Established in 2007, the Cultural Strategies Council (CSC) is a vehicle for transdisciplinary research, collaborative learning, and creative systems change.
The CSC works with partners from arts and culture, government, civil society, academia and philanthropy to advance meaningful change, in cooperation with diverse urban, rural and indigenous communities.
This work is predicated on the belief that society’s capacity to transcend structural inequities, address complex issues, and cultivate a culture of belonging relies on our ability to envisage, assess, and realize alternative futures cooperatively.
Within this frame, social justice is not seen as a static goal to be achieved, but rather, a dynamic condition. Therefore, achieving and maintaining equity requires diverse partners to intentionally recalibrate what they do and how, why, and with whom - in response to ever-changing conditions. This adaptive capacity for relevant change can be significantly enhanced by strategic learning that is context-sensitive and rooted in inclusive and intercultural dialogue.
Arts and cultural strategies can influence those conditions by creating atmospheres in which individuals feel welcome, can encounter difference, engage in intercultural dialogue, share truths, foster mutual understanding, and find common cause.
Enhanced cohesion and increased collective capacity can subsequently fuel transformative change at multiple scales, from everyday relationships to institutional systems and the political structures that allocate resources and opportunities for all citizens to flourish.