Arts & Culture, Mind & Body

Building A Community of Cultural Creatives Through Muni


Muni on this:

Did you somehow want to make a change in the world or your country but had no clue how? Or have you ever felt like you were a lone human taking on a mammoth change-making task?

I’ve got news for you. You’re not alone. In fact, according to sociologist Paul H. Ray and psychologist Sherry Ruth Anderson, authors of the non-fiction book The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World, you are one of those 50 million. And that was only an estimate of the US population, while an estimated 80-90 million were present in Europe. And that was way back in the year 2000. Imagine how many there are in the world today.

According to Ray & Anderson, this group includes many writers, artists, musicians, psychologists, alternative health care providers and other professionals. Some characteristics of the Cultural Creative include love of the environment and care for its preservation, intense interest in spiritual and psychological development (while being wary about religious fundamentalism), optimism about the future, desire to be involved in creating a new and/or better way of life, concern for means by which big businesses generate profits and their impact on the environment and community, unlikeliness to overspend or fall into debt (read: simpler lifestyle), fondness for exotic people, places and things, and disdain for the importance society places on “making it” and “success”, on consuming and making money.

If some of those characteristics sound like you, or like the person you want to be, then it’s by no accident that you’re reading this. I say that the world is small for the like-minded, and our paths are bound to cross at some point, maybe in the near future.

The Philippines is full of citizens who want to make a difference but not half of whom know where to begin, or who they should approach. The so-called “change-makers” are not underground, they are all around you, waiting to be asked about what change they’d want to see in the world today, waiting to be guided to ways they can effect this change.

We just need a place for ideas to be exchanged, and for stories to be shared. We need a space to congregate and incubate all these thoughts and concepts, and concretize them into actionable plans.

Muni Pop-Up Shop at Moonleaf Maginhawa by MUNI PH with co-presenters

We’re just beginning, but Muni PH hopes to be that permanent space online where we can discuss, disagree, but always engage in open-minded debate. Offline, we hope to create events that arouse interest about our advocacies and invite more people to join our community, beginning with Muni Pop-Up Shop.

Right now, we’re excited to welcome you to our community of cultural creatives as well.

Our country of restless cultural creatives could not be riper for catalytic convergence. So, what changes would YOU like to see in the world today?