WHT IS NEGEV
The Negev desert is the name of the vast area located in Israel, in the Middle East.
Our project has a number of meeting places among cultures around the world. Negev desert is one of them. WHT IF is not involved in nationality or religion.
WHT IF is involved in the development of a new culture, whose aim is to bridge and connect among different cultures, who do not generally meet.
The Negev is a desert and semi-desert region of southern Israel. The region's largest city and administrative capital is Beersheba. At its southern end is the Gulf of Aqaba and the resort city of Eilat. It contains several development towns, including Dimona, Arad, and Mitzpe Ramon, as well as a number of small Bedouin cities, including Rahat and Tel as-Sabi and Lakiya.
The origin of the word 'Negev' is from the root denoting 'dry'. In the Bible, the word the Negev is also used for the direction 'south'; some English-language translations use the spelling "Negeb".
The Negev is a rocky desert. It is a mélange of brown, rocky, dusty mountains interrupted by wadis (dry riverbeds that bloom briefly after rain) and deep craters. It can be split into five different ecological regions. Nomadic life in the Negev dates back at least 4,000 years and perhaps as much as 7,000 years. The first urbanized settlements were established by a combination of Canaanite, Amalekite, Amorite, Nabataean, and Edomite groups circa 2000 BCE.
Pharaonic Egypt is credited with introducing copper mining and smelting in both the Negev and the Sinai between 1400 and 1300 BCE. We consider all territories of the world as neutral, inviting all human beings as equals, regardless of the situation and political status, economic, social, or existing political condition.
“IF ALL DREAMS COME TRUE . . .”
What are everything and nothing? What is the one thing that drives us? Which makes us break through our boundaries? Dreams? When was the last time you came across a challenge and tried something different as a solution? Imagination. Probably the one thing NO ONE can take away from you.
It is yours from the second you were born to the second you pass away. Imagination can heal the world to become a better place. It's where visions start, it's where frequencies connect. Imagination is love. The unconditional kind. If we dare to imagine, allow ourselves to look beyond reason and reality, and go past our fears, we can give birth to the WHT IF.
The WHT IF is a way of thinking, it's a way of living, and it can be implemented in ANY world of humankind. The WHT IF is probably the most ancient conception of all times. This is how the fire was invented, this is why we are a progressing society. This is what makes us optimistic. It's our only chance for hope and connecting cultures.
The WHT IF Milestones
What if we change the rules? What if we do things differently? WHT IF is just like that. We question almost everything we touch. Refining our project’s values took us more than two years of exploring and collecting stone by stone, step by step, till we all made a conscious decision to choose a different theme to present our WHT IF Milestones to the world. We chose our values to show their diverse edges, hoping this will lead people to realize there is a wide range of different cultures in the world.
DIVERSITY ~ EQUALITY
Sometimes there is tension between the two, but living in full diversity while accepting that all living creatures are equal, is a life mission for humanity, so we believe. Staying unique and special while living in a rich multi-cultural space could be most inspiring. You are equally one of a kind just like the rest of us.
ENGAGE ~ ATTENTIVE
We believe that a true transformation comes from the act of engaging. It is why we encourage you to bring your active existence. We also believe that one should be fully attentive to his/her surroundings by listening with all our senses, to support and we encourage you to show respect for all others as if they were you.
MOVEMENT ~ COMFORT ZONE
Life is movement. Everything around us is expanding and condensing. The truest path that leads us to be a part of a natural movement is stepping out of our comfort zone. It is then we become vulnerable. It is how we grow out of our shells. We believe that the human being has an inner desire to be a part of a movement that provides a safe place to evolve.
COLLABORATE ~ AUTHENTIC
It's not only the connection with multi-cultural humans but the joint participation we share. So we invite you to do that, collaborate while maintaining your true self, your authenticity, your colorful views, and your special inner skills.
DREAM ~ DARE
We all dream all the time. We dream at night, and we dream while we are awake. Of course, not all dreams will come true, but all dreams should be attempted to be fulfilled Daring is the most precious act one can gift oneself. We can fly….or we can fall, but in the end, it doesn't matter because we grow.
DEPENDABLE ~ SUSTAINABLE
We all strive for independence. But, unfortunately, our current way of living has formed a dependent lifestyle, which directly and indirectly damages our earth. We aspire to create a balance between the two by regaining sustainability in our communities worldwide. WHT IF is a way for humans to evolve. Therefore, it should always encourage others to reduce damage to their surroundings.
CONSENT - PROBABLY THE MOST CRUCIAL CHAPTER YOU ALL NEED TO READ:
We are all committed to making our environment safe. We are a family, and we always take care of our own. Are you a good listener? Let's admit it, we all need a slight improvement, right? So please take a moment and think of consent as a listening mode.
When listening becomes your priority - consent will be easier to achieve. Consent is the cornerstone of a healthy community. We encourage anyone who shares our community’s space to look around and listen to the environment, if you recognize a situation where someone does not listen and is not truly asking for consent - it is your duty to intervene and to assist the situation by being sensitive, on the one hand, but uncompromising on the other. Our true community’s strengths are our solidarity and unity.
