Universal volunteering

This webpage is the central information page about our (Qultura Core) universal volunteering system. It consists of a short video which is a rough guide or basic overview of the basic system. If you want to get deeper into the system and practicalities you need to read through the text below the video. Please bear in mind that, just like learning Qultura methodology is a once in a lifetime process, so too is the initial 'Role Proposal' phase into our universal volunteering system. The system is designed to be completely self-identifying, self-regulating and self-perpetuating. No training is offered or given. It's assumed that you know how to create and bring about change in a community just as well as we do. If you don't or aren't sure, then you can treat this as a learning curve in your life, can't you?


Just like our 'About page' we present everything in detail. You read or learn as much as you need to so as to become aware and understand what you feel you need to know. Then if you're interested click on one of the buttons below to get involved in the system.

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Introduction to universal volunteering

About universal volunteering


 

What is the meaning of your life?

Let's start from the point which invariably seems to be the source of human unhappiness and misery because it's also usually the same point as the initial desire to volunteer or get involved in activism in the first place. We're referring to that feeling or sense you have when you feel that your life has no meaning and therefore no significance either to you or other people.

This is a common topic in therapist circles because the sense that life has no meaning is a very common factor in mental health issues. We're starting from this point because as an empathy-focussed community developing as a new type of mystical community resource, mental health, emotional well-being and a definite sense of meaning and value is pretty much the whole point of this community.

What makes this so important is the simple fact that this is a developing mystical community resource and as such as a community we need to be able to offer anyone out there in the wider a community an opportunity to come into our community so as to give their life a new meaning. We feel we can do this with our methodology and community infrastructure alone. But see we want to take this one step further and develop a community and social environment where it's possible for anyone out there in the wider community to be able to visit our website, join a community message board, and immediately find themselves in a new social environment where almost immediately they can focus on giving their life a new meaning.

Seeing as you're here and reading about universal volunteering in our community this starts with you. As you read more from this point forward we want you to think about the meaning and significance of your life. What do you have to share with others? If you're not sure or don't know please still keep reading because we'll accept a rough guess or even "I don't have a clue."

Finding a purpose in life

This is where we get to the fundamental difference between our universal volunteering system and most other volunteering roles out there in what we both understand to be The Real World.

In a typical volunteering role, for example with a big name registered charity or non-profit, you can apply for a volunteering role in pretty much the exact same way as you apply for a job or paid employment. You go through the same process of recruitment, the application, the interview, the training to end up with a position, a job description and defined role, through which you achieve a definite sense of purpose within the context of a larger, well established organization.

No differently from this community, you can achieve a sense of purpose through being assigned a volunteering role, you get the same sense of inclusion that you're involved in something bigger than you, and from this it's possible to derive a sense of meaning and significance from your new volunteering role with that registered charity, non-profit, food bank or even a charity shop. Starting out it's even simpler, much more straightforward and less complicated than getting involved in our community where you have to read through a text heavy website, then more webpages to learn a methodology, and then maybe even more text in e-books and so on. You just have to send off your application and a resume, and that's it, if you're lucky you get called to an interview and get hired as a volunteer.

But see, when you do get that volunteering role with the registered charity, non-profit, food bank or charity shop, that's when things start levelling out.

The registered charity, non-profit, food bank and charity shop might be better known than the Qultura community, if not socially then just culturally and conceptually. It's pretty obvious to everyone what a food bank is and what the purpose of a charity shop is. However when you get hired as a volunteer in either of these places you will need to learn about the charity, the organization, the structure, the mission statement, the policies, the actual job description, what you're expected to do, how you're expected to do it, and then you will have the training to go through. So you end up having to process pretty much the same amount of information as you would if you became involved in our universal volunteering system.

Nor would you have anything like the same flexibility, freedom, or mystical insight in your Real World volunteering role as you can find and access in our universal volunteering system. Your Real World volunteering role is totally dependent on the volunteering needs of whatever organization you're volunteering for. You're part of a larger, fixed, predetermined structure and so it follows that your volunteering role is also fixed, predetermined and inflexible. You've got to stick to the policies, the mission statement, the job description, the duties and the hours. Sure you get the same status from your volunteering role as you would from a position of paid employment, but registered charities all have to follow a set of strict guidelines and laws set out by the Charities Commission to keep their status as a registered charity. They have to run in the exact same way as a multinational corporation and usually with a lot less resources and a lot less freedom. Qultura Core, the central hub of the Qultura community, tried and failed to become a registered charity and it came down to our steadfast refusal to commit to a single objective mission statement.

So pretty much whichever path you take into volunteering and activism, whether it is through us or through someone else in the Real World, the amount of effort and commitment you need to put into the process ends up pretty much the same. The only difference is the amount of freedom and flexibility you have once you end up actually being in that volunteering role.

Through universal volunteering you get to figure out your own purpose The key difference

"All that is mortal, all that is perishable, is but a symbol."

