Anyone can find their own way to overcome social
exclusion and social stigma if given enough support,
acceptance and opportunity. This however requires social
responsibility and a sustained effort by people to share
ideas, make connections, developing both culture and
community support in their local communities.
The importance of cultural development.
Sustained cultural development and the creation of opportunities is key to the proper functioning of a community and society in general. This is not a political belief, nor is it wishful thinking, it is a cold, hard truth and scientific reality.
The fundamental basis of existence in the universe is creativity and interaction. The universe exists in space, space is filled with energy, and energy functions according to fixed, absolute principles known as universal law which apply to everything in existence whether it be the functioning of the solar system, this planet, Nature or a society. Mankind is not an exception.
Likewise human beings are social animals, no different from insects, birds, cats and dogs. Human evolution is heavily dependent on social interaction and no differently from other species our evolution is dependent on the participation of each individual. Having larger forebrains humans are both socially variant and highly creative and this is why cultural development is critical to social progress and human evolution, otherwise culture goes into decline and results in social conflict.
As a resource and support system.
Qultura is developed as a small charitable organization which functions as a resource and community support system for different people and organizations with the inclusion of people who are affected by or vulnerable to social exclusion and social stigma.
While we have the theory, knowledge, methodology and ability to support people affected by social exclusion and social stigma we do not have the resources or infrastructure to be able to provide such support independently. These issues are social processes which require sustained support and which can become resource hungry, and there is no viable business model for a charity or other organization which could effectively achieve such a mission and objectives within the parameters of current legislation. Therefore we have to work towards acting as a resource and support system, promoting cultural development and the creation of opportunity, working to bring people together in local communities and maintain a steady focus on supporting individual people who affected effectively and humanely.
Understanding how our infrastructure works
We are structured to facilitate or make possible the creation of fairly autonomous, independent participant centred projects within the Qultura system. We achieve this through Reconnection.
Qultura maintains a focus on cultural development in local communities while Qultura Connect is more focussed on community support networks. Both work to bring people together to share ideas, experiences, make connections, try out different things, and through Reconnection work together to create new opportunities.
We have strict policies in place with regard to the acquisition, use and management of resources and make a distinction between Reconnection and Reconnection Reverse because it's not possible to define a beneficiary affected by social exclusion. Social exclusion is a perceived experience so anyone placing themselves into a Reconnection Reverse category and meeting the criteria is deemed to be a beneficiary while they remain in that category and meet the criteria we set out.
The sandpit environment
People can only make their way out of social exclusion if they have sufficient support and opportunities to do so. This requires opportunities not just in cultural development but also the provision of opportunities for social mobility. Currently there are no such opportunities for people who lack resources to be able to access culture or become socially mobile because there is a lack of community space, no free access to community spaces, and all resources are tightly controlled through a system of grants, funding and subsidies which excludes most people in a local community.
This creates a vicious circle where people want to participate more in their local community but lack the resources, skills, space and opportunities to be able to do so. Social exclusion affects between 20% and 45% of people across the general population but is far higher in specific social groups. An estimated 80% of people with disabilities are socially excluded, around 70% of ex-offenders are socially excluded, as are 60% of the transgendered community.
Yet cultural development and community support networks is by far the most efficient and most effective means of creating pathways out of social exclusion and this is often achieved using the least amount of resources. Likewise in the use of space an effectively managed community space is third behind a hospital and supermarket when it comes to number of people serviced per hour and square metre and is more efficient than most other retail and commercial spaces.
There is currently hardly any opportunity for a sandpit environment which allows for people to explore and develop their ideas and socially interact with other people in the community. Such an environment is critical not just for social cohesion but also for the creation of opportunities and the reduction and management of many social issues.
Qultura is committed to working to create new sandpit environments in local communities as it is key to providing an effective and sustainable solution to social exclusion and social stigma.