Who you support


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Introduction

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.


Community activism

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.


Community fallback

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.

Support through empathy


Why we use reverse participation and appeals

The Qultura community is set up to develop as a global empathy community - the first of it's kind in the world. This is why we have developed a unique pledge and appeal system which allows for connection between someone who needs support and someone who can provide support through empathy. In each appeal you get to see the person who needs their support, learn about their story, their specific needs, and also because this is a specific appeal for a specific reason to a specific person you know that you support is going to go directly to them, it's going to be appreciated and you can see how your support can be of benefit to that person.

This makes a bit of a change from if we were to simply demand cash from you because we do X or someone needs X.

There are also other reasons, which are also tied to the use and development of empathy. While we at Qultura Core can relate to what many of the people who we support are going through, we cannot give you that what is most important, which is their personal perspective and felt sense of immediate experience. Telling you that we support marginalized Universal Credit claimants or the street homeless is both sanitized and somewhat alienating. It is also very demeaning for someone to have to turn to us and have us speak on their behalf when they can speak for themselves a lot better than we could ever do. We want to support people and provide them with warmth, empathy and understanding, not patronize them or demean them nor look down our noses at them.

This is also how we expand our community

The Qultura community does little or no fundraising and the only official way you can donate to our community is via the link to PayPal in the support section of our website. This is primarily designed to be a follow up or through through activity after finding an appeal to support. Instead of fundraising what we do is publish appeals from recognized reverse participants on our website - in the Support section - and allow them to seek out pledges of support against their appeal. This means that the bulk of our gathering of resources is done by reverse participants instead of fundraisers.

We do this to promote a deeper insight, awareness and understanding of social issues, the nature of social issues and how social issues actually affect people. This is so as to develop effective counters against indifference and what we describe as 'poverty denial' where poverty is seen as a personal failing and not as a social or political failure, which is it in reality. If the economy and infrastructure was properly governed and managed by governments and political parties then there would be no scarcity and no poverty. But sadly, unfortunately there is because we have a lack of serious, competent and effective politicians in our country. Much of the problem we feel is because politicians spend too much time listening to economists who for most of the time talk complete and utter codswallop and are so miserable and tight-fisted they suffer emotional loss each time they visit the bathroom.

It's because politicians spend too much time listening to economists why we have to set up pages like this one and pester you for additional support and nobody has given us a Magic Money tree.