The OTher Symposium


The OTher symposium is using the African (Sotho) concept of Seriti to build critical consciousness around legacy issues and promote leaving a legacy from the OTher symposium.

The concept itself is eruditely explained by the Seriti Institute, and hence we quote them directly below.

The Meaning of Seriti

The word “Seriti” has two levels of meaning somewhere between the English words for “dignity” and “integrity”.

Our colleagues at Learning to Lead have written a piece to explain the second level of meaning of Seriti, and we copy this piece below:

Africa is a land filled with many wonders. The Sotho people refer to one such wonder as ‘Seriti’ or the shadow that you cast.

Mountains, trees or objects cannot cast this shadow, only humans. It is unique to you. No two are alike.

In the Seriti you can read the life story of a person. It is the legacy you leave behind, the consequence of each and every choice you make.

Humans do not live in isolation, but rather cast their shadows on all those around them; they leave their footprints on the soil of Africa.

To know your Seriti, you need to be true to yourself, you need to be real. Becoming real does not happen all at once, it takes a long time. It does not happen to people who break easily or who have sharp edges. Sometimes your journey to becoming real will hurt, but when you are real you don’t mind being hurt because when you become real, it lasts for always.

Let your Seriti dance together with others to weave the fabric of your legacy.

Share, grow and discover your Seriti and Diriti of others around you. Build the legacy of your Seriti as you grow in knowledge and wisdom and as you touch the lives of others.

Be real

Celebrate your uniqueness

Cast your shadow

Leave your legacy.