About Us

Cultural organizations are uniquely positioned to become leaders for a sustainable future by decreasing their impact on the environment and increasing their impact on their communities. 

Ki Culture is the only non-profit organization in the world dedicated to making this a reality. We provide solutions for cultural institutions and tools to educate the public on all issues connected with sustainability.

We help achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) through tangible actions, effective communication, and education. Our original programs make sustainability easy to implement, while our resource centers make it accessible. We develop and support exhibitions and outreach programs that inform and empower people with solutions.

Ki Culture promotes sustainability through culture, holistically and globally.

Ki Culture is committed to creating a sustainable future through the cultural heritage sector. We provide solutions to promote sustainable practices for professionals and leverage cultural heritage to effectively teach the public about sustainability

- driving real, holistic change on a global scale.

Ki Culture is an international non-profit organization dedicated to creating a better world. Our goal is to unite the cultural sector and sustainability: to bring together all the incredible work that is going on around the globe and create a united force to tackle all issues connected with sustainability. 

 

Cultural organizations are uniquely positioned to become leaders for a sustainable future by decreasing their impact on the environment and increasing their impact on their communities.

 

As trusted institutions of learning and knowledge, we have the capacity to succeed where other entities have failed. With 'fake news' and distrust in governments, one of the last remaining establishments that holds inherent public trust are museums and cultural organizations. Visitors don’t question the information that is presented in museums. You don’t walk into the Rijksmuseum and see the Nacht Wacht and think 'that’s not a Rembrandt.'

 

This dynamic offers an untapped resource and opportunity to effectively communicate and educate, to inspire empathy and understanding about all issues related to sustainability. As the cultural sector, we have the power to change the world. But first we need to change ourselves. And to do that, we need to know how. 

 

Cultural professionals and practitioners are inherently concerned with preservation. With storytelling and with continuation of the past for the future. However, if there is no future for our planet, there is no place for our cultural heritage. Additionally, the catastrophic weather events that are becoming more prevalent due to climate change are severely impacting culture too. The 2019 floods in Venice, the worst since 1966, are just one of the most recent examples. But under the radar, slow deterioration and changes are having steadily increasing negative impact. Climate adaptation and mitigation strategies are becoming a major focus for professionals. Yet while we can try to prepare for the inevitable, we should also be looking at our own contribution and how we can mitigate our impact now.  

 

So, what do we do? What part do we play in this? What is our contribution and how can we change that? How can we, as the cultural sector, save the world? 

 

It all started in 2015 when our Founder, Caitlin Southwick, was a Master’s student at Cardiff University. She tells the story:

 

“I was in the lab and happened to look down as I walked by the trash can and saw that it was full of used disposable nitrile gloves. I thought, 'well that seems awfully wasteful.' As someone who has always been passionate about the environment (when I was eight years old I wrote a letter to President Bill Clinton imploring him to please stop the pollution), I had never really thought about it in terms of my studies – in terms of conservation of cultural heritage. But in that moment, I thought there must be a better way. Can’t we recycle these? I asked my lecturers. They didn’t know. So I did some research. Bottom line – disposable nitrile gloves cannot be recycled in traditional recycling. But there are alternatives, and there are programs specifically for nitrile gloves. I also found that there are biodegradable options, and even tested them out in the lab. There are solutions. But no one in my field knew about them. Which made me think there should be a resource center for this.

 

The first thing I searched for online was 'sustainability in conservation' and all I found was nature conservation. I tried again, 'sustainability in ART conservation.' Still nothing. I could not find a central point of information about sustainable practices in conservation of cultural heritage. So, I started one."

 

Caitlin founded Sustainability in Conservation in 2016 to create a network and build awareness regarding the environmental impact of conservation. Her work in this area led to an invitation to become the Secretary of the Working Group on Sustainability for the International Council of Museums (ICOM). Here she realized that her concerns regarding sustainability extended beyond conservation – to the entire cultural sector – and beyond the environment – to all aspects of society and the planetary system. Since then, Caitlin has worked to unite the field – from archaeologists to curators, to conservators, to built heritage professionals – and create partnerships with different sectors, with climate scientists, sustainable engineers, and policymakers. Her goal? To find solutions and help the cultural sector become leaders in the transition to a sustainable future. Leading by example and using their influential position to create meaningful connections, lasting impressions, and lessons that turn to action.

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Ki Culture

Binnengasthuisstraat 9

1012 ZA Amsterdam

The Netherlands 

+31 (0) 6 12 92 09 80

info@kiculture.com

We support the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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