V&E is a conference and festival for visionaries—entrepreneurs, innovators, and creatives. We’re building companies, launching projects, and making art that fundamentally alters reality towards peace, abundance and human flourishing.
We are a gathering of radical entrepreneurs -- those who are both open-minded dreamers and critical thinkers; both idealists and practical problem solvers. We want to make more than a profit. We want to leave a dent in the universe.
Join a global group of Exiters who aren't f*cking around when it comes to transforming our world. Learn, collaborate, experiment and connect with like-minded people who are ready to criticize by creating.
The Future Cities Forum brings together some of the most dynamic people working to establish the protocols, write the laws, design the spaces and develop the systems that will allow the communities of tomorrow to emerge. What will the cities of the future look like? How will they operate? How will we improve our lives by shifting paradigms and creating new models in life, transportation, commerce and law?
How can our communities of the future shed old institutions and boldly create new paradigms that embody human flourishing? Join us and let's build it together.
The 2018 Future Cities Forum looks at the future from the perspective of "Hardware" (the physical infrastructures) and "Software" (the invisible rules, digital tools and models that empower communities to thrive).
The Digital Wild
Austin, TX, trio The Digital Wild craft a deeply appealing genus of smokey dream pop, tinged with indie rock charm and power-soul bravado. Together Chantell Moody (vocals), Chelsea Seth Woodward (vocals/guitar), and James Blair (synth/guitar/electronic drums) weave together threads of the best of the last two decades of popular music to produce a rich tapestry of sound; both immediately engaging and profoundly nuanced.
Their debut record Into, produced by Alex Maas and Brett Orrison (Black Angels), was a bold declaration of intent, and quickly began climbing the charts at tastemaker radio station KUTX. Their reputation as a live band bloomed as well, and over the next year the band was featured at Fun Fun Fun Fest, X Games, and Sound Check, and at various Red Bull Sound Select showcase performances.
Out from under the colorful and weird playground of Austin's grungy underground warehouse scene a party pioneer in nightlife was born. That unique pioneer came with a big heart and used it to pave his way into the electronic music scene and the hearts of many loyal fans. That club kid, was coined Ram-Z. Along with his young free spirited friends Ram-Z set trends and helped the movement of electronic music in Austin grow from its early misunderstood days in Austin’s warehouse district to mainstream clubs in the heart of what we now call Downtown Austin Nightlife. Ram-Z has humbly been part of the electronic music scene since the early 1990’s.
Ram-Z is a full time music producer and performing Dj. He has been booked everywhere from; Burning Man, Art Outside, Lightening in a Bottle, Ethics Music Lounge, Kingdom, Empire Control Room, Create Culture, Voice & Exit and more.
Born on the coast of Texas, his music spans cultures and traditions rooted in ancient repertoires - he has studied under masters in Iran such as Ostads Shaari, Lotfi, and Zolghadar - while possessing innovation and originality that set him apart from his contemporaries.
Shafinury introduces the classical and folk sounds of Iran to his distinct musical world, populated by driving rock beats, Sufi-trance-like states, psychedelic loops, Hindustani ragas, country lilts and more. He weaves it together with the timeless verses of Rumi and Hafez, modern poets such as Sohrab Sepehri and Forough Farokhzad, in addition to his own lyrics, sung in Persian and English.More Info
Voice & Exit is a global community of visionary entrepreneurs and creatives whom are redesigning the paradigms of culture and society, often beginning with personal transformation. This event is distinctly apolitical. We aim to inspire and catalyze positive social change through the power of collaboration, creativity and innovation. We sum this up in the phrase, “criticize by creating.” If you are an entrepreneur or creative with aspirations to positively influence the world, there is no better place to meet like-minded collaborators and be transformatively inspired than V&E.
V&E is NOT for those who are:
Learn from some of the world’s most future-thinking, visionary entrepreneurs and creative thinkers. Meet extraordinary people working on the coolest projects on the planet. Feel yourself moved into a state of awe about the possibilities of the future. Leave the rest to serendipity!
The name “Voice & Exit” was inspired by an essay titled Exit, Voice, and Loyalty (1970) by Albert O. Hirschman. The concept is that to influence positive change within a society or community, we have three options. We can voice our opinions to try and persuade others to change (this includes creative endeavors within the group aimed at making changes). We can remain loyal even if we disagree with a given group. Or we can exit said group and bound outward into the beautiful unknown to create anew. Which one do you think is our favorite? “Voice & Exit” celebrates the power of persuasion and creativity (Voice) + the bold willingness to explore new frontiers (Exit) all in pursuit of human flourishing.
Short format talks kick off Voice & Exit. These are called Seeds talks. They are intended to share stories about real projects that are shaping the future and giving rise to human flourishing. The following day is filled with breakout sessions called Sprouts. Sprouts enable you to go deeper into the ideas and are very often interactive. Blooms is a celebration of the positive future we are all envisioning--with life music, performances and immersive tech installations. The final day of the event is called Harvest, and was designed to maximize the retention of information (it can be a lot!) and allow deeper conversations and networking to take place. This linear format is designed to maximize the impact of the ideas and stimulate as many new connections as possible (both between individuals and in your brain).
This year, Voice & Exit has partnered with The Highlander Hotel in Austin, TX to offer special, discounted booking rates. In order to book the discounted rates please click this link.
Alernatively you can go the The Highlander Hotel Austin website and use the promo code "VoiceExit".
Address: The Highlander Hotel Austin, 6200 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752
Many attendees let us know each year that they’ve met co-founders, creative collaborators, best friends and new loves at V&E.
Expect to meet incredibly dynamic individuals from diverse backgrounds—all dedicated to one thing: Maximizing human flourishing, and often through unconventional means. You may meet a blockchain developer redefining finance, a bio hacker experimenting with her own physiology to optimize performance, an artist creating work that shows us visions of a future world, an entrepreneur figuring out how to solve a visionary challenge, to name only a few examples.
The magic of the V&E community is in this diversity. When many unique lenses overlap, a kaleidoscopic effect occurs, and we begin to see a holistic, magnificent worldview pregnant with new possibility. You may not agree with every word you hear, and this is part of the plan. Shatter your preconceived notions and open up to seeing the world as you’ve never seen it before.
Sign up to receive an introduction to the Voice & Exit ethos and how to ‘criticize by creating’ a better world, written by the event founders.
When we started Voice & Exit, we wanted to build a community of people willing to think subversive thoughts. We wanted a new tribe willing to push the limits of what's possible. We had no idea there were so many people out there looking for the same thing -- the answer to a simple question: "Why not?"
If that's you, welcome to Voice & Exit.
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