What is The WELL?

Welcome to a gathering that's like no other.

The WELL, launched back in 1985 as the Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link, continues to provide a cherished watering hole for articulate and playful thinkers from all walks of life.

Why is this conversation so treasured?

Why did members of this community pull together to buy the service?

[Check out the story of The WELL...]

Where in The WELL are you?

Christian Crumlish, Pattern Detective:
The Pop Culture conference is a guilty pleasure where I can catch up on catty celebrity gossip, plastic surgery disasters, and rehab diaries. I started the Blog conference with my co-host to serve the many bloggers on The WELL. The conference is lively and has grown rapidly. I'll also mention Inkwell, the conference where we interview authors and other notables in public. There's always something good going on in there. [See more people, more suggestions...]

       

Featured Conversations

The ISIS Crisis
What is the attraction for international recruits? (Members only)

Fake live recordings
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Will the 20th Annual Oysterfest be the last?
Walruses and carpenters also welcome October 12. (Members only)

Much more to talk about...

       

Getting into The WELL

Membership is not for everyone, partly because we are non-anonymous here. Here's how to decide whether The WELL is for you, and whether you're for The WELL. [Before you join...]

 
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