What is exciting to me is the possibility that the NSS marks a transition into a different kind of gathering entirely, no longer a conference, but perhaps more like a festival or a retreat, or something that is all and none of these things, something new, something edgy, something experimental, something destined to succeed and to fail, and thereby to illuminate the next step beyond. What else can we hope for, as we explore this mapless place between stories?
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.
In 2013, camera in hand, I arrived on the playa with clear intent. No more was there a dilemma between spectator and participant, between giver and taker. I came to make an offering to the Guardians. But there was something I had to do first.
Evolver and Gratitude*NYC are collaborating to produce an entire day’s worth of music festival awesomeness on the Solstice.
Evolver is a proud media sponsor of The Global Summit 2012 in London, a biennial meeting in that brings together London based students, professionals and olymic travelers to explore the ways in whcih we can fight climate change and poverty in our current economic climate.