Institute of World Culture

Theme for 2019
FREEDOM, EXCELLENCE AND SELF-TRANSCENDENCE

The theme for the year is Freedom, Excellence and Self-Transcendence.  These core ideas point to fundamental potentials in human beings.  Each can be used to develop inner qualities of character in an individual, and each can be used to contribute to the culture of a society.  Together these ideas interact and nourish cultures.  In time, a world culture can emerge from the authentic development and use of these ideas.

All of the 10 Aims in the Declaration of Interdependence will offer seed ideas for the programs, but Aims #2 and #9 will receive particular attention.

Aim 2: 
To renew the universal vision behind the American Dream through authentic affirmations of freedom, excellence and self-transcendence in an ever-evolving Republic of Conscience.

Aim 9: 
To assist in the emergence of men and women of universal culture, capable of continuous growth in non-violence of mind, generosity of heart and harmony of soul.

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YOUR SUPPORT IS IMPORTANT 
This is our annual fundraising period. You may not know that the Institute is self-sustaining; it is not funded by outside foundations and has no paid staff.  It is your donations that make possible the continued variety of programs offered, covering the cost of guest speakers and media equipment, as well as helping to maintain the building.  Your contributions in time, funds and work are greatly appreciated. 

The yearly operating budget for IWC is $35,000. Insurance, utilities, building maintenance and security are the primary expenses.  In 2018 the painting of th exterior of the building has been completed, but new exterior lighting is needed.  A library inventory project is underway.  A top priority is to expand online access to our programs so that they can be heard and seen from anywhere in the world.

Donations made by check should be sent to the Treasurer, Institute of World Culture, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA. 
If paying by credit card, please click here
A portion of your donation can be used to start or renew a membership. 
The entire amount is tax-deductible as a donation to a 501c3 non-profit organization. 

 

OFFER YOUR SUGGESTIONS FOR THE 2019 PROGRAM
The programs offered by the Institute in 2019 will explore the meaning and practice of three core
ideas: freedom, excellence and self-transcendence. Each of these ideas points to fundamental
potentials in human beings. Each can be used to develop inner qualities of character in an individual,
and each can be used to contribute to the culture of a society.

Freedom enables moral choice. Excellence demonstrates a high accomplishment of latent knowledge
and skill. Self-transcendence requires a rise in consciousness to a level that is above, beyond and
deeper than the experience of sensory perceptions. Together these ideas interact and nourish
cultures. In time, a world culture can emerge from the authentic development and use of these
ideas.

We welcome your suggestion(s) for forums and seminars to be presented in the coming year. If you
wish, you may view your suggestion through the lens of one of the following:
• Astronomy
• Science and Medicine
• Literature & Poetry
• Historical Studies
• Visual Arts and the Expressions of Excellence
• Archaeological Discoveries
• Ancient Cultures
• Geophysical Studies
• Music
• Justice and Equality
What are the most pressing problems facing human beings?

You may send your suggestions, along with your name, address, email and telephone number via email.
For Email: click here to send via email. If the link does not work, you can find the email address on the Suggestion Forms linked below.

You may also mail your form to:
Program Coordinator
Institute of World Culture
1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

SUGGESTION FORM (WORD FORMAT)

SUGGESTION FORM (PDF FORMAT)

A response to this suggestion form is appreciated by November 17, 2018, but ideas and suggestions
for the Institute’s programs are welcome at any time.We thank you for whatever support you can give.

Carolyn Dorrance, President