The triangulation – of the Pandemic for which no country or community was prepared; the cultural dimension of climate crisis long ignored due to the colonial hegemonic binary discourse of nature and culture; and Black Lives Matter movement that exposed global continuation of gross inequities – has brought the arts, culture, heritage and environmental sectors into a deep crisis. As we ride the wave or tsunami of emergencies, the challenge remains as to how we move forward building on the resilience of communities and cultural groups. What is the best way for governments to make interventions with immediate and long-term impacts? How best can civil society engage? What does inclusion and sustainability mean in the immediate and long-term futures? In order to safeguard the grassroots cultural and linguistic diversity what are the pathways for the future? What of the criticality of the decolonisation of heritage discourse? We know how much Heritage Matters, but how can we position heritage in all its manifestations in the holistic discourse of sustainable heritage development? How do we rethink the way we approach the UN Sustainable Development Goals? How do we continue to locate and advocate for culture in development through demonstration projects? These and many other questions and concerns are addressed in this series of Webinars facilitated by the International Institute for the Inclusive Museum; UNESCO Chair on Inclusive Museums and Sustainable Heritage Development and the International Centre for Inclusive Cultural Leadership, AnantU; and Common Ground Research Networks.
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