The following is a chronological account of media documentation
and events related to the growth of the Paradigm Shift project.
2009 - 2010
In 2009 Paradigm Shift offically began as a school club within Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, Canada. The club was started by a small group of Television Broadcasting students - Brendon Culliton, Brock Springstead, and Andres Silva.
The inspiration behind creating the club was because Brendon, who is still the facilitator behind Paradigm Shift Central, understood that 'if he were to build it, they would come.' The purpose of the group was to find other people/students to talk to and share knowledge with about topics and subject matter less commonly brought up in 'normal public spheres.' By extending their branches to connect with others and make new friendships they were taking valuable steps towards building community and taking part in collective evolution. Examples of popular topics Paradigm Shift is intended to create space for include Lucid Dreaming, Meditation, Mindfulness, Ancient Knowledge, Empowerment, Oneness, Sacred Geometry, UFO's, Sasquatch, etc. By creating more conversation about these topics the plan was to help expand our individual understanding of reality and also actively take part in the evolution of consciousness as more and more people continued to 'wake up'.
Much of Brendon's motivation for starting Paradigm Shift came from his experiences during a three month internship in Vancouver between April and June 2009. During this time Brendon became more aware about the nature of synchronicity - the universes ability to bring things together at the right time and place. Rather than just seeing it as a theory, he understood that it was something to be practically worked with to help build community. From the very beginning Brendon used the sigil/logo to go along with the presentation of Paradigm Shift - utilizing the power of symbols to help attract people who were looking.
At that time in the world, the word was beginning to spread about 2012. Things were indeed shifting for those with the eyes to see. Knowledge was rising to the surface, and the waters of change were stirring. From the very begining Paradigm Shift was intended to be a long term project that would go long beyond 2012. Though within those three years there was indeed a sense of preparation and an objective to connect with as many as the others as possible as a means to assist in collectively waking each other up.
By having access to rooms in the college, the Paradigm Shift Fanshawe club was able organize open meetings for the discussion group. And thus, it began...
Here are some of the very first posters used to promote the meetings around the school. The main image (which is still seen on the front page of the website) was created by Brendon for a class assignment at the time.
As you can see, one of the methods used to draw in more students was the fact that the club meetings provided FREE PUNCH and PIE. This method proved succesful and is still recommended as a tactic within the genesis of other Paradigm Shift communities, exspecially those located in a college/university.
On November 11th 2009 Brendon, Brock, and Andres began their first attempt at trying to capture the essence of Paradigm Shift on video. The following are of the original production format they worked with. Though this series was not continued, noticed how its format ehoes the format of Paradigm Shift Radio today.
Production of media directly relating to Paradigm Shift was not the immediate focus at this time, but there was still plenty that was happening. In December 2009, Brendon demonstrated some very Paradigm Shifty behavior when he gave a presentation in front of his Visual Effects class. The assignment was to analyze two scenes that used effects. Brendon compared the footage from 2001 A Space Odyssey with the Moon Landing Footage.
This in itself was an early form of Shiftivism.
You can watch Brendon's full presentaton here. Videotaped by Brock.
At this point the club and the idea behind Paradigm Shift was still very much in its seed state. Meetings continued to happen, and things were unfolding as they were. Occupied with school and life, Brendon developed and practiced making consciousness shifting media by weaving it into the content of the assignments he was given.
Such as this one - featuring the Elusive Bigfoot.
This assignment was to learn a new editing software to work with. Brendon created a montage of Bill Hicks, Himself, Terrence McKenna, Charlie Chaplin, Joe Rogan, mixed to music from The Matrix and psytrance. The video was watched by the entire class.
Sacred Geometry Animation
By the later half of 2010 the majority of Brendon's time was focused towards the production of
If I Should Fall, a movie opportunity that had very synchronistically landed in his lap. The movie is about Canadian military in Afghanistan and the very real experience of loss, the strength of the human spirit, and the importance of remembrance. The film proved to be successful and received numerous awards at film festival in both Canada and the United States. Visit the website to watch the trailer.
During this time there was not much media created related to Paradigm Shift, but all that would change in 2011...
To be Continued...