Culture is a relatively new pillar in RDI’s State of the Basin well-being research. It is an area both difficult to define and understand because culture often means different things to different people. It is individual, but also collective; it is deeply personal, but also shared. Any understanding of culture involves our own sense of self and our connections to family and friends, broader ethnic and social groups, and our communities and region as a whole.
RDI researchers have adopted a broad and inclusive approach to researching cultural well-being that takes into account a wide variety of factors and indicators. We ultimately recognize cultural well-being as the vitality that individuals and communities enjoy through participation in recreation, and creative and cultural activities, as well as the freedom to retain, interpret, and express our arts, history, heritage, and traditions. We generally experience a strong sense of cultural satisfaction when our individual desires for a shared sense of community and lifestyle are fulfilled. The cultural pillar has four themes under which research is being considered and developed: Arts, Heritage, Recreation, and Culture.
RDI seeks to develop a ‘made in the Basin-Boundary’ approach that serves the needs and interests of the region. The instrumental and intrinsic values of culture are acknowledged, and RDI intends to investigate both quantitative and qualitative measures of cultural well-being
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