Yesterday I was delighted to connect with culture|futures member Mik
Mik's Background is in journalism, music and culture and he worked at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation
for several years... He then set up a production company, and armed with a video camera, set about making documentaries. He worked with Olaf
on 6 huge "Images Of..." festivals in Denmark, kicking off with Images of Africa
. Each festival hosted 1000s of events, and managed the press for these events.
Today Mik works with communication, setting up the bureau and magazine Cultures
with some colleagues (inc. Ivan
) and the "Danish Centre for Arts & InterCulture
He understands how important language is in the evolution of culture. For example, the word "integration" in Denmark has been hijacked by right-wing political parties and has come to mean "assimilation" i.e. you should become the same as us, or you're not integrated...
To reclaim a positive approach, Mik and his colleagues have developed the word 'InterCulture' to describe people who are Danish, in that they may be born / brought up in the country, but whose lineage is from a 'different' (or as we say in UK, a 'diverse') ethnic background. 10% of the Danish population are 'intercultural' but this isn't reflected in the faces on TV or political office; Mik and his friends "wanted a fresh word" that didn't focus on a person's ethnicity or skin colour, but on the fact that someone from a non-Danish lineage brings different experiences and cultural backgrounds.
It is hoped that use of the word will spread indirectly and organically...
This is enormously inspiring for those of us who are looking for a new word for sustainability
which has multiple meanings including "the capacity to endure" (yawn) which infers a limited paradigm of survival and is frankly, rather boring and uninspiring. Does anyone have any ideas for a new word?
See Mik's corner of cyberspace here