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Are you a creator focused on social change? Or a hub of art-ivists whose work benefits your community?
CultureFutures is a new storytelling project that maps creative and cultural projects with a social mission – and the entrepreneurs behind them.
As the future is all about collaboration, Atlas of the Future is excited to join forces with Goldsmiths University and the British Council’s Creative Economy team to showcase the artists, creators, curators and collectives who are helping to build a better – and more imaginative – world. Together we’re on the hunt for the talent behind work with aesthetic, financial and social value.
Increasingly, creative work and policy happens in interdisciplinary ways, and our complex world requires solutions beyond any one sector. We hope that CultureFutures will result in initiatives that widen people’s choices and develop talents, leading to development work which is transformative and sustainable for the world’s creative communities.
“We believe innovation flourishes when diverse perspectives, disciplines and skills meet,” explains Caroline Meaby, Senior Programme Manager, Creative Economy, British Council Arts, “and that people steeped in arts and culture can bring much-needed critical reflection, ingenuity and empathy to some of the hardest problems facing the world today.”
The Atlas has mapped some truly inspired projects from across the globe: Turning Tables helps marginalised young people from refugee camps and urban slums gather around turntables to find their voices in music and film; Badilisha Poetry X-Change is the largest online archive of African poetry in the world; Junk Kouture encourages teens to create outrageous trash fashion by recycling; Smart Highway sees jellyfish-inspired roads of tomorrow reimagined by a Dutch design team; and Architecture of Radio offers everyone a window into the psychedelic signals of our Wi-Fi world.
Now we need you to help us to find out about the people out there making critical contributions to hope and possibility, and countering messages of fear, division and hatred. We want to hear about creative and cultural entrepreneurs from all parts of our planet – from East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa to the Antarctic.
We’ll shine a light on their creativity through features, thought pieces, videos, events, AtlasCharts and our much-loved FutureHero interviews – celebrating the journeys and sacrifices that have been made along the way.
Watch ►Turning Tables sets up music labs for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.
Watch ► Zinester (pictured in the header above) helps marginalised groups capture their narrative in ‘zines’.
AtlasAction ► Submit the creative people and projects you think we should know about here – and use #CultureFutures on social media to take part.
Gerald Lidstone, Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths University; Caroline Meaby, British Council Creative Economy; Cathy Runciman, Atlas of the Future