A Qultura project is any activity, event, series of meetings, discussions, talks, or community type activity which brings different people together within the Qultura community but are open to people within the wider community, i.e. not part of the Qultura community.
What constitutes a Qultura project?
A Qultura project is a local community project for people who become involved to be able to do all of the following:
- provide opportunities for people to develop empathy through community involvement and social interaction
- provide opportunities for anyone involved in the project to be able to go through a process of individuation (or continue such a process) through the development of creativity and discipline.
- provide opportunities for people to be able to find their own ways of negating trauma, e.g. traumatic social and personal experiences
- creates or generates new culture based on a heavy emphasis on participant created or generated content, i.e. it is heavily based on original content or comes out of direct personal experience or perspectives
Therefore any Qultura project needs to be somehow connected or relevant to our broad mission but generally each individual project will have its own specific mission or objective. A Qultura project can be something which is either virtual or take place offline, i.e. in real time, face to face, usually in community space. We have created some example projects as examples of projects being developed in the local community. Please also be aware that development of this website e.g. through a series of articles and shared content through our community blog or other content can also be a project.
What a Qultura project cannot involve
A Qultura project cannot involve any of the listed characteristics:
- it cannot promote or require all participants to believe in a preexisting concept or promote a belief system, ideology, or specific manner of lifestyle. Developing empathy requires an open mind which is free from attachment to concepts and ideologies.
- it cannot create further stigma or social conflict towards anyone in the community or wider community
- it cannot be based on, promote, or support any commercial or profit-making activity
- it cannot require money to change hands between members of the community or participants involved in the project
We accept that certain projects need or require resources, such as spatial resources (access to space) or material or financial resources. In such cases we suggest that someone seek recognition of support needs through reversal of participation and create an appeal (a type of project) in support of the original project.
Categories of projects
Generally projects fall into three broad categories based on the specific focus or emphasis of the individual project. These are:
- Creative projects
- Creative projects are projects which focus on individual creativity and the development of discipline, both of which are prerequisites for developing empathy between people. Creative projects can involve any type of creative activity, such as art, music, design, drama, theatre, photography, and so on which can either create workshops and teach aspects of such creative activities, discuss and exchange techniques, or generate creative output from participants involved in a project.
- Social projects
- Social projects are projects which focus on the use and development of empathy and connections between people in the community and can involve such things as talks, discussions, outings, social activities, shared interests, book clubs, libraries, human libraries, film discussion groups, community gardens, drop ins, and so on. Please note that our social media groups and Community Message Boards can be defined as a social project.
- Community support projects
- Community support projects are projects which focus on providing community support and create opportunities for people in the community (both our community and the wider community) to negate trauma and traumatic social and personal experiences. This can involve support groups, advice projects, drop ins, and specific interest groups such as disability, social issues such as unemployment, poverty, LGBT, and so on. Please note that while there are other such specific groups elsewhere these groups are connected to the wider Qultura community and are designed to resolve the social conflict that many marginalized people feel in that they need access to a specific focus group, but also feel that they need to belong to a wider community.
- Appeals also fall into this category but where appeals differ is that an appeal can only be created by someone who is recognized as a reverse participant by Qultura Core and they are published within their own section on this website. This is connected to the Support Qultura section of this website and give those who create appeals a specific webpage with a link where they can promote their appeal and seek support from outside the community, i.e. from other sources.
Dimensions of projects
In case you wondered where the matryoshka dolls in the above image fit in, Qultura projects can take on different dimensions (illustrated above) and exist on different levels, so that larger Qultura projects can contain smaller Qultura projects, just like a matryoshka doll. Above you see a basic example of a local community project, which serves a wider local community which contains a specific project which also involves a supporting project. But the same dimensions would apply, for example, if you were writing a series of blog articles, with a specific blog article and say a photo or video which supported a specific blog article. .
Roles and projects
Relative to your participation and involvement in a Qultura project, you can take on one of four different basic roles. Two of these roles involve becoming part of Qultura Core, which is the core of the Qultura community and network where the community becomes more of an organization. The relationship between the Qultura community and Qultura Core is free from boundaries because when you sign up to the Qultura community you also become part of the Qultura Core network. If you don't sign up to the Qultura community then you are part of the community without being part of the Qultura Core network. However the roles are:
- This is the plain vanilla role where you are part of the community and participate in the community and projects as and when you feel like it. You sign up to the community to become part of the Qultura Core network but you participate in the community without being attached or involved on any deeper level with anything. This is considered entry level to the Qultura community.
- Volunteering with Qultura is when you create or help develop a project and through this help to develop the community. This is something you can offer to do at any time without needing to "apply" to become a volunteer, because you're already part of the Qultura Core network or respond to an email if we send you an email stating that we need volunteers to help us develop a project.
- Qultura activism is not political activism, but is about getting people from outside the Qultura community interested in and involved in the Qultura community. This can involve anything from writing blog entries and creating original content to help develop our website, social media groups or sharing creative output and helping to develop the community by meeting different people. There's no set way of doing this, but we have found that sharing and developing empathy with different people is generally the best way of going about it.
- Reverse participation
- Reverse participation is a means of getting and accessing community support through the negation of trauma and traumatic social and personal experiences and is designed for members of the community who feel the need for healing and recovery from various issues as well as support to overcome various barriers - practical, financial, social, emotional, psychological - which make their lives much more of a struggle or more difficult. Reverse participation can also be used for those who are seeking support to develop a Qultura project.
You can find more information about the different ways you can get involved and more details on specific roles within the community, including reverse participation, in the Community section or the Qultura Core section.