December 2013, Volume 6, Issue 2 (special issue)

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” — Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela embodied the life-affirming and life-enhancing values of a world in which humanity might flourish, which members of the EJOLTs community aspire to live as fully as they can through their practice.
From 2010, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared 18th July as Nelson Mandela International Day. Mandela Day is an annual celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and a global call to action for people to recognise their individual power to make a difference and help change the world around them for the common good.
Mahatma Gandhi also personified the principle of:

Being the changes he wanted to see in the world.

We want to contribute to the living legacies of Mandela and Gandhi by encouraging and supporting you to make public your living-theory accounts of what you are doing to live that change and the difference you are making to the lives of others. In the process we believe we will develop democratic ways of creating together and, ‘…inspire people to embrace the values of democracy and contribute towards the ideals of ensuring a just and fair society’ (Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, 2013). In the words of the Mandela Day’s campaign slogan:

“Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”


Editorial board


Foreword (pp. i-vii)
Moira Laidlaw
Elizabeth Campbell, Jacqueline Delong, Cathy Griffin & Jack Whitehead
Jack Whitehead
Jacqueline Delong
Elizabeth Campbell