Chip Conley

A Frolicking Fiesta with Franti.

Thank you to the more than 450 alums who showed up from around the world to join us for our annual alumni Homecoming in Santa Fe. It was a legendary week with award-winning musician MIchael Franti leading our first workshop on our new campus, the Rising Circle Ranch, which flowed directly into a series of Homecoming events that were epic including a private Franti concert for our group at Meow Wolf.

A Frolicking Fiesta with Franti.

Are You Ready For Your “Divine Download”?

Sometimes, looking for advice from your dog isn’t good enough. Nor is talking to your best friend, coach, tarot card reader, or hair stylist. We’re looking for what our shaman Saul calls “spiritual wifi,” some inspiration from an otherworldly source that feels perfectly blended with our gut instinct that we’ve been ignoring.

Are You Ready For Your “Divine Download”?

Would You Like to Be The Minister of Loneliness?

Both the UK and Japan have appointed Ministers of Loneliness. Dr. Ruth was recently appointed by the state of New York as the nation’s first Loneliness Ambassador. Maybe there’s a growth industry in loneliness? Sadly, US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy recently said that, from a health perspective, loneliness is as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Worse yet, lonely people smoke more.

Would You Like to Be The Minister of Loneliness?

Two Forms of AI: Artificial Intelligence and Appreciative Inquiry.

“Computers are useless. They only give you answers,” so exclaimed Pablo Picasso. True. Artificial Intelligence might seem far superior to Mrs. Johnson, my high school librarian. But, Mrs. Johnson offered me something that a computer has yet to perfect: she asked me clarifying questions that helped her to better answer my questions. And, on occasion, she asked an Appreciative Inquiry that opened up possibilities I hadn’t even considered like, “If you’re fascinated with geography, have you thought of studying a foreign language?”

Two Forms of AI: Artificial Intelligence and Appreciative Inquiry.

Viva, Experiments!

“To invent, you have to experiment, and if you know in advance that it’s going to work, it’s not an experiment.” - Jeff Bezos, Amazon Annual Report, 2015

Viva, Experiments!

Viva, Humans!

Back in my days as the innkeeper of San Francisco’s infamous rock ‘n roll hotel, The Phoenix, I got to meet all kinds of eccentric artists and entertainers.

Viva, Humans!

Viva, Wisdom!

"Those who are wise won't be busy, and those who are too busy can't be wise. The wisest man is therefore he who loafs most gracefully." -- Lin Yutang, Chinese philosopher

Viva, Wisdom!

Viva, Midlife!

I’m a proud midlife activist. No life stage is more derided than this period of life. It’s the Rodney Dangerfield of life stages: “it don’t get no respect.”

Viva, Midlife!

Viva, Rising Circle Ranch!

Joined at the hip, head, and heart, my co-founders Christine, Jaff and I have been dreaming about this day for maybe a half-dozen years. We imagined we might grow beyond our Baja beachfront campus one day.

Viva, Rising Circle Ranch!

“Chip, Why Don’t You Have a Podcast?”

A few times a month, I hear this innocent question.

“Chip, Why Don’t You Have a Podcast?”