--Goethe, "Faust"

If you're considering coming into and participating in our universal volunteering system, the one central question we expect you to have an answer for is what would satisfy your personal and individual criteria for the meaning behind your existence in this world. What do you want to actually do within the context of our volunteering system and community? What is going to satisfy your sense of meaning and value in your life relative to your community and the wider society? What do you envisage doing that is going to give you that source of happiness and pleasure from your volunteering role in our community?

Who do you want to be in the 'core' Qultura Core volunteering community?

You see it's quite often the case that we don't make the effort to actually follow through on our desires and ideas. Most of the things that we want most fervently generally are the things that we've only looked into half-way, or we've just thought about superficially. Our ideals are quite often mere suggestions and half-baked assumptions. When we actually stop and think about it quite often we realize that we don't know exactly what we mean.

Yet still there is this obscure sense in which we feel that life ought to have significance and be somewhat symbolic, even if it's just a symbol or a label that we can share with others as something representative, so that if nothing else we can share that symbolism with others backed up by the statement "This is me. This is who I am."

But then again you could have the feeling that life is meaningful and have a definite feeling that your life amounts to something. You understand that this comes from being part of something that's bigger than you and where you can find your role or even niche within the context of a larger group, a community, an organization, or a creative process of some kind of social or cultural change. You feel that you are a necessary part of that wider change or process, and out of this you derive your sense of pleasure, happiness and satisfaction. But even then if this is the case you still have to look deeper into this and figure out why it is so that your individual sense of happiness and fulfillment has to come from being a part of a collective or process which is much bigger than just you, the individual.

Either way, or even if you feel something different, or more obscure, almost invariably it will always lead you back to the mystical transaction between you, the individual, and your natural and social environment.

All existence is change. All existence is relationship. The fundamental mystical principle

From our perspective it makes no sense whatsoever to attempt to develop a mystical community resource on the basis of fixed, predetermined volunteering roles. We are not an organization, but a community. We're here to create as many different opportunities as possible for as many people as possible to come through our community and find that sense of meaning or purpose in their lives through our community. We exist not only to give people free and unrestricted access to Qultura methodology, but also to create and provide the opportunities to develop their own Qultura methods within the Qultura community.

As Qultura methodology is based entirely on Natural Law, universal principles, magic, and numerology, any Qultura method is developed through Unmind, which are the eight mystical principles which form the criteria for a successful Qultura method. Four of these principles are based on the four universal principles which are the basis of the second component of Qultura methodology, and the remaining four are based on the first principle of magic, which is based on Natural Law, the first component of Qultura methodology.

The John Lennon song 'Imagine' neatly encapsulates what Qultura methodology and the Qultura community is fundamentally all about. It pretty much encapsulates what Qultura Core and our universal volunteering system is really all about as well. Just to give you some idea without needing to write more paragraphs than is necessary. Qultura methodology is about actually living a conscious lifestyle, rather than just claiming to. This is why you cannot share Qultura methodology as you can a religious belief. Qultura is not an ideology. It's mystical truth.

The Qultura community is developed entirely through developing various community projects out of the central community support project which is called Qultura Fallback. Each 'core' community project is developed through conscious perception and mystical insight and provides unlimited opportunities to generate many more local community projects which are fully participant centred. This gives unlimited opportunities for individual people to develop such things as mindfulness, discipline, and empathy. This is why the Qultura community is self-defined as an empathy-focussed community, because to develop a Qultura method you need empathy and a conscious connection to both your natural and social environment. Any ideology or belief system, or the outward expression of such, negates a Qultura method. You cannot just believe your Qultura method, you've actually got to live it.

All the volunteering and activist roles available through Qultura methodology are roles which involve working with change - constant change. Take for example the role of a community support volunteer, which is arguably the most efficient way of developing consciousness humanly possible, involves support various people traumatized by a wide range of social and personal issues, each one with their own unique tale of woe and experience of trauma. A community administrator is another example of a role which involves working with change constantly. A community activist working in the various areas of community engagement is another.

Therefore developing the Qultura community is all about finding different ways of bringing together different people and engaging them in different community projects through which they can develop their own unique Qultura methods. This is about doing something together which has never been done before in our society, bringing together large numbers of people, different people, from different communities, using not much more than a community message board on the internet, and creating an alternative community which can provide a new social environment to which anyone can turn to simply by being online, to find both community support and opportunities to develop a Qultura method, that cannot be found anywhere else in society.

Do you now understand the guiding principle behind our universal volunteering system?

Project, task, role

"Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds."

--Bob Marley, "Redemption songs"

The Qultura community is a new type of mystical community resource which has never ever been developed before in this country, or even - as some claim - anywhere in the world (though we're not sure about this so we keep quiet about making such claims). Qultura as a methodology achieves pretty much the same as other similar methods in the east, such as Buddhism, Taoism, and Vedanta, but it does so by taking you in a completely different, new direction. This direction is much simpler, far more direct, and much more natural for a human being in terms of developing consciousness.

We kick off with a Bob Marley quite and will even throw in a lyrics video of Bob Marley's 'Could you be loved?'. This is just to make the point that despite it being a religion, the closest thing to Qultura methodology isn't either Buddhism or Taoism, it's Rastafarianism. This is for the fact that either way you need to be closely connected to both your natural and social environment to develop your consciousness. There's a point to sharing the lyrics to the Bob Marley song because developing a Qultura method involves three things - life, love and truth - and nothing else beyond this.

