Seriously…there is hope for us all.
What do you get when you put together arguably some of the smartest people on the planet, epic food, incredible music, visionary speakers and inspiration art?… an amazing weekend of human connection!
Set in the Moapa River Indian Reservation near Las Vegas, Nevada … it’s the Further Future Festival. Now in its 2nd year, it’s a new kind of music and lifestyle festival. Brought together by a group of Burning Man veterans, the 3 day event pulled in around 5000 people and didn’t disappoint.
Upon driving up to the desert popup festival in a box… Chris and I settled in our Freedom Train for a most intellectual weekend, filled with education and fun! Hoping to takeaway a few pearls.. we honestly hit the jackpot.
From the moment we arrived, the air was filled with great vibes. Showcasing a mix of highly curated..off the chart house, trance, reggae, hip hop and techno music alongside brainy scientists, great friends, artists both new and established, musicians and performers, futurists and technologists; esteemed entrepreneurs, visionaries and thought leaders, all of whom are awash with new ideas and insights.
Some highlights include Dixon spinning a six-hour sunrise set on the Robot Heart bus Sunday morning, Bob Pittman (Clear Channel CEO) speaking before the Echo & Rig pop-up dinner on Friday, VR and AI demonstrations throughout the entire weekend and the Vision Speakers Series with such luminaries as Eric Schmidt (executive chairman of Alphabet Inc (formerly named Google), Stan Chudnovsky (Facebook‘s VP of growth), and Jane West sharing their wisdom.
In my opinion really, hope. Hope is what is shared at the Further Festival and can be absorbed through your own personal encounters. Listening to so many amazing minds in an open environment amongst friends old and new… really gives you hope that .. by joining together to inform and inspire each other, we can indeed shape the future. And it is really prevalent in the now that we all need to wake up and take notice of the future we are building. I really feel that these like minded individuals, all of us, are raising the consciousness and vibrations… a much needed vortex of vision and enlightenment.
So my take on this gathering is that these people are indeed shaping our future.
I mean, the companies and projects these individuals work on are directly correlated to how we operate our lives. From A.I. technology to the future of food, medicine wheels to the evolution of wellness there was no escaping the massive amount of brain power under the sun.
Another obvious; every single person I had the privilege to speak with was definitely firing on levels beyond society as a whole. I mean, every conversation I got into was inspiring. I definitely walked away with a feeling of justification for humanity and all that we are. Yes, it’s a fucked up world, but at Further Future you get the idea that through technology, innovation, love, community and empathy for humanity, we were going to be okay.
In closing, I want to share with you a quote from one of the events founders while being interviewed recently on the festival:
“It’s important what we do here,” Scott said. “That’s what we keep saying. We’re shaping the future. These are the people who not only can do it, but these are the only people who can.”