On Placecloud, leading cultural researchers tell the stories of the world through “viewpoints” – short podcasts about places. Viewpoints reveal the significance of the everyday places that surround us, bringing the world to life.
When we listen to the stories of the places around us, we emotionally invest in those places. We feel connected to them. This feeling of connection is necessary for care. Care is the underlying prerequisite for all efforts of sustainability and other human problems. The more we care, the harder we work to protect what we care about. Placecloud triggers and supercharges this process.
Our experts are at the forefront of global cultural research: professors and PhDs from leading universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and UCL; and independent published researchers. Our innovative funding model means that 70% of your subscription is paid directly to the specific researchers you listen to in any given month, with the balance invested back into the Placecloud platform.
Placecloud experts are specialists in history and related cultural fields. They may be academics, published authors, or researchers with a cultural institution.
Our vision is to reveal the cultural significance of the millions of everyday places that surround us, so that we can all enjoy a more meaningful relationship with our world.
WHO WE ARE
George is driven by the potential to harness the power latent in grassroots culture - writers, scholars, artists, independent museums, archives - on a wider societal scale for the public good. Placecloud aims to reveal the cultural significance of ordinary places as a means of fostering a deeper connection to our surroundings. George has a deep interest in 'place' - the built and natural environment - and its vital contribution to human culture.
Babak was working in ICT4D before it had a name (2001), and never really left it. He brought photomarathons to Africa (2007) and won the Highway Africa new media award (2007) with Ismail Farouk. Work of his has been selected for, and won, many global awards, including the UN World Summit Award (2012, 2017) and the Prêmio Jornalístico Vladimir Herzog de Anistia e Direitos Humanos (2016); Work of his has been nominated for the Gabriel García Márquez award (2016) and the Prêmio Petrobras de Jornalismo (2016).