Why do we put these things together? First and foremost, to bring our best to meet the ultimate challenge of our times: to restore the health and well-being of the the planetary ecosystem. To bring the potency of creative technology into service of healthy ecology. To do our part in healing Mother Eartheart. To bring forward humane values of fairness and equality; individuality and diversity; peace and love; respect and revival; integrity and wholeness. To leave behind the destructive patterns of our inherited cultural immaturity, and fire up our creative passions to step into the future and live a life worth living.
As always, the Gathering is free of charge, non-commercial, open to all, activistic, futuristic, and lots of fun!
Join us in seeing how it all fits together, seeing the big picture, seeing the longterm worldwide effects of our actions -- so we can all become better, humbler, wiser co-pilots for Spaceship Earth.
Each Gathering is a creative variation on the tradional themes we've evolved over the years; each one provides a safe haven for people to share creativity with one another, and at the same time each Gathering is a unique work of art in itself.
Since each gathering is made up new and fresh and has never happened before, they can easily be seen as experiments in expanding the envelope of creativity, co-creativity, and eco-creativity.
Sometimes, its as pure and simple as opening up space for good folks to gather. As simple as a time and place for good folks speaking out and being heard. As simple as joining the circle, and sharing wisdom. As simple as getting passionate people who know why into the same space with talented people who know how.
Like any good work of art, the Gatherings resist pat definitions or easy comparisons. Traditionally, however, it's safe to say that our events time after time curiously attract a magically balanced diversity of unique individuals on the cutting edge of social change -- who envision, design, program, animate, sculpt, write, diagnose, architect, invent, invest, analyze, synthesize, research, develop, consult, advise, speak, facilitate, coach, teach, train, meditate, stretch, massage, heal, garden, sprout, juice, cook, farm, feed, nourish, stimulate, provoke, harmonize, legislate, execute, adjudicate, interpret, implement, entertain, compose, perform, photograph, paint, critique, code, provoke -- and in countless other ways influentially participate in creating the state of the art. And as our community co-creates the state of the art, we naturally provide tools for activism, platforms for activists, and activation of movement beyond the art of the state.
Since 1980, the Gatherings have been attracting a wide range of creative thinkers who are revitalized by the opportunity to interact with their counterparts in other fields. Now we welcome you to gather with us.
Eartheart of 1990, from our 10th Annual Digital Valentines poster
The fine print:
For the Gatherings themselves, there is never any fee, there is never any soliciation of donations, and no money donations are accepted if offered. So the only way you can contribute is to contribute your own creativity, your own time, your own energy, your own good will -- to combine with what others contribute, and make the best possible Gathering that we can co-create.
During 2012-2017 we gathered in cyberspace, jumping on
the vehicle that our community has been pushstarting for 3 decades: the web. 2012-2017 experiments set the stage for world wide gatherings that will be continuing in years to come, when we will be creating our own nest within the cloud, our own Gathering Place within the World Wide Web.
We started off crudely but amazingly with our 2012 worldwide videoconferencing experiment (that bridged 2 dozen audiovideo participants over 3 continents), and in 2013 and 2014 we experiemented with graphics-less global gatherings via pure audio-flavored cyberspace.......
in 2015 and 2016 and 2017 came a little taste of what we are e-co-cooking-up for the future....
...and now in 2018 we step out of cyberspace and ground it all at the very heart of north america -- El Paso.
And someday, we'll land it bigtime, creating a fresh physical OnLand GatheringPlace unlike any the world has known. We haven't forgotten our roots or our guiding star, and slowly but surely we're helping to steward the flow away from hardtimes and toward softspaces :)
The even finer print: