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, provides 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?

Chris Barker, clinical trial statistician
I've gotten wonderful advice over the years about my sons in the Parenting conference, everything from finding a car seat to a preschool, and recently, on applications for college. I visit the Jazz conference regularly, where there are discussions on everything from Louis Armstrong to Carla Bley and Sun Ra. Before every vacation, I get travel advice in the Travel conference. [See more people, more suggestions...]


Featured Conversations

Russia, the Ukraine and the USA
A conversation with foreign policy expert Sean Kay (Guest readers welcome)

Aborted landings and takeoffs
What's the strangest thing that happened to a flight you took? (Members only)

Cool and Stupid Ads
Does obnoxious sell luxury cars? (Members only)

Much more to talk about...


What are you lookin' at?

A rotating gallery of original photos by WELL members.

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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