Yesterday my mate Fox asked me why I am running Campfire.
It’s a really great question. I can get so into the thing that I can forget to stand back and look at what makes me want to do the thing.
In everything I do I am in pursuit of a more balanced, knowledgeable and self-aware society. I want to playfully and audaciously create change by cultivating self-love, belonging, insight and action in people who want to make the world a better place.
Campfire creates belonging.
If you could measure belonging at the end of the night, then the room would be off the Richter scale. It is palpable. Tangible even.
And it does so by reclaiming the performing arts as ours, all of ours. It does it by saying - You, you are invited to see others and be seen by others.
Why do we need these levels of belonging?
Well, speaking from my experience.
I was hurting, I was lonely and felt like I was sitting outside a web of connection. And that was illogical because I have a beautiful family and friends, but I didn’t feel like I was inside their love…I was sitting just outside it.
I needed something to help me embrace the connections that I had and something to invite new ones.
Something to help remind me that I belong.
Campfire has played a big part in helping me feel this sense of belonging in my community.
I think many of us are hurting. And that lots of bad things come from this.
Campfire exists to create belonging through a shared creative experience.
I’d like that belonging to be available to anyone who is seeking it.
That’s why I’m running Campfire.
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If you have walked away from Campfire with a sense of belonging and hope then buying some firewood is a way to say thanks. A way to show your love and appreciation and to keep the Campfire burning.