JIMMY NELSON FOUNDATION’S DEDICATION

OUR VISION

Our world is changing. It’s an inevitable process and it’s advancing at a speed like never before. From a life spent traveling, Jimmy Nelson has experienced that his camera is more than just the perfect tool to make contact and build intimate and unique friendships. For years, his camera has proven to be invaluable in capturing cultural diversity. Jimmy Nelson has actively gone out to represent the indigenous cultures of the world on film.

 

But with every new journey he undertakes, Jimmy Nelson is finding it harder to discover cultures that are not at risk by the homogenizing forces of a globalizing world. Mankind is at the risk of losing its cultural diversity. With the steady demise of different cultures, the world’s diversity is diminishing and it becomes increasingly difficult to learn from each others’ differences.

 

Jimmy Nelson has established the foundation to highlight the wealth of having a world with diverse cultural heritage. Why is this important to us? UNESCO director Irina Bokova calls cultural diversity “the promise of renewal and dynamism, and an engine of innovation and development.” The traditional knowledge of indigenous societies can contribute to the planet’s modern vision on technology, science and medicine. Indigenous societies also provide outstanding examples of sustainable living.

OUR MISSION

The Jimmy Nelson Foundation tries to raise awareness on the way globalization affects our cultural heritage. We engage in fostering an appreciation for cultural diversity and aim to do so by connecting people from different cultures and bolster learning from each others’ shared knowledge.

 

‘Celebration’

Imaging and highlighting existing cultures as part of a culturally diverse world. Here we focus on a broad understanding of ‘arts and culture’, including creative and performance art. The aim is to bring cultures together in a way that brings about mutual appreciation.

 

‘Education’

Sharing information and enabling education about specific cultures. Here we focus on the communities that are portrayed and on audiences of Jimmy Nelson’s work. These projects can include support of existing institutions and organisations.

 

‘Fortification’

Establishing a base for the (continued) execution of the cultural expression. This regards working together with local governments and other stakeholders in the public domain.

 

The Jimmy Nelson Foundation realises that these tracks overlap. We also note that from the top to bottom, each defined goal is a little harder to achieve. We will strengthen and develop our skills, as we commit ourselves to a long term strategy of realizing celebration, education and fortification of culture.

 

“Having been born into a polychromatic world of cultural diversity, it is my fear that our grandchildren will awake into a monochromatic world not ever having known anything else.” Margeret Mead – social anthropologist

 

HOW CAN YOU CONTRIBUTE?

DONATE NOW

The Jimmy Nelson Foundation helps to shape a world that celebrates its polychromatic culture. We fund projects that capture and share cultural diversity. With your support we can keep realizing fantastic ideas.

 

By contributing you are helping the Jimmy Nelson Foundation to raise awareness on the way globalization affects our cultural heritage. Your support fosters an appreciation for cultural diversity and connects people in learning from each others’ cultural knowledge.

 

Let’s celebrate the world’s polychromatic cultural identity. Help others to achieve their dreams and donate!

PARTICIPATE

Jimmy has spent the last three decades documenting and celebrating indigenous culture. Now it’s your turn to take action!

 

We use the funds we receive from businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to realize your ideas and dreams. We urge you to apply for project funding. Relevant projects support a celebration of the world’s polychromatic cultural identity.

 

If you would like Jimmy Nelson foundation to consider funding your project, please submit your idea via the web form below.

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  • Last Thursday 27 October, we celebrated the launch of the Jimmy Nelson Foundation in de Vondelkerk of Amsterdam. Check out our Facebook page to have a look at the photo album and have a taste of the ambiance of the night itself. During the evening many guests subscribed to become a Friend of the Fou...

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