May 1, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra
Conferences are interesting. Even when they’re not symposiums of the world’s most renowned minds, discussing matters of global importance – sometimes they’re just for fun, but no matter the cause for the gathering, the human interaction and exchange that take place at these meetings is neat. They’re like online forums, but (usually) with fewer flame wars, better spelling and less spam. (Though at this point, linking to LOLCATS or hilarious GIFs of relevance is harder to do in real life than it is online, but I’m sure somebody’s working on that.) Even when conventions have no grand or global significance – even if nothing on the agenda regards the state of human development or the promise of a richer tomorrow – meetings that bring people together around a central theme (even loosely defined ones) provides an environment for synthesis – for creativity itself. Today’s project happens to be a conference whose principal unifying topic is of both fun and function – of work and play – sound, sight and speech. It’s one that means to be both a showcase and breeding ground for creativity in a time in human history when conditions for creation are perhaps more favorable ever before.
Weapons of Mass Creation Fest is a convention that, for its third year now, brings together over 20 speakers, 20 artists, 30 bands and 1000+ attendees to connect, share, exchange and learn with one another.
WMC is a young grassroots movement to inspire and enable the creative mind. Good things happen when ideas and talents are shared within the community. This manifests itself in the lifestyle of a Weapon of Mass Creation, someone who defies the hand they’re dealt and makes things happen. Once a year, this community gathers to celebrate and showcase the creative visionaries who embody this lifestyle.
Inspire and enable. Think and do. Dream and act. The elements of innovation, be it in art, music, science, or life itself. With the objective of inspiration, a conference like WMC could yield tremendous things from unexpected places.
Admittedly, there was a part of me that at first held that the digitally networked age made in-person meetings obsolete – that platforms for exchange and creation existed without the need for assembling in person, as flesh and blood. Even that narrow part of me, though, couldn’t deny the power of genuine human interaction and the ability to share in ways that the online world hasn’t yet enabled. We’ll someday reach a technological level where genuine attendance at symposiums will not mean leaving your office or living room, but until then, you’ll be missing out by merely tuning in at home. So until then, Cleveland is the place to be from June 8 – 10. Become a part of the convention, the conversation and the creation by backing WMC on Kickstarter before May 4.