What is Avant-Garde?

a·vant-garde (French pronunciation: [avɑ̃ɡaʁd]); from French, "advance guard" or "vanguard") is a French term used in English as a noun or adjective to refer to any creative group of people (or work) active in the innovation and application of new concepts and techniques, whose approach and ideas are markedly experimental or in advance of those generally accepted; particularly with respect to art, culture, business and politics etc. Avant-garde represents a pushing of the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm or the status quo.  

cultural creatives

Cultural Creatives: the “new progressives” (part 3 of 4) The Culture Creatives are the synthesis of the post-modernist and post-industrialist. If mobilized, they could wield enormous moral, social and political influence, and not only shape elections but weave a whole new social fabric. This is probably what we witnessed during the US election campaign, for President Barack Obama. The very ‘people’ who elected him were the “new progressives” a population that’s more interested in idealism than practical realism.
Cultural Creatives: their Values (part 2 of 4) The values of ‘Culture Creatives’ are at the core of everything they do and how they chose to live their lives as they embrace diversity, ecological sustainability and a specific quality of life. By their very ‘being-ness’, their love for humanity and the planet, they are bringing about a cultural shift of newly emerging (integral) values, such as: Personal Authenticity Engaged Action and Whole-Process Learning Globalism and Ecology Idealism and activism The Importance of ...
Cultural Creatives: the sleeping beauty (part 1 of 4) “If enough people realise that they need to start looking for new ways to live together on this small planet, this can topple the prevailing systems. We need to mobilise creativity. Creativity that refuses to accept the existing order and that wants to discover that there are other ways to live.”  – Kamp & Laszlo 2004 (This article is a first of a four part series). We’ve often heard it said, if ...