Now included with WELL Membership: Mastodon

the Open-Source Social Network                                                     

Your WELL membership now gives you access to our Mastodon server and the entire Fediverse, in addition to the rich conversations in our local conferences. The Fediverse is an internet-wide social network. free of advertising, algorithms, and corporate objectives. Join us and see Mastodon Quick Start Guide to join the worldwide conversation today!

Currently in the Inkwell

Finding Dr. Who:  John Hood and Andrew Lewin, starting May 1, 2024

On May 11th, a new Dr. Who series will launch featuring Ncuti Gatwa as the Doctor and Millie Gibson as Ruby Sunday, his latest companion. The WELL is hosting a discussion of the series that anyone online can read, as well as an internal “Whovians” conference for WELL members. Follow the public conversation as we talk about all things Who – past, present and future.

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Unlike most conversations on The WELL, you don’t need a WELL member account to participate – this one is open to all!


Susannah Fox: Rebel Health

Susannah Fox: Rebel Health, April 18 – May 7,  2024                                                    

Health and technology strategist Susannah Fox joins Inkwell to discuss her new book, Rebel Health: A Field Guide to the Patient-Led Revolution in Medical Care.  The book describes the emerging patient-led healthcare revolution leveraging Internet and other technologies and communities of patients with similar conditions.

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The Life and Writings of Ralph J. Gleason

Don Armstrong: The Life and Writings of Ralph J. Gleason,  March 13 – April 6,  2024          

Author Don Armstrong discusses his book, The Life and Writings of Ralph J. Gleason, which tells Gleason’s story as the son of a horseplayer who became America’s leading pop music critic, founding editor of Rolling Stone magazine, and cofounder of the Monterey Jazz Festival. A pioneering jazz and rock critic, he helped the San Francisco Chronicle transition into the rock era.​

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Well Members Say:

I am a political junkie, and the heat-to-light ratio in the Politics conference is very favorable — there’s a lot of substantial discussion without a lot of name-calling. The Sports conference features the day-to-day discussion of all kinds of sporting events, but the best things about the conference are the annual football and March Madness pools. Finally, the Legal conference is where I go to share war stories and get advice and dark humor from the grizzled old war horses.

–Doug Masson, Attorney
WELL Member since 1999

I love the Writers conference, home to a wonderfully supportive community of all types of real working writers being real people together. Byline is full of inside info the working writer needs — contracts and contacts, editors and agents. Current gives me thoughtful insights — and some fiercely argued points of view — on what’s happening in the world.

-Joe Flower, Healthcare Futurist     
WELL Member since 1989

My home on The WELL is the convivial chow.ind. It’s the best place online to talk about food — eating it, cooking it, going out for it, and heck, even making dioramas from it. You’ll also find me in the San Francisco conference, which I co-host. There we discuss all aspects of city life from arts to sports to politics to — okay, eating again. I’m also a fan of Plumage, where a fashion reality check is always available from friendly cohorts.

-Brady Lea, Playwright/Teacher     
WELL Member since 1998

I have always loved the Weird conference because “weird” only begins to describe it. I love the Plumage conference because my friends and I never get tired of talking about clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, and grooming, and because on Oscar night we cast all discretion aside and call it like we see it. And the Media conference is as rich and huge and fast-moving as media culture itself.

-Stephanie Vardavas, Attorney and Author
WELL Member since 1994