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Why is Qultura Fallback so important as a community project?

The standard for community support in the Qultura community is always first contact unconditional community support. It's the central community project because we're developing a much larger volunteering community around community support volunteers around this one community project. Currently we're working to bring together as many community support volunteers from all walks of life to create the necessary online social environment for this community project. But if this ends up with a lot of people needing support with fewer community support volunteers it's all good, because through the message board we can support each other, right?

But community support volunteers cannot be expected to support the many different stigmatized, traumatized, hurting, suffering, lonely, fearful, sometimes tearful, trapped, stuck, enslaved, excluded and dis-empowered people out there all by themselves.

They too are going to need support and back up from other volunteers and activists in many different roles - community administrators, community activists, community project developers, community project coordinators, content creators, web publishers, resource volunteers, community facilitators, and so on and so forth - people who are also seeking change, in some cases radical change to what's already out there - and who envisage being able to do this through a new type of mystical, empathy focussed community which doesn't conform, doesn't follow, doesn't fit in, but does everything in its own way and is constantly changing and developing, and evolving, all the time.

Qultura is a subversive community

The Qultura community is a community, not an organization, not a corporation, not a political, religious or social movement. Qultura methodology is mysticism, it is not an ideology. Our strategy is stealth, infiltration and subversion. This is a magical, shamanistic strategy. Evil cannot be named. Evil cannot be confronted. But evil can always be subverted. Subversion is all about the outward creative expression of individual truth.


This is a community for dreamers, visionaries, creatives, artists, empaths, writers, musicians, social misfits, non-conformists, recovering addicts, people with mental health issues, the poor, the almost destitute, migrants, the alternatives, hippies, the unfulfilled, the seekers, the searchers, the poets, the humanitarians and the creators. The people who have resolved their issues with humanity and who desire to pursue a far more conscious manner of living.


This is a community for anyone who feels life and love are synonyms for the same conscious experience.

There is no mission statement for the Qultura community because the purpose is a single number - 9. This is symbolized in the Tarot by the Hermit in the Major Arcana. Nine in mysticism symbolizes and signifies individual truth and is the highest single digit. Through numerology you can multiply 9 with any number and if you add the digits together until you arrive at a single digit that digit will always be a 9. Examples:
  • 9 x 9 = 81, then 8 + 1 = 9
  • 9 x 3 = 27, then 2 + 7 = 9
  • 9 x 158 = 1422, then 1 + 4 + 2 + 2 = 9
  • 9 x 7628 = 68652, then 6 + 8 + 6 + 5 + 2 = 27, then 2 + 7 = 9

Through Qultura Fallback and other community projects we provide first contact unconditional community support to those in the wider community who need it and we support them until it is possible for them to live their own conscious lifestyle in their own way on the basis of their mystical truth.

Why we don't recommend meditation, contemplation or yoga

The surviving founder of Qultura and author of Qultura methodology is Stella Baker, who's the mystic and shaman who functions as the Core Facilitator at the centre of everything. As a teenager for over 2 years she trained in Therevada (Tibetan) Buddhism under an elderly Bangladeshi Therevadin master in London and her training included being trained in Vipassana meditation techniques. She's also a Fringe dramatist and stage director and discovered during her work in Polish alternative theatre where she ran drama workshops for the homeless and people struggling with addiction and mental health issues. This was when she discovered that drama workshops involving participation in a production were far more powerfully effective at transforming someone's state of consciousness than any form of meditation or yoga.

Just to give you some idea of some of the different techniques. Let's start with Zen Buddhism. 'Zen' is a Japanese word for the Chinese word 'Chan' which comes from the Sanskrit word 'charna' which means 'meditation'. The Chinese had great difficulties pronouncing 'charna' so it was changed to 'chan'. As they also found Mahayana Buddhism miserable and boring they decided to liven it up a bit by demanding that students meditate on various koans (or riddles), such as:

  • Try to imagine one hand clapping.
  • Find a way to steal the Moon
  • Explain how to fit a mountain into a matchbox.

Training in Zen Buddhism is all about 'opening your mind' finding the answers to such koans while sitting perfectly still for hours on end, or 'za-zen'. Vipassana meditation is even more extreme and involves sitting motionless for days while trying to find your 'inner truth'. Yoga is essentially meditation while sitting in a weird position for hours. Contemplation is the Western flavour of meditation and involves giving up your life and living in a convent or monastery, often observing a vow of complete chastity and silence. Belief in all these practices is centred around a belief in a Higher Self and people shell out lots of money to participate in such courses.

The whole point of all these practices, if you haven't worked it out already, is to make you even more compliant, servile and obedient than you already are. The courses on offer are of course courses in guided meditation, yoga and contemplation, where you submit to and obey an authority figure who's pushing you to control your mind according to some method. It's because of this and British upper class beliefs that 'suffering is good for you' that people have such a messed up comprehension of the word 'discipline'.

