Making Culture Sustainable Globally

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

Happy new year to the Ki Culture community! Thank you to all the generous donors who continue to make Ki Culture’s work possible. We are delighted to report that the Ki Futures Pilot Program was a huge success! Ki Futures is a core element to Ki Culture’s founding vision, and it was incredibly rewarding to see the pilot community come together and make the vision a reality. If you have not yet heard of this international program that connects institutions, cultural professionals, and sustainability specialists with each other and the resources needed to effect sustainable change in the arts and culture sectors, come have a look on our website or social media!

The Ki Futures model recognises that saving the arts and saving the world is a collaborative and continuous endeavor, and upon conclusion of the Pilot, the official program began in January 2022! Participants from across the world have enrolled in the program, such as The Henry Ford Museum (USA), Estonian Art Museum (Estonia), Terra Foundation for American Art (France/USA), The National Museum of Lagos (Nigeria), Museo Moderno (Argentina), and M Leuven (Belgium). 

Over the past few months, a number of new volunteers have joined us from across the globe, and will play an integral part in running the organization. If you, or someone you know, is interested in volunteering with Ki Culture, contact us at info@kiculture.org. You do not need to be a cultural professional or a sustainability expert! There are so many facets to this work that we can surely find a place for your talents. If you, or anyone you know, would like to help with translations, fundraising, business administration, coordinating or project management, please let us know.  This is a co-creative community and the more input we get, the better outputs we can provide! 

Ki Culture continues to engage with numerous projects and programming, including preparing for the release of our next three Ki Books due out this year: Education & Engagement, Exhibitions, and Sustainable Tourism. We also continue to be active in various publications and conferences, spreading the word and inspiring the sector globally. 

As we welcome the new and continuing participants of Ki Futures, we feel immense gratitude towards the pilot cohort for leading fearlessly and inspiring hope throughout the sector, and to our supporters and donors as we continue to bring sustainability to the culture sector.

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Equinox greetings to the Ki Culture community! Thank you to all the generous donors who continue to make Ki Culture’s work possible. Navigating the last year and a half has been challenging to say the least, but our efforts came to fruition this month: we launched the Ki Futures Pilot Program! Ki Futures is a core element to Ki Culture’s founding vision, and it is incredibly rewarding to see the pilot community come together and make the vision a reality. If you have not yet heard of this program that connects institutions, cultural professionals, and sustainability specialists with each other and the resources needed to effect sustainable change in the Arts & Culture sector, come have a look on our website or social media!

The Ki Futures model recognises that saving the arts and saving the world is a collaborative and continuous endeavour, and in addition to this exciting program, we continue to offer additional outputs, including open Ki Trainings and Instagram Live events, where we share knowledge and success stories. Ki Culture continues to gain popularity, and we were excited to get mentions on a variety of platforms, from the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art to The Art Newspaper. In July, Ki Culture joined forces with our Partners for Arts Climate Targets as a founding member.

We encourage you to keep us in mind for Giving Tuesday in November, but please remember that there is more than one way to give. If you are interested in volunteering with Ki Culture, contact us at info@kiculture.org. You do not need to be a cultural professional or a sustainability expert! There are so many facets to this work that we can surely find a place for your talents. If you or anyone you know can help with translations, fundraising, business administration, coordinating or project management, please get in touch.

Thank you to the Ki Futures pilot cohort for leading fearlessly and inspiring hope throughout the sector, thank you to our PACT partners for recognising our strength together, and thank you to our supporters and donors as we embark on this exciting next phase of Ki Culture.

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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 11,000 Euros on the GlobalGiving platform! Our two current 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. We have less than 30% left of our target goal for Making Culture Sustainable Globally which enables us to enable individuals, institutions, and communities to make concrete sustainability decisions.

Ki Trainings

After the release of three Ki Books in January this year, Ki Culture started a soft-launch of the Ki Trainings, a supplement to our Ki Books. These Trainings offered individuals deep dives into social and environmental themes, combining theoretical insights and practical applications. They were live, interactive sessions used to complement the information provided in the Ki Books and to spur action and conversation about solutions available on a local scale. The topics covered were Introduction to Sustainability, Energy, Social Sustainability, and Waste & Materials. These Trainings were well received by those who attended, and we look forward to pursuing more Trainings as our programming develops over the next few months.

Ki Team Updates

The Ki team is expanding, and now comprises over 100 members of staff, volunteers and interns! It is the biggest expansion of membership we’ve had since the non-profit launched in 2019. We are undoubtedly grateful for all the support our team gives us as nothing we do would be possible without our collaborative strength. We now have an integrated IT team for our website and internal communication, and our social media team, having the largest growth this year, has been highly proactive and productive getting Caitlin, our Founder, to speak for numerous virtual functions including an episode of the Green Museum Podcast!

We Don’t Have Time

Speaking of Social Media, Ki Culture is now officially a certified account on the platform “We Don’t Have Time” which seeks to engage the public with climate action solutions and warn of particularly problematic practices. On this platform we have over 3,000 followers, our largest audience on any of our social media platforms. We’re excited to be an active contributor to the conversations in this network and have our goals shared with people ready to take active steps towards a sustainable future. If you are a member of “We Don’t Have Time”, consider joining our conversations or leaving a review for Ki Culture since a tree is planted for every climate review sent to an account that is Open for Climate Dialogue.

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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 https://www.kiculture.org/ki-books/. 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, https://www.kiculture.org/. 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 (https://ideasforus.org/), One Resilient Earth (https://www.oneresilientearth.org/), CarbonLock (https://www.labelcarbonlock.com/about), and Damn Plastic (https://damnplastic.com/).

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 (https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/making-culture-sustainable-globally/), Stichting Ki Culture became GlobalGiving’s permanent partner in June 2020. Later, in September, the ‘Sustainability Ambassador Program’ project (https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/sustainability-ambassador-program/) 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.

Partnerships

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
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Caitlin Southwick
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Caitlin Southwick
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