DEFY THE NORM.
ACHE WITH WANDERLUST.
CHANGE THE WORLD.
The Culture-ist is an online magazine that covers travel and culture from a progressive prospective. We like to think of the platform as movement for social good that revolves around a global community of storytellers, travelers, dreamers and changemakers. Our community cares about the future of this planet and the necessary steps we all must take to preserve and protect the one home we share, Earth.
The Culture-ist is also the Humanity Unified Community’s home base for news, ideas and collaborations.
Mark Twain once said that “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness” and we believe that through the experience of exploring the world and its vast array of cultures we can inspire one another to create positive change for the good of all.
We are excited to announce that we have launched a sister site, Humanity Unified. Humanity Unified is a socially-conscious lifestyle brand for the traveler, dreamer and changemaker.
Our model is simple, People before Profits.
We work with local organizations to help fund projects that empower women in developing nations through education, economic opportunities and food security programs.
MEET THE TEAM
Maria Russo, Co-Founder, Editor
Maria is a writer and editor who has worked in television, print and broadcast media companies such as: MTV Networks, People, Harper’s Bazaar, Warner Bros. and WOR News Talk Radio. She is currently a contributing writer at Inc.com. Her work with The Culture-ist has been featured by Architectural Digest, National Geographic, BBC America, The Huffington Post, FATHOM, StyleList and Men’s Health among others. Russo is a humanitarian and avid traveler who loves nature, slow food, yoga and good conversation over a cup of Masala chai. Follow Maria on Twitter @MariaCultureist
Anthony Russo, Co-founder, Chief Dreamer
Anthony is an active philanthropist involved in organizations focusing on microfinance and providing rural communities access to clean water. Anthony is currently pursuing an MBA in Marketing and Global Business Strategy at Rutgers University. FollowAnthony on Twitter @AJCultureist & @TheCultureist
Angelica Olstad, Head of Strategic Partnerships
Angelica Bamundo, Graphic Designer
Angelica is an illustrator and designer from New York who is responsible for The Culture-ist’s branding and promotional imagery. Legend has it that on clear nights when Saturn is aligned with Alpha Centauri, she can be found studying illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Although this is a subject of great speculation, leading paranormal experts agree: “Those among us who are more sensitive to psychic energies can clearly see her drawing many otherworldly things, logos and graphic novel concepts included. When the dark spirits are feeling particularly benevolent, she might even be seen smacking at buttons on an iMac, according to an eyewitness account from 1892.” The most convincing piece of evidence comes in the form of her purported email address, [email protected], and her final resting place/website, abamundo.carbonmade.com, both of which should be cautiously used to contact her at a seance.
Amber Dunlap, Travel/Changemaker
Amber Dunlap is an aspiring travel writer from Colorado dipping her toes into the profession here at The Culture-ist. Currently, she is prepping for a year abroad in Peru where she hopes to pick up the Spanish language, dive into the local culture, draw inspiration for her writing, and most importantly stretch her comfort zone to new depths. She’s an explorer and an adventurer, finding her bliss when in new places, under new roofs, and humbled by nature. Writing is her tool for processing and inspiring others to get out there and engage in this beautiful world. Find her on Twitter @Amber_Dunlap.
Partnership with Emerson College
Emerson College and The Culture-ist formed a new partnership for an experiential learning class titled “Topics in Writing and Publishing: Writing and Editing for TheCultureist.com.” The class is designed to give students (senior undergraduates and graduate students) practical experience by serving as the primary content creators for the online travel and culture magazine that focuses on social good and Millennials.
The course, which runs during the Spring semester, 2016, is offered through Emerson’s Writing, Literature and Publishing (WLP) Department, but students in any major across the College who have an interest in publishing can apply to participate in the course. Interim Dean of the School of the Arts Robert Sabal believes the partnership provides invaluable experience for students. “Emerson students are passionate storytellers, so it’s deeply gratifying to offer them the opportunity to manage the editorial process of an online magazine like The Culture-ist and serve as its editors and writers. This new course will build students’ portfolios as well as their confidence as writers, digital publishers, and valued contributors,” said Sabal.
During the 14-week semester, the students will pitch and critique story ideas; create assignments; report, write, and edit articles; and manage the editorial workflow. Additionally, they will examine best practices for web publishing and learn how to monitor and analyze web traffic, developing an understanding of what stories get the most traction online.
Emerson is the first higher education institution The Culture-ist has partnered with for content. “Topics in Writing and Publishing: Writing and Editing for TheCultureist.com” will be taught by Assistant Professor in WLP and former editor-in-chief at the Boston Globe Magazine Susanne Althoff.