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  • “Art and culture tells us what we don't know about ourselves by showing us who we are. I've learned that this "showing" comes best when we see it through the eyes and hear it through the voices of people who are least familiar with whom we are and what we know. In my experience these discoveries have been most enriching through international collaborations. We would be impoverished without them because if we spend the whole of lives with people just like ourselves we will never learn anything new and as a consequence we will be less instead of more!”
    Farooq Chaudhry
    Producer, Akram Khan Company
  • “As an actor, I, like many people in the arts, rely on collaboration with people from other countries. Whether it be international co-productions, filming abroad, or working with directors, actors and creatives from outside of the UK, the arts needs an outward-looking and inclusive view of the world to thrive.”
    Emily Berrington
  • “Too much of the acting industry is based on fear and self-preservation. The Abundance Principal and Global Future's work could help dramatically change the industry into a more open, collaborative and diverse environment.”
    Ben Lloyd-Hughes

Our common humanity flourishes in the arena of art and culture. Global Future will work to ensure that artists and creative industries benefit from open cultural exchange and the free flow of global talent. We will also support cultural and community activities that release creativity and bring people together to break down barriers.

Portrait of an Artist

Kome Eleyae
posted on 6th June 2017
As a young creative, my practice is dependent on inspiration from and partnerships with people from all walks of life. In light of the recent rise in the "nativism and narrow nationalism" that Our Global Future is rallying against, it is now imperative for creatives to come together to form a counter narrative of tolerance and community.
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Latest Related Report

posted on 30th December 2017



Leading figures in Britain’s Creative Industries fear a hard Brexit will damage a sector of the economy that the Government itself estimates is worth more than £87 billion a year.

A survey for the Global Future think tank with 50 of the most influential figures in creative Industries is published today.

It reveals:

• The single highest priority for government action now is preserving the right for Freedom of Movement between the UK and the European Union. This is seen as more important for securing growth and vibrancy in the future even than government funding for the arts or securing trade and investment.

• The creative leaders were almost unanimous (46 out of 50) in saying a hard Brexit that ended free movement would have either a negative or devastating impact on their industries.

• A similar number of respondents said cultural diversity was one of the chief reasons behind Britain’s creative success on the world stage (42), that there was now a big risk for the UK’s soft power and creative reputation (46) and that morale in their sector had fallen since the European referendum last year (41).

Gurnek Bains, CEO of Global Future, said:

“Britain’s Creative Industries employ more people than our financial sector and make a hugely important contribution to our economy, as well as driving our soft power in the world. Until now their voice has not be heard properly in the debate about our future.”

“But this survey shows that leaders in this industry regard a hard Brexit, which would severely restrict their ability to hire the talent needed to thrive, now threatens one of the things that makes Britain great.”

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Cultural DNA: The Psychology of Globalisation
posted on 9th February 2017
Cultural DNA is a thought provoking book for successful engagement with cultures around the world. Presenting ground breaking original research and the latest evidence from neuroscience, behavioral genetics, and psychology, the deepest instincts of eight key global cultures are dissected. Readers will understand the psychological themes at play in regions such as the U.S., Latin America, Europe, China, India, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and Australia.
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