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?

Edward Rustin, financial developer
Being a bit of a foodie I gravitate toward the Cooking conference, where I reckon I've learnt more about cooking (and becoming very hungry in the process!) than from all the cookbooks I own. I've also got a big soft spot for etiquette.ind; they say manners make a man, and if I knew half as much as they do in there, I'd be the politest guy around! Then there's Design, which has gone a long way towards helping me appreciate some of the beautiful objects in our lives, and how they've come to be. [See more people, more suggestions...]


Featured Conversations

Do you only read it for the cartoons?
The New Yorker and the single panel gag (Everybody welcome)

Fox News: funny in France?
Dish here (Members only)

Tell it to Oscar
Top movie achievements of 2014? (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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