We are really pleased to have Daniel Pinchbeck on this years bill. He plans to introduce a blueprint of our biggest present challenge… survival on this planet.

Below is a TED x  presentation he gave at the famous BlackRockCity in 2013. We hope you enjoy : Art as an instrument of social change.



Daniel Pinchbeck is the author of Breaking Open the Head (Broadway Books, 2002), 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Tarcher/Penguin, 2006), and Notes from the Edge Times (Tarcher/Penguin, 2010). His essays and articles have been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Rolling Stone, ArtForum, The New York Times Book Review, The Village Voice, and many other publications. In the 1990s, he co-founded and co-edited the literary journal Open City, with Thomas Beller and Robert Bingham. At various times, he has been a regular columnist for Art & Antiques, The Art Newspaper of London, Arthur, Conscious Choice, and Dazed & Confused.

In 2007, he launched the web magazine Reality Sandwich and co-founded Evolver.net with Ken Jordan, Michael Robinson, and Talat Phillips. Evolver currently includes Evolver Learning Labs, their webinar platform, and The Evolver Network, their nonprofit initiative. They have also produced a publishing imprint, Evolver Editions, in collaboration with North Atlantic Books. His life and work were featured in the documentary 2012: Time for Change, directed by Joao Amorim and produced by Mangusta Films. Amorim and Daniel also produced a series of short animations, PostModernTimes.

He has spoken at conferences and festivals around the world, including Boom in Portugal, Lightning in a Bottle, Burning Man, Mystic Garden in Maui, DazedFest in London, Distortion in Copenhagen, La Callaca TedX in San Miguel del Allende, the World Psychedelic Forum in Basel, and Summit Series in Utah. He has been interviewed by The Colbert Report, Coast to Coast AM, The History Channel, Whitley Streiber’s Unknown Country, BrandX with Russell Brand, Interview Magazine, Purple, and many other places.

He has written introductions for books including The Psychedelic Experience by Timothy Leary, The Joyous Cosmology by Alan Watts, and Rainforest Medicine by Jonathan Miller Weisberger and Kathy Glass. He has written catalogs for art exhibitions including a show of Jeff Koons and Andy Warhol at the Gagosian Gallery in New York.

He is the host of a talk show, Mind Shift, which seeks to explore the evolution of technology and spirituality, and our potential for the future. Mind Shift appears on Gaiam TV. He co-hosts retreats to Costa Rica, with the Secoya, tribal people from the Amazon in Ecuador, and Colombia, with the Kogi and Aruak people.

Daniel lives in the East Village of New York City, where he is currently completing his fourth book.