The Evolver Network
We started The Evolver Network, our nonprofit initiative, in 2009 to bring local communities together around transformative practices and new ideas, including many ideas avoided or suppressed by the mainstream. We discovered the need for this while publishing our web magazine, Reality Sandwich, which launched in 2007. Over time, we saw that many readers – in places like Kansas, Baltimore, London, and New Orleans - yearned to connect with each other in person. We realized that Evolver could provide a central hub for people who want to learn about and implement solutions to social and environmental problems – and who see that a change of consciousness is also necessary.
The Evolver Network is the only organization that links all aspects of the awakening now happening across the world, from the social and political to the spiritual and psychical. Our initial goal was to create the easiest possible structure to help our local groups develop and grow. We organize monthly face-to-face gatherings, which we call Spores. The themes for our monthly events range from permaculture to shamanic practice, from climate change to psychedelic research, from alternative currency to lucid dreaming, and much more. We are poised to expand rapidly over the coming years.
As Evolver Spores keep emerging across the country and internationally, we collect the best ideas and practices in a Wiki that all “Sporeganizers” can access. We currently have more than 40 groups meeting up regularly around the world, with chapters in most US cities, across Canada, a number in Europe, South America, and Australia/New Zealand. As well as the monthly events, many of the local groups hold film screenings and host authors and thought leaders who tour the network, such as Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics, and Jonathan Talat, author of Electric Jesus, and our community director. We publish these books through Evolver Editions, a partnership between Evolver and North Atlantic Books in Berkeley. Through our ever-growing network, we distribute alternative media, promote on-line learning experiences, create events, and provide support for our communities.
Part of the unique mission of The Evolver Network is to build bridges between many amazing organizations working in different areas. Our partners include the Buckminster Fuller Institute, which explores design science initiatives to solve environmental problems; MedMobs, an organization that creates instant mass meditations in urban centers; and the Multidisciplinary Approach to Psychedelic Studies, which has helped to revive federally approved studies into medical uses of psychedelic compounds. We use our dedicated network of local communities to spread information about these organizations and others, thus advancing the movement toward what the futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard calls “conscious evolution.”
The Evolver Network is largely funded through regular or one-time contributions. Supporters can gain special benefits such as free books, t-shirts, reduced price tickets to our events and Evolver Intensives webinars, and so on. We hope you will consider joining the movement by participating in your local Evolver group, or starting a new one if there is nothing happening yet in your neighborhood or region. We also invite you to become a financial supporter.
Thank you for your interest. We look forward to evolving with you!
Director, The Evolver Network
Image by Carmela Nava, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.