become actively involved in addressing the education crisis facing South Africa. She has also initiated the innovative School @ the Centre of Community leadership development process that creates an opportunity for business leaders and school principals to develop their leadership skills in a co-learning partnership. Louise van Rhyn is an organization change practitioner with a focus on large scale change in complex social systems. She has worked with diverse local and global organizations, across all sectors, in many countries. She is the founder of Symphonia for South Africa, a group of organizations committed to sustainable transformation in people, teams, companies, organizations and communities throughout the world. Through Symphonia, Louise works to mobilize citizens to become actively involved in addressing the education crisis facing South Africa. She has also initiated the innovative School @ the Centre of Community leadership development process that creates an opportunity for business leaders and school principals to develop their leadership skills in a co-learning partnership. http://symphonia.net/teambio/LouisevanRhynver5.pdf

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