• Supporting those affected by the misery of stigma and exclusion

Participation

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Why we are encouraging people to participate in Qultura

There are different reasons why we're encouraging people to get involved and participate in Qultura networks. For whatever reason we are living at a time when there is a process of cultural decline and social fragmentation (we're not here to point fingers) and it is important to understand that these processes are social processes all of which can be reversed. Both these issues, social exclusion and social stigma affect people on different levels and as such they affect everyone. We're here to create opportunities so that people can do something about it in their own way, in their own lives, within their own local communities so as to break down the stigma and provide new opportunities for people out of the exclusion.

Stigma creates misinformation, disempowerment, division and ignorance between people

Social stigma creates lasting and often long term or permanent divisions in communities and society as a result of the social and cultural beliefs which are spread as the result of the labelling, stereotyping undertaken against people. The role of both the media and social media enable the rapid spread of misinformation between many people which causes the divisions. Uusally the people affected do not have equality of status, they do not have a voice, nor do they have such access to media and social media and so have no way of countering the stigmatization by others.

The importance of personal perspective and life experience.

Personal perspective and life experience plays a major role in how we perceive both ourselkves and others in a community or society. It doesn't matter who you are, where you come from, how you were brought up, or in what circumstances, you are a unique and indiivudal human being and in many ways different to everyone else. There has never been anyone like you ever before in the entire history of Mankind, nor will there be eevr anyone who is exactly like you at any point in the future. But it is this concept of 'self' which makes you the same as every other human being on the planet. You can only ever experience life as one 'self'. You cannot be anyone else, nor can anyone else be you. If you can grasp this concept, that everyone is a 'self' made up of a unique and highly individual combination of life experiences, memories, beliefs, interests, which all come together in a single, composite perspective, then you can perhaps understand the concept of equality on the basis of human individuality.

Personal perspective and circumstance

Your personal perspective is heavily influenced by your circumstances and background. This can be further influenced by how much access you've had to opportunities in life and how much you have been restricted from being able to access opportunities, which is a part of what is known as social mobility. The amount of opportunities which are accessible to you determines whether or not you have social privilege or not and whether you have greater access to social mobility. Generally it is harder to see things from perspectives other than your own and understand experiences which you do not share.

Cultural awareness, cultural development and social mobility.

Social stigma creates divisions and barriers between people and these divisions are usually very deep, lasting or even permanent. One example between such a lasting division is class division, which exists between the middle class and the working class, or between thouse affected by poverty and those who have greater access to opportunities through social mobility and a greater degree of access to opportunities. There are similar such divisions along ethnic, racial and gender lines. It is possible to overcome these divisions through cultural development and increasing one's cultural awareness, for example through the sharing of experiences and narratives which can increase social mobility and through mutual support and empowerment reduce or even eliminate the social divisions.

Overcoming stigma through social change and cultural development

Social change can take place on a personal or local community level, it just requires cultural change which can be made through cultural development, mutual empowerment, mutual support and the sharing of opportunities. People come together to share experiences, interests, narratives, their own ideas, by joining a network either online or offline. Qultura doesn't charge for participation in any network, it's all completely free of chartge, no membership, no subscription fees, nothing to buy or pay for.

How to become a participant

Becoming a participant is relatively simple and straightforward. You simply sign up to our networks by adding the appropriate social media platform to suit your needs. On MeWe, which is an alternative to Facebook and Twitter you simply join the Qultura group (you may need to set up a MeWe profile first). You can also sign up to our Groupbox discussion group which requires an email. On Minds.com, another alternative to Faceoobk and Twitter, you simply subscribe to Qultura pretty much as you follow someone on Twitter. Slack is a workgroup application which you can download and use free of charge for projects, Whatsapp is for free calls, texts and video calls between users and Patreon is for patrons and gathering support. We leave it up to you to choose which network you sign up to.