Who you support
Supporting Qultura means supporting the Qultura community but we have narrowed this down to reverse participants in our community through an innovative pledge and appeal system. This is because we are a global empathy community and we are seeking to transform how people support one another through the development of empathy and connections in the local community.
What is reverse participation?
Reverse participation is an important element of our empathy based community support system. Unlike other community support systems and much of the charities industry where white neoliberal middle class types earn a comfortable income off the backs of the destitute, struggling and starving, cherry picking "deserving" cases which bring in the most revenue while discarding the rest, Qultura has developed a much more direct form of community support involving real people with real stories and real needs who need real support.
Generally life flows as its meant to, with the usual scrapes, struggles, annoyances, hardships and "What the hell was I thinking?" moments. But sometimes you can get stuck in life as a result of any of the following:
- something happens which shouldn't, or something which should have happened doesn't
- something happens beyond your control and your life falls apart
- you screw up your life through making the wrong choice
- someone else screws up your life through making the wrong choice
- you take a risk or give someone a chance and it blows up in your face
This leaves you all of a sudden facing various barriers which you cannot get past on your own - practical barriers, financial barriers, social barriers, emotional barriers, psychological barriers. Sometimes you know something is wrong but you don't know what, but to get the support other people and organizations often expect you to have all the answers, or they make their assumptions and come up with their own answers. Sometimes you need to put your life to one side and focus on the issues which are holding you back, giving these issues priority. Sometimes you know exactly what is wrong but it's other people who just aren't getting it and you need to change either your life, your community or even your environment.
This is when in our community you should reverse your participation in the community and signal to everyone else that you have issues that you're working through.
Examples of recognized reverse participation
Even though there's plenty of community support and charities out there, people can still easily fall through the cracks. Registered charities often only have a limited scope in who they can support, a food bank voucher only gets you a certain amount of food and grocery items measured by weight for a few days, many people who apply for benefits and community support don't get it, so many people who the system claims to support don't get the support they need and fall through the cracks. This is how we've gone from 42,000 homeless to 330,000 homeless. This is why people commit suicide every week. This is why last year 1.5 million people died unnecessarily.
Qultura's focus is on the heavier, more complex, more difficult, and complicated issues. We give some examples below
Recovery from trauma
These are generally people who are recovering from trauma - health issues, mental health issues, anxiety disorders, serious illnesses, abusive relationships, who need sustained community support through primary social interaction, meaningful occupation, a sense of social inclusion, opportunities to validate themselves to rebuild self-confidence and self-esteem, and who are working to rebuild either their self-image, social interaction strategies or both.
Recovery from oppression.
These are people who are overcoming issues connected with oppression, social stigma, social exclusion, discrimination, hate crimes, bigotry, who are trying to rebuild their lives and find successful social strategies or social support networks which can shield and protect them from being pushed back into social isolation, social exclusion or being further abused or discriminated against because of who they are as individuals.
These are people who are active in the local community and doing similar work to what we do and what we support but who don't have that much chance of getting funding or support. This is mainly because much of our community support infrastructure heavily favours prioritizes support for a predominant white middle class neoliberal monoculture and this has an enormous impact on the chances of getting any support and funding for initiatives originating from among the jobless, the black community, ethnic minorities, Muslim communities, people with disabilities and mental illness, people who are on the spectrum, and so on. We believe that this is a structural issue more than anything else and we are hoping that we can inspire or be the catalyst for positive changes in this area.
Then you have the people who are either so stuck we can only partially support, such as Universal credit claimants and the street homeless, or people who generally aren't stuck but who can become stuck if something unexpected happens in their lives. Both these types need what we call community fallback. For example most benefit claimants, and not just in receipt of Universal credit, hit a major life crisis at least twice a year when their life falls apart completely, and they have to pick up the pieces and start all over again.
Supporting Qultura Core
Then you have support for the Qultura Core project at times when we get overwhelmed or hit a barrier ourselves and have to issue our own appeals. However in 2020 we're hoping to arrange some kind of funding ourselves.