The first thing we're asking everyone to do - whether they're new to the community or not so new - is to listen to the song above titled 'Your Mask' by Mikey D Burnz and Snowflake. Note that this is a pre-COVID song which touches on an issue central to the Qultura community. The mask the song is about is not about a COVID mask. We are not a community of anti-maskers. The mask the song refers to is of course the Ego and the roles we play in society.
The most obvious difference between paid work and volunteering is of course your agreement to do work in exchange for payment. This work comes with the willingness to undertake an obligation by your employer to do work in the form of a role which is defined by your employer which is usually presented in the form of a position. You have to apply for the position. Fill out an application form, and if you're lucky you get the chance of an interview. Then you get shortlisted. Maybe you get interviewed again. If you're lucky after going through this process you get hired. Then it's a case of turning up for work, following whatever rules your employers sets you, and doing the work.
Most volunteering roles out there follow a similar pattern in that you have to go through the same process of finding a position, applying for it, filling out an application form, getting interviewed, and then actually volunteering. You don't get paid of course but most charities and other organizations try to sweeten the deal by giving you expenses and somehow convincing you that they're pursuing a worthy cause and you're part of that cause.
All political parties extensively use volunteers to do such things as leaflet dropping, canvassing (door knocking) and so on which comes usually with a heavy chunk of obligation. Usually you're not part of the paid hierarchy of strategists and activists and have little or no chance to become a part of that hierarchy unless you apply for a job as one.
You see all this jumping through hoops, making applications, eagerly taking on obligations and kowtowing to an organizations mission statement or ideology is all well and good if you're trying to big up your Ego and battle for self-esteem and kudos. But none of this gets you anywhere or really impresses us that much here in the Qultura community.
The success of our methodology and our work in local communities is all based on the extensive use and development of two of the most abundant and widespread natural resources in existence - natural humanity and human empathy. You are born with both in abundance. Just as a tree is naturally a tree and a cat is naturally a cat, a human being is naturally human. Likewise you are born with empathy, which is arguably the most important life skill you could ever develop, because this is how you the individual connect not just to other people, but also your environment and your community in general. But we are all conditioned from early childhood to believe in ideology, external authority and that our Ego is real - and this is what the fighting, the inhumanity and the shocking cruelty and bigotry we see all around us is all based on - the Human Ego.
However the ability to develop humanity and empathy requires both personal authenticity and that you be real. This means that before you do anything else in our community you're prepared to make a serious and genuine commitment to yourself and are willing to talk your talk, walk your walk and live your truth. This means that, just like people in a local community know their local community culture much better than we do, you know what you have to offer as a community volunteer and activist much better than we do.
Therefore we've decided to put together this simple 10-step guide to universal volunteering and how to create a role in our community. You need nothing at this stage other than an open mind and a willingness to make 9 more mouse clicks. This might not result in you actually creating a role and joining our community. Not a problem. You do you. But if nothing else you will walk away with a bit of developed consciousness and a good understanding of the way we do things if you ever feel the need to come back at a later date.