Meet the creators of the Whole Earth Catalog and the community they inspired. We invite you to watch Whole Earth Flashbacks, our video history of the Whole Earth culture, which covers 50 years of collective innovation in just a half-hour.
Our video retrospective takes you on a dazzling journey through time, from the first Whole Earth Catalogs to the Co-Evolution Quarterly, the Whole Earth Review, the Hackers Conference, the Well, Wired, Burning Man and the 10,000 Year Clock. These pioneering projects shared a common goal: to empower people to change the world, by giving them access to tools and ideas.
Whole Earth Flashbacks features insights from thought leaders like Stewart Brand, J. Baldwin, Stephanie Mills, Lloyd Kahn, Ted Nelson, Doug Adams, Howard Rheingold, Wavy Gravy, Kevin Kelly, Larry Harvey, Danny Hillis and Steve Jobs, to name but a few.
Watch the full video right here:
If you’re short on time, watch the quick preview for this video (17 minutes).
Also visit our full photo album, with nearly 500 community-contributed images. If you would like to help write captions for images you know about, please add your comments about who is in the photo, where and when it was taken, who took the photo and what is going on in that scene.
If you like this video history, please share it widely in your community. It’s a great way to spread the word about what this amazing culture accomplished in just a few decades.
Whole Earth Flashbacks was created by Fabrice Florin, with a world-class production team: Ahmed Kabil, David Lawrence, James McKee, Matisse Enzer, Robert Horvitz, Susan Ryan and Mark Petrakis, to name but a few.
Over 60 community members and friends graciously shared their images, videos, sounds and comments to make this retrospective possible. They are listed in the credits below. We’re very grateful to their generous contributions.
Our video premiered at the 50th Anniversary of the Whole Earth Catalog on October 13, 2018, at Fort Mason in San Francisco. Many thanks to Stewart Brand, Ryan Phelan, Danica Remy, the Point Foundation and all the amazing volunteers who organized this event and made this community creation possible! To support this worthy cause, consider making a donation to the nonprofit Point Foundation.
Whole Earth Flashbacks has the potential to become an open-source documentary, which we hope will keep evolving over time, so that it may inspire people to take action for the next 10,000 years!
If you have important footage or information for this living document, or if you would like to help create another edition, please email us.
Thanks again to all the creative minds who contributed to this production!
THANKS TO OUR CONTRIBUTORS!
We are deeply grateful to all our gracious contributors for donating your content and your time to this community production. You inspire us!
Here is our credit roll for this project. Links to contributor sites will be added soon.
Producer/Director: Fabrice Florin
Executive Producers: Stewart Brand, Ryan Phelan
Video Editors: Fabrice Florin, Ahmed Kabil, David Lawrence
Sound / Music Consultant: Jim McKee, Earwax
Story Consultant: Mark Petrakis
Researchers: Robert Horvitz, Susan Ryan
Production Crew: Matisse Enzer, Phyllis Florin
Ecological Design: Christopher Zelov / Brian Danitz
Earth Days Clip: Robert Stone
Lama Commune / Saline Valley: Stewart Brand
Inside the Catalog: Lloyd Kahn
Demise Party: Ant Farm / Raindance
Hackers: Fabrice Florin
WELL Party: David Kennard, InCA Productions
Cyberthon: KO Beckman, David Lawrence, Michael Naimark
Wired: Kevin Kelly, Louis Rossetto
About Long Now: Long Now Foundation
10,000 Year Clock: Jimmy Goldblum, Public Record
Revive & Restore: Revive & Restore
Commencement address by Steve Jobs: Stanford University
Earth Footage: NASA, International Space Station
Chocolate Coffe Pot: David Gans
Logical One: Rama Kolesnikow, Cruelty Free Sound
Vision: Christopher Willits, Ghostly International
Bell Studies: Brian Eno
Eternal Structures: Asher Fulero
Stewart Brand, Matisse Enzer, Kevin Kelly, Ryan Phelan, Danica Remy, Howard Rheingold, David Wills contributed the most images.
Other photo contributors include: Jeanne Campbell, Hilarie Coate, John Coate, Vickisa Feinberg, James Fulton, Carolyn Garcia, Matt Herron, Art Kleiner, Isabella Kirkland, Tiffany Lee Brown, Kathleen O’Neill, Tom Parker, Alexander Rose, Don Ryan, Susan Ryan and many more!
Diana Connolly, Colleen Fiaschetti, Isabella Kirkland, Art Kleiner, John Markoff, Danica Remy, Alexander Rose, Peter Schwartz
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