Charged with treason I sat helpless in a maximum security prison in Zimbabwe. My crime was starting and leading a citizens movement that inspired millions to protest brutal dictatorship and demand an end to corruption, injustice and poverty. For nearly four years, my friends and I built without any prior training, a movement that organized non violent campaigns ranging from boycotts, public debates, petition signing and marches. Zimbabwe has been in a dictatorial grip for forty years. We've suffered democratic erosion, political violence, total economic collapse and horrifying poverty. Fed up, I recorded a 4-minute video that went viral and birthed #ThisFlag Citizens movement. We taught people to overcome fear, to imagine a new future and to speak truth to power. Despite facing over eight arrests and torture, the experiences taught me the valuable lessons of how to live and lead with courage and resilience in the face of persecution and how to rally people around a transformative cause.
KEEP STANDING, KEEP SPEAKING, KEEP RISING
At the heart of true courage is the desire to protect and promote the things we deeply care about. This is how you give the world the gift of your courage. I have learned that nothing that is valuable and meaningful was ever achieved without the sacrifice of self.
Everything i teach on courage, purpose and change-making is wrapped in stories from my lived experiences. People are collections of stories.
Finding courage and developing a spirit of resilience is about showing up with your whole self to represent, defend and promote a cause that is truly yours.
I've enjoyed the great honor of speaking at some of the biggest global events and forums. I'm partnering with organizations to draw from my experiences of leading with extreme courage and resilience.