"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."
- R. Buckminster Fuller
The Newkind Philosophy
At Newkind we see social change is the process of evolution; both inevitable and unstoppable. The only choice we have is how much we actively engage with it. If you're reading this with any genuine interest in attending Newkind conference then you probably already know which side of history you want to be on.
You've decided you want to engage in this process of social evolution, to champion justice and defend the environment and the rights of the innocent, to protect and uphold the principles of unity, equality and peace. And the team at Newkind is with you on this journey.
We seek to not only challenge the status quo and disrupt the current state of affairs but to also challenge and better ourselves that we may be of greater service, that we may arrive at better solutions and design more holistic systems from a more complete and centred self.
Activism without a deep spiritual well to draw from is a fragile expression of anger that effects little to no change, and self-focused spiritual practice without action is a well that one can easily drown in.
Advocacy, action, intellect, pure intentions, a clean heart and a focused mind are all required if we seek to create lasting positive change and to bring about a just, equitable and regenerative society for all. It's all connected and it's all required. The rectitude of conduct, the purity of intention, awareness and solidarity with other movements, understandings of economics, ecology, quantum physics, Indigenous knowledge, a spirit of service, a posture of humility, and patience... immense amounts patience.
It is up to those of us who want to create change to conduct ourselves with a certain integrity, a composure, and a sense of clarity of thought that is a stark contrast to current norms. For we see social change not just as an expectation of request for external change, but a holistic approach towards a kinder, more just and equitable society, beginning with the character and actions of the individuals who live within that society.
We should be prepared to go further than what is considered normal, go above and beyond what is expected, think new thoughts, imagine new systems and live extraordinary lives. To not oppose any part of this capitulating society though we absolutely disagree with it, rather let us focus our energies on creating the systems, the technology, and the social structures that will guide us towards the kind of society we wish to live in.
Let us remain undaunted in the face of the challenges and uncertainties that surround us, and relentless in our efforts. Newkind is not about adversarial politics or finger-pointing bickering; there is no political party or ideology that will solve this but for the ideology of Unity.
At Newkind we stand for justice, kindness, compassion, truth and cross-disciplinary collaboration for the benefit of the whole. The ethical, peaceful and compassionate conduct and daily habits of the activist is the most consistent and powerful form of social change there is.
And Newkind, the festival, the conference, the annual gathering, is just an empowerment boot camp to inspire and educate ourselves further on how to make the most effective change we can in the time we have.
The event will be hosted with the following principles
Zero Waste - This means that any waste produced by the event must be either composted or recycled. We endeavour to have no disposable packaging and to minimise the need for recycling as well. We do not wish to add to the accumulation of waste in landfill and in our oceans. Sustainable and reusable alternatives exist, we just need to use them and champion them so ours can learn and follow our lead.
Green Energy Only - All event logistics will be run on renewable energy only; solar electricty, bio-gas, Woodfired ovens. 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. If we seek an end mining of coal and gas, then we should cease using these resources and champion new ways.
Cruelty-Free - Newkind Festival will not provide any meat, dairy, or animal products of any kind due to ethical, economic and environmental reasons. We cannot accept cruelty towards animals for the sake of habit. Further to that, the health risks involved in the consumption of animal products combined with the excessive strain animal agriculture places on the environment are also perfectly good reasons to live a plant-based life.
Drug & Alcohol Policy - The space that we hold will be free of alcohol and drugs. We ask that participants refrain from bringing personal supplies. For the time that we are together at Newkind conference, we wish to hold a space that is clear, focused and intentional to that we may arrive at better solutions to the problems we face as a society. 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, logistics and hospitality should stand by the principles we advocate. We can see how all around us systems and structures we once put our faith in are failing us, and so we stand as Agents of Change to take it upon ourselves to investigate and implement new systems, technologies and ways of life that are equitable, regenerative and to benefit the whole of society.