We have work to do.

Our planet and our social systems are in crisis. Now more than ever, media professionals need to stimulate wonder, compassion, conversation and action.

To that end, we need to reimagine cinema, technology, creativity, and storytelling across a broad range of platforms and methodologies. We need narratives and aesthetics that appeal to different regions of the mind.

New and old forms of innovative documentary and dramatic films have been exploring these realms, as well as projection mapping, virtual and augmented reality, and traditional arts such as poetry, dance, and music.

How do we open our audiences to new world views and create flow states that support reflection, dialogue, and a deeper relationship with nature ?

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The Nature of Media formula is simple: we create an atmosphere of safety and confidentiality for your passions, challenges, and possibilities. We have provocative plenaries to stimulate ideas; we showcase samples of our work; then, we collectively determine an agenda for the final part of the conference with peer-learning “Focus Forums”, where we self-organize to share ideas , knowledge., and questions.

What are the skill sets, business models, engagement strategies, and emerging technologies that can be employed to build bridges and connect polarized communities?

What does it mean to ‘decolonize’ and “de-corporatize” media production and distribution and rebuild our relationship with how we consume, produce and market media? How can we better support media makers of all cultural backgrounds. as well as a shift in racial, gender, and power norms in the current media climate?

Peer feedback groups are another integral part of the gathering, and there’s plenty of time and space for networking and solidifying relationships. There is much territory to cover, as we plumb the commonalities that these media share and apply them to our own projects.

photo credits: Bill Weaver