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 COSM courses is currently open, you can register through our web store. The last registration date for COSM 1 has been extended until January 19th. Respectively COSM 2’s final registration date is on the 23rd of February and on the 11th of March for COSM 3. Read more and sign up by clicking the banner below!

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COSM1 kicks off next week with attending international quests. Familiarize yourself with two of the guests below! 

Dr Sacha Kagan studied History at Université Bordeaux 3, Political Sciences at Sciences Po Bordeaux, Cultural Economics & Cultural Entrepreneurship and Sociology of the Arts at Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. In 2011 he completed his PhD at Leuphana Universität Lüneburg (Germany) with a thesis on Art and (Un-)Sustainability. He received the “Basarab Nicolescu Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering Award” 2018 from the Academy for Transdisciplinary Learning and Advanced Studies (ATLAS). Sacha Kagan intervened at over 130 events in 33 countries, authored over 70 publications, directed 3 documentary films, and contributed in various roles to a dozen art projects. More info at:

Birgitta Persson is a consultant, trainer and mentor in cultural management, leadership and organisational development in Olivearte Cultural Agency. Birgitta is also part of the company Point of Value that works with development of individuals, teams and organisations based on values. She is also the chair of the theatre company Månteatern based in Lund, Sweden that produces contemporary drama for children and young people. Up until 2017, she worked for 12 years as Secretary General of Trans Europe Hallesan international network of cultural centers initiated by grassroots. Before that she worked as a producer, promoter, fundraiser, marketing manager, project manager etc at a cultural centre and organized concerts, shows, exhibitions, circus, collaboration projects for 10 years.   

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.