Dispatch from the Future
Oct 2014 Newsletter // by Ian MacKenzie

Dear <<First Name>>,

Last month,  I journeyed to the northern edge of Scotland to attend The New Story Summit. The event was a glorious attempt to connect and unify the emerging human story at this time of unprecedented change - or as Charles Eisenstein called it, a gathering of the "secret world government." 

I'm still reeling from the detonation that occurred, personally and collectively.  Yet there's a moment I recall most clearly, late afternoon a few days into the summit.  I felt the overwhelming urge to find the sea. 

And so I walked. I walked until the trees parted and the soil turned to sand. I walked until the rush of the ocean whispered on the breeze. I walked until the sun parted the clouds and my bare feet touched the water, where I shed my clothes and immersed myself in the memories of my forgotten ancestors. 

When I emerged, shivering and wet, I sat upon the shore. Legions of stones were my kin, their long shadows stretching along the sand.

I could not tell if they were coming, or slowly, slowly, heading back home.

Ian MacKenzie
Findhorn Foundation, Scotland


During the summit, musician Rebeca Maze opened one of the evening sessions midweek with tale of her own encounter with the Wild Woman, before unveiling a gorgeous rendering of her song “Green Dragon.”

The following day, I coaxed Rebecca into performing again, this time in the magical woods just north of the village, and produced the following live short. I share with the sincere wish that women, young and old, begin the long journey back to their wild selves. (P.S. don't miss the outtakes at the bottom of the post).

» Watch the performance "Green Dragon"


Is it too late to change our collective fate? Many involved in the Great Turning believe we must cling to hope as the only life raft in an ocean of despair. And yet, one of the keys to a life-affirming future is the role of grief - the requirement to know, and to grieve, the time we're in.

Stephen Jenkinson goes even further, articulating a provocative demolition of hope:

"The great enemy of grief is hope. The basic proposition of hope is: you hope for something that ain’t. You don’t hope for something that is. It’s always future oriented, which means, hope is inherently intolerable of the present. The present is never good enough. Our time requires of us to be hope free. To burn through the false choice between hopeful and hopeless… it’s the same con job. We don’t require hope to proceed. We require grief to proceed."

» Listen to the full 10 minute excerpt On Grief and Climate Change


Once gain Charles Eisenstein offers keen insight into the architecture of this transitional moment.

This piece is a MUST-READ, not just for those interested in the what transpired, but for Occupiers, artists, change-makers, and all those daring to push the edge of chaotic potential. He writes:

"The organizers were not willing to let go, and the participants were not willing to let go either. What the conference revealed to me is that our civilization has not quite yet reached the point of readiness for a new story."

» Read We Don't Know: Reflections from the New Story Summit


I’m excited to announce I’ll be speaking this November at Living the New Economy Global Live.

I will be speaking first in collaboration with Charles Eisenstein on Synchronicity and the New Economy. Then offering a crowdfunding workshop for the best strategies to leverage this exciting platform. There is also a great line up of thought-leaders on topics including Financing the Future, Business and Marketing in the New Economy and the sharing economy.

There are only 60 tickets for the in-person event in Victoria, BC. The event is also being broadcast live online. As part of the online audience you will be part of a global conversation and will be able to participate live as well as join online discussions as the event happens.

»  Get your livestream tickets online   
Use my discount coupon code: im10


Want to bring me to your event? I'm available for speaking gigs on crowdfunding, filmmaking, and the emerging paradigm. Contact me here

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P.S. After my trip to Scotland, I spent 10 days wandering the lush landscape of Ireland. The language and accents were gloriously difficult to understand, reminding me of this SNL skit.     
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