This year, we made a thorough evaluation of No Mind, as well as of all the other festivals. There are a few themes in the evaluation of No Mind that is significant. You told us that this year’s version had a too lean program, too little celebration, too boring music, and that you find the average age too high.
We can also see that many of you have attended No Mind many times, but not as many came for the first time.
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Repeatedly we hear voices calling out, that the reason for this, is a need for a return to the old No Mind, to the No Mind that once was, and that held a large value of attraction.
However, we believe, that we can never return, and the longing that is expressed really isn’t a longing for something old, but a longing for something new, something that haven’t yet been done. The old No Mind spirit, is actually a pioneer spirit – that spirit is what caused the attraction in the origin.
To once again conquer that spirit, it is essential that No Mind now changes in a radical way, and that we do what it takes to invite new energy and new creativity.
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At the same time, for a varity of reasons, we need to consolidate our operations at Ängsbacka during 2014. We need to focus hard on our core business, and implement a structure that supports business management and cost efficiency. One tool we use, is to implement Sociocracy in order to decrease the energy leak caused by unclarity/uncertainty regarding what needs to be done, how and by whom, to create conditions that support equality in voice in order to make sure good ideas are well taken cared of, and to empower all people to have authority of their own area of responsibility. We’re thus e.g. initiating the implementation of working circles. This we’re doing with a new management team, as well as a new board. In addition, we may face staff cut downs.
No Mind, is an event that demands a huge effort and huge amount of resources, in order to prepare for it on all levels.
The majority of our resources though, is currently fully held up in the above described changes.
This means, we do not have the resources needed to carry out the radical change we strongly feel is needed in order not to decline No Mind any more, by giving a whatever we can put together version of it 2014.
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Another reason for this, is that it is very demanding to operate in two opposite energy streams. One being focused on tightening existing operations extensively, and the other one being focused on opening up new creativity as extensively. It is extremely challenging executing both flows at the same time, with the same people involved in both.
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Given this, we see that it best serves us to allow the year of 2014 to be a year of consolidation, whilst we’re prepare intensly to make a new No Mind take shape in 2015. This will also allow us the time to:
Find an innovative and dynamic Product Owner of No Mind
Tune in the festival circle we’re about to create and implement that will consist of all Festival Product Owners and a number of additional supporting key roles
Book workshop leaders and musicians that demands fore-sight and long term-planning
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It is therefore the Management and the Board’s decision, that under prevailing circumstances we put No Mind on hold during 2014, and plan for a GREAT COMEBACK in 2015.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Is Ängsbacka going out of business?
Ängsbacka operates in a reality that like life, holds no safety net, and gives no guarantees. It is no secret that financialwise we’re currently very much in a real-life situation. However. Ängsbacka has been around in one form or another for some sixteen years, and we are convinced that the magic will stay alive for sixteen more years to come.
What about the other festivals?
There is no change in the plans for the other festivals. During 2014 we plan to give YogaDanceEaster, Midsummer Celebration, Yoga Festival and Tantra Festival.
Easter 17/4 – 21/4
Midsummer 19/6 – 21/6
Yoga 21/7 – 27/7
Tantra 30/7 – 3/8
Will there be something to replace No Mind during 2014?
We have no wish in trying to replace No Mind, but, we do have a wish to offer possibilities to meet the longing expressed in the evaluations, and the key motivators for coming to Ängsbacka in the summertime. Thus we’re looking into the possibility to open a space for coming and hang out with friends during a couple of weeks in a co-creative space, in order to support that longing. We also investigate the possibility of giving an extended intense dance weekend, in order to meet the longing for celebration.
What happens if I already bought a ticket to No Mind 2014?
You will have a number of possibilities to either use your ticket at other festivals, or to keep it and be a VIP participant in the great come back festival 2015, or you’ll be re-imbursed. Please contact Booking and we will help you.
In short, why are we not doing No Mind 2014?
This year’s evaluation of No Mind shows some significant negative themes and a substantial decline in number of participants.
There is a common longing to ”recreate the old No Mind”. But. The old No Mind spirit, is actually a pioneer spirit.
To once again conquer that spirit, No Mind need to change in a radical way, and we need to do what it takes to invite new energy and new creativity.
Currently, we do not have the resources needed to carry out such a radical change. Instead we need to focus all our resources on consolidating our existing business. Therefore, we paus No Mind during 2014, to give ourselves the possibility to return with a great come back in 2015.