Culture|Futures is founded by Olaf Gerlach-Hansen and Peter Head in 2007, and is based with an international secretariat at the Danish Cultural Institute in Copenhagen
Culture|Futures is an international collaboration of organizations and individuals who are concerned with shaping and delivering a proactive cultural agenda to support the necessary transition towards an Ecological Age by 2050.
The Cultural sector that we refer to is an interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral, inter-genre collaboration, which encompasses policy-making, intercultural dialogue/cultural relations, creative cities/cultural planning, creative industries and research and development. It is those decision-makers and practitioners who can reach people in a direct way, through diverse messages and mediums.
Affecting the thinking and behaviour of people and communities is about the dissemination of stories which will profoundly impact cultural values, beliefs and thereby actions. The stories can open people’s eyes to a way of thinking that has not been considered before, challenge a preconceived notion of the past, or a vision of the future that had not been envisioned as possible. As a sector which is viewed as imbued with creativity and cultural values, rather than purely financial motivations, the cultural sector’s stories maintain the trust of people and society.
Founders of Culture|Futures:
Olaf Gerlach-Hansen, Senior Advisor at the Danish Cultural Institute,
Managing Consultant the Culture, Development and International Cooperation(CuDIC), Advisory Committee member of the UNESCO National Commission, Fmr. Director at Danish Centre for Culture and Development(DCCD).
Prof. Peter Head, CBE FREng FRSA, civil and structural engineer and champion of sustainable development, Executive Chair at the Ecological Sequestration Trust, Fmr. Chairman of Global Planning, Arup.
Global Protectors for Culture|Futures:
Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Director-General of TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute). Pachauri is Director-General of TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) in India and he has received a Nobel Prize in 2007 with the IPCC.
Jan Gehl, architect, MAA & FRIBA, Professor Emeritus of Urban Design at the School of Architecture in Copenhagen, Founding Partner at Gehl Architects – an urban research and design consultancy. Jan Gehl is global champion of people focused urban planning.