The Newkind Philosophy?
A social change movement masquerading as a festival
Social change is not a pastime it is a way of life and a calling that we can no longer ignore. We can look around us and see how the systems and structures that we had once put our faith in are failing us. Rather than just point this fact out, we stand as agents of change who will take it upon ourselves to investigate and implement new systems, technologies and ways of life that are equitable, sustainable and benefit the whole.
What is Newkind Festival all about?
Newkind Festival is an attempt to re-appropriate the familiar and effective mechanism which is the immersive festival experience to engage in world issues, in a real and meaningful way. Conferences mean well, but generally start and end with the sharing of information, and rarely eventuate in the gaining of knowledge. Festivals impart a wisdom and learning that conferences cannot, through embodied experience and visceral learning, and yet the programming leaves a lot to be desired as they are generally entertainment focused.
Newkind is merging these two tools in order to activate and empower participants towards addressing global and local issues in a more efficient and effective way. We’re calling it a festival, but more accurately it’s an intellectual and physical boot camp; Post-Human Bootcamp.
We genuinely want to start a revolution, but not an anti-establishmentarian one, rather a pro-individual initiative one. A revolution that places responsibility on the individual and places the focus on how WE want to change, rather than how we want the world to change. We recognise that in order for a revolution to be real, tangible and lasting we need revolutionary individuals who place the onus of change upon themselves. Brave and courageous individuals who can speak to large audiences and speak from their heart, activists who can channel their upset and hurt into glorious art, vegans who can speak more eloquently about their reasons why, environmentalists who embody their principles into their daily lives. This is Newkind. This is why we are gathering at base camp.
Is it a Festival or is it a Movement?
The event is hosted like a festival, but think of that as just the annual convention of a social change movement. Newkind is a movement in that we espouse a way of life and a certain attitude that in turn allows for a sense of cohesion and clarity. Festivals and conferences are events that facilitate certain experiences, but the choreography begins and ends with the event. Social movements are in essence the gaining of momentum towards a certain goal or accomplishment due to a common point of solidarity. What we are doing with this particular movement is that we are broadening our point of solidarity by recognising that all social ills and global concerns are actually inextricably interconnected; there is no separation. This approach or understanding allows for two things. Firstly the inclusive and all-encompassing nature of the movement generates a sense of unity amongst seemingly separate movements. And secondly, this allows for a broader range of skill sets, and knowledge bases, whereby academics, environmentalists, personal health and well-being experts, human rights activists and permaculture enthusiasts can skill share and co-vision new solutions that would not have otherwise been arrived at. That is why we call Newkind a movement.
What does the statement 'We Are Newkind' mean?
The statement ‘We Are Newkind’ is a declaration of solidarity with humanity. It removes all preconceptions of division and separateness in one fell swoop. It says, we have no enemy, we have no adversary, and we have no desire but for the safety and security of any individual who we are in the presence of, or share this planet with. We Are Newkind says that we will not stand idly by while there remains conflict, economic disparity, domestic violence or environmental abuse and neglect. We Are Newkind says, we aware of dissonance, disparity and injustice and will no longer remain silent. It says we will take responsibility AND we will take action. It says that we here to commit ourselves to service in whatever way is required of us in each and every day.
We are Newkind refers to a new iteration of what a human being can be. It is a letting go of the patriarchal term, mankind, and all that has been carried out the in the name of race, class, culture and creed. Newkind refers to the post-human entity that recognises the unity that connects all of life. We Are Newkind, is a banner for all people to stand behind as they declare how they are enacting the change they wish to see in the world.
Newkind Festival is as much a social change movement as it is a festival, and as such the guidelines and principles of the experience extend far beyond the required industry legislation, or even that which is reasonably expected from festival goers.
The Newkind philosophy is one of ‘relentless effort towards the betterment of the world through service.’ It asks for the ‘utmost integrity and commitment to upholding humanitarian ideals,’ with 'fearless dedication to speaking and living truthfully.'
In living truthfully we stand by certain principles in the facilitation of the event, principles that we believe are at the core and foundation of the new kind of civilisation we wish to usher in.
The gathering will be hosted with the following principles in place.
Zero Waste - This means that any waste produced by the event must be either composted or recycled. There will be no disposable bottles or packaging. We refuse to continue to add to the accumulation of plastic in landfill or in the ocean, nor do we wish to give further reason for conflict over oil in order to make disposable plastics. Sustainable alternatives exist, we just need to use them.
Green Energy Only - All event logistics will be run on renewable energy only. If we can implement systems that use sustainable and renewable energy, and people can witness it, then it becomes a more real and tangible option for them. We don't need coal electricity, but it is our dependence on it that maintains the industry. How can we ask for mining to cease if we are still using those very same resources?
Cruelty-Free - Newkind Festival will not provide any meat, dairy, or animal products of any nature due to ethical, economic and environmental reasons. How we treat the animals of this earth is the true measure of our progress as a human race, not our scientific development or academic achievement.
Drug & Alcohol Policy - The space that we hold will be free of alcohol and drugs. We kindly ask that participants refrain from bringing personal supplies. For the time that we are together at base camp, we wish to hold a space that is clear, focused and intentional. It's a small adjustment to make if we consider what is at stake.
We believe in order for the content presented at the event to be truly appreciated and be presented wholeheartedly, the event production and logistics should stand by the principles we advocate. To Reinvent Reality is not simply a wish or whimsy for us; we mean it. As such, we understand it is required of us to conduct ourselves with a certain integrity, composure, and clarity of thought that is a stark contrast to what is generally acceptable or normal behaviour. What is normal has been witnessed; are we happy with that? or do we wish to make a change?
We are calling out to those who wish to go beyond what is considered normal, going above and beyond what is expected. We stand as unrelenting advocates for social change and pioneers of the new socially aware 'cool’ and we don’t expect or believe in shortcuts or the compromise of ethics.
Dr Martin Luther King said, “Those who love peace must learn to organise as effectively as those who love war.”
R. Buckminster Fuller said, “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
Mahatma Ghandi said, "“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
You see, it's all already been said. We just need to get on with the job and actually do it. Join us at base camp. #WeAreNewkind