War on FOMO
Camp Grounded aims to combat a phobia that is spreading thanks especially to the social networks. FOMO (Fear of missout out) is fear of losing something. That’s why the 25 workshops are planned to run simultanously. Because whatever you choose, “wherever you are is exactly where you are supposed to be.”
Mobile phones, computers, tablets and watches are forbidden. Notices posted on some of the world’s tallest sequoias announce the rules, and it is almost impossible to smuggle anything electronic into the camp. On entry, campers are invited to store their devices in paper bags. These bags are placed in a “decontamination zone” and returned to their owners four days later.
Work matters cannot be talked about at Camp Grounded, nor is it permitted to look for business opportunities. “Let’s be clear about it. This is not a congress, nor a networking event”, the organization inform. Campers don’t even use their true names. All go under an assumed name. They include artists, students, Wall Street investors, and Facebook employees. “What matters is what you are, not what you do for a living”.