Antonella Graef, lensed in Vogue Russia July 2010 by photographer Ben Weller juxtaposes important values subsets around the globe.
We doubt that Vogue Russia intended to make any global values statements with these photos, but they capture perfectly the milkmaid who loves nature and baubles, too. She is the Smart Sensuality woman.
Dr. Paul Ray and Cultural Creatives
We embrace the research of Dr. Paul Ray and his wife Sherry Anderson and their identification of Cultural Creatives as a growing group of international globalists who embrace human values considered female-centric.
My strategic focus on Smart Sensuality women highlights a subset of Dr. Ray’s values-driven universe. In my conversations with Dr. Ray and in reviewing his research through the prism of my own observations about American culture and consumerism, I find his insights rock solid.
The Antonella Graef’s photo dramatize the conflicting issues around materialism, wealth, nature and environment, international development and the relationship of the individual to her/his group status.
We oversimplify the Integral Values research, positing these trends as an American mindset vs a Scandinavian one.
Yet the comparative lens reflects the concerns of millions of independent-thinking, creative achievers — who aren’t socialist threats as argued by Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck in the tradition of Joseph McCarthy.
Like them but perhaps more thoughtfully and definitely in lower-toned voices, we consider what defines a life well-lived life and the nature of our obligations to the rest of the world community and Mother Nature.
We regret that CulturalCreatives.org — the top Google entry in a search on Cultural Creatives hasn’t been updated since 2001. The finding suggests that Cultural Creatives are no big deal, which is not the case.