Culture, Organisation and Sustainability Management

New, exciting study content about culture and sustainability management becomes available on January 2021. Culture, Organisation and Sustainability Management (COSM) consists of three 5 ECTS courses that are designed to work as a package, but can also be studied separately.

The idea behind COSM is exploring ways to undo the unsustainable in cultural management. Many creative processes, projects are unsustainable in its core, and 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 (link to webstore). For more information, visit the COSM website (link to site).

Sustainability for a better future

One side of COSM 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. Focusing on all types of attempts to make our life more sustainable, ethical, responsible or balanced – in an environmental, and a socioeconomic sense.

“It’s similar to sir David Attenborough’s call for completing our journey of development, managing our impact, and once again becoming a species in balance with nature, restoring the rich, healthy, and wonderful world that we inherited”, says Marcin Poprawski, lecturer in charge of COSM. Watch Marcin’s interview below!

Dr. Marcin Poprawski is a researcher & lecturer of Cultural Management at Humak University of Applied Sciences, and at the AMU University of Poznan in Poland. Dr. Poprawski’s fields of research are centered on cultural policies, arts and heritage management, sustainability, creative processes, aesthetics and organization studies.

COSM Talks 

To make COSM more accessible for everyone interested in sharing ideas, practices and developing new ways to look at the issues related to sustainability and culture, we initiated a series of loose and informal online events, roundtables which we call “COSM Talks”.  Guests of the first round come from Germany, Belgium, England, and Finland, from institutions like Leibniz Institute in Dresden, Natural Resources Institute Finland and the University of Warwick.

Our guest speakers of COSM Talks are experienced and inspiring scholars, experts, individual focused on co-created practices. We are all curious where they take us in their reflections and discussions. With COSM Talks the aim is to learn and extend the knowledge and competencies of all options at hand to emerge a new generation of cultural managers, art and social entrepreneurs, NGO’s and cultural organisation professionals that will keep sustainability oriented paths and values in their practice.

Four people smiling and the COSM Talks logo.
To learn more about culture and sustainability, tune in to COSM Talks on December 8th.

“This is our meeting time with most creative and intriguing international experts we know, who have curiosity and experience in re-thinking our sustainability values that should be applied to cultural organisations’, cultural managers’ and cultural entrepreneurs’ everyday practice”, says Poprawski.

COSM Talks will be organized online (Zoom) on December 8th 2020 13:00 – 16:00 GMT+2 / 12:00 – 15:00 CET

Entering the event is free, to join the event register through the Lyyti service (link to Lyyti).

Redefining cultural organisation

COSM is intended to be a laboratory of sustainability focused cultural management teaching methods and social (community) impact tools, applied to cultural management and cultural organisation practices. COSM will be a safe space for questioning the answers regarding cultural organisations and cultural professionals’ role in balancing their ecosystems.

It’s all about providing tools and conditions for a sustainable, healthy, ethically concerned cultural management ecosystem. We require a new perspective on the impact of cultural policies’ political trends and the conditions of cultural management practice. Sustainability oriented values in cultural management might provide an answer.

“I hope that I would have a chance to learn a lot from my colleagues in Finland and support them with my experience and passion. I wish to provide ideas and teaching tools that will be created and used in accordance with the Humak University of Applied Sciences spirit and its essential role as one of the leading Finnish spots specializing in the development of expertise in several fields that are now urgently needed in our societies”, Poprawski emphasises.