Who should convene Kindred festivals?
This was a session at Sol 2014.
Brandon: I wish Kindred would be something existing where SolSeed could attend, and be appreciated for itself even by people who don’t see themselves in it
- Ted: It seems like if everyone in the wider movement is involved in their own things, none of them is the right group to convene Kindred
- Eric, Brandon: Michael Dowd tried to create a movement, and is now preaching that there should be a movement, which is why he was briefly excited about SolSeed
- Ben: So what would it take to successfully organize Kindred?
- Brandon: We’re practicing for it so we’ll be prepared when opportunity knocks
- Brandon, Eric: The drumming ritual and YayLifeTri could inspire people who aren’t interested in “being us”
- Brandon: Landmark Forum, which was transformative for me, is about listening for people to express themselves individually; I want to do the same thing for “superorganisms” (tribes)
- Eric: One of the problems is that people want to be “spiritual” without being involved in religious communities
- The other problem is that established religions don’t want to have something like Kindred, because Kindred’s philosophy is too pluralist: people should follow whatever tribe best fits who they are
- Ben (later): There’s also the problem that Americans are generally individualistic and uninterested in the concept of superorganisms
- Ben (earlier): There are successful activist coalitions
- Brandon: But they’re more about scarcity and being against things, while my vision for Kindred is about abundance and being for things (see Creating Possibilities vs. Solving Problems
- Ted: So what activists would you want to invite to Kindred?
- Ben: Backbone Campaign: “artful activism” “from the heart” – opposing things, but in exuberantly creative ways
- Eric: The Permaculture movement
- Other ideas for who to invite
- Brandon: Trackers Northwest
- Eric: Hidden Harvest: finding food in the city that would otherwise just rot and making agreements to gather it