Arthur Mutambara
Pres., Movement for Democratic Change (Zimbabwe)

Re: What inspires you?

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The need to self-transcend.

Arthur Mutambara

Arthur Guseni Oliver Mutambara, a Zimbabwean political figure and scholar has served as the President of a faction of the Movement for Democratic Change since February 2006, a position previously held by secretary general Welshman Ncube. The Movement for Democratic Change split in 2005 after a dispute over whether or not to participate in Zimbabwean parliamentary election. Born May 25, 1966, Mutambara was a strong voice in the Zimbabwean student movement in 1988 and 1989, leading anti-government protests at the University of Zimbabwe, which led to his eventual arrest and detention. He continued his education as a Rhodes scholar at Merton College, Oxford in the United Kingdom, obtaining a Ph.D. in Robotics and Mechatronics. In his field he had taught at a number of universities in the United States including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has published three books on engineering including: Design and Analysis of Control Systems, Decentralized Estimation, and Control for Multisensor Systems and Mechatronics and Robotics. Additionally, he has served as a professor of Business Strategy and as a consultant for the management-consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Since September 2003 he has worked as the Managing Director and CEO of Africa Technology and Business Institute.

I think the inspiration comes from a vision – a vision which is inspired by the need to self-transcend. We are saying let’s go below, beyond the _________ of needs, where _______ talks about self-actualization at the _______ stage. We’re saying that’s not good enough. Let’s go beyond self. So my inspiration – our inspiration – is rooted in the need to self-transcend, go beyond self and leave a legacy. What is the meaning of our lives? What will be our legacy 500 years from now? So the inspiration comes from the need to make a difference. The inspiration comes from the need to self-transcend and leave a legacy by going beyond self. Recorded On: 7/5/07