I see the prolific rise of the co-working space as speaking to an even deeper anecdote, one that points to the human need for community, connection, autonomy, and the type of nourishment that late stage capitalism just doesn’t offer.
Standing Rock still stands strong. A lack of transparent media representation has made it challenging for a lot of us to stay properly informed and engaged with the continued struggle for indigenous sovereignty and the right to clean drinking water. Still, it is so much deeper then that.
Any analysis of addiction in the wake of global climate change would benefit greatly from considering what we depend on in order to maintain our civilization. As we grow into a more holistic understanding of addiction and we awaken to the redundancy of the war on drugs, perhaps we can grow in our capacity to develop more sophisticated psychological frameworks for mending our ecological crisis as well.
On Sunday, September 21st, the world’s largest climate gathering is happening in New York City. The time is ripe for a global environmental and social justice movement to grow out of this march, as people wake up to the grim realities of human induced climate change and recognize the need for a radical restructuring of…. well, everything.
We are seeing festival culture move beyond being merely a hedonistic playground and into a realm where radical engagement can occur. On a recent pilgrimage to Boom festival I witnessed a vibrant resurgence of psychedelic culture, a strong sense of oneness in a sea of global cultures, and a devout application of ecological principles.