(((HOW - TO - GATHER)))
(hopefully with a nice big screen, good-sounding speakers, hi-res video camera, and a quality microphone)
(hopefully Chrome or Firefox, freshly updated to the latest version)
Our Gathering URL:
(yes, click ^^^^^ this is the magic link to go to so you can enter the Gathering)
(click here for preparation suggestions / techsupport / troubleshooting)
(SUNDAY BEFORE VALENTINES DAY)
SPECIAL for our 2021, 2022, and 2023 Gatherings:
We will be keeping the video platform open and the Gathering going for 12 hours each day!
(No matter what timezone you're in, no matter where in the world you are, in 2023 you can tele-join-in :) )
(No matter when you like to sleep, there will be phases of the Gathering
...or after ...or even both before and after:
so feel free to come and go and come back again as feels good to you :) :) )
Each day will go for 12 hours,
starting at these times:
11AM US PACIFIC TIME ZONE
12 NOON US MOUNTAIN TIME ZONE
1 PM US CENTRAL TIME ZONE
2 PM US EASTERN TIME ZONE
7 PM GMT / LONDON
8 PM LAGOS / AMSTERDAM
9 PM TEL AVIV
3 AM PERTH / SINGAPORE
9 AM HAWAII
and all other time zones welcome too :)
WHENEVER YOU ARE ABLE
AT ANY TIME
DURING THE 12 HOURS
AFTER THESE START TIMES
....and now, some goodies from our pastimes...
The first 4 hours of our first day (Sunday Feb 20) will be a combination of welcoming, memorial, introduction, EARTHEART Birthday Party, and Reunion Vortex. We begin with an informal memorial for graphic arts pioneer Marvin Pearlmutter, who passed at 95 years old on Feb 12, 2022. AND: we'll have a mini CartoGraphics Gathering (why we started putting maps inside of hearts 40 years ago... to how we pioneered the digitizing of maps into Macintoshes... to how one of us played an inside role in creating Google Maps for Mac... to how GeoSpatial computing lies at the heart of Climate Science).
All big-hearted folks are welcome. Remember, you are a sweetheart when you care for other human beings... and you are an EARTHEART when you care for Mother Earth -- when you carry the health of EARTH -- the well being of the whole living ecosystem -- in your HEART.
The middle 4 hours of our first day (Sunday Feb 20) will feature our hallmark Circle where many voices get to be heard... and will increasingly get to the heart of the matter -- to the Eartheart of the matter. Bring your voice & visuals to an EcoCre8ive Conversation exploring what's happening... and what could be happening... and what we can help make happen... and what toolmaking could amplify effectiveness... on the path to Climate Security and Ecosystemic Health.)
Our final 4 hours of our first day (Sunday Feb 20): We invite our folks in Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Bali, Hawaii, & other Asia-Pacific locales (including western US timezones) to join in at the 8-hour mark for a special welcome, which will be 7pm in California & 11am the next day (2022-02-21) in Perth/Singapore. Come celebrate the 20th Anniversary of our 2002 Perth Australia Gathering and meet a fresh new crew of folks from all around Asia Pacifica.
Our second day (Tuesday Feb 22) :
12 hour flow from "eartheartbreak" to "healtheartheart" ...
via ecocreativity around the idea of "coop 4 climate":
of the very first
Digital Valentines Day
Antique pixels! (and some antique pseudo-pixels too ;)
The 1982 poster that started the EARTHEART meme tradition.
(and a decade later inspired the design of a US postage stamp)
Eartheart of 1990, from our 10th Annual Digital Valentines poster
Eartheart of 1991, from our 3rd generation embroidery extravaganza
2002 02 22 FINAL PERTH AUSTRALIA ECOCREATIVE POSTER
New to the Gatherings? Start here...
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 battle the onslaught of Climate Chaos. To do our part in healing Mother Eartheart.
To bring forward values of creative liberty and humane compassion; 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.
And so that also means we do this to have a blast, meet our peers, learn from each other, stimulate and be stimulated, appreciate and be appreciated, build bridges between separate fields of wisdom, and share tools that empower individuals to envision, express, implement and enliven. Many creative, unique people find the Gatherings highly motivating and some have gone to great lengths to attend. We're grateful for their participation -- and for yours.
As always, the Gathering is free of charge, non-commercial, open to all, activistic, futuristic, and lots of fun!
Our "Digital Valentines" meme aptly symbolizes one of the primary aims of the Gatherings: synthesis -- bringing separate worlds together. Join us in creating symbiosis between the scientific and the emotional -- the computer and the human being -- the mind and the heart.
Join us in showing and telling and sharing... 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,
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.
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
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.
The even finer print