Qultura is all about conscious living

This goes against pretty much everything Qultura is all about which is pretty much conscious living and developing consciousness as much as possible through ways which come entirely natural to you, the individual human being. This means evolving out of your Ego and finding ways to 'break' your social and mental conditioning - very much in the exact same way a chick hatches out of an egg to become a bird. Yes discipline is involved, but the kind of discipline that involves a commitment to pleasure, happiness, mindfulness, fun and love, because it's pursuit of any activity which brings these conscious experiences which is going to promote the development of consciousness, mystical insight and mystical truth.

It's debatable and we guess a lot depends on how you do it, but when it comes to being able to develop large amounts of consciousness quickly, naturally and effectively, community volunteering and activism through a community for the benefit of a wider community is right up there with acting, art, music and writing and other forms of human creativity. The only difference is that while the artist is developing consciousness through their creativity, the community volunteer and activist is primarily doing so through empathy. Either way it's still creativity and interaction. It's still the Principle and the Process.

There are three important aspects of the basic universal volunteering system:

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Your narrative (your story)

This is a central component of the whole Qultura community, especially now as we're rebuilding the community through our community message board. The Qultura community is an empathy-focussed community with completely different Community Standards from what you find out there in the wider community or society where your Ego and self-image seems to matter more than anything else. In the Qultura community we're not interested in your Ego. We all have one. We're sick and tired of having to live up to it for the benefit of other people and finding ways of trying to defend it just to get that little bit more self-esteem. Not sure how you feel about being in this situation. But we feel that it makes life much harder and far more complicated than it needs to be, don't you think?

So what we've always asked people to do when coming into our community is to drop the Ego - leave it for things outside the community where you need it - and come into the Qultura community as you are in reality, you the individual, with nothing more than an open mind and a narrative or story.

The tale of the monkey and the fish

For far too long most people have assumed that they know enough about reality, the universe, nature, this planet, society and other people to know and understand what they're talking about. But back in 1830 less than two centuries ago, around the time of Darwin, most people believed that this planet was no more than 4,000 years old. At the end of the 19th century, thanks to the same Freud who gave us the Ego's most people believe is all there is to them, everyone kept the legs of furniture such as tables and chairs covered to prevent 'sinful' and 'lustful' thoughts. So what? In a little over a century we've somehow managed to figure everything out?

Your Ego is a tiny fraction of who you really are. Your Ego fits neatly onto one A4 sized sheet of paper which you send off as a CV or resume for a job application. Do you seriously believe that the story of your whole life experience, from early childhood onwards, will also fit neatly onto one A4 sized sheet of paper? Please bear in mind that the life you are living now is just one life cycle out of an infinite number of different lives, each one as a completely different individual human being developing the same conscious perspective. Everyone else around you is going through the exact same evolutionary process of developing the same conscious perspective through reincarnation and different life cycles as different human beings.

To assume that you know and understand most of what constitutes reality, existence and even your own life is ridiculous. This is how we end up with countless social situations and encounters which match the tale of the monkey and the fish.

"Here let me help you," said the monkey to the fish, before putting the fish safely up a tree.

Explanations divide, narratives connect

This is where we get to the difference between belief and truth. Whenever you are explaining something to someone, anything, you're sharing information from a position of authority and forcing someone to make a choice as to how to relate to you. This isn't so much of an issue if someone wants or needs that information and they already accept you as an authority on the subject you're talking about, and the information you're sharing matches up with what they expect you to say. But beyond that limited scope explanations are generally divisive and counter-productive. Some people will play along and humour you, others will either let their eyes glaze over and pretend to be listening, and some will be somewhat more hostile.

Narratives on the other hand are based on an individual truth from an individual conscious perspective (the Principle and the Process). This is the fundamental basis of the novel, the short story, the poem, the movie, the stage play, and the song. You're not explaining yourself, not trying to justify yourself, you're just making a statement to say this is what I'm experiencing right now, this is how I feel, this is what I think. This is how I see things from my perspective. This is my story about something that's happened to me. It still gives people a choice over whether to accept or reject what you're saying, but that's their choice, not your choice, and herein lies the fundamental difference. Truth exists irrespective of whether people believe it or not. Most people generally will accept your story as a possibility and be far more open to connecting to you.

Nothing develops empathy and connects people than a narrative, and that's the whole point of the Qultura community.

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Currently, as we're in the process of rebuilding the Qultura community after COVID into something much bigger than before, we've elected to centre everything on our community message board (maroon button top right hand corner of any webpage) and run it as a virtual 24/7 online community centre. This is where everything gets discussed, worked out, and where we all meet up and get to know one another. Becoming a member of the Qultura community at present is a simple case of registering on our community message board, filling out your profile as you wish, and introducing yourself to the community by posting in the new members section.

This might be hard for some of you to believe, if you feel that you've had to wade through large amounts of text just to get here, but the Qultura community is run along universal, mystical principles designed for simplicity, cohesion, and flow. We deal in consciousness, which is hard to express through words and language, but we try our best, hence the large amounts of text and information up front.

