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Why is art essential for our survival?
At Artizen our mission is to radically expand support for artists who impact culture. Why? There are two reasons. First, art that impacts culture makes more money (at least in the long run). The bigger the impact, the greater the returns. And second, art that impacts culture has the potential to bend the arc of history in a positive direction. It’s a cliché but when I became a dad everything changed. What kind of world do I want to leave my son? How can I make a difference? And for me I kept coming back to art. Not because of the joy art brings to your life, but because I see art as one of the most effective tools for reprogramming our broken culture.
In this essay I explore how art impacts culture, how culture determines human cooperation at scale, and how the major threats of the 21st century will require us to cooperate globally at an unprecedented level.