Kukunori – the Central Association of Culture and Wellbeing in Finland is an umbrella organization of 43 Finnish non-profit non-governmental organizations working for wellbeing, art and culture. Kukunori’s mission is to support organizations, groups and people in developing their practices and working culture, adding inclusion, experimentation and creativity, leading to wellbeing for all. Kukunori establishes contacts between different stakeholders with a view to exploring synergies between them, thus nurturing cooperation, interdisciplinarity and innovation in solving societal problems through an approach based on the promotion of human and civil rights. Kukunori is a developmental organization that supports, encourages and invites people, groups and organizations to take initiative and create action building a new culture of wellbeing.
Kukunori’s projects are working on the fields of culture, social welfare, health and human rights. Kukunori follows the principles of transformative, experimental and systemic design and creates impact through cultural action, collaborating and creating partnerships, networking and leading with data. Kukunori amplifies the unheard voices in society and creates sensemaking and visibility through continuous campaigning, events, training, publications, videos, animations, podcasts and community media. All Kukunori action includes people with lived experience with recovering from mental health problems, people with disabilities, people with history of substance abuse, prisoners and ex-prisoners and other marginalized people. Kukunori employs 15 professionals and a number of freelancers all around Finland.
Kukunori is also a technology organization that creates platforms, digital services and tech solutions for activists, organizations and people in need of help and support. Kukunori produced and coordinates the digital Pokka assessment tool for making wellbeing results and change visible. Pokka is used in over 450 Finnish organizations. Kukunori coordinates collaborative projects that are funded by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, Finnish Cultural Foundation and European Union.