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?
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.
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.
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 »
Notes on how to stop the world.
Via posting in Adbusters: Michael Stone is a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, Buddhist teacher, author and activist, committed to the integration of traditional teachings with contemporary psychological and philosophical understanding. His research and teaching explore the intersection of committed spiritual practice and social action. The following talk was recorded at W2 Media Cafe on Dec 2,Continue reading »
INSPIRED BY Jeremie Battaglia’s gorgeous black and white film on the Casseroles uprising in Quebec, I shot this solidarity march in Vancouver with a pots and pans revolt of our own. My experience of the march, and I hope what it conveys above, is simple joy. And most of all wonder. This mirrors the reportsContinue reading »
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 »
THIS YEAR was my third visit to Black Rock City, the temporary city that manifests every summer in Nevada. I rarely take out my camera at the event, having learned from previous experience that it’s almost impossible to capture anything close to the energy and magic that is Burning Man. After meeting author Darrin Drda,Continue reading »
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! Learn more about Michael Stone’s work at Centre of Gravity.
Yes, Occupy Vancouver is messy. Yes, everyone is not perfect. But they are trying their best. They are asking us to stop ignoring our shadow. Today was moving day, and this is what it looked like. Tell me a part of you doesn’t want to feel this alive.
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 »
Stoked to share the interview I shot with Robert Redford earlier this month. It was an opinion piece for the New York Times, sharing Robert’s urge for Obama to say no to the Keystone XL pipeline, and yes to a future based on sustainable energy. (While I shot the piece, the editing and broll wasContinue 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 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 »