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The importance of projects in Qultura

Our mission is to do with promoting human creativity and human individuality. As individuality and creativity go together to form individual personal experience, this is essentially what we are seeking to promote through the Qultura community. You can only get experience through connecting to others and through action or activities. We provide the theories and concepts on this website. We are also working to develop the Qultura community to provide the connections to people. Projects are designed to create the different activities people can get involved in to develop their experience.

The 'sandpit' environment

Qultura has been set up in a way so as to create what we refer to as a 'sandpit' environment. A sandpit environment allows for failure of projects, and because it allows for the failure of projects, it also creates opportunities for people to be able to explore, experiment, and develop their inner creativity and learn from others, making mistakes along the way. Such an environment doesn't exist in society. If you create something from scratch, be it a community organization, a band, a business, a theatre, a film project, people generally expect it to succeed. You're not allowed to make mistakes. You only get funding or support if it is successful. If it fails, and more new ventures fail than succeed, you don't get anything. But because you don't get anything, you usually don't get the opportunity to learn from your mistakes and try again. This means that there's a lot of people out there working in jobs they don't enjoy and don't like doing because they were never given enough support or freedom to make mistakes and learn from them. Creativity is a process, and so too is developing creativity. One of the key objectives of the Qultura community is to create that sandpit environment where people can develop their creativity and learn, all the while making mistakes and failing.

Creating the opportunities to learn and discover

Another issue in wider society is that, from a very early age, society 'gets in your face' about having to do something, having to work, having to be productive, and in many cases needing to have a job and be financially self-supportive. This has been further expanded by the Government who now put people on benefits under enormous amounts of pressure to find work and get a job. You get very little, if any, freedom to try different things out. In such an environment your personal experience amounts to very little, or is simply not taken into account. Employers often don't take it into account and in many cases people get jobs based on whatever documents they can provide and their personal appearance.

With Qultura personal experience is the most important thing. We encourage people to join the community, get involved in what projects are available so as to develop and gather personal experience. If there aren't any projects which you feel suit your experience, or you want to gain experience which is not offered by any of the existing projects, you are welcome to start your own projects. We envisage a situation where the more people who get involved in the Qultura community, the more projects are created and the more projects are accessible. But even if there's only few people in the Qultura community the opportunities remain exactly the same. You can always get involved in what's accessible to you, and you can always create something new to get new experience.

What defines a Qultura project?

Any activity or undertaking can be a Qultura project. It doesn't matter how many people are involved, how long it lasts, where it is situated, or what the purpose or objective is. Below are the criteria for all Qultura projects.

  • A Qultura project falls into one of three broad categories - creative, social or cultural or linked to community support.
  • A Qultura project is strictly not for profit, non commercial and does not promote an ideology, organized belief system or the mission, objectives and aims of an organization be it government, corporate, charitable, institutional, religious or political.
  • A Qultura project needs to be accessible and inclusive of members of the Qultura community and also members outside the community in which the project is located
  • A Qultura project is supported primarily from resources gathered from outside the Qultura community. This is so as not to conflict with our founding principle and also to work towards our mission and objectives which is promotion of human individuality, cultural development and development of the local community in a way which is beneficial to its individual members
  • A Qultura project has its own individual mission and objectives which are in some way compatible with those of Qultura and Qultura Core.
  • A Qultura project has a name and a project coordinator. Qultura can only be used in the name of the project if it is a project set up to create other projects following the model or pattern of Qultura Core, is based in community space and is persistent. The pattern is Qultura [location] e.g. Qultura Watford, or Qultura Hampstead indicates that it is based on Qultura Core.
  • A Qultura project needs to have at least one volunteer and one reverse participant who cannot be related or previously known to one another. Irrespective of the nature of the project there needs to be a volunteer to administer the project and a reverse participant to manage the resources.

Therefore any action which involves people in the Qultura community and is based on action or social interaction with a specific purpose, mission or objective is a project.

The broad categories of Qultura projects

Qultura projects can be started by anyone in the Qultura community. Unlike other organizations which create projects for other people to participate in or follow if you become a member of the Qultura community you can either participate in an existing project or create your own project.

Below are the three broad categories of projects.


Creative projects

Creative projects all focus on individual human creativity and the outward expression of an idea into some concrete creative output, be it abstract or real.

This could be an aspect of social design, the creation of a new film, band, theatre, art or photography project, the development of a concert, performance, exhibition, just as it can be the design of a new communal garden, landscaping a public space, creating a communal food sharing garden, or something else which can be of benefit to yourself and others in your community.

When you create a Qultura project, be it a creative project or a cultural or social project, your role automatically changes to a volunteer for that project and it becomes your project.


Cultural and social projects

Cultural and social projects focus on bringing people in a community together to share interests, activities, develop or increase cultural awareness, or learn new things.

Examples of such projects can be a recipe exchange, a language exchange, a book club, a photography circle, a craft circle, a residents association, a film discussion club, an outing, a local walk, going to an event, a local discussion, a social event, a cook in, a coffee morning, a jumble sale, the sharing of skills, experiences, just people connecting, hanging out together, getting to know one another, and having fun.

When you create a Qultura project, be it a creative project or a cultural or social project, your role automatically changes to a volunteer for that project and it becomes your project.


Community support projects (and appeals)

Community support projects (and appeals) are projects designed to provide support either a single person or group of people who are recovering from a social issue or traumatic experience while platforming the issue to promote greater awareness and understanding of the issue.

These issues can often have a secondary objective which is to gather resources from outside the Qultura community while working to raise awareness and expand the community. Unlike many other organizations we allow beneficiaries to be able to gather their own resources and we also provide opportunities for them to be able to platform issues to promote wider awareness and understanding of issues. This is achieved through our Pledge and Support facility and through independent administration of such appeals and projects. This is for legal reasons and to prevent fraud and abuse of the system.

Unlike projects in other categories community support projects and appeals are created by reverse participants and supported and administered by volunteers.