The talk that launched The Bloom journey. Initially a presentation on the west coast festival circuit starting in 2009, TEDxVancouver invited a talk for their conference in 2010. After posting online, the talk led to a powerful response and messages from people around the world, resonating with the articulation of this globally shared experience. The Bloom was conceived as a documentary webseries to follow-up these initial ideas.
The talk opened doors for The Bloom into festivals of the genre with unparalleled access to pursue our story. Festival producers, builders, and artists, as well as participants, both veteran and new—took time to share their insights and experiences of this emergent culture.
The subsequent journey has both deepened and expanded the ideas presented in this talk almost a decade ago. The talk I would give today would certainly reflect this evolution. Having been writing steadily over the past year, I will be publishing a forthcoming series of articles unpacking what is truly relevant about this cultural phenomenon. Look for the first article in fall 2019.
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