I am the director & host of The Bloom, an online documentary mini-series chronicling Transformational Festivals as an emerging global culture. My TEDxVancouver talk on the subject (currently 5th Most Popular TEDx talk on TED.com.) popularized the term, offering a cohering narrative to this international phenomenon. Currently, I am completing The Bloom’s final episode, as well as developing The Bloom Portal, a social media platform dedicated to connecting the global community formed around transformational festivals, and launching The Bloom Collection, an online store offering the best artisan-produced goods and clothing of festival culture.
A Vancouver-born 4th generation Chinese-Canadian, my life has been drawn to the nexus of music and novel culture—from the activist punk of the 80s, conscious hip hop of the 90s, to EDM/transformational festivals since the late-90s. Prior to The Bloom, I’d been participating since 1998 as an event organizer, musical artist, presenter and facilitator. Other bio tidbits include a 5-year stint as spokesperson for Canada’s leading medical cannabis dispensary, which included presenting to Senate and other acts of advocacy. More recently, my living situation sharing a collective mansion in kerrisdale went viral after an article by the Tyee was reposted by Vancouver is Awesome and Huff Po Canada.
Talk Title: How Transformational Festivals Just Might Help Save the World
Transformational Festivals are a burgeoning global movement, comprising over one million participants attending 160 transformational festivals on 6 continents. From Burning Man to Boom to Beloved, Lucidity, Lightning in a Bottle, Envision and many others, they are having profound life-altering effects for a new generation, while acting as massive incubators for the development of new paradigm culture. Directing and hosting The Bloom documentary mini-series over the past 3 years has allowed me to chronicle the emergence of this culture as a global phenomenon.
My talk focuses on 3 primary aspects of these Transformational Festivals: 1) How they are successful examples of large-scale collaboration, involving thousands of participants actively cooperating to create a desired reality; 2) How the resulting reality created supports personal growth and break-throughs, while simultaneously embodying the vision of a thriving, sustainable future; and 3) How participants are actively translating these profound temporary experiences into a large diversity of projects aimed at creating lasting social impact.