How to create a new appeal
This is a rough guide to the general principles and guidelines when it comes to creating a new appeal. This is different from developing other Qultura projects simply because, like community support, Qultura appeals involve unfulfilled needs, perhaps some trauma, barriers and things which hold people back in life. It's for these reasons that we encourage those who need to to develop new appeals and community support projects. There needs to be some pushback after 400 years or so of individualism and we're anxious that as many people who have been discarded, excluded, marginalized and left behind become involved in the changes. This is often counter to mainstream social and cultural attitudes which is precisely the reason for our heavy emphasis on community support and the inclusion of the people who many perceive as belonging on the social scrapheap. The pushback needs to come from the bottom.
Before you get involved with an appeal
Before you start to create any new project you need to be a member of the Qultura community, you need to have recognized reverse participation status and this is irrespective of how long you have been involved in our community or whether you have taken part in any other Qultura projects. Being aware of our mission, universal principles and contents of this website is generally helpful and we also hope that you have read up on the concept of reverse participation and have some understanding of what you need to be doing with your appeals.
The route towards developing your own projects is best served through seeking out, finding out people, making contact, developing connections and building up empathy and trust. You will need to have people you can trust who aren't going to let you down or get competitive and hopefully you will have found enough people within the community with which you share enough of a social bond to rely on mutual support, feedback and assistance. This is especially important when it comes to appeals because - as no money changes hands between people in the community - you will be making use of your appeals among people who are outside the Qultura community, i.e. within the wider community, within society and among the organizations.
Avoiding the conflict of interest
You will also need to find a volunteer or someone to administer your appeal from Qultura Core. This is to avoid falling into a trap where any support you receive will be defined as income and used as justification to remove whatever other support you are receiving, such as benefits or even Personal Independence Payments if you are lucky enough to receive it. It is also a connection where, if things go wrong we can organize and come to your assistance which as the community develops will become stronger. However we are chipping away at austerity and hopefully we are starting to see the beginning of the end.
Context, need and support
The three components of any appeal are context, need and support. Need is of course the most important because it is fulfillment of the need which breaks down the barriers but context or background, usually in the form of a narrative or history helps to provide insight and elicit empathy. Support, as in supporting evidence is of lesser importance. It's important to avoid falling into the trap of providing too much supporting evidence or explanations because if people are demanding proof then they are not really being supportive and this can often distract from the main purpose of the appeal, which is you getting the support you need to get past the barriers which are holding you back.
We will do whatever we can to be supportive and to provide you with all the backup and support you need. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you need advice or assistance with any aspect of your appeals.