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Creating Equilibrium

Aug. 25-27, Olympic Valley
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CONCERT INFO: $38 to $250, Aug. 26, Squaw Valley, 1960 Squaw Valley Rd., Olympic Valley,

About four years ago, critically acclaimed author and journalist Steven Kotler had a severe case of writer’s block and reached out to his friend and professional skier Matt Reardon to see if he could move into his Squaw Valley home in search of the cure. The duo got to talking one evening, and the idea for Creating Equilibrium was born — they dreamed up an event that connected the tech and environmental worlds. The caveat: The event would actually have to get something done.

“You see people saying and doing wonderful things at festivals, but you don’t see the ripple effect,” Reardon said. “The action is often lost.”

At first it is a little tricky to fully wrap your head around what exactly Creating Equilibrium is; is it a music festival, is it a conference? But, in actuality, it’s this multifaceted structure, all based around biodiversity, that makes it so darn cool!

“Creating Equilibrium is a three-day, solutions-focused innovation forum — an insight incubator disguised as a conference, concert, and immersive festival,” press materials for the event state. To break that down, the weekend features a cornucopia of musical acts, a street festival in the village at Squaw, and an invitation-only conference.

The music features names like Dispatch and Secret Stash, a music super group made up of members of Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Fun., and Godsmack. “Basically, they are the most legit cover band you have ever seen,” Reardon said. Tickets for this event run anywhere from $38 to $250.

The conference aspect of the weekend is a bit more exclusive. Invitation-only at a price tag of $1,500, this element is where high-level change is possible. With a limited number of tickets sold, and an all-star lineup of speakers, this group was intentionally curated. “The 250 people in that room could also be on stage,” Reardon said. Speakers include Jeremy Jones, Steven Kotler, and Neil Sahota. “We want to get people in a room who wouldn’t normally get together,” he explained.

The part that is most accessible for everyone is in The Village. Reardon was very involved in dreaming up and creating the Made in Tahoe festival and he wants Creating Equilibrium to be nothing like that. “All those events sort of look the same,” he opined. Creating Equilibrium’s village component is three days of free music, art, and speakers. A major goal is to involve kids and technology. Scattered throughout the village will be interactive art exhibits.

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