Collaborative Events is a business grown from the same seed as Lucidity, and deeply rooted in the power of togetherness.
Founded by Luke Holden in 2012, CE has provided Lucidity with many services including bamboo structures, Branches Art Gallery, and their innovative marketing.
Luke draws upon the skills of many other individuals including Nicky LaFleur, Collaborative Events Project Leader.
While CE is its own entity, Luke and Nicky are also core members of Lucidity’s staff, serving as Head of Department of Art and Install and Director of Strategy for Good on the Lucidity team respectively.
They also works with the local Santa Barbara community, assisting UCSB, Earth Day, and Fermentation festival, to name a few. This brings the magic of Lucidity to places and people that might not have the opportunity to experience it otherwise.
The Power of Collaboration
If you’re an avid festival goer, you know how much of a group effort production is. There is no way that these events could be built or even envisioned by one person alone.
Collaborative Events bases their whole business model on the idea of togetherness. Their efforts in collaboration go deeper than just being co-creators of Lucidity.
As department heads at Lucidity, Luke and Nicky also have to navigate what it’s like to lead a group of collaborators, without vision or ego taking the reins.
This means accepting that the project is bigger than any individual.
At the same time, it is still their job to guide the group effort. Such a balancing act can be tricky, but it’s also a valuable learning experience to practice holding the wheel lightly and sometimes even let go.
The Lucidity production team is always considering how everything we do relates to our Strategy for Good. This concept is about how our actions benefit our local community and the world at large, not just the festival.
Nicky has taken this a step even further, considering the Strategy for Good from a more holistic perspective.
This means addressing not only how friendly materials are to the environment, but how easily they can be carried, worked with, and repurposed for future projects.
The Strategy for Good also strives for sustainable relationships with other collaborators; the landowners of Lucidity’s home, Live Oak Campground, and the local Santa Barbara community. Although the Strategy for Good is dreamt up as a Lucidity concept, Collaborative Events seeks to answer many of the same questions.
In our busy society, everyone is constantly rushing and it’s rare to make connections with strangers and meet new people. While this is a lot more common at festivals, Collaborative Events aims to create catalysts for human connection through a concept known as Placemaking.
The idea behind Placemaking is that if there is a common space that draws people in to relax and spend time there, it will increase these human interactions naturally.
Placemaking creates another level of collaboration by bringing people together…
This opens up opportunities for new friendships and networking connections. Hence why shade is such a valuable part of what Collaborative Events provides.
Not only is shade imperative at those hotter events where temperatures can be blistering, but having many people congregate together to relieve a common need can lead to some magical opportunities.
Another example of Collaborative Event’s Placemaking is the Branches Mobile Art Gallery. Branches draws from some of the most talented visual artists in our community and not only brings their art to festivals, but also frequently has their artist working live at events.
Connecting the artists with their patrons, fans, and other artists can lead to a new sphere of collaboration outside CE. This creates fractals of collaboration that grow inside and outside of the original.
As with all the other structures built by CE, Branches is beautifully constructed from bamboo. It is clear that this space is designed as an open arena, natural habitat, and home to powerful artistic creations.
One of the ways Luke got experience was working with Bamboo DNA, who build festival structures from bamboo at events internationally. Building structures is a large part of the services provided by Collaborative Events.
While there are many different species of bamboo, there is only one, known as Guadua angustifolia, that is suitable for construction. It is incredibly strong yet flexible, which makes it a great building material, even when seismic concerns are an issue.
One of the things that makes bamboo a much better choice for the environment is that it grows much more densely than trees.
It also has a better CO2 to oxygen conversion rate, and controls soil erosion. Bamboo does not have crusts or other waste parts. It is light, easy to handle, and doesn’t require any specialty tools. It’s natural surface is smooth and visually appealing on its own so it doesn’t require paint or finish.
Luke and Nicky recently traveled to Colombia to source bamboo directly from those who grow it. Their recent partnership with Colombian suppliers has even lead to local partnerships because bamboo can only be purchased in larger quantities than CE calls for. Nicky and Luke hope that by introducing more bamboo to the area and showing it’s artistry and versatility, as well as teaching locals how to build with it, that bamboo will become a more sought after construction material.
Work with Collaborative Events
If you’d like to work with Collaborative Events, please visit their website at www.luciditycollaborativeevents.com
Cover Photo by @FishMakesPhotos