March 1-2, 2018, San Francisco

A gathering
of people who
make places

ABOUT


 

Why do you do what you do?

What keeps you going when others would have stopped, or cut corners, or made it beiger, or opted for the path of least (or lesser) resistance?

Why do difficult work that’s likely to be misunderstood by the many for the sake of the passionate few?

Because you can see it.
Because others will be fed by it.
Because it’s inside of you yearning to be expressed.
Because more-bigger-faster is ultimately a hollow pursuit.

In March 2018, fifty creative, restless souls will gather in a rustic log cabin — a setting of quiet, restorative, natural beauty overlooking the San Francisco skyline (incongruity intended).

Who will attend? Developers, musicians, makers, planners, writers, architects, artists, activists, teachers, agitators. In short, the people who together, altogether, make places. Who take matter and make it matter.

For a day and a half, this small, eclectic and highly potent brew of speakers and participants will wrestle with difficult questions, engage in rich conversations, and share meals, stories, ideas, and human experiences.

It’s why we do what we do.

Matter is created and curated by Greg Fuson as a project of the Plan Be Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that celebrates and supports people whose work fosters community and connectedness.

PROGRAM


 

What can you expect at Matter? Stirring speakers in an intimate setting sharing vulnerable stories. Be prepared to laugh, cry, be provoked, be inspired, and most importantly feel something.

Meet the special guests who’ll be seeding our conversations.

Elle Luna

Elle Luna is an iconic designer, painter, writer, and author of The Crossroads of Should and Must.
Elle Luna is an iconic designer, painter, writer, and author of The Crossroads of Should and Must.

Andy Katz-Mayfield

Andy Katz-Mayfield is co-founder and co-CEO of Harry’s, a company he’s helped lead from startup to $1B manufacturer of razors and grooming products.
Andy Katz-Mayfield is co-founder and co-CEO of Harry’s, a company he’s helped lead from startup to $1B manufacturer of razors and grooming products.

Christian Picciolini

At age 16, Christian Picciolini was a leader of the neo-Nazi movement. Today he’s a peace advocate working to build a global network of extremism prevention.
At age 16, Christian Picciolini was a leader of the neo-Nazi movement. Today he’s a peace advocate working to build a global network of extremism prevention.

Emily Zulauf

Emily Zulauf is a former story developer for Pixar who left to pursue her own Hero’s Journey: as co-director of the Seattle Clemency Project.
Emily Zulauf is a former story developer for Pixar who left to pursue her own Hero’s Journey: as co-director of the Seattle Clemency Project.

George Zisiadis

George Zisiadis is an artist and designer who wants to make you smile. His public artworks, exhibited across the US, playfully re-imagine the everyday.
George Zisiadis is an artist and designer who wants to make you smile. His public artworks, exhibited across the US, playfully re-imagine the everyday.

Frances Anderton

Frances Anderton is host of KCRW’s DnA: Design and Architecture, a weekly radio show and blog exploring what matters in our designed world.
Frances Anderton is host of KCRW’s DnA: Design and Architecture, a weekly radio show and blog exploring what matters in our designed world.

Ronald Rael

Ronald Rael is a design activist and author of
Ronald Rael is a design activist and author of "Borderwall as Architecture," an artistic and intellectual hand grenade that re-examines the barriers that divide us.

Courtney Ferrell

With a witty sense of humor and irrepressible energy, Courtney Ferrell provokes organizations and individuals to think and behave differently.
With a witty sense of humor and irrepressible energy, Courtney Ferrell provokes organizations and individuals to think and behave differently.

Andy Stefanovich

Andy Stefanovich is an author, disruptor, playmaker and change agent who finds leadership wisdom in children's books.
Andy Stefanovich is an author, disruptor, playmaker and change agent who finds leadership wisdom in children's books.

Lea Redmond

Lea Redmond is a maker of curious things, among them the World's Smallest Post Service. She is currently writing a book about everyday wonder.
Lea Redmond is a maker of curious things, among them the World's Smallest Post Service. She is currently writing a book about everyday wonder.

Jason Roberts

Jason Roberts is an artist, civic activist, urban designer and organizer of
Jason Roberts is an artist, civic activist, urban designer and organizer of "Better Block" projects, converting blighted city bocks into lively, walkable districts.

Shannon Curtis

Shannon Curtis is an independent singer, songwriter, storyteller, recording artist and pioneer of the community-driven house concert touring format.
Shannon Curtis is an independent singer, songwriter, storyteller, recording artist and pioneer of the community-driven house concert touring format.

Sandra Kulli

Sandra Kulli is a student of cultural anthropology and a specialist in the business of creating memorable places.
Sandra Kulli is a student of cultural anthropology and a specialist in the business of creating memorable places.

Mike Sundy

Mike Sundy is a children's book author, screenwriter, and indie publisher who aims to foster deeper connections between parent and child.
Mike Sundy is a children's book author, screenwriter, and indie publisher who aims to foster deeper connections between parent and child.

Jason Roberts

Jason Headley tells stories. His short films are viral sensations. His feature film,
Jason Headley tells stories. His short films are viral sensations. His feature film, "A Bad Idea Gone Wrong," won a Special Jury Prize at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival.

LOCATION & LOGISTICS


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SETTING

A rustic log cabin built in 1937. In a national park of breathtaking natural beauty. With panoramic views stretching from the Golden Gate Bridge to the San Francisco skyline. Sounds like the perfect environment for quiet contemplation and expansive thinking.

SCHEDULE

March 1: Badges and socializing at 2pm, program from 3-5pm, followed by a fun, casual, communal dinner.

March 2: Breakfast at 8am, program from 9am to 4:30pm, with space for food, conversation and reflection throughout.

ACCOMMODATION

We recommend the following nearby options. For reservations, contact the property directly.

Inn at the Presidio – 1.3 miles from the venue
Hotel del Sol – 2.8 miles – group discount *
Laurel Inn – 3.0 miles – group discount
AirBnb

* Hotel del Sol will be undergoing renovations, with construction work between 8am and 5pm. The swimming pool and courtyard areas will be closed.

DIRECTIONS

The Log Cabin is located at 1299 Storey Ave, San Francisco, CA 94129. Map.

AIRPORTS

The Presidio is 17 miles from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and 23 miles from Oakland International Airport (OAK).

PARKING

The Presidio offers public parking lots with Pay-and-Display permit stations. Daily parking is $8.50.

ATTIRE

Relaxed and comfortable. Like you’d dress to hang out with close friends.

REGISTER


 

Matter is limited to 50 participants, and registration is by invitation or referral.

Our 2018 gathering is now completely full, but hope springs eternal. Join our waitlist here. If a cancellation opens up a seat, we’ll let you know.

If you’re not on the invitation list and would like to be added, tell us a little about you. We’ll send you info about future gatherings.