The Newkind Philosophy
A social change movement masquerading as a festival
Social change is the process of evolution; it is both inevitable and optional. It will happen regardless of whether we choose to champion it or not. We have a choice to actively engage in social change or simply watch it happen. Will we be proactive agents of positive change or will watch from a distance while others do the heavy lifting?
At Newkind, we know which side of history we want to be on. We have decided that we will engage in this process of social evolution, we will champion justice and defend the rights of the innocent, we will challenge and better ourselves that we may better challenge the status quo. This is our mission, this is our task, this is what it means to be Newkind.
This endeavour to Reinvent Reality is not simply a wish or whimsy for us. We mean it. We live by this and commit our time and energy, and our lives to this. We understand that it is required of us to conduct ourselves with a certain integrity, a type of composure, and a sense clarity of thought that is a stark contrast to currently acceptable norms. We understand social change, not as an external expectation or a reason for aggressive activism, but rather a holistic approach towards a kinder and more just and equitable society, beginning with the character and actions of the individuals who wish to enact change.
We are calling out to those who wish to go further than what is considered normal, going above and beyond what is expected. Those who want to live extraordinary lives. Those who aim to empower themselves as agents for social change and socially conscious individuals. We are not here to oppose this capitulating system, rather we will focus our energies on creating the literature, the technology, the art and the systems that will guide us towards the kind of society we all know we wish to be living in. While flawed and outdated systems self-destruct and capitulate.
We stand undaunted in the face of the challenges and uncertainties that surround us. Relentless in our efforts, we remain firm in our standing as advocates for social change, defenders of justice and harbingers of truth. We don’t expect or believe in shortcuts or the compromise of ethics, nor do we practice adversarial politics. There is no enemy but for the enemy within. There is no political party that will solve this, and therefore there is no political party to oppose. We stand for justice, kindness, compassion, truth and connected collaboration and the benefit of the whole, and as such we do not believe in aggression, violence or oppositional stances. The ethical, peaceful and compassionate conduct and daily habits of the activist is the most consistent and powerful form of social change there is.
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 have the best intentions, but Newkind transcends the boundaries of simply information sharing. Festivals offer the opportunity for a learning experience that conferences cannot, through embodied experience and visceral learning, but generally the programming is largely 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, 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 with whom we share this planet. 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 are 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 are here to commit ourselves to service in whatever way is required of us 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 life. We Are Newkind, is a banner for all to stand with as they enact the change they wish to see in the world.
Newkind Festival is at its core a social change movement 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. We can look around us and see how the systems and structures that we had once put our faith in are failing us so rather than just point this fact out, we stand as agents of change whom take it upon ourselves to investigate and implement new systems, technologies and ways of life that are equitable, sustainable and benefit the whole.
Dr Martin Luther King - Those who love peace must learn to organise as effectively as those who love war
R. Buckminster Fuller - You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete
Mahatma Ghandi - 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