Qultura is very much a CIO (Charitable Incorporated organization) set up to work in the public interest to develop culture in the local community as a means of supporting people affected by social exclusion and social stigma. The Governing Body of Trustees are an independent group within Qultura Core who provide governance, support and manage the development of Qultura ensuring that there is no conflict of interest and that Qultura is working towards its mission and objectives effectively and efficiently.
Legal vs. moral.
Qultura's work is theory based and is based on Stella Baker's Theory of Creativity which gives an interpretation of the common principles of universal law. These principles are explained in our Theory section and apply to everything in existence. Universal law is very much based in morality and a constant search for truth.
Everything is based on our Social Theory. We all have a relationship with the universe itself and energy and also with society, our environment and other people.
The role of the Governing Body is primarily legal, ensuring that Qultura is functioning within the parameters of relevant legislation and law, that there are no conflicts of interest and that Qultura is functioning in a way which is compatible with both universal law and legislation.
Therefore the primary objective of the Governing Body is to ensure autonomy and independence of thinking and reasoning in all matters.
Cause and effect
Social exclusion is caused by personal, social and political failure.It is not possible to resolve social exclusion because it is an inherent feature of existence and society. Many people desire to change society but it is not possible to change society or a community as a whole and such thinking is an illusion and based on a personal belief.
Qultura's mission and objectives are not motivated by a desire for social change which explains why we are not a social movement or protest organization. Our mission and objectives are entirely dependent on providing support through giving an individual person as many opportunities as they need to make whatever changes to their own life so tyhat they no longer feel excluded or stigmatized. This is not just about equality but also about making someone's life experience equitable so that they have the exact same access to opportunities and amenities as everyone else in the community and society.
The role of the Trustees is also to ensure that everyone abides by our policies, in particular with respect to objective neutrality, confidentiality and fair and efficient management of resources.
Decision making in Qultura
Decision making in Qultura is based on consensus and settlement. While perception and interpretation involves perspective which is influenced to some degree by personal belief, as an organization we do not function on the basis of belief systems, rules, hierarchies and power struggles (we leave that to political parties). All aspects of an issue are examined and a settlement is reached by way of a compromise. It is this settlement or compromise which forms a consensus within the Governing Body and once reached is final. Usually this consensus includes the position of Stella Baker the Primary Administrator and Founder who uses the consensus as a guide for her own decision making and leadership of Qultura.
Qultura works to achieve a specific mission and set of objectives (explained in detail in our mission and objectives) through the development of culture in the local community and community support networks.
This is achieved through our Reconnection programme. This unique approach means that we do not function in the same way as other charities and organizations simply because it's not possible to achieve our mission and objectives through a centralized organizational structure. If we were to do so, and rent office space, employ staff and rely on centralized funding and grants once we would have covered our own overheads and expenses, paid rent, hired administration staff, we would be left with little or no resources to fund our mission and objectives.
What we do instead is work to a decentralized structure of resource management. We do not solely rely on grants and funding, but also accept donations and pledges of support from various sources. Donations are made exclusively via PayPal accessed through this website and this is the only way of donating financial resources to Qultura. Everything goes into our central bank account. Other resources are pledged initially because not all resources needed are financial and these are transferred by separate arrangements.
Within Reconnection there is a reverse group - Reconnection Reverse - which those who need support and resources can enter. They need to have a clear objective why they need resources with a detailed breakdown of all resources, why it is needed, for what purpose, how it will be used, and this breakdown is fully costed and this becomes an Appeal. All appeals need a separate administrator (who isn't known or related to the beneficiary or person responsible for the appeal), the above details, and approval of the trustees through agreed criteria.
These criteria are universally applied, the only exceptions being benefit claimants in immediate financial hardship through loss of benefits or income and extend to basic, essential items such as food, certain appliances, etc.
Our unilateral commitment to ISO-26 000-2010 (Social Responsibility)
Since 2010 Qultura has committed to the International Standards Organization's ISO standard on social responsibility. This is a unlitarel commitment from within Qultura and is not any means of validation, endorsement or certification by the International Standards Organization or any other related organization.
We do this in various ways by ethically sourcing all our resources, basing our equality policies on a respect for human individuality, and vetoing cooperation with other organizations and bodies which are counterproductive to our mission and objectives.
Qultura Trustees meet quarterly on a Wednesday evening in January, April, July and October at a location in London. There are provisions to meet electronically through Skype by prior arrangement but physical attendance is obligatory. Where possible, expenses and refreshments are provided.
The size of the Governing Body
Currently we have three Trustees but are looking to expand our Governing Body to between six and twelve Trustees.
Appointment of Trustees
Trustees are appointed by our Governing Body of Trustees . They may become Trustees in a provisional sense through Reconnection appointed by Stella Baker or another Trustee, as a way of a trial but do not become officially a Trustee and may not function officially as a Trustee until appointed by consensus by the other Trustees. This is done either during one of our scheduled Trustee meetings or during a specially convened meeting.
Qultura does not borrow money, make use of credit or maintain debts so Qultura Trustees are not held liable for the failure or insolvency of Qultura.
Terms of service
Qultura Trustees serve fixed terms of 2-4 years. Qultura
Trustees may not financially benefit from their position of
trustee but are free to become volunteers and members and
participate in Qultura's functioning and activities.