Monday, August 13, 2012

The Zeiteist Media Festival - a visual and auditory feast

The Zeitgeist Media Festival was awesome! The organizers had kindly invited us to table during the event and we had a nice setup in the beautiful lobby of the Avalon Theater in Hollywood. They did a great job of putting together a well-organized, informative, and fun festival full of art, music, film, and poetry.

We talked with more people than ever and I realized that it was so much more fun than tabling at other events because those who understand the fundamental philosophy behind the Zeitgeist Movement are already prepped to understand the Holigent concept. Not only to understand it, but to know how needed it is and to get excited about making it happen!

The amazing thing about The Zeitgeist Movement is how diverse its participants are. We talked to high school students, seniors, men, women, artists, architects, lawyers, people of all ethnicities... What they all have in common is a deep and globally aware consciousness, intelligence, and enthusiasm.

Occasionally I stepped from the lobby into the theater and absorbed some of the rich and diverse sounds and sights of the festival. It was a unique and inspiring event to experience and be a part of. I look forward to future Zeitgeist events and fruitful collaborations.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Democratic Distractions

The California Democratic Party held it's executive board meeting in Anaheim from July 27-29. We registered as observers and to table during the event at which party members attended various caucus meetings and held board member elections. Our goal was to talk with those in leadership positions about "The Holigent Solution to Reconstruct America" and how the Democratic party could change the gridlocked and confrontational campaign tone to one of hopeful, constructive discussion about the Holigent project.

We met and talked with leaders of the Peace Alliance who were also tabling, other organizations, party board members including Chairman John Burton, and Congresswoman Karen Bass who gave a strong and engaging speech during the luncheon. While the party figures expressed support for the Holigent project, the overall response was that until after the elections, at least, politicians will not start talking about a new project.

Since the time leading up to the election is critical, they cannot be distracted from their campaigns for election, reelection, or for various propositions. But what is really the distraction and what should really be the priority? Of course, from my point of view, I see all those current political and campaign activities as distractions from a comprehensive solution to the diverse issues they are all, in their fragmented ways, trying to address.

It's like a game of chess. Politicians get so involved with moving around their pieces trying to gain the upper hand, meanwhile the board itself on which they stand is crumbling.

Attending the event was a great learning experience and we met many interesting people, but the major outcome for us was accepting that political parties are not going to be the pioneers of social and economic innovation. And so on we move in a different direction!