Community projects

In addition to Qultura Fallback, our community support project, we are developing six other community projects as a basis for other community projects. These are six projects designed to create opportunities for people in local communities to come together, interact and develop things such as individual creativity, mindfulness, discipline, and empathy. Details of all our community projects can be found on the Qultura website, which is focussed more on methodology and community projects. The rough strategy is to develop our community nationally as we grow in number with different versions of Qultura Core developing in community spaces in local communities up and down the country. Each version of Qultura Core will be unique, individual, and specific to the needs of the local community where it exists. The current existing Qultura Core in Nine Elms in London is just the original, the pattern, the model.

The six basic community projects are:

  • Qultura Connect - for sharing, lending, borrowing things
  • Qultura Community Libraries - for book sharing and community library development
  • The Human Library Project - direct social interaction and getting to know new people
  • The Qultura Community Blog - web publishing of different creative output and subversive content
  • Qultura Fringe - a developing performing arts community, so theatre, film making, documentaries, comedy, spoken poetry, etc
  • The London Vigil - an empathy based project in London for relatives of condemned Death Row inmates who become bereaved through executions

The Qultura Core network

This is a small category at the foot of the community message board which contains the entire universal volunteering system - which as most volunteering and activist roles are still virtual and online only - is based in this category of the message board. It's kept this way to keep things simple and central in one location. Our community message board functions as both a community discussion board and a social media platform. Centring everything on our community message board cuts down on email traffic and keeps everything in one place so that, essentially, if your volunteering or activist role is a virtual, online role your volunteering or activism is a simple matter of logging in and checking for new posts on just four discussion boards.

So let's move on to the basic universal volunteering system.

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Base Roles and Areas of Interest

As our universal volunteering system is completely self-identifying, self-regulating and self-perpetuating, the only two terms you need to learn and remember are base roles and areas of interest. Please always keep in mind that you're volunteering in a community for the community and you're not being assigned a role as you would with an organization. There's no Volunteer Coordinator to chase after you or tell you what to do. There's just other community members in other volunteering and activist roles who you will need to interact with and work everything out on our community message board.

The guiding principle is that the most experienced volunteer or activist assumes a lead role to reach out, guide, mentor and support the newer volunteers and activists. This is part of various resources - methodology, website content, e-books, and Stella the Core Facilitator, so you always have either somewhere to look or someone to ask if you get stuck.

Base roles

There's three base roles, counting those who need community support through Qultura Fallback who have elected to reverse their participation in the community. These are supported volunteers who are not required to actually do any volunteering but provide nothing more than a narrative and insight into what they're going through. They come into the universal volunteering system to develop a community support network prior to creating community appeals to get material, financial or practical support from outside our community. These are going to be community members who post volunteering needs within the universal volunteering system supported by community support volunteers, community administrators and others.

The other two base roles are either volunteers with a focus on developing our community infrastructure and the 'content' of our community, or activists who focus on developing our relationship as a community with people and organizations outside the community.

Areas of interest

This brings us to areas of interest. Community development (volunteers) has five broad areas of interest, and so too has community engagement (activists). Base roles and areas of interest are what define new volunteering opportunities for others so as to perpetuate new opportunities for other people in the community. This should become clearer once we get past the next two tabs.

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These are the five areas of interest in Community Development which define broad areas of interest in which you can create a specific role, either for yourself or for someone else.

Please note the following:

  • resource management includes all resources - financial resources, spatial resources (community space) and human resources (external volunteer/activist recruitment)
  • community administration (also community moderation) is about data and information management and flow.
  • content creation is about creating subversive content (creative content from an individual conscious perspective or truth), web publishing, video and audio production, so that we are churning out lots of creative content. So writers, artists, musicians, photographers, painters, sculptors, poets, and so on, this is your area.
  • we're seeking to develop a large community of online community support volunteers to create an online social environment of people who are friendly, open-minded, non-judgmental and supportive. This needs to be a diverse community of people willing to provide online support to those who need it.

We provide 'rough' role descriptions on the 'Volunteering opportunities' webpage under 'Get involved'. You fill in the specific details.

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These are the five areas of interest in Community Engagement which define broad areas of interest in which you can create a specific role, either for yourself or for someone else.

Please note the following:

  • there's no selling, promotion, advertising, or 'pushing' Qultura methodology or our community on anyone in any way because that negates the methodology and turns it into an ideology. It will also inevitably lead to getting caught up in all kinds of conflicts, squabbles and hassles.
  • This is where the stealth and infiltration part of our strategy comes into it. You're just leaving content around, posting it, nothing more. It's up to the individual people to find their own way into our community. Either they do or they don't. If they don't it's not our problem.
  • Similarly we don't do leaflet dropping, simply because you might as well chuck the flyers in the bin and go home. When handing out flyers just engage someone in a conversation, hand them a flyer and move on.
  • During winter months street activism is mainly focussed on the street homeless and rough sleepers.

We provide 'rough' role descriptions on the 'Activist opportunities' webpage under 'Get involved'. You fill in the specific details.

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If money was no object, what would you do in life?

You've spent enough time on our website. You've read enough text. You now know the basics of our universal volunteering system. Hopefully you also have a very good idea of what the Qultura community is all about. So what makes you itch? What would you like to do if money was no object? What did you want to become when you were six or seven years old? can you remember? What does an enjoyable lifestyle mean to you?

