"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
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 in 2019, then you kind of 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 whole and centred self.
Activism without a deep spiritual and intellectual well to draw from is a fragile expression of anger that effects little to no change, and self-centred spiritual practice or wordy conversation without the activism is a well that one can easily drown in.
Advocacy without action is weightless, and action without clear thought, pure intentions and a clean heart will cause further harm in the long run. You see, it's all connected and it's all required.
The rectitude of conduct, the purity of intention, awareness and empathy with other movements, understandings of economy, deep ecology, quantum physics, and Indigenous knowledge, calmness and composure, a spirit of service and a posture of humility. And patience... immense, immense amounts of love and 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 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 we will 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 while the failing systems fall by the wayside.
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 enemy but for the enemy within." There is no political party or ideology that will solve this. It is a change in human behaviour and the systems and structures within which we operate.
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.
I'll see you in February,
"Those who love peace must learn to organise as effectively as those who love war" - Dr Martin Luther King
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 who take it upon ourselves to investigate and implement new systems, technologies and ways of life that are equitable, regenerative and benefit the whole of society.
"You must be the change you want to see in the world" - Mahatma Ghandi
You see, it's all already been said. We just need to get on with the job and actually do it.
Join us at Newkind basecamp. #WeAreNewkind