Archive for April, 2010

Carrotmob the Wiggle

April 28th, 2010

The Wigg Party was proud to participate in the latest San Francisco Carrotmob this past Sunday at Duboce Park Cafe. The event marked our first foray into public consciousness, and we can be sure more people know about us this week than last.

Carrotmob what!?!

While we had the date circled and had been working for weeks to plan and promote, things really got started Saturday night with a wig(g) making gathering followed by a late night chalk graffiti session on the Wiggle. It really was quite an experience to be out on the Wiggle at 2 am on a Saturday night – lots of smiles and good cheer from passersby on bikes and foot alike, and more than a couple people doing the Wobble. Sure enough we weren’t out there more than 30 minutes before the friends started piling up and it turned into an out-right Wigg Party Party.

I think this makes it official

We went to bed knowing that tomorrow’s Wigglers » Read more: Carrotmob the Wiggle

Volunteers needed for Carrotmob event

April 22nd, 2010

The Carrotmob event at Duboce Park Cafe is fast approaching – this Sunday will see hundreds of people in line or hanging in Duboce Park, face painting, general revelry, and all under a beautiful San Francisco clear blue sky! (We’re not ready to make the weather machine public yet. ssshhhh!)

In order to make this event as successful as possible, we need some help from you intrepid Wigg Partiers. First thing to know is that we’d like everyone to wear a wig or some sort of head-cover to help show our solidarity as a group. If you don’t have a wig, we’ll have a few extra and we’ll be making some on Saturday night and at the event on Sunday.

Saturday night we’ll also be making some signs and dispatching some guerrillas to go make some beautiful chalk art around town to promote and direct people to the event. Ski masks optional.

As for the day of, we’re going to need as many photographers and videographers as we can muster. The event is going to be important for us, but so is the way the event appears to people in the future who are trying to figure out what we’re all about. So we need some people to capture the beauty to show people this is why we’re hot.

We’re also going to need a team of 4 or 5 people to do surveys and general engagement with people in line and at Duboce Park. This is our chance to get information about the people we want to connect with and let them know what we’re up to. Also, we’d like to get a few people riding the Wiggle with signs to let people know that the Carrotmob event is going off.

If you’d like to contribute to the effort, either send me an email at morgan@wiggparty.org or just show up at Helen’s Saturday night (check the facebook page for final details). If you can’t help in this way, you can be a MAJOR help by showing up on Sunday from 2-5 and bringing all your friends. It’s definitely going to be the hottest spot in the city… because we say it is!

Where’s Your Sacred Space?

April 20th, 2010

Here’s an editorial piece that I wrote and performed on NPR a couple of months back. You can listen to the radio broadcast here. Here’s the text:

Where’s your sacred space? For most people, it’s a building where they go to worship with friends and family members, a favorite quiet spot in the wilderness, or perhaps the final resting place of a loved one. For me, it’s a bike route.

The Wiggle, a meandering path through the Lower Haight and Panhandle neighborhoods of San Francisco, has been used by bicyclists for decades to avoid an exhausting climb up and over some of the city’s legendary hills on their way to the Western half of town. Before the advent of bicycling, the indigenous Ohlone people traversed a similar path walking to and from their seasonal villages, and the route even hosted San Francisco’s first Farmers’ Market back in 1943. Today, “Riding the Wiggle” is a bona fide rite of passage for a sprouting alliance of bicyclists and sustainable community activists living in the Western Addition section of San Francisco. For us, the Wiggle is a growing symbol of community identity, site of countless happy run-ins with friends, and a natural saver of energy of the highest order – our own human energy. The Wiggle is literally our connection to the rest of the city, and as we traverse it we carry with us our new values, our radical ideas, and a deepening sense of profound meaning for our lives.

There’s just one problem: » Read more: Where’s Your Sacred Space?

Wigg Party Logo Contest

April 18th, 2010

The submissions are in!  Some artists and designers within The Wigg Party have sketched out potential logo designs for the organization and we need your feedback!

Click on the Logo Contest tab above or view the five logo submissions here.

If you want to provide general feedback on multiple designs, leave a comment on the main page.

If you want to vote for a particular logo, click on your favorite design and leave a comment at the bottom of the individual logo page.

It is not too late, if you are still interested in submitting a logo design. Just email Clint (clint@wiggparty.org).

Intimations of a New Worldview

April 13th, 2010

Today I thought I’d share an interview I did a few months ago with my friends Matt Segall and Jon Doherty over at the HolonsNetwork. Matt and Jon have been conducting philosophical talks with luminaries from around the world using video chat made possible by the “internet.”

They asked me to be the first in-person interviewee in their series. We talked about the foundations of my worldview and how that worldview underscores the work I’ve been doing. (Worldview in a nutshell:

1. Cosmological Evolution;

2. Currently unknown telos of Cosmological Evolution;

Therefore: Create sustainable culture to allow our evolutionary elders (future generations) to answer questions we can’t (like what is the ultimate goal (telos) of the Universe?))

I hope you guys enjoy (both the talk and the extra leg being revealed by our shorts)!


Parts 2 and 3… » Read more: Intimations of a New Worldview

Walking the Wiggle

April 13th, 2010

While the name for the bike route going through the Lower Haight has officially been around since the mid-90s (no one can trace the unofficial origin of the name), it seems that the “Wiggle meme” has seen a tangible surge of late. Whether it’s the SF Bike Coalition celebrating the Wiggle in the wake of the partial lift of the Great Bike Injunction of the 00′s or the Wiggle sign being featured on a flyer for the Ride Too CELLspace benefit, the Wiggle is definitely getting major love of late.

The latest sign is the seemingly out-of-nowhere demand for a historical tour of the Wiggle from Think Walks and it’s masterful emcee Joel Pomerantz. » Read more: Walking the Wiggle

Our Opportunity

April 13th, 2010

We all know that we’re living at an unprecedented historical moment. The metaphysical powers that be have conspired to bring each of us into a world that demands that we completely transform our way of being from the materialist consumerism on which we have been reared to a way of being that allows a lot of human beings to exist without the complete destruction of the biosphere and other related phenomena. This isn’t exactly a small task, and some might think they’ve gotten the short-end of some proverbial stick.

For my part, I have often lamented the fact that I can’t in good conscience go about my day solely focused on the traditional challenges of adult life: finding a job that allows me to live comfortably, finding a lover and starting a family, enjoying carefree afternoons with friends, and keeping my cell phone charged. Indeed I do spend some time doing these things, but there is a constant gnaw in the back of my head that reminds me that I am not prepared, that I am not doing enough, that there isn’t much time to putz around. I know you feel it too. » Read more: Our Opportunity

What is The Wiggle?

April 13th, 2010

I remember the first time I was introduced to the Wiggle. I’d been in San Francisco for about two months when my new roommate Shurry and I went for a walk in the neighborhood. As we turned the corner off of Haight onto Scott, she said “…and this is the Wiggle!”

At the time I didn’t really understand the unmistakable reverence in her voice. It looked like any old street to me. Little did I know that one day I too would speak with the same inflection every time I mentioned the wonderful, glorious, sweat-saving Wiggle. And I challenge you to find anyone who doesn’t do the same (excluding people whose names rhyme with Knob Slanderson).

So what is the Wiggle? » Read more: What is The Wiggle?