Culture Futures – learning and culture change go hand in hand

What is Culture|Futures?

Culture|Futures is an international collaboration of organizations and individuals who are concerned with shaping and delivering a proactive cultural agenda to support the necessary transition towards an Ecological Age.

The Cultural sector that we refer to is an interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral, inter-genre collaboration, which encompasses policymaking, intercultural dialogue/cultural relations, creative cities/cultural planning, creative industries and research & development. It is those decision-makers and practitioners who can reach people in a direct way, through diverse messages and mediums.

Affecting the thinking and behaviour of people and communities is about the dissemination of stories which will profoundly impact cultural values, beliefs and thereby actions. The stories can open people’s eyes to a way of thinking that has not been considered before, challenge a preconceived notion of the past, or a vision of the future that had not been envisioned as possible. As a sector which is viewed as imbued with creativity and cultural values, rather than purely financial motivations, the cultural sector’s stories maintain the trust of people and society.

What is systems thinking?

These two lectures by Professor David Blockely were given in the University of Bristol in February 2011. They are a really good way to get a handle on systems thinking and how it’s applicable to the world in which we live.  They are called A Tale of Two Systems.  If you like them and the traditional lecture format then there are five more in the series which you can find on you tube or at the systems centre at the UoB.