“To defend and preserve communities, their culture and their citizens’ individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person based upon Common constitutional principles of fairness, equality, and justice.”
The Institute for the Development and Preservation of Culture and Self-Sufficiency (“IDPCS)” was founded as a California-based entity in order to provide a wide range of culture-related services on a world-wide basis. “Culture” has in turn been partially defined in one dictionary as consisting of the following three components:
(1) The behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought, especially as expressed in a particular community; or
(2) Intellectual and artistic activity and the works produced; or
(3) Development of the intellect through training or education.
The founders of the IDPCS included the concept of self-sufficiency as part of its name and mission, because the idea of building and preserving culture and reminding people of the needs of everyone to lead more self-sufficient lives go hand-in-hand. In fact, “sustainable development”, by one definition, is considered to be a development that meets the needs of present generations without compromising the abilities of future generations to meet their own needs. In this context, sustainable development includes not only environmental, but also economic, social, and cultural aspects. While it has been generally recognized that the 21st century will be a century of globalization, notwithstanding its obvious benefits, causes the substantive threat of cultural globalization. Therefore, we hope in a special way to work with individuals and their communities to identify and maintain their particular form of cultural diversification that reflect the diversity and identity of the individual and/or the community.
The founding Board of Directors have already been involved in activities that can be considered as very consistent with the Institute such as helping develop a school library in an underprivileged area, building a water well in Africa, helping rebuild communities after a disaster or supplying communities in poorer parts of the United States with internet infrastructure, and even retrieving stolen cultural artifacts or artworks through legal proceedings. These are just some of the activities that we foresee for the Institute.
WHAT WE DO
We Get Perspectives.
We Inform. We Connect. We Organize.
We Empower & Come To Action.
The targeted community becomes part of the process from the bottom-up from day 1, because at the end of the day we are seeking to aid in the cultural preservation of the community. We believe that it is all about the needs and wants of the community and the community’s part of all decision-making which serves to safeguard its culture.
Part of our mission is to continue raising awareness about the needs and wants of many diverse communities, both internationally and domestically. We will be regularly reporting on our blog the needs, wants, criticisms, obstacles, and interviews that have been made known to us in the course of our efforts to create an accountable, transparent and open process to preserve culture and the communities and individuals we are serving on a long-term basis.