You are likely to be a Cultural Creative if you…
1 …love Nature and are deeply concerned about its destruction
2 …are strongly aware of the problems of the whole planet (global warming, destruction of rainforests, overpopulation, lack of ecological sustainability, exploitation of people in poorer countries) and want to see more action on them, such as limiting economic growth
3 …would pay more taxes or pay more for consumer goods if you could know the money would go to clean up the environment and to stop global warming
4 …place a great deal of importance on developing and maintaining your relationships
5 …place a lot of value on helping other people and bringing out their unique gifts
6 …do volunteering for one or more good causes
7 …care intensely about both psychological and spiritual development
8 …see spirituality or religion as important in your life, but are concerned about the role of the Religious Right in politics
9 …want more equality for women at work, and more women leaders in business and politics
10 …are concerned about violence and abuse of women and children around the world
11 …want our politics and government spending to put more emphasis on children’s education and well-being, on rebuilding our neighborhoods and communities, and on creating an ecologically sustainable future
12 …are unhappy with both the Left and the Right in politics, and want a to find a new way that is not in the mushy middle
13 …tend to be somewhat optimistic about our future, and distrust the cynical and pessimistic view that is given by the media
14 …want to be involved in creating a new and better way of life in our country
15 …are concerned about what the big corporations are doing in the name of making more profits: downsizing, creating environmental problems, and exploiting poorer countries
16 …have your finances and spending under control, and are not concerned about overspending
17 …dislike all the emphasis in modern culture on success and “making it,” on getting and spending, on wealth and luxury goods
18 …like people and places that are exotic and foreign, and like experiencing and learning about other ways of life.
If you agreed with 10 or more, you probably are a Cultural Creative!
(questionnaire taken from CulturalCreatives.org)
So… what are Cultural Creatives?
Cultural Creatives are a growing segment of local, national and global population who display some or many of the characteristics described above (the questionnaire). The term was coined by Paul Ray and Sherry Ruth Andersonin in their book “The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People are Changing the World” (2000) and by that year they represented over 25% of the population in the USA.
The Magic Kombi aims to support the sharing of stories created by Cultural Creatives in South America over the last decades; stories that most of the times are not captured by the mainstream media, and therefore not known by most of the population.