Roles and projects
The way we work is based on a concept called Social Design. The basic principle is that if something needs changing in your local community you don't wait for someone in power to do something, nor do you go demanding that they change something for you. You get together with other people in your community and you seek to make the changes yourself on your own initiative.Social design
Understanding how roles and projects work together
Development of the Qultura community is heavily dependent on creating a dynamic community of individual projects developed by individual people who take on various roles relative to their involvement in a specific project and their interaction with other people in the community. The purpose of this dynamic community is to create empathy through interacting with different people in the community in different ways. It is through such involvement in our community that people can empower themselves through the development of their individual perspectives through different social relationships and community involvement and participation.
Below we give you a fairly comprehensive overview of how both projects and roles work in the Qultura community.
Understanding Qultura projects
Qultura projects are multi-dimensional, just like a Russian matryoshka doll. This means that a project can contain other projects on another level or dimension. A project can be any activity which brings bring together to achieve an objective or purpose which either empowers individual people or empowers individual human experience, such as developing empathy through primary social interaction, developing social bonds, connecting people or promoting increased awareness, understanding or insight.
Qultura projects are projects developed for or by the Qultura community. Where Qultura forms part of the name of a project it refers to a project which contains other projects. These are stable or 'persistent' projects. There are two instances where this happens.
- Core projects
- Core projects are top level Qultura projects which serve a local community. The Qultura Core community is the nucleus of the entire community, the original project, model or flagship. Other core projects take the name of the local community which they serve, e.g. Qultura Bermondsey, Qultura Halifax.
- Stable projects
- The other stable projects are Qultura Fringe and Qultura Community Resources
Types of projects
Qultura projects usually fall into one of three broad categories, depending on their focus and objective.
Creative projects focus on developing individual creativity and discipline while promoting social interaction, the formation of social bonds, and so on. A drama workshop which results in a Fringe production is an example of a creative project. Creative projects are focussed on developing subversive creative output and content across different media and genres, not just the performing arts but also music, photography, art, sculpture, writing, poetry, and so on.
Cultural projects focus on changing cultural and social beliefs, developing empathy, social bonds, developing community and are based on primary social interaction - social interaction which is pleasant, positive and reaffirming. Cultural projects can be developed online or in real time through Qultura Community Resources. All our social media groups and communities are cultural projects. Our Community Message Board is another cultural project. Social activities, recipe exchanges, book clubs, community gardens, attending cultural events, film discussion groups, all these are examples of cultural activities.
Appeals and community support projects are special projects which empower people to move past trauma and traumatic experiences in their lives and overcome various barriers - practical, financial, social, emotional and psychological - which isolate them from the community, deprive of of their personal autonomy and ability to live, stigmatize them, marginalize, or exclude them altogether.
The focus of appeals and community support projects is to elicit empathy from others through the transformation of trauma into a discipline, sharing your reality, your truth, your narratives so as to promote a greater degree of insight, awareness and understanding of the trauma and the traumatic experience.
What makes these projects special is that you can only create or develop an appeal if you have reversed your participation in the community on the basis of having direct experience of a traumatic life event or personal circumstances.
Click on the link below to find out how to develop a project or appeal in the Qultura community.Developing projects and appeals
Within the Qultura community roles (outside those of Qultura trustees or our Primary Administrator and founder) are not fixed or predetermined but are flexible and fluid. Qultura is anti-authoritarian, anti-Establishment and non conformist, we don't do hierarchies, artificial divisions or power dynamics. You and everyone else is your own authority, there's no divisions or boundaries which means that the Qultura organization is not something you need to follow as a member of the Qultura community, but is a resource which you can make use of to develop the Qultura community or provide validation in the wider local community or society.
The Qultura community is set up this way to maximize opportunities to develop empathy, insight, awareness and understanding.
Choice of roles
When you sign up to our community you automatically become a participant in the Qultura community. This is the basic, plain, vanilla role. However you are not expected to stick to just one role, you can change your role as you wish depending on your involvement in various projects and you can even mix and match different roles across different projects.
However you need to know what the roles are and what you can do with each role.
Participant is the plain, basic, vanilla role where you are part of the Qultura community but not part of the Qultura organization. You're completely free to do as you wish. However please do not misunderstand the importance of this role. Participants enhance the quality of our projects by providing opportunities to develop empathy as well as opportunities for primary social interaction. Additionally when an organization or government department is trying to oppress an individual member of the Qultura community, forcing them to reverse their participation, when participants get involved coming to the aid of that reverse participant and provide support it can often cause the oppressor be it an organization, corporation or government department to change their mind and back off.
You reverse your participation on the basis of direct traumatic experience, past or present, or if you've hit different circumstances and are experiencing barriers - practical, financial, social, emotional or psychological - which are making your life difficult, stripping you of your autonomy, or pushing you back into isolation from the community. You reverse your participation through seeking recognition from Qultura Core - which is granted on the basis of empathy - and this is designed to get you the support you need to move on past the trauma and if you can, turn it into discipline and experience which can be shared with others both within the community and outside the community. When it comes to recognition we don't make you jump through hoops but go out of our way to recognize your experience. Additionally we encourage our community volunteers and activists to periodically reverse their participation to develop their empathy and avoid burning out and running on empty.
Further informationAbout reverse participation
Qultura volunteers are part of the Qultura organization and work to develop projects which serve as the central focus for the entire Qultura community. This is where if you are a member of the Qultura community and you have an idea which can bring people together and bring about change on a personal, community or social level you can become a volunteer and go ahead and develop your project. You can volunteer online or offline in your local community because as a member of the Qultura community you're already empowered to represent Qultura in your local community, you just need to make it official by letting us know so that we can back you up and support you. You may need to work with Qultura activists to find the people you need for the project and, if your project needs resources, you might want to consider finding a reverse participant to create an appeal to gather the resources from the wider community.
Further informationVolunteering with Qultura
Qultura activists work to expand and develop the Qultura community by bringing people into the community from outside the community. Qultura activists work in their own way on their own schedule and can work on social media, within our Community Message Board, or out in their local community meeting people face to face. Qultura activists are the outreach members of the community and like Qultura volunteers, are part of the Qultura organization.