This is the alternate intro which is a foreword from the surviving founder and Core Facilitator of Qultura, Stella Baker.
Welcome to the Qultura website. I'm Stella Baker, the surviving founder of Qultura, which I set up at the end of 2009 together with Ian 'Fibbo' Fibbens, who sadly passed away due to complications with diabetes around Christmas 2013. Ian, or 'Fibbo' as he preferred to be called, was the creator of the concept of an empathy based community which we have continued after his death as a way of a legacy to his work, his contribution to our development and his amazing personality. Fibbo was a former City trader who became a session guitarist after he quit the City and decided to pursue his passion and love of music, earning the nickname 'Mad Axeman' (the axe in question was of course his guitar). Self-described as a 'reconciled non-conformist', he came out of the punk scene and got into rock music, playing with some well known names but also doing a lot for musicians who weren't as well known, both young and old. He is sorely missed, very much in the way the Rolling Stones would miss Keith Richards, and will not be forgotten.
Okay so a bit about me, I'm connected with the performing arts, a Fringe dramatist, stage director, independent film maker, and I'm also a self-educated philosopher, mystic and shaman. I'm also trans and fascinated by the human condition, and in 1983 at the age of 17 I joined the Therevada (the oldest extant school of Buddhism), also getting very heavily into mysticism, the occult, magic, and researching the nature of consciousness and reality. later I developed Creative Law which forms the theoretical/philosophical core of the Qultura method, the method used within the community as a system for developing empathy. I teach/promote empathy, compassion and human creativity and individuality, but without the narcissism, solipcism and psychobabble. It's my personal mission to liberate as many people as I can from the social and mental conditioning they get coerced through from early childhood.
There's two main reasons, both based on the principle that social reform starts with the individual.
Qultura was always intended to be an alternative community with a very specific focus on empathy. Alternative to what? Alternative to self-esteem is the simple answer. While having good self esteem is better for your emotional wellbeing and mental health than having low self-esteem, developing self-esteem is a constant process which can easily drag you into all kinds of psychological mindgames, power dynamics, social and emotional conflicts, and it is this pursuit of self-esteem which fuels such things as narcissism, bigotry, authoritarianism and others kinds of nasty melodrama. You don't need self-esteem, particularly if you practise and develop empathy not just towards other people, but also towards yourself. It is possible to cut self-esteem out of your life altogether and live a simpler, less melodramatic lifestyle on the basis of empathy and compassion.
Which brings us to our second reason. While empathy is generally seen as a natural born ability, which many people believe some are born with but others aren't, the truth is that empathy is actually an incredibly important life skill that we all need because it's our natural way of connecting to other people. The fact that it is much more of a skill than an ability or 'talent' (or even 'psychic' ability) means that it requires awareness, practice and opportunities in order to be able to develop well. Not everybody out in wider society understands what empathy actually is and it really is something which is best developed in an alternative community and environment among like-minded people with a similar interest and level of awareness.
Please understand that this is a community which functions on the basis of empathy, which involves both giving empathy and learning how to receive empathy. Money reduces the opportunities for empathy and screws up the whole dynamic, as does any sort of ideology or belief system. We have a website full of resources, a message board attached to this website, Qultura - a method and strategy for developing empathy, various social media groups, and community standards which are generally more open-minded, less judgmental, and more supportive than what you find out in the wider community. We welcome people from all backgrounds, all walks of life, all ages, and there are many different ways you can get involved and help develop the community. The more the merrier, right?
So why not browse through and take a look, explore, experiment, learn and discover? You never know what might come of it.
Everything in the universe really is interdependent on and connected to everything else in existence. Using science we explain how through three examples.Learn more
This simple path to happiness starts with three simple questions and explains how you can make peace and happiness a stable part of your life.Learn more
Developing self-esteem really isn't the way to go. If you want to develop more empathy and compassion in your life the first person you need to target is you.Learn more
The Hypnotist Analogy is a simple analogy to illustrate how our social and mental conditioning exaggerates our psychological drama which skews our perspective of reality and conditions us to accept a culture of exploitation and societal conflict.Learn more
Education is a system for training you how to fit in with an artificial economic system. It doesn't teach you how to think, use your mind or develop your powerful capabilities when it comes to memory or imagination. As a result your mind can turn against you.Learn more
We need a couple of volunteers to help maintain the ROSE Community Library at the ROSE Community Centre in Nine Elms when it opens. We need a couple of volunteers to help keep the books in order once a week when the ROSE reopens. It takes about an hour (or less) and you can do this anytime you like.Learn more
Qultura Fringe is working to rebuild the Fringe in Nine Elms which is becoming more important as it's unlikely that the pantomime season this year is going to take place, meaning many theatres will close. We are seeking actors to help build our 2021 repertoire of comedy through online script readings.Learn more
The COVID-19 pandemic and closure of the ROSE Community Centre has caused us to completely reorganize and restructure the way we do things to develop the community. The ROSE Community Centre is looking to reopen and here is where we outline our new plans and strategy for when the ROSE reopens.Learn more