The Cultures of Resistance Network discontinued its support for the National Geographic Society following the purchase of National Geographic’s media assets by Rupert Murdoch in September 2015.
Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world. For over a century, it inspired a greater public interest in geography, archaeology, the natural sciences, and environmental and historical conservation.
Prior to September 2015, the Cultures of Resistance Network proudly supported a number of National Geographic’s initiatives:
- The Young Explorers Grant Program helped cover field project costs for hard-working, passionate, creative individuals with great ideas. The program was committed to supporting new generations of archaeologists, anthropologists, astronomers, conservationists, ecologists, geographers, geologists, marine scientists, adventurers, storytellers, and pioneers.
- The National Geographic Emerging Explorers program identified and recognized the next generation of scientists and storytellers who pushed the boundaries of discovery, adventure, and global problem-solving. They were the new visionaries, leading the efforts to educate and inspire people to care of the planet.
- The Committee for Research and Exploration gave more than 170 million dollars in research grants worldwide and supported more than 8,300 projects and expeditions, including the excavation of Machu Picchu, the discovery of Titanic, and the work of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and the Leakey family. The committee of experts awarded over 200 grants each year. Many of these grants were awarded to seasoned scientists, researchers, and explorers who were leaders in their fields, while other grants supported scientists early in their careers, cultivating the next generation of field talent that was often overlooked by more traditional grantors.
- The Science and Exploration Asia program provided grants to scientists, conservationists, and explorers from the region who were doing groundbreaking work in their fields and exploring solutions that benefited our planet. The creation of the Science and Exploration Asia office allowed National Geographic to identify up-and-coming leaders in their fields and provide local funding for their work. Learn more about the program here.
- The All Roads Film Project was dedicated to providing a platform for indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture filmmakers around the world to tell stories about their rich, and often under-noticed, cultures. National Geographic photographer Reza founded a group that assists women and children use media and communication as a means of working towards more free and open societies.
- The Enduring Voices Project documented endangered languages and helped prevent language extinction by identifying those that were at the highest risk.