Qultura is a small charitable organization working to support people affected by social exclusion and social stigma. Our work is based on a social theory and theory of creativity and we work by promoting social inclusion and local community cultural development. All our work is based on the following principle:
Individual human creativity and social interaction is what develops culture. Cultural development is what drives forward social progress and motivates human evolution. Creativity and social interaction leads to inspiration and the creation of opportunity, which in turn leads to further creativity. The basis for all human interaction is universal law, common to everything in existence.
What is social exclusion?
Social exclusion is the umbrella term for a complex range of different issues including poverty, unemployment, inequality, deprivation and abuse of human rights. It's a very wide subject area which has yielded countless academic studies and research, and as it affects how people function in society is heavily politicized by both the left and right. However the fact that it exists and is becoming more widespread suggests that there isn't a one size fits all solution.
Cause and effect
Social exclusion is caused by social, political and personal failure. As a social issue in a community or society social exclusion will always exist and is a persistent feature of a community and society simply because people make mistakes, make the wrong choices, make the wrong decisions, partly through not understanding or because either things happen in their lives which shouldn't, or things which need to happen in their lives don't.
There is a common misconception that society can be changed or a community can be changed to better suit everyone in that society or community. This is based on a personal belief and the assumption that everyone in a community or society is going to think a certain way and share this personal belief. This is an illusion. As explained in our social theory society is governed by the principles of universal law and is made up of individuals, as explained in our theory.
The above belief is the basis for politics and almost every political party you can think of, and it is also the basis for a great many social movements and other organizations. Qultura is not political, it is not a protest movement, social movement or community organization. It is a Charitable Incorporated Organization.
A major cause of social exclusion is social stigma caused by people not respecting and not accepting other people who do not meet their expectations of how everyone should be and how they should live in a community or society.
Qultura's work is based on Stella Baker's Theory of Creativity and her interpretation of the common principles of universal law which applies to everything in existence. This is an understanding of how energy functions and energy functions on the basis of creativity, interaction and morality. Morality is simply the ability to manipulate energy and information )which is actually energy in various forms) through thinking in a way to facilitate creativity and interaction and exist in a manner which is compatible with universal law.
Just like any other charity there has to be a Governing Body of Trustees to ensure that Qultura is working in the public interest without any conflicts of interest and is operating in a way which is compatible with legislation and law as much as possible.
The role of the Governing Body of Trustees is to ensure autonomy and independence of thinking and judgment which explains our strict policy of objective neutrality. This is because to be able to support people affected by social exclusion and social stigma you have to work with people irrespective of what they have done in their lives, their personal beliefs and the nature of their lifestyle.
Understanding the true nature of our mission and objectives.
Social exclusion is a matter of personal perception and perception of life experiences. People who are affected by social exclusion and social stigma usually feel that they are being denied opportunities, that they are excluded by other people, that they are not being listened to, respected, and that they are being held back, treated unfairly, misunderstood, or held responsible for things which have taken place in their lives for which they have had no control over and could not influence or prevent taking place.
Our entire focus as a charity is to work with such people and provide effective and sustained support through primary social interaction and the creation of new opportunities and possibilities in such a way that they do not have such feelings or thoughts and have the freedom to make whatever changes they feel they need or want to make in their lives.
Therefore we work to resolve social exclusion only at a personal, individual level and will work with anyone who has such feelings irrespective of who they are, their background, life history and personal circumstances. In this way we work in the public interest to make a community or society more equitable, creating new opportunities and life chances for people, helping them to create better and stronger social support networks, and facilitating a greater degree of social mobility in a community and society in general.
Our role in a community or society.
Social exclusion (and social stigma) has numerous effects which are felt throughout a community or society. It creates division and tension between people in communities, drains public resources, makes the working lives of many people more difficult, creates fear and conflict between people and leads to a wide range of other social issues and problems.
Social exclusion - the experience and perception - is caused by many other social issues and it also causes various social issues as well. Examples include homelessness, unemployment, addiction, mental illness, crime, disability, and so on. All these issues are better handled and being dealt with by other charities and other organizations who generally are dealing with such issues in ways which are more competent than Qultura.
Qultura is not focussed on dealing with any of the issues which are created or caused by social exclusion, our entire focus is on the emotional and psychological effects of social exclusion, the status loss, depersonalization and lack of opportunities which are a characteristic feature of the social exclusion experience. Our mission is entirely focussed on changing perception, both of those affected by social exclusion, and also public perception of people who are affected by social exclusion.
How we achieve our mission and objectives
Our work is concentrated on creating opportunities for environmental change as perceived by the individual people who are affected by social exclusion and social stigma. Social exclusion creates numerous barriers - practical, financial, social, emotional and psychological - which are largely dependent on their environment, perception of their environment and their level of cultural awareness. Environmental factors - the actual environment in which someone lives, their social relationships, and their perception of their environment and other people in that environment heavily influence the way someone thinks and feels about their life and the opportunities which are made available to them.
Then you have culture and someone's level of cultural awareness. While the above environmental factors determine the reality of someone's life experience it is culture and their level of cultural awareness which determines opportunities, possibility and what is possible to change in someone's life experience.
While many charities and organizations are aware of the environmental factors which make up someone's life experience and circumstances, there is usually little or no awareness within these organizations which relates directly to someone's level of cultural awareness. This reaches the extreme of the Department of Work and Pensions which does not take into account either someone's environmental factors or their level of cultural awareness when making decisions on benefit claims,
Qultura's entire focus as a charity is on the cultural aspects of social exclusion and social stigma and working to increase someone's level of cultural awareness. This is done for two reasons. The first is that it increases the awareness of what is possible and helps to create new opportunities and possibilities. This leads to a change in perception of one's environment and life experience, which leads to a reevaluation of one's life perspective - which is always unique and individual - allowing for someone to make use of the new awareness, new opportunities and new possibilities.
It is this approach which has proved to be consistently successful throughout our entire history, research and development as an organization.
This approach is not resource hungry in terms of financial and material resources, but is resource hungry in terms of human resources and space. In order to achieve our mission and objectives we have to work with a great many different people, many different organizations and we also have to share our theory, methodology and resources with others. We have tried different strategies but find that sharing these theories and methodologies freely and publicly via this website is the only viable way of achieving our mission and objectives.
It makes for a text heavy website and a lot of reading, but results in everybody being on the same page in terms of what social exclusion actually is, what social stigma actually is, and how to go about resolving it. This also saves a vast amount of other resources - material, time, and financial - being wasted through not properly understanding what these issues are and how to go about resolving them.
Additionally it also minimizes risk as supporting people affected by social exclusion involves a certain amount of risk. People who are affected by social exclusion and social stigma have invariably been let down and failed by others in the past. and this is a key element in perception. It is also this way because nobody at Qultura ever wants to be responsible for someone losing everything they have and becoming destitute, or worse, taking their own life.