Making Culture Sustainable Globally

by Stichting Ki Culture
Making Culture Sustainable Globally
Making Culture Sustainable Globally
Making Culture Sustainable Globally
Making Culture Sustainable Globally

The partnership between Stichting Ki Culture and GlobalGiving continues to support a future of sustainability in the cultural heritage sector. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, Ki Culture has so far raised over 9,000 Euros on the GlobalGiving platform! Both projects of our organization continue to remain active, and any donations will go a long way in helping Ki Culture achieve its mission of contributing to a sustainable future through the cultural sector.

Ki Books Release

January was a busy month for Ki Culture, due to the launch of not one, but three Ki Books! Focusing on Waste & Materials, Social Sustainability, and Energy, these step-by-step guides provide practical, actionable advice on sustainability for cultural practitioners. Ki Books are free to download at With the continued support of our donors, the series will grow over time to include topics such as Water, Education & Outreach, and Exhibitions.

New Year, New Website!

Ki Culture launched a new website, The new web address more accurately reflects Ki Culture’s non-profit identity by using the .org domain, and the new site incorporates accessibility improvements and streamlined navigation. Aligning the launch of the new website and the release of the first three Ki Books represents a significant team effort to start 2021 off strong.

Ki Team Updates

Executive Director Caitlin Southwick represented Ki Culture at a variety of events including Climate x Culture 2020, the Network of European Museum Organisations Conference, Museums Facing Extinction 2020, Sustainability Summit Series: Memory Institutions and Traumatic Heritage, and a webinar titled House Museums and Sustainability.

Director of Operations Georgina McDowall contributed to Museums on the Climate Journey: Essentials Guidebook, a collaboration between EIT Climate-KIC and Ki Culture. Ki Culture hosted a workshop on Curating an Ecologically Sensitive Exhibition and launched a Facebook Live series featuring the Ki Culture team.

Since October, 11 team members have joined Ki Culture from around the world. Their hard work is felt positively across the organization, and the work of the social media team is particularly visible. Ki Culture is now on Twitter (@CultureKi), Instagram (@ki_culture), Facebook (@kiculture), LinkedIn, and We Don’t Have Time. These provide a platform where Ki Culture can promote events, celebrate successes, and highlight partners.

Online Presence and Our Expanding Network

Climate action takes all of us, and Ki Culture is excited to continue expanding its network! We look forward to joining forces with Ideas For Us (, One Resilient Earth (, CarbonLock (, and Damn Plastic (

Ki Culture celebrated its one-year anniversary in November. The word is spreading that Ki Culture is here to help you achieve your sustainability goals, with mentions in Cultbytes, by Impakter, and at the Ontario Museums Association Conference.

Thank you to all Ki Culture’s supporters who make this work possible.


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With the launch of its ‘Making Culture Sustainable Globally’ project (, Stichting Ki Culture became GlobalGiving’s permanent partner in June 2020. Later, in September, the ‘Sustainability Ambassador Program’ project ( was launched. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, both projects were jointly able to collect a total of 7,219 Euros! The projects continue to remain active, and any donations will go a long way in helping Ki Culture achieve its mission of contributing to a sustainable future through the cultural sector.

Sustainability Ambassador Program

The Sustainability Ambassador Program provides cultural professionals and institutions across the globe with everything they need to become more sustainable in their jobs. So far, interest has been expressed from cultural heritage professionals as well as institutions across the globe, from Colombia to the United States and China. Recruitment of participants is currently underway for the launch of the Program, scheduled for January 2021. 

The Ki Books form an integral part of the Sustainability Ambassador Program. Each of the Ki Books are specially designed by experts from various fields to find sustainable solutions for cultural professionals. Some of the experts involved in developing the Ki Books include Victoria Burrows (World Green Building Council), Elizabeth Bagley (California Academy of Sciences), and Pia Edqvist (University of Oslo). Work is currently underway to produce the Energy, Waste and Materials, and Social Sustainability Ki Books. The Ki Books will be free and available for download on the Ki Culture website as of January 2021. In addition, the launch of the Student Sustainability Ambassador Program by Sustainability in Conservation (SiC), a branch of Ki Culture, took place in October, with students from 22 universities across the globe participating in the Program.


Ki Culture has entered into exciting new partnerships! These include the support of the University of Amsterdam, who will be sponsoring the first event in Ki Culture’s Sustainability Summit series. Last month, Ki Culture became a nonprofit partner of 1% for the Planet, and is looking forward to creating partnerships with businesses to work towards a sustainable future. 

Ki Culture is also in the process of developing exhibitions in partnership with La Fresque du Climat. The project aims to bring the existing climate collage game into museums, and adapt it to create a fulfilling, informative and engaging museum experience. Another partnership with Plastic Pollution Solutions will be working towards helping organizations reduce their single-use plastic footprint. In October, Ki Culture’s work on sustainability will be featured by the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS). 

Ki Team

The Ki team is expanding, and now comprises 28 members! Over the past few months, several new members have joined the team from across the globe, including Hong Kong, Rwanda, India, Mexico, and the United States. 

Ki Culture’s Founder and Executive Director Caitlin Southwick was invited as the keynote speaker for the Icelandic Museums Association’s annual meeting. She was also invited to present at the KlimaHaus symposium in Bremerhaven.


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Stichting Ki Culture

Location: Amsterdam, North Holland - Netherlands
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @ki_culture
Project Leader:
Caitlin Southwick
Amsterdam, North Holland Netherlands
$9,974 raised of $15,000 goal
172 donations
$5,026 to go
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