Haight-Ashbury, the Diggers, and Lessons for Cultural Transformation

Morgan Fitzgibbons

ENVR 195
Core E

Course Description:

The Haight-Ashbury district in the 1960s captured the world’s imagination, representing a lived alternative to the dominant culture of the day. At the very heart of the scene were the Diggers, a tribe of theatrical provocateurs who walked the line between free-love hippies and radical politics, producing a series of “happenings” designed to manifest a community and way of life that transcended the prevailing materialistic consumerist society. This First Year Seminar meeting the E Core requirement will explore the Haight-Ashbury scene in general and the Diggers in particular in order to glean lessons regarding the techniques of cultural transformation to be applied to today’s society and our shift towards sustainability and resilience.

Faculty Bio:

Morgan Fitzgibbons is the co-founder of the Wigg Party, a neighborhood group working to make the community that lives around San Francisco's Wiggle bicycle route a leader in the transformation to sustainability and resilience. He holds a B.A. from Miami University in Philosophy and Comparative Religion and an M.A. in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness from the California Institute of Integral Studies. He has taught the Capstone course for Environmental Studies majors.