Dr Mark Potts

Living Citizenship - Dr Mark Potts

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I would love to hear your stories of how you improve the lives of others and share them.

What do you do to improve the lives of others?

Living Citizenship This website is based on the Zulu idea of Ubuntu and is dedicated to celebrating how we contribute to improving the lives of others. The aim is to 
“Get the Ubuntu Going” by sharing our stories.

As we perform these duties for elderly people we are living out our values of love and care for others. We add to a sense of community. We are doing Ubuntu.

Through dialogue we learn from each other. We live out our values of respect for the autonomous other and respect for and learning from different cultures.

Living Citizenship is when you live out your values as a person and in doing so you improve the lives of others.


How do we contribute to improving the lives of others? help others?

Learn with others?

Shopping or trips out for elderly people?

Where has the idea come from?

Watch this video to learn more.


Living Citizenship
The gaze of a student.
When I spoke with this South African youth and others like him about his hopes and dreams for the future he was full of ambition, yet he was also well aware of the difficulties that he will face in realising his ambition. He is living in a community that was neglected and persecuted by colonial governments. How can we help to empower people in these communities and provide a means of supporting them that does not impose our values on them. How can we help to get the Ubuntu going with them? Living Citizenship provides a means of doing this as we engage in dialogue exploring what we have in common and how we are different, reaching a new understanding of how to move forward.

Watch this to learn more

Other useful sites

Jack Whitehead’s action research site

Marie Huxtable’s site

Interface Space

International Professional Development Association





Emma Rooney  - Children’s Creativity: Performance Poetry in Brunei

Gill Newton on Games Days

Jack Whitehead on de-valuation and de-moralisation

Sadie Smith on Christmas in Wimbledon

Phil Tattersall on empowering communities and stories of activism

Jack Whitehead on Contributing to Improving the lives of others

Robert Watts on Learning to Live in Spain

Dave Morrissey on Coaching SEN students to success.

Marie Huxtable on how she enhances people’s abilities to live a fulfilling life