Nov 2013 Newsletter // by Ian MacKenzie
Dear <<First Name>>,
2500 years ago, a Indian prince named Siddhartha decided to leave his palace, his family, and the rest of society. He sat beneath a Bodhi tree and refused to leave until he became enlightened.
This idea, that one must exit the world and conquer their lower natures, has been called the 'transcendent impulse.' More and more, it's becoming obsolete. Instead, what's emerging is a sense of immanence - that we are called to 'wake up' through our relationships.
Applied to society en masse, we potentially trigger an acasual process of change. In a recent article for the New Statesman, author Daniel Pinchbeck wrote:
"The planetary mega-crisis cannot be solved in piecemeal fashion – the symptoms are aspects of a universal disorder, a systemic disease. The only conceivable response is the rapid construction and universal dissemination of a comprehensive alternative, a new “operating system” for human society.
Revolution is an antiquated term that refers to older political and social arrangements. What we require now is more like a metamorphosis."
Fitting then, that my recent project below, in collaboration with Reactor subject Michael Stone, features a shot of a butterfly. See if you can spot it in the video, and enjoy the rest of this month's Dispatches from the Future.
How can family be a practice of awakening? Two fathers, Michael Stone & Matthew Remski, asked themselves that question for their new book. They’re currently running a crowdfunding campaign to raise $20K in completion funds. I was happy to shoot & produce their pitch video.
The prospect of speaking in front of an 800+ crowd for the latest TedX Victoria was intimidating, to say the least. This year’s theme was #Emergence - how complex organization and intelligence can arise from simple rules. I couldn’t resist. My topic: How to Occupy the Noosphere - aka how to inject powerful processes into the global consciousness, to catalyze a metamorphosis moment. Stay tuned for the full video in December!
LIVING THE NEW ECONOMY // VICTORIA, NOV 29-DEC 5
Later this month, the third iteration of the LNE kicks of a week of events here in Victoria, Canada. In their own words:
The New Economy cannot be reduced to a strategy or an "idea" to be considered, but is an emergent phenomenon that is being manifest in many different ways all over the world right now, in response to the rapidly changing economic, technological, social and ecological environments. The economy is being transformed, and the question for us is "Do we wish to be leaders in this transformation, or followers?"I will be hosting the opening evening discussion, along with weaving the threads of journey throughout the week. Get the full details below:
Photo: Heart Aperture
REACTOR // FILM TOUR UPDATE + ONLINE AUCTION
At the recent Victoria premiere of REACTOR, we had a beautiful live painting done by Night Girl Inc. She has offered her pieces in an ONLINE AUCTION to raise funds to support our work and bring REACTOR to more cities and communities around the world.
View the paintings below, and read instructions on placing your bid here.
(ENDS NOV 22, AT MIDNIGHT PST)
Thank you in advance for contributing generously for this gorgeous artwork!
UPCOMING SCREENINGS of REACTOR
Would you like to bring Reactor to your city? Submit your screening details here and read the guide to hosting your screening here.
POWELL RIVER, CANADA - NOV 21
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VICTORIA, CANADA - NOV 22
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More details online
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - DEC 8
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Not able to make it to a screening? You can now stream REACTOR online for $1.99 via Vimeo on Demand.
If you'd like to help me bring this film to further cities across the world, please consider offering a donation here.
BOOK IAN FOR YOUR EVENT
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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Until next month...
p.s. Do your ears a favour and don't miss this evocative set from Applecat last week: Stick To Your Guns II