November 19, 2021
The beginnings of
the ubuntu space
November 5, 2021
Taking a plunge into the unknown in mid 2019, Kian Beng left his previous job in the civil service. After more than a decade serving in the Singapore Civil Defence Force, he wanted to explore what else life could offer him.
Having been volunteering with several charity and non-profit organisations since his NTU undergraduate days, he was motivated to continue serving the community. In late July 2019, The Ubuntu Space was born, with the desire to create a space for conversations to happen, for possibilities to brew, and for relationships to blossom. By bringing people together and facilitating safe conversations for them, Kian Beng hope that more authentic connections can be made and genuine relationships can be forged.
The word “Ubuntu” is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others’. It is part of the Zulu phrase “Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu”, which literally means that a person is a person through other people. It is often described as reminding us that ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’.