COSM Brings Culture and Sustainability Experts Together

Culture, Organisation & Sustainability Management, COSM for short, is a series of courses that aims to shed light on the why’s and how’s of sustainability in cultural organisations. COSM consists of three courses, each focusing on different aspects of culture and sustainability. The courses are connected by the central idea of exploring new and sustainable ways to develop cultural industry and creative processes.

The registration period for COSM3 is currently open, you can register through our web store.

COSM3: Cul­tu­ral Ma­na­ge­ment and Di­men­sions of Sus­tai­na­bi­li­ty: En­vi­ron­men­tal, So­cial & Eco­no­mic

The registration period for COSM3 ends on the 11th of March. This master’s level course is aimed for people interested in ques­tio­ning the ans­wers re­gar­ding cul­tu­ral or­ga­ni­za­tions and cul­tu­ral pro­fes­sio­nals’ ro­le in ba­lan­cing their cul­tu­ral eco­sys­tems. During the course you get to take part in webinars and discuss culture and sustainability with established professionals. The quest speakers for COSM3 are illustrated on the picture below.

Cul­tu­ral Ma­na­ge­ment & 3 Di­men­sions of the Sus­tai­na­bi­li­ty: En­vi­ron­men­tal, So­cial & Eco­no­mi­c (COSM 3) is the 3rd cour­se of the mo­du­le on cul­tu­ral ma­na­ge­ment and sus­tai­na­bi­li­ty va­lues, en­ga­ging the ex­per­ti­se from re­search areas of sus­tai­na­bi­li­ty. Its aim is to ack­now­led­ge, adapt and st­rengt­hen the ro­le of cul­tu­ral ma­na­gers in sup­por­ting the ge­ne­ral sus­tai­na­bi­li­ty mo­ve­ment, im­pac­ting peop­le’s and in­dust­ries’ pro-eco­lo­gi­cal be­ha­viours, as­sis­ting all ty­pes of at­tempts to ma­ke our li­fe on Earth mo­re sus­tai­nab­le, et­hi­cal, res­pon­sib­le or ba­lan­ced – in en­vi­ron­men­tal, so­cial and eco­no­mic sen­se. And, fi­nal­ly this part of the mo­du­le is al­so focused on ques­tio­ning the ans­wers re­gar­ding cul­tu­ral or­ga­ni­za­tions and cul­tu­ral pro­fes­sio­nals’ ro­le in ba­lan­cing their cul­tu­ral eco­sys­tems.

The aim of COSM3 is for stu­dents to be ab­le to ack­now­led­ge, adapt and st­rengt­hen their ro­le as cul­tu­ral ma­na­gers in sup­por­ting the ge­ne­ral sus­tai­na­bi­li­ty mo­ve­ment, im­pac­ting peop­le’s and in­dust­ries’ pro-eco­lo­gi­cal be­ha­viours, as­sis­ting all ty­pes of at­tempts to ma­ke our li­fe on Earth mo­re sus­tai­nab­le, et­hi­cal, res­pon­sib­le or ba­lan­ced – in en­vi­ron­men­tal, so­cial and eco­no­mic sen­se.

Learn about the different aspects of sustainability, such as its social dimensions and inter-generational aspects, cultural tourism and public health policies. Read more: cosm.humak.fi  and sign up for COSM3 here.

COSM Talks is a Think Tank for Industry Professionals

COSM Talks are live events where industry professionals are brought together to discuss the current state of cultural management. The idea is to find out how we can improve the process through our actions. The attendees of the first COSM Talks live event included Jonathan Vickery from the University of Warwick, Philippe Vandenbroeck from shiftN, Robert Knippschild from the Technical University of Dresden, Katriina Soini from LUKE Finland and Pekka Vartiainen, Oona Tikkaoja and Marcin Poprawski from Humak.

Watch the highlights of the first COSM Talks event below!

Culture as a Transformative Power

The first event tackled themes such as cultural production models and the narrative framework of cultural sustainability. The idea is to reframe cultural management in terms of sustainability and rediscover the meaning of cultural management through sustainability values. That can be done by examining how cultural producers narrate what they do and what impact they have on local communities.

“Sustainability is an unresolved kind of problem which has been taken over by climate change scientists and other urgent kind of future disaster predictions which are very important, and we all need to be concerned. But at the same time, it’s eclipsing a lot of questions over local life and cultural production. There’s an urgent issue there and it’s urgent to address the lack of cultural management and production frameworks that really can provide intellectual leadership in sustainability”, says Jonathan Vickery.

Culture can be viewed as a transformative power for sustainability. Art provides content for the narrative of cultural management and sustainability. The key is to start by examining what can realistically be done in our everyday lives to undo the unsustainable until sustainability values become the new norm.

Cultural Managers co-creating a better future

It’s important to understand the role of a cultural manager in relation to the process of social learning. A cultural manager works as a sort of social architect. They co-create conditions that encourage idealism and incentivizes people and communities to build a better future. This creates a space where we are more in contact with the world around us. That way we can can safely question our assumptions and be more open to feedback.

There’s a huge need for cultural managers and producers who can integrate local development with high level contemporary practice.

Humak’s aim is to create more equal societies by developing competencies that unify people. Given the potential to tie up arts and cultural management there is enormous potential to develop a powerful synergy between the two. COSM began with the idea of looking outside the box of culture management. The good thing about cultural management as an academic field is that it’s open to different directions.

The idea behind COSM is exploring ways to undo the unsustainable in cultural management. Many creative processes are unsustainable in its core. The aim of the study modules is to find sustainable alternatives to these processes. The courses start in January 2021, you can register for the courses through our web store. For more information, visit the COSM website.