Theatrum Mundi seeks new Trustees – lawyers sought
Theatrum Mundi is a UK Charitable Incorporated Organisation governed by a voluntary board of trustees, who ensure the charity is properly run and achieves its objectives. This includes an Executive Committee focused on finance and long-term development. Theatrum Mundi also operates through an association loi 1901, a non-profit structure based in Paris whose president and committee support the development of activities in France and across the EU.
Theatrum Mundi has the charitable aim of improving the understanding of cities through education and research. We think that collaboration with artists can offer city-makers — architects, planners, engineers, and urbanists — critical approaches to the way their crafts shape the public life of cities.
Our concern is for the ways the public lives of cities, in all their forms, are understood and designed. We aim to enrich these by engaging urbanists in co-production of knowledge, culture, and design, with artists, writers, performers, and scholars.
We convene practitioners and scholars in workshops, seminars, public events, and creative projects. We also publish independently and through other platforms. Established now as a charity based in London, our projects and programmes operate internationally with a wide range of partners.
Theatrum Mundi was founded at LSE Cities in 2012, as a series of conversations led by LSE Professor of Sociology Richard Sennett and Dr Adam Kaasa. It was established as a research project at LSE Cities through seed funding from Nesta, and at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University through a grant from the Mellon Foundation. After 5 years of incubation and through the kind support of colleagues at both NYU and LSE, it became an independent charity in 2017.
Trustees are appointed for two years, after which they can renew or step down, in discussion with the board. Trustee roles are not paid, though reasonable expenses can be reimbursed. Trustees are expected to attend two board meetings annually, taking place in London or virtually, normally from 5-7pm on weekdays. Currently the Executive Committee meets quarterly, and other working groups may be established to address specific areas of action. Between meetings, trustees should be available to work with staff to develop and implement initiatives. Trustees should also be willing to represent the organisation publicly in order to expand our networks, share our work, and help create new opportunities for funding and programming.
We’re interested in hearing from people with a broad set of perspectives on cities and culture – artists, activists, urbanists, scholars, lawyers, businesspeople, community, organisational leaders, and so on. Previous trustee experience is not necessary, and we are keen to support new trustees to gain this experience. However, trustees will be expected to work concretely with the Directors and Associates on one or more of the following areas:
- Engagement of a broader range of collaborators and audiences in contributing to and benefiting from our programme.
- Legal and ethical frameworks for ensuring fair and transparent relationships with all our partners and collaborators, as well as a safe working environment for multiple forms of diversity.
- Communicating our programme and increasing the impact of our research in making the public lives of cities more open and just.
- Fundraising through new approaches such as crowdfunding, subscription, or sponsorship.
- Evaluation of our working practices in relation to goals of racial justice, environmental sustainability, and intellectual and creative development.
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