What we're trying to get at here is your vision of your life the way you would live it if money were no object and you didn't have to live up to someone else's expectations, but could just please yourself?

The point we're trying to make is that, if you believe that what you do in life has to make money, or that you have to live up to a standard or maintain a position or status in life then you're either going to throw your life away or drive yourself into the ground trying to please other people.

The Ego

That Ego you were taught was so real and you were made to develop has a very short shelf life. It's not sustainable and the longer you try and live up to it the harder your life is going to be, the more you will struggle.

It's very important when it comes to volunteering and activism not to get too attached to a role or position, especially when it comes to our community. Fundamentally when you stop and think about it there's no meaning or purpose to life or to existence. It just is. We get it drummed into our heads constantly from a very young age that our lives have to have a meaning or purpose. Get an education. Get qualifications. Pass the test. Pass the exam. Get a degree. Get a job. Get this. Get that. There's a lot of people out there who put themselves under enormous amounts of pressure trying to do something, achieve something, or be someone - what we refer to as Somebody training, so that they become anxious or afraid of being perceived as a Nobody or Nobody That Matters.

Please keep in mind that out there, outside the Qultura community, in what we can agree can be described as The Real World, society is very much predicated upon fears and desires. If someone can make you fear something, or desire something, they can make you believe anything. If they can make you believe anything, then they can get control of your mind, and through that control of your whole life. We want you to think about the amount of time in their waking hours people have to devote to work and living up to the standards of an employer or an organization through having a job. We're fairly sure you understand this from your own experience.

How much time do you spend thinking about work, a job, getting money, earning money? Then think about how much time you spend trying to figure out what you're going to do with your money? How much time do you spend worrying about having to pay for somewhere to live, a mortgage, the rent, and covering the bills? How much time do you spend shopping, and figuring out what you need or want to buy?

How much time do you actually spend enjoying life?

Now think about how much time you actually spend doing things you enjoy in life. How much time do you spend being among friends or on a social life? How much time do you actually spend just chilling out? How much time do you actually spend devoted to actual conscious experiences such as pleasure, happiness, love, fun, and doing stuff for nothing more than the sheer enjoyment of just doing something?

How much time of your leisure time do you spend on social media? How do you spend your time on social media? If you use social media, how much time do you spend consuming information or trying to post something to get attention through likes, shares, comments, and engaging in the Great Big Popularity Contest? How much time do you spend posting about more meaningful stuff and not getting any attention?

Prior to having through sheer necessity and COVID lockdowns to becoming an online community, when we were successfully a real time community, close to half of what the Qultura community was about was just sitting round, chatting, drinking tea and coffee, sharing narratives from each others lives, trying different activities out. At the start when we were first developing a phone conversation between the two founders Stella Baker and Fibbo, or Ian Fibbens, could last as long as 12 hours. Conversations between Stella and the Qultura trustees can last anything up to 2 hours, most of which is just social interaction.

Is empathy no longer important in society?

This is to give you some idea what being part of an empathy-focussed community is all about. It's reality. What really matters. If you come onto our community message board right now it's really sparse. In fact you could say its pitiful. All this information on this website, the methodology, the e-books, the community message board itself. Anything up to 50 or more people visit the message board in 24 hours but nobody posts or joins. None of this has been created specifically to achieve anything. It's a mystical website and community. There for people to freely make use of. Just as you would drinking water from a stream of fresh, clean water. Completely free. Drinking water from a stream just because it's there and you're thirsty.

Yet all around us, out there in the Real World, people are struggling, lonely, miserable, probably now cold, unhappy, depressed, afraid, anxious, worried, overworked, underpaid, many seeking change. But surely if change has to take place anywhere, surely the change has to come from somewhere deep inside us as individuals, right? Isn't that where real change begins - somewhere deep in the mind? A simple desire becomes a vision, a dream, and you share that dream or vision with others, who also share their dreams and visions, and at some point it becomes new culture?

So what can you do to bring change, through our community, to other people? Forget about whether or not it works out. Forget about the standards. How about we start with the attempt and just trying something out to see if it works? If it doesn't then okay. We can try something else out.

This comes down to a simple role proposal, a few posts on a community message board. Break the ice. Post something. Anything. If we can get a bunch of people just to do that then it would be from our perspective progress and we would be able to at least break the deadlock of everybody expecting stuff but being unwilling to even communicate or share information about themselves on a community message board.

Any community is about give and take. It cannot be just take take take. Surely you understand this as well as we do.

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Whenever you create a role, any role, you also need to define it. This means one of two things.

The first is the different parameters of your specific role. How much time can you devote to that role? How much time do you have available? What are the specific tasks or things you envisage doing in your role? Do you just want an online role that you can do through the internet at home? Or are you open to transforming your role into something you do with others in real time? Are there any conditions which impose restrictions on your role? These can be things such as a disability, a chronic illness, depression, social anxiety, but it can also be things such as limited resources - time, energy, even money. Please note that we currently officially have no income, so we cannot cover expenses off the bat. But we don't expect you to be out of pocket either.

