When we speak of resources, what precisely are we referring to? Undoubtedly, resources have always been a major concern in cultural exchange initiatives. Nevertheless, resources do not simply equate to the budget required for cultural exchange events. Resources encompass at least three categories, viz. talent, platform, and funding. Furthermore, these three types of resources are interchangeable. Human resources can attract funding, which can be utilised to establish platforms that draw creative talents. Similarly, outstanding human resources can help create platforms, which in return attract funding that could be used for talent development and recruitment.
Thus, resources are not merely a matter of having money or not. Shall we elaborate on the aforementioned interchangeability of resources? Can this interchangeability address the issue of long-term resource scarcity? Which among the three – human resources, platforms, or funding – is the key breakthrough point?
If we rely solely on funding, whether it comes from government funding or as a form of investment, cultural institutions will be in a passive position and constantly “providing a service”. Subsequently, regarding performance programs as cultural exchange activities, the platforms built will only work in the short run. On the other hand, if we incline to creating platforms, we must not fail to acknowledge that platforms cannot be created out of thin air and require the support of cultural policies and the initiative of visionary leadership.
Therefore, if we do not act passively, solely corresponding to the changes in the grand scheme of things and top-down adjustments of cultural policies, the one resource among the three that could turn passivity into proaction will then be human resources. Or to be precise, that is cultural leadership that we seek.