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Driving change: The power of Ubuntu | Jordan Levy | TEDxASL



As one of the founding executives of Ubuntu Pathways, Jordan Levy has played a key role in professionalizing Ubuntu’s grassroots service-delivery model that places orphaned and vulnerable children on a pathway out of poverty from cradle to career. In 2003, Jordan went to Port Elizabeth, South Africa to volunteer at the Ubuntu Centre for six months. Inspired by the strength, resilience, and hope of the community, he stayed for 11 years. Jordan has directed the organization’s External Relations Department across its many offices and has launched a number of platforms to challenge the status quo in the development sector. He is the creator and host of Failures from the Field, a podcast series that explores the unheard realities and challenges of the nonprofit sector.

In his talk, Jordan discusses the realities of what it takes to influence social change. He explores the concept of the status quo and analyzes the many obstacles to change, highlighting the different thought processes of new generations. Success requires patience and perseverance; but there is hope in the power of humanity, the power of Ubuntu, a philosophy of human connection that brings people together and works as a powerful force for change. As one of the founding executives of Ubuntu Pathways, Jordan Levy has played a key role in professionalizing Ubuntu’s grassroots service delivery model that places orphaned and vulnerable children on a pathway out of poverty from cradle to career. In 2003, Jordan went to Port Elizabeth, South Africa to volunteer at the Ubuntu Centre for six months. Inspired by the strength, resilience, and hope of the community, Jordan stayed for 11 years. Jordan has directed the organization’s External Relations Department across its offices and has launched a number of platforms to challenge the status quo in the development sector, changing the way we think about scale, impact, and sustainability. He is the creator and host of Failures from the Field, a podcast series that explores the unheard realities and challenges of the nonprofit sector. He has also contributed to various publications, and speaks regularly at major events. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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