So if you need stuff to work with, such as flyers or something, we need to figure out up front how we're going to find the money for those flyers and where we can find the money for those flyers and also, as this is also mainly online, how we're going to get the flyers to you. What we don't want, using flyers as an example, is you spending £25-40 out of your own money up front on flyers purchased from eBay. If push comes to shove someone reverses their participation to create a community appeal and we do things that way. It doesn't matter as long as we have a digital trail and some record of material and financial transactions and nobody is out of pocket either.

Volunteering dependencies

This brings us to the second part of defining your role. As you're going to be volunteering or an activist in a community, it can be assumed that you're going to be interacting in some way with other people. Any volunteering or activist role you create or propose for yourself creates a connection or relationship with someone else in another volunteering or activist role who does something on which your role depends.

Any time you create a new role proposal we ask you to complete a simple Role Proposal Form, give us the details of what you want to do in an email, preferably in narrative form on the basis of a scenario with some details of background, interests, and so on, and then we ask you - on the basis of the email to post details about your new role on the 'Introductions' board in the Qultura Core network. You can copy paste relevant parts of your email when creating the post in the Qultura Core network. You can also post a status update on the wall of your profile.

This way, whenever someone else creates a new role through a Role Proposal, doing the same things - email, starting a new thread in Introductions in the Qultura Core network and posting an update on their status, all they need to do is to go to the Introductions thread to find someone they can connect to in order to be able to start their volunteering or activism in their new role. Find someone, message them, introduce yourself, and figure it out between you from that point forward.

If you can't find anyone you need to be able to do your role then you need to post a volunteering need for whatever you need someone else to do on either the Qultura volunteering or Qultura activism boards. The base role defines which of these two boards you post to. If you need to interact with an activist you post on the Qultura activism board, or if you need to interact with a volunteer you post on the Qultura volunteering board. You start your post with the area of interest which should be visible in the title. This makes it simple for anyone browsing the boards to see the volunteering or activist need, and if it goes unfulfilled we can put together an external volunteering opportunity to post on an external volunteering website such as Do-IT.

This is the self-regulating and self-perpetuating elements of the universal volunteering system. As you create and define your own role, you also create opportunities and tasks for other roles.

Rinse and repeat each time you propose a role.

Posting in community projects and other areas of the message board

Hopefully it goes without saying that you're free to post in any other category or board across the whole message board. For example community support volunteers will be interested in the Qultura Fallback category. If you're volunteering online only, it's just a case of logging in and checking for new posts. Likewise if you're a community administrator who's doing some community moderation, you just need to check the message board and do your thing. Likewise if you're a community project developer, you will have a community project to post in. Content creators will be interested obviously in the Community Blog section - though you're welcome to also post to the Core Blog.

If you're a community activist you can make use of the community message board as a resource for getting content, and also using it as a target to direct new people into the community from outside the community.

Likewise if you're a community volunteer in London, where we have access to community space and you can do your volunteering and activism at the R.O.S.E Community Centre (or Club Rooms) you can use the message board as a community resource to which you can direct members of the wider local community. For example if you're a community support volunteer at our new Community Drop In, scheduled for two hours every Wednesday, you can bring people from the local community who need community support onto the community message board to make use of Qultura Fallback.

If you're a community activist who's a community facilitator for example through a Human Library Project event in London, or you're facilitating a Zoom event or discussion or Question and Answer Session about Qultura, you can also make use of the community message board to provide links, develop materials, or direct people to our community. Likewise if you need content for posts elsewhere on social media and need subversive content you can use the Community Blog and Qultura Fringe to develop such content across any media.

Conclusion

Hopefully this gives you some idea of what is possible through our community message board and universal volunteering system. The next tab 'Changing roles' is basically just about the process of changing a role or entering the universal volunteering system for the first time.

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The universal volunteering cycle

The universal volunteering system is based on a simple cycle which you can repeat as many times as you wish indefinitely. There's just three simple stages to that cycle:

Response to a volunteering need
The cycle starts by responding either to a volunteering need - usually if you're already involved in the system - or an external volunteering opportunity if you're coming into the community from outside the community. Please note that this system is designed primary for existing members of the Qultura community who want to come into the universal volunteering system, for example someone who reverses their participation and needs volunteers and activists to form part of a community support network, or they want to do some community volunteering or activism. This can be someone who's learned Qultura methodology and wants to create and develop their own Qultura method. Therefore please bear in mind that you need to be an existing member of the Qultura community before we agree to you volunteering in our community. We don't care what social media platform you're on or how many emails you send us, if you're not registered on our community message board you can't be a Qultura volunteer or activist.
The role proposal and definition
This stage involves submitting a Role Proposal form with an email, then posting from that information into Introductions in the Qultura Core network and updating your status on your profile, and then resolving your volunteering dependencies as we've already written about.
Involvement in your new role
Then you simply go ahead and start doing whatever it is you want to do through your new volunteering or activist role.

