Michael Gosney

Michael Gosney is an event producer, author/publisher, digital media pioneer, sustainable community expert…and DJ. He has produced San Francisco’s Digital Be-In (www.be-in.com) cyberculture gathering since 1989, early Burning Man music events including the legendary “Community Dance”, the Paradox Conferences at the Arcosanti.org community in Arizona, and many green culture events. He is a co-manager the Earthdance International multi-location global peace festival. Performing as DJ Goz since the late 90s, he has played Burning Man and other festivals and countless private/underground events. He serves on the board of the SF How Weird Street Faire and produces the GreenAlley.net cannabis zone. He produced the Deep Green cannabis festivals (www.deepgreenfest.com) and supports other key cannabis events TheEmeraldCup.com and NewWestSummit.com. Gosney founded GreenCentury.Institute in 2003, a sustainable community clearinghouse and consulting group, and serves as Managing Director of TechnéVerde.org research project under fiscal sponsor Buckminster Fuller Institute focused on digital technologies supporting the regenerative culture movement, currently developing Communitas.Zone collaboration network for regenerative culture groups and leaders.

Workshops & Presentations

  • Building Califia: a Bay Area Ecocity

    60 min | Altar of Spirit

    Sustainable community expert Michael Gosney will provide an in-depth exploration of Paolo Soleri’s arcology ideas and ecocity concepts as they address the overall sustainability and human needs equations. He will also canvas the ecovillage movement and the innovations it offers for greening urban centers. An overarching theme is the position of cities in today’s world as the true network of civilization and the evolutionary potential they contain. This potential has been severely limited by the entrenched web of nation-states and profit-driven enterprises that usurp the authority of real “place” with artificial boundaries, external financial and political controls, and constraining regulations. The presentation will review a range of resources and projects that are contributing to the emerging new paradigm of ecologically sound urban planning, and potential scenarios for seeing Califia – and other large scale model arcologies – actually come to life!