Newkind Festival has taken time to process. 6-days of deep-diving with social change agents near Hobart, Tasmania was potent and provoking. My call there was an invitation to present on regenerative people systems and governance. It’s affirming to be invited to share this with people making positive change in the world.
We 400 folks gathered to explore and connect around topics that matter. We explored social and environmental injustice, and the diverse and bold strategies initiated by inspiring people from around Australia and beyond.
I experienced workshops, presentations and panel discussions on a vast subject matter around how we can human in a more humane way. It struck me how appropriate permaculture and it’s principles are for addressing all of what was being discussed. And not just permaculture in the food-production sense; but permaculture as a design framework for all that we do.
Connecting the dots of how human systems create oppression and injustice, and then contemplating how we might create empowering and life-affirming systems is motivating, sometimes intimidating and absolutely necessary.
Standing in the Newkind lunch-line was a treat (we all ate plant-based meals together, all cooked on wood-fired rocket stoves), giving us a chance to connect and network. I was blown away by the calibre and clarity in all of the people I came across. It was epic to be amongst a collective of individuals who are all actioning unique positive change in the world.
Big BIG kudos to the tireless efforts of the Newkind crew for catalysing such a gathering (completely solar-powered at that!). These types of events are a critical piece in the emergent puzzle of how can be in greater care of earth and people while fairly sharing resources and experiences. I am blessed to have met new friends, colleagues and comrades in this work of creating a better world, feeling bolstered and nourished in this work that can be confronting and depleting.
To all you who know change is possible - go do it! Every voice/conversation/post counts - even if it’s simply affirming something in yourself. Make sure your lens for the world is micro and macro, broad and specific, diverse and full spectrum. There’s so much going on: both individually and together we create the reality we desire. I’m with you on the journey.
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