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Building A Community of Cultural Creatives Through Muni


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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?

9 Comments

  • Hello All,

    I just found your website and wanted to introduce myself and encourage the work you’re doing to bring Cultural Creatives values to life in the Philippines.

    I am a first-generation Filipino-American raised in Seattle, Washington. My father emigrated to U.S. in the 1930s from Pangasignan where our family had been growing rice since shortly after Spanish colonization. He returned during the Japanese occupation as an enlisted U.S. soldier, a spy in fact, to aid insurgents to prepare for MacArthur’s U.S. forces to return. He returned to the States after WWII. My maternal great-grandmother married an American soldier from Tennessee shortly after the Spanish-American War and just before The Filipino War. My grandfather was born in Makati, was a trolley conductor, then an actor in the 1930s Philippine movie industry, and finally became a boilermaker in the U.S. Naval shipyards in Manila. After WWII, he moved his mother, wife and children in 1944 to Seattle. Many of them still live in Seattle and California, as I do now.

    I consider myself a true Cultural Creative, beginning with my own diaspora in the late-60s after I separated from my family and the culture I grew up in. My grandfather and I didn’t see eye-to-eye then but we later fell in love with each other many years later just before he passed on. My experiences in the counter-culture 60s led me to live a very different life, and lifestyle, from my parents and larger clan, especially from the Filipino community I’d known growing up. In fact, I didn’t meet another Filipino throughout the 60s and 70s! I’ve had a full life, cultivating my own consciousness about the larger, interconnected world. I was part of the early Human Potential Movement of the 1970s, then expressing my commitment to make a difference through the transformational work I did with business leaders and corporations throughout the 80s and 90s.

    In 1996, I met Paul H. Ray and Sherry Anderson when they asked to interview me about my transformational consulting with business leaders and organizations. In 1999, Paul and I co-founded a consulting firm called Integral Partnerships LLC that would take his Cultural Creatives research and educate the business community, both green and conventional, about how to change their business approach to attract CCs as customers. We spoke widely in many green business conferences in the early days, and would help install CC market studies in Holland, France, Italy, and other EU nations. I traveled to Hong Kong in 2011 to address a fledgling LOHAS business group. In fact, Paul’s early data was the foundation for the LOHAS movement (Lifestyles Of Health And Sustainability) which started in the U.S. and continues to grow in Europe, Japan, Korea, China, and I imagine in the Philippines as well. Paul left in 2008 to pursue his other interests.

    Currently, I direct Integral Partnerships as it focuses on the education and integral development of leaders, teams and organizations committed to building a sustainable business future.

    I hope to be able to visit the Philippines again, possibly to see the few remaining elders of my clan, and introduce my adult children to the home of their ancestors. When I do, I would very much like to meet with your group and members to discuss the changing needs of CCs and the environment which supports their continued development and contribution. Please keep my informed of your group’s development and don’t hesitate to contact me via email. I’d be happy to help in whatever I am able to. Continued success!

    Regards,
    Dixon de Lena

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    • Wow! So elated that you actually stumbled upon us! How did you find us?
      Also, it would be great if we could put something together when you come back to the Philippines.
      Hope we’re doing Cultural Creatives around the world proud. 🙂
      – Jen Horn, brainwasher-in-chief of Muni PH

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