Culture as Gradient (2020)

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Culture as Gradient

A Cultural Change Towards Environmental Progressiveness:

On How to Make Cultural Changes, that Can Cause Environmental System Changes (2022)

By Ingrid Katrine Amundsen


This essay adresses how the global culture sector might have impacts on global system changes, which again may have positive effects on the environment. The author will argue that tolerance and inclusiveness, and fairness, acceptance and equality, as well as diversity, will help save our planet. And, it is one of the core tasks of culture, the author utterly claims, to enhance these values and norms, that can make favourable system changes, for humanity and for the planet, in one. 

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The hypothesis of this essay is quite simple, clear and cut to the core: (1) our global culture is powerful and influences such a wide range of human beings in our global society. (2) if they whom are the core voices of our culture, choose to become more environmentally progressive, proactive, and change their pedagogical role and communicative capacity, they might cause (3) a system change. When the right message is brought forward; such as a raised awareness on environmental matters, and if they put this urgent message into actions, it will have a positive effect on (4) the environment, too. In order to make this four step change, culture needs to take on the fight for equality and fairness, tolerance, diversity and acceptance, so that marginalized voices will be included in the cultural discourse too, and altogether make our culture more diverse. Because, scientific findings shows that innovation and radical change, thrive in diverse environments (Nelson 2013). To focus on cultural diversity, is therefore beneficial for environmental system changes too. To make system changes towards an environmentally friendly system at our planet is, thereby, also to listen to the most progressive, experimental and radical voices of our culture: they whom represents the future frontiers of diversity in our culture, tied to proactive mindsets and the currents of our Zeitgeist. But, if we cannot manage the challenges we are up against, at least we must stay positive, fight for diversity, do our utter best to act, give our all, and stick together. The key words in this context is, therefore, collaboration, diversity, and to take on the challange of system changes, against all odds. However, culture; in all its facetted colours is inherently socially connected, diverse and changable, and it is its core functions or mechanism to pave the way for greater diversity through; social networks, in our global society. This might just take the victory of human culture, home! And, this essay is for the team, for our human culture! 


The Art of Unfolding Culture

Culture as Gradient

The title; Culture as Gradient, on an abstract and metaphorical level, adresses the potential change from one shade of colour to another. It represents the process of potential system changes and positive environmental effects, suggested by the core hypothesis: a change of shade from one system to another. In order to change from one system to another, the author suggests that cultural values and norms, that particularly favours radical system changes must be promoted culturally. These normes, values and qualities, such as as diversity, fairness, tolerance, equality and acceptance, must be thoroughly emphasized. To make the system change final, key actors have to collaborate with marginalized voices, within the domain of culture, in order to change and accelerate the shading, deep transition and change, from one paradigm to another. 

What are the Core Values of Diversity in Our Human Culture?

How is Culture Socially Connected?


What is the Role of Culture in Our Global Society?

How Can Culture as being Socially Connected, Help Save Humanity?

What Cultural Messages Can Benefit Environmental Changes?


On the Relationships Between Culture; as Socially Connected, and System changes


Culture as Gradient – The Core Ingrediant for Environmental System Changes


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Nelson, A. (2013). Radical Interdisciplinarity and Other Ingredients for Innovation: Andrew Nelson at TEDxOregon. [online]. Available at: [Accessed: 04.02.2019].

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