Humanity is our passion, learning is our profession.
We are a global team of educators, social scientists, designers, and technologists who have created world class learning experiences for ordinary people to connect across differences and develop change at a population level.
helping people understand people
People are intrinsically curious about themselves, others, and the world we share, but the places to pursue those interests often introduce confusion, reinforce old ideas, or create new divisions. People connect with people and problems when they meet them in real life, its how we make meaning out of abstract concepts.
At the Ubuntu Lab we are helping people understand people through dynamic experiences. A new type of museum that satiates our curiosity, piques new interests, and broadens our worldview.
Giving everyone an opportunity to understand people, and be understood, so that we can all live and work together in our diversity.
We are human through the humanity of others. We seek to infuse our work with generosity, kindness, and friendship. To build ourselves by building others.
Beyond knowledge we work to foster a capacity to be active, dynamic learners, thinking critically, contextualizing, and re-evaulating what we have learned
We seek to build bridges and tear down walls. Our work is to link to and with others. When people are able to see and work with each other the abstract becomes concrete.
THE CHANGE MODEL WE'RE FOLLOWING
Hands On Science Centers Changed Our Relationship with Science & Technology
With a mission to create a public understanding of Science. Hands on Science centers ushered in a new era of innovation and participation in science and technology. Starting in the 1960's these museums gave the public a bridge into the sciences, moving it from something done in labs by people wearing white coats, to something we all do every day.
The Ubuntu Lab is using this model to create a Public Understanding of Humanity. By using informal spaces, field trips, and curiosity, we can navigate around reluctance, and define a new relationship with the social sciences, culture, and current events as subjects. One in which they are interesting, engaging, uniting, and useful to us all.
Our current societal approach to understanding people: starting a bit in Kindergarten and then leaving it up to fate and circumstance to fill in the rest, doesn’t work. Too few people reach any meaningful level of mastery to guard us against division and hatred. We need a public understanding of humanity.
If we approach learning differently, give people places to follow their curiosity, to ask questions without consequences, and to interact with real people from around the globe; then we can bring the social sciences and humanities out of the ivory tower, and into our lives.
Creating a Global Engine for Exploration and Learning about People
People are not just the core of our content but the heart and soul of our business. We have curated a world class team who are both world-class in their respective fields, but grounded in their communities and the world at large. We look for the same characteristics in the people who work for us, with us, and near us, starting with a passion to learn and ending with an willingness to share.
THE INSIGHT OF A REVOLUTION
Michael & Kristi Radke, hosting Egyptian Fulbirght students at an exhibit on race, are gifted an insight by one of their students: "There should be places in every community to learn and have conversations about big social topics."
THE UBUNTU LAB IS FOUNDED
With a mandate to discover what is neccessary to build those spaces, The Ubuntu Lab is founded. And the hard work of understanding how to teach people to understand people beings.
Next Steps: A New Phase
REFLECTIONS OF HOPE
In a world that feels further than ever from resolving its differences and coming together, we are presenting an example of a place that did. Through hard work, innovative systems, and a culture that prioritized unity over victory the example of post-apartheid South Africa is critical for us all today. From truth and reconciliation to today's conversations about who the Rainbow Nation failed, this experience is for those seeking to heal a wounded global community.
A SHOWCASE FOR A FUTURE OF CHANGE
As we seek a home for our first lab, we seek a home for humanity's hope. This is an opportunity to crystalize a reputation as the global hotbed of a human economy. The place where we look to for how to use our humanity for economic success, social benefit, and personal fulfillment. By hosting the world’s first Ubuntu Lab there is an opportunity to state to the world that this is a city of humanity, social innovation, and the future.
We continue to pursue our own research on how people learn to understand people. This includes pedagogy, content, training facilitators, and outcomes measurement. As this work matures we are turning it into a guidebook for parents and educators for leading young people as they explore their social world together.