Reverse participation

Reverse participation is a specific role in the Qultura community which can be assumed by anyone who is dealing with personal trauma and the loss of personal autonomy which results from extreme dis-empowerment, social stigma, social exclusion. Unlike volunteering in the Qultura community, which is primarily concerned with the development of Qultura projects to promote creativity, empathy and to facilitate the process of individuation for anyone involved in the Qultura community, and activism which is primarily concerned with bringing new people into the Qultura community, reverse participation is all about getting through personal trauma and moving beyond the various barriers - practical, financial, social, emotional and psychological - caused by the divisionism, structural classism and cultural decline caused by the concept of individualism.

Dealing with personal trauma

The primary objective here is to enable members of a community to move beyond traumatic personal experiences through accessing support from the community in a way that promotes the sharing of individual, personal experiences to promote greater insight, awareness and understanding of such things as hardship, deprivation, social stigma, oppression, human rights abuses and so on. ]

Rejection of charity, austerity and modern welfare

Qultura has chosen to develop an entirely new way of developing community support which is separate and distinct from the outdated concept of charity and which also goes beyond the concept of the conditionality of the modern welfare benefits system. Qultura recognizes the fact that inequality among new members of the Qultura community is a hard social reality and that most people joining the community are now affected by dis-empowerment, social stigma and in many cases artificial scarcity of the current economic system.

Artificial scarcity is the economic and social reality which promotes physical insecurity, fear and trauma through the totalitarian control of organizations such as charities and welfare benefits department of both governments and local authorities. This results in not just poverty and inequality, but it also results in deprivation of opportunity, social stigma, and has pretty much killed off all social mobility in society. Much of the reason for this poverty, inequality and bigotry goes right back to the core belief in individualism and the Malthusian, eugenicist ideology of the 'useless eater' where it is widely believed that if you do not work, then you don't deserve to live.

The process aspect of personal trauma

In most cases personal trauma is no different from cultural decline - it is a process which cannot properly be addressed through charity or restricted access to resources necessary in order to live. We're referring to resources such as access to money, personal income, opportunities, food, shelter, fuel, energy, healthcare or education. This is what is causing the physical insecurity that billions of people have to deal with, which results in fear and which further results in the personal trauma, stigma, the bigotry of structural classism and in trauma. This personal trauma cannot totally be resolved by giving money to people, or simply by giving people access to the resources which are essential for people so that they can live their lives with dignity, because there is also the long term emotional and psychological effects of the trauma which also needs to be addressed.

Dealing with ignorance

We are not prepared to sugar coat our perspective and stance here. The concept that any organization - be it a charity, government welfare department, or even a political party or social movement - knows more about poverty, hardship, inequality or bigotry than the individual people affected is a concept we find to be profoundly ignorant and monumentally stupid.. Only a complete imbecile lacking in social skills would assume that they know more about someone's individual and unique life experiences than the person who is actually going through the life experiences specific to their reality. It is virtually impossible for anyone who is in better, more privileged circumstances or from a more privileged background to have a sufficient understanding of poverty or inequality or even a clue as to how to tackle it.

Reverse participation as a community resource

Qultura has developed the concept of reverse participation as a vitally important community resource designed to dissolve the boundaries of structural classism, and dissolve the widespread ignorance which is so widespread throughout society, the media and the political system. You can become a reverse participant simply through going through a simple process of recognition by the Qultura organization and unlike Qultura volunteers and activists focus on sharing your truth and individual traumatic experiences through the creation of appeals to promote a wider insight, understanding and awareness throughout the community and wider local community and society.

Unlike volunteering and activism in the Qultura community as a reverse participant your focus is on breaking down the various barriers - practical, financial, social, emotional and psychological - through the development of appeals and gathering of necessary resources from the wider community and society (not from within the Qultura community) so as to break down the ignorance and stigma through sharing your reality with others.

How this works is that as a reverse participant you start the process of developing empathy within your local community by creating the opportunities for other members of the community - participants, activists and volunteers - to get the social support and recognition from not just other members of the Qultura community, but also to promote and develop the use of empathy in the wider community through promoting your appeals, your experiences, and sharing your individual struggles, personal narratives and experiences.

All you will need as a reverse participant is recognition from the Qultura organization, a Qultura volunteer to administer your appeal (a legal requirement) and an activist or two to help promote your appeal to the wider local community and society.

Further reading

Individuation Reverse participation (concept)