You can only go through the recruitment and induction process once

Just like Qultura methodology itself you only need to learn the universal volunteering system once. Once you've learned it - which you now have - you can apply the exact same principles over and over again to create and develop many different volunteering and activist roles.

This means you can, fundamentally, come and go as you please. Just as you would any other volunteering role. We developed this system because we understand that when it comes to volunteering and activism most people's altruism is short unless they're involved in doing something they really love doing and enjoy doing for others.

But then again there's also a case of having too much of a good thing. If you're here to create content as an artist, a writer or musician, you know as well as we do not all your ideas are going to amount to something. You're not a machine and the notion of being consistently successful as an artist is only true if you keep on doing the same thing over and over and over again. This is not being creative, this is producing or generating. Genuine creativity is when you transcend the normal and come up with something new which has never been done before. Sometimes you need to step back from the creativity and go off and do something more mundane. We get that.

This also just as much applies to the empathic roles such as community support volunteering. Yes you can develop a lot of consciousness very quickly and this is one of the key roles which is very close to Unmind, the 'how' of Qultura methodology, but it can also be draining, tiring and often frustrating. There's the very real risk of emotional burnout and compassion fatigue - which is another fancy term for unipolar depression. There's not a volunteering or activist role in our community which can be created which is ever worth either of these two issues. This is why our community and Qultura Core is generous with the social interaction, and if you're in the R.O.S.E. in London the tea, the coffee, the snacks and the food sharing, and also the community support and resources.

It's because we give equal weight at least to mental health as physical health, unlike out there in the Real World. A doctor would never dream of saying to someone with a broken leg, "Oh it's nothing. Go for a walk and just walk it off." Yet people struggling with depression and social anxiety frequently receive equally ridiculous suggestions dressed up as well intentioned advice or platitudes all the time.

This is why we're seeking community support volunteers in large numbers. It's so that we can create a sizeable online community support environment without anyone thinking "Oh my God! I've got to get online to Qultura Fallback because they need me and I don't want to let them down." This is what we want to avoid. We're seeking the kind of culture where you can go off and take a break without feeling bad about doing so. Let someone else take over. Go do what you need to do to go and refresh yourself, and come back when you're full of beans and ready to get stuck in.

Likewise when it comes to the resource volunteers. Trying to gather any kind of resources for any kind of social enterprise, be it gathering financial resources, seeking community space, or trying to find new volunteers or activists, it can easily drive you bonkers. Lots and lots and lots of words and talk, and very little in the way of follow through. This is why we created a category on our community message board between Qultura methodology and Community project development called Separateness. It's a category for everybody but it's also intended to be an additional community resource for resource volunteers to share their perspectives, experiences, and also when necessary vent their frustrations.

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"Under a blood red sky
A crowd has gathered, black and white
Arms entwined, the chosen few
The newspaper says, says
Say it's true, it's true
And we can break through
Though torn in two
We can be one...."

The Qultura community is a mystical community resource. We are a subversive community and our process of development follows a strategy of stealth, infiltration and subversion - the outward creative self-expression of individual truth. Understand that we are not a large organization, a corporation, a social or political movement, a registered charity, a political party or a protest organization.

  • Evil cannot be named.
  • Evil cannot be confronted or challenged.
  • Evil can always be subverted.
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This is a mystical, shamanistic strategy.

How to become involved isn't always going to be obvious or clear

This is an authentic child of the Polish Solidarity movement which started out of '21' at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland in 1980. But it's not a trade union organization, and we repeat, it's not in any way a political entity (bolded for emphasis). The social and environmental reality we all find ourselves in is beyond political solutions. This is a real deficit of consciousness and a developing existential crisis.

Can't you understand that our politicians are not in control, even as much as they like to think they are and pretend to be? They don't understand and it's clear that most of them don't want to understand either. Shaking your fist at them isn't going to change anything. It's just going to prolong the misery and the suffering that many people are having to cope with right now. Why can't you see that it's the people out there who are starving, struggling, freezing and suffering - people just like you - who are the ones who need your support, and not the politicians and the incredibly wealthy corporate CEOs of large multinational corporations?

Sometimes in life you reach a point where you have to decide enough is enough, you have to let go of your beliefs, open your mind and start paying closer attention to the reality you find yourself in.

We feel that point has been reached and it's right here, right now.

So yes there are obvious ways, such as this website and the 'Get involved' section. There's also our profile on the Do IT website.

But there are also ways which aren't going to be obvious. An internet meme on social media. A flyer that's handed to you by someone in the street who engages you in a pleasant conversation. A handwritten Post-It note stuck to a bus stop with nothing more than a website address. A photo. A community event. A happening. A link to a Zoom meeting to learn more about Qultura methodology. A flyer on a notice board on a council estate.

Please understand that the chance to get involved is always going to be an opportunity.

Please understand that we're not bothered either way if you choose to become involved in our community or not. It's your life. Your reality. Your mind. Your choice.

You're the one who has to deal with the exact same social and environmental reality as us. Neither climate change nor destitution is picky about selecting its victims. Understand that separateness is real. Lots of people make lots of choices not caring about how those choices impact the lives of other people.

You might be one of those people. How would you like to dwell on that thought?