Dr. Spiwo Xapile is a development activist with a people centered approach. He enjoys working with diverse groups with an emphasis on stories based on indigenous knowledge and how those stories have shaped how people think and act. Spiwo has worked with communities divided along race, gender, class, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation to assist with rebalancing society. He has worked with traditional leaders, academics, community members, faith-based organizations and researchers in co-creating new realities. He specializes in leadership coaching, human capital development and fostering a commitment to celebrating and embracing difference through applying the principles of Appreciative Inquiry. He engages with business leaders on different spaces engaging them through positively powerful questions leading to new unimagined possibilities. Dr Xapile has assisted leaders to navigate through cross-roads, and to strike forward to find the best route. He has worked with those in Corporate Social Investments (CSI) of many companies. He is a relator and a strategist with strong work ethics.
Spiwo is the senior pastor of JL Zwane Memorial Church in Guguletu, Cape Town, as well as the Director of the JL Zwane Centre. He serves on the Boards of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation and Institute for Healing of Memories, and has been in the forefront of many dialogues on reconciliation in South Africa. He uses Appreciative Inquiry to re-story black experience and meaning making processes. He deals with inclusion and embrace, and the impact it has on the other in restructuring and re-balancing communities. He assists leaders in South Africa and beyond to discover, claim and uplift their identities as leaders, construct guiding principles of what it means to be a leader, develop their unique vision and strategic/action plans for accomplishing their specific goals through his organization: Stories Move Mountains is now known as Stories Zenz’iLeaders.