IN THE SUMMER of 2011 I spent 24 hours locked in a small room in my apartment. I was participating in a solidarity fast with detained hikers Shane and Josh.
Is our collective trajectory doomed to ever-increasing scarcity and uncertainty? Or our these converging crises a call to reinvent our society from the ground up?
THIS YEAR will mark my 5th visit to Black Rock City aka home to the audacious and irreverent Burning Man festival, held every year in Nevada. Every since I arrived as a virgin back in 2009, the playa has forever marked its dusty footprint on my heart. I have prophesied about the partipants. I haveContinue reading »
ONE OF THE most common questions I get asked at my crowdfunding workshops is “can I do a crowdfunding campaign if I’m not famous and/or already have a huge audience?” The short answer: yes. The longer answer: everything tends to be easier when you already have an audience of people interested in what you’re doing.Continue reading »
WHAT IF you watched the last colours of dusk seep out of the atmosphere, leaving you silently in your own stillness? What if, beneath your modern certainty that life will go on without your participation, the sun didn’t rise again in the morning? What if the Old Man decided he’d had enough – enough ofContinue reading »
“Here it is. Here’s what Danny wanted so badly to return.” I’m shooting an interview at the home of Myke Chutter, a biologist who could pass for Robert Redford’s younger cousin. He’s clad in jeans and a vest in the drizzly Pacific Northwest afternoon, standing outside his backyard shed. In his weathered palm, he’s gingerlyContinue reading »
WE MADE IT through the ordained Apocalypse. And to paraphrase Hafiz “All of life is clapping.” We decided to stay. We persuaded the world to show up for another day. Lest you feel it inappropriate to suggest that all of existence rests on you, we’ve tried the opposite – pretending that life will go onContinue reading »
“[Crowfunding] is not great at building the tribe, but leveraging the tribe.” – Seth Godin CLEARLY, 2012 is the year of the Apocalypse. Running a close second, you might consider this to be the year crowdfunding finally reached a tipping point. It was only 4 years ago that both Kickstarter and Indiegogo opened their virtualContinue reading »
AFTER A WEEKEND in Vancouver, Michael Stone must be tired. But you wouldn’t know it judging the amount of insight he offers consistently via yoga workshops, dharma talks, and film screenings. Thankfully, we’re great at collaborating and spreading the goods for the people who couldn’t attend. First off, here’s his dharma talk given Nov 30,Continue reading »
I CANNOT understate the importance of your crowdfunding pitch video. In a media saturated world, where everyone from marketers, to politicians, and now your friends clamour for your attention, our focus has become a finite resource. What’s more, the web has whittled our attention spans to barely more than goldfish. From the moment a strangerContinue reading »
I OFTEN THINK of the question “why is there something and not nothing?” It feels like the primordial question that arises from consciousness itself. To be aware that you are aware ultimately returns you to the why. There are many ways to chase the Something. Drink, psychedelics, intense meditation. Our personal and collective addiction toContinue reading »
We remembered, for a flicker, the feeling of actually having to depend on each other. Of actually caring for each other, and the willingness to work for each other. To build our homes, to share in our sadness, to stand together in adversity.
On the eve of Occupy Love’s world premiere, The Extraenvironmentalist interviews producer Ian MacKenzie on the journey of the film, his take on the Occupy movement, and why it’s the greatest love story on earth. EXTRAENVIRONMENTALIST: Ian Mackenzie thanks for joining us, from the Toronto Artscape where you are editing down the final cut ofContinue reading »
Love and ruin find partnership on the crucible of the Playa.
In Electronic Awakening, director Andrew Johner lifts the veil on an underground spiritual movement that has developed within electronic music cultures worldwide. Read my interview with him below. I’LL ADMIT: I never really “got” EDM (electronic dance music) until my first visit to Burning Man in 2009. I had, of course, known about rave cultureContinue reading »
This is how we fix the future: we take our gifts. If they are currently being employed, all the better. If not, continue to uncover them. Once found, we retract them from our dying paradigm. We gather our strength and we aim our gifts towards the service of all. Towards love, connection, and interdependence. WeContinue reading »
From summer 2012-2013, I’m taking my first permaculture program with Delvin Solkinson. Each month, I’m posting a journal entry on my experience. I FINALLY DID IT. I took the leap into permaculture. For those not-in-the-know (and there any many) the term means “permanent agriculture” and was coined by Australian Bill Mollison. Bill is the founderContinue reading »
IT’S HARD TO KNOW when it began. Perhaps it started with my first web page. That moment I typed out my first cautious lines of HTML, and uploaded the document to the mysterious sounding “web server.” Hello world. The words spoke back at me from the monitor. With cautious joy I realized these letters wereContinue reading »
Notes on how to stop the world.
Near the end of our Japan trip for the Reactor project, Michael Stone and I decided to shoot some short dharma talks on key concepts that are often misinterpreted. The two concepts are 1) the present moment, and 2) non-attachment.
Enjoy the series!
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On Friday, 11 March 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake shook 72km off the eastern shore of Japan. The quake was the largest in Japanese history (or ever since record keeping began), and triggered a 133ft high tsunami that slammed into the shore, in some places traveling up to 10km inland. The tsunami triggered a numberContinue reading »
On the eve of Apocalypse, we are being asked to make a choice: integrate the shadow, or perish.
“THE DEED creates the doer almost as an afterthought.” I’ve been pondering this Nietzsche quote the last few days, as the clock ticked over to the year of the Apocalypse. It makes me think of how I will choose to represent the year of 2011, crystalized from thousands of photos, millions of moments, and inContinue reading »
WHEN I FIRST heard the call to Occupy Wall St for a few months, I knew this was big. I knew it would be more than just a “protest.” This felt different than the usual march to voice specific grievances. It was a call for something more profound, and much deeper, than even the original participants realized as they gathered their signs and tents.
Just returned from Occupy Wall St. in New York to catch author and sacred activist Andrew Harvey speaking to the crowd at Occupy Vancouver. Love is the movement people. Check out Occupy Love.org