DEFY THE NORM.
ACHE WITH WANDERLUST.
CHANGE THE WORLD.
People. Places. Positive Change.
The Culture-ist is a media platform and a movement for social good that revolves around a community of storytellers, travelers, dreamers and changemakers who use their words and actions to make the world we love a better place. 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 development and sustainable agriculture programs.
MEET THE TEAM
Maria Russo, Co-Founder, Editor
Maria is a writer and editor who has worked in print and broadcast media at companies such as: MTV Networks, Harper’s Bazaar, Warner Bros. and WOR News Talk Radio. Her work has appeared on National Geographic, BBC America, The Huffington Post, People, Stylelist and AFAR among others. Russo is a humanitarian and avid traveler who loves natural wonders, slow food, yoga and good conversation over a cup of Masala chai. Follow Maria on Twitter @MariaCultureist
Anthony Russo, Co-founder, Chief Innovator & Head of Social
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. Follow Anthony on Twitter @AJCultureist & @TheCultureist
Angelica Olstad, Assistant Editor
Angelica Olstad is a professional musician, yogi, and freelance writer living in Brooklyn, New York. Her work as an events produce and wellness expert has been featured in such publications as Buzzfeed, The Gothamist, and Well+Good. She is also a regular contributor for MindBodyGreen and is a guest blogger for numerous health and wellness companies. She received a Master’s in Music for piano at the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana) and hasn’t regretted her liberal arts degree for one second. As a writer she is passionate about exploring cultural, health and wellness trends all around the world. She is also the founder of Pop Up Yoga NYC, a yoga company that provides free and lost cost yoga classes in urban spaces. Follow her on Twitter: @yogipianist
Angelica Bamundo, Graphic Designer
Angelica is an illustrator, designer, and reanimated ghoul 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.
Chelsea Stuart, Travel/Changemakers
Chelsea Stuart is currently finishing up her degree in Writing, Literature & Publishing at Emerson College in Boston. After living on a ship for four months and visiting 15 countries with the study abroad program Semester at Sea, she’s presently dealing with some intense wanderlust. Aside from travel, she enjoys reading, writing, photography, thrifting, and drinking an absurd amount of coffee. She hopes to one day (soon) pursue a career in publishing and try her luck in The City that Never Sleeps.
Lucy Munday, Travel/Social Good
Lucy is a UK based traveller, writer, photographer, coffee snob and stew expert. She has lived and worked in Austria, New Zealand, Australia and Bali and hopes the list will get longer. On her travels she discovered her concerns with environmentalism, and feminism and her love of writing and travel is a bug that won’t stop biting. Her favourite food is anything from everywhere, plus a glass of red wine. She loves Asian sunrises, European mountains and scuba diving in her beloved Asia. She is currently studying the NCTJ in Journalism.
Rachel Wallace, Travel/Food
Rachel Wallace is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where she studied psychology, journalism, and warm weather. She recently moved back to her home state of New York to attend the Columbia Publishing Course and pursue a career in writing and editing. Some of her interests include poetry, hip-hip, yoga, and YouTube. She is adventurous when it comes to food and passionate about traveling. Her favorite places to be include London and the New York Renaissance Faire.
Marina Starkey, Travel/Food
Marina is a student who finds most of her comfort in food and in cooking. She runs her own adventurous food blog, fondly called “Marinated” which you can explore at www.marinatedblog.com. While studying abroad in London, she realized that all she wants from life is to eat through all of the cities in the world and write about it. In between meals, Marina enjoys reading and writing poetry, playing her ukulele, and dreaming up the places she wants to travel to next. She’s currently finishing her degree in Writing, Literature, & Publishing at Emerson College and is pretending the future isn’t happening yet.