by Sven Hosford
Looking back at the last year of Peaceburgh: What began as a small business and the dream of a few people to change the name of our city, about it has bloomed into a full-blown movement. Now with three websites, several amazing events under our belt and more planned, hundreds of people now call themselves Peaceburghers.
Last year started with several Peaceful Gathering of Hands events, hit a high note on Nov. 11 with the 11:11:11 event (Bhante pictured here giving his blessing), and ended the year with an amazing New Year’s Eve event.
It all started in 2009 when I founded Peaceburgh Micro Media Lab LLC. Around about that time, Sol Shanti and some others got the cool idea to start a campaign to rename our city. He discovered that I had acquired the dot Com, dot Org and dot Net domains for Peaceburgh, but a great connection was made. I got introduced to Sol and his whole crew of loving nomads, just part of what we now call “The Younger Tribe.”
That’s really what Peaceburgh is about: Connecting. We call it creating conscious community.
Many of you know I had a close encounter with Allegheny General Hospital’s ICU just over a year ago. I had to quit doing any print publications, close my office, and have scaled way back on many activities. When I told Tom Menditto about my adventures at the Peaceful Gathering of Hands event in May, he said to me, “It’s time to pass the torch.” As I looked at the 500 people gathered to hold hands, I told him, “Consider it passed.”
I’m feeling much better these days, although I still have low energy, but as you can probably guess, I have a good support system, being friends for over a decade with some of the best healers in the area.
Now the Younger Tribe is a part of the Peaceburgh team. Tom went on to think up the New Year’s Eve event, which was truly a ground-breaking event. Several hundred people gathered at First United Methodist in Shadyside for an evening of dancing, healing, labyrinth-walking, and general merry-making. Family friendly, drug and alcohol-free, and of a very high consciousness.
That event was managed by Chad Mosseso and Annie Derek and many others. Get to know these names. These are the new generation of movers and shakers, along with Kevin May (aka Phil Osophical), Alex Baker and some others I’m still gettting to know.
As we kick off the 2012 season with the Artist Showcase this weekend (March 3-4), we recommit ourselves to creating connections between those of us who want to make the world a better place, who believe that collaboration and cooperation have a bigger role to play than competition in our lives, and who want to start making that change NOW.
Come and meet the family you didn’t know you had. We’ll have many chances this year.
We are the ones you’ve been waiting for.