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On August 9 2015, Amichai and Lab/Shul join the Shmita ArtFest on Governor’s Island for a day of art, food, learning and community celebration.
Join Amichai for the final study session of the FallowLab series, picnic style, from 4:15-5pm to start wrapping up the year of fallow living and focusing on PURPOSE – what are we taking from this year of reflection towards better balance between our actual and virtual lives and between our own needs and those of our communities.
See full schedule here: Shmita ArtFest

“The impulse towards growth and self-realization needs space to come to fruition. We need to stop and shake off the bedlam of daily lives.”

Rabbi Kook wrote this over 100 years ago. How do we stop today and make better use of our precious time and energy?

Read others comments and get involved:
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FALLOW: /ˈfalō/ (n): Cultivated land left unsown during the growing season to restore its fertility”

Fallow Lab is a year-long journey of exploring better balance between our virtual and actual lives.

Inspired by the Jewish Shmita tradition, this journey reinterprets the biblical agricultural practice of a year of release to the land and to the farmer, reapplied for today’s social, economic and digital reality. Our ancestors worked the land, lived its cycles and knew when to let go, release and renew. Our landscapes of labor exist more and more virtually. Can we extend the logic of the old sacred cycles and recycle Shmita back into our lives?

amichaiphotoI’m Amichai, probably your average digital addict. I came up with this idea, got a great team on board, and invite you to join us for the Fallow Lab journey – a year of learning more, doing less and being better. Let’s fallow.

I’ll be your tour guide, cruise director and lab assistant. (read more here for why I’m doing this)

The Fallow Lab journey will consist of 12 monthly conversations, each focusing on an area in our lives impacted by digital technology that could benefit from attention, release, or better balance, for our own good. There are 7 ways you can get engaged with each conversation – most of them for free!

At most – this is a commitment to 3 hours of conversation a month.

Shabbat-Haaretz-cover-front-image-uploadable-213x300The conversations are based on texts I’ve curated from classical Jewish sources on Shmita and contemporary visual media and writings on technology and digital life. These include Douglas Rushkoff’s book ‘Program or be Programmed’, Tiffany Shlain’s series of films ‘The Future Starts Here’, and the brand new translation of Rabbi Kook’s classic work ‘The Sabbath of the Earth’. Each monthly conversation will be led by me, along with guest teachers, happen live in NYC, and also repeated online through webinar, podcast and an interactive website for all of us to post, respond and discuss.

You can join me in NYC or online for the entire series of conversations or just for single sessions.

The goal: fruitful conversations, inspired action, better balance, new friendships, a year of growth and grounding, well spent.

The Shmita year begins on September 24th 2014. The Fallow Lab journey begins on September 17th, 2014.

Welcome on board. Sign up here. Questions and Inquiries: here.

Shana Tova.

Amichai

Here’s who’s who.
Why I’m doing this.
What’s shmita?  Why digital shmita?
Tell me more about the 12 conversations.
Tell me about the 7 Tools.
Sign me up!

Reset

1. Reset
Oct. 2014/Heshvan 5775

Time

2. Time
Nov. 2014/Kislev 5775

Place

3. Place
Dec. 2014/Tevet 5775

Choice

4. Choice
Feb. 2015/Shavt 5775

Complexity

5. Complexity
Mar. 2015/Adar 5775

Scale

6. Scale
Apr. 2015/Nisan 5775

Identity

7. Identity
May 2015/Iyar 5775

Social

8. Social
June 2015/Sivan 5775

Fact

9. Fact
July 2015/Tamuz 5775

Purpose

10. Purpose
Aug. 2015/Av 5775

Openness

11. Openness
Sept. 2015/Elul 5775

Restored

12. Restored?
Oct. 2015/Tishrei 5776


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