Consent occurs when one person voluntarily agrees to the proposal or desires of another. It is a term of common speech, with specific definitions as used in such fields as the law, medicine, research, and sexual relationships. you are responsible for getting verbal consent before engaging. It is neither ethical nor acceptable to proceed without that person’s awareness and clear consent. If you see someone who needs assistance, step up and offer it. if you see someone being treated any way but wonderfully, step in and be an advocate. Be sensitive when you approach, but don't let the inconvenience hold you back, it's a life that you might be saving. Please remember at all times - consent is a way of living, it is not related only to physical contact, it's about respecting the freedom of others and letting them choose freely.
Ask before taking pictures. Remember consent to take a picture is not consent to post it on your social media app. And it never consents to sell the photo or use it for any commercial purpose.
For Your Well Being
All of WHT IF spaces are not immune to the potential dangers of drug and other substances use and misuse. WHT IF and its partners in health and safety, including law enforcement, believe in the importance of harm reduction. Drink water! Always take your own water wherever you go. Get enough rest, the desert can be harsh. Be aware of the potential risks around you, if you recognize a danger - don't try to fix it by yourself, call one of the production crew or law enforcement personnel.
Be aware of your belongings
Always take responsibility for your valuables, Consider locking valuables in your car. Take pictures of your valuables and valuable documents. Report immediately to the main station if something is missing; Police can’t easily investigate otherwise. Getting to know your neighbors, it's probably the best way to create safety around your home away from home. Work together to keep your neighborhood safe.
Lasers & Laser Safety
Handheld lasers are not permitted unless approved by the production crew. Lasers can be extremely dangerous to other participants.
Safety: Building your home/camp (for campers)
Always have a pre-plan and have a professional take a look. Remember! It's windy out there, so keep in mind to stake down anything which might move.
Check your structures and tent twice a day and make sure everything is secured and intact. Always Start by assembling all your team and brief them on the right safety instructions, If a new community member arrives late - please have them go through the same brief before starting working.
Have an emergency plan for all tribe members, this can save lives. Always have safety/extinguishing means. Fire is prohibited unless instructed differently and in any case, fires will have to be approved by the production crew.
As far as getting to and from WHT IF locations, here are a few things to remember: Driving under the influence is definitely prohibited. Don’t speed. just don't.
All of our locations are hidden in massive beautiful desert locations, so drive slowly, and enjoy the scenery.
We strongly recommend that you use our transportation service which will take you safely into the event. Riding with the WHT IF transportation demands a prepay. You won't be able to use the money on the actual ride. The driver should not charge you.
Sound moves so easily around the desert. Audio systems must be held to a maximum power amplification of 300 watts! Not more.
We encourage you to express yourself at all times but remember that you are sharing a space with others. You can generate 85 decibels at 20 feet.
Speakers must be elevated off the ground surface. If a problem with sound levels continues after sufficient requests and warnings, the source of power for such a device or system will be disabled. If you are planning to produce the sound you should reach out to our production crew to be debriefed for sound policy. Get to know your Neighbours and their sensitivities! Most situations are resolved by communicating and listening.
WHT IF is an annual event. But not only!
WHT IF is a new culture that we humbly offer to the world.
We are a global community spread out all over the globe. We believe that stepping out of our comfort zone is crucial for our development and growth. We believe in strengthening social connections to flourish, bringing beneficial and positive influences on ourselves and those around us.
There are numerous channels in which to integrate. If you haven’t done so, log into the WHT IF DreamLand - a global platform for dreams to come true. Come watch dreams from all over the world and start collabot=rating with people like you from all over the world.
Come and be part of the WHT IF Community. Imagine how fascinating it could be, meeting cultures you never knew about, with a person you never met before. We invite you to take a deep breath for a moment, step out of your comfort zone and embark on a journey that starts right now.
How to purchase a ticket:
The method of allocating tickets for our event is different, it was built by our community’s principles to grow organically and smartly.
What does it mean?
This means that to participate in purchasing a ticket for the event, you have to go through our group of IGNITERS - a group formed at the beginning of the project and is made up of people from all over the world. Only our IGNITERS hold the tickets for our journey in May.
But what if you don’t know any of our IGNITERS? Worry not, as we only ask that you reach out to the IGNITER in your region and they will do the rest.
We built this growth model to ensure a balanced culture at our events and in our community.
We are pleased to update you that our first event will be limited to 700 participants.
If you want to attend the event, we publish our list of IGNITERS and ways to contact them. Once you get the code, you can log in to our system, purchase your ticket and reserve your spot at the event.
When purchasing your ticket, you will have the option of choosing your form of accommodation at the event, purchasing organized transportation from various points in Egypt, and purchasing discounted food and drink vouchers.
The tickets are personal and can not be transferred except through our system.
CAN A TICKET BE TRANSFERRED:
Tickets cannot be transferred. The only possibility is to move the tickets to the central ticket pool, where other participants, who are unable to buy tickets, are waiting.
CAN YOU CANCEL TICKETS:
Of course, you can cancel your tickets. According to the event protocol you signed when purchasing the ticket. We highly recommend that you read the protocol on which you sign, even if you decide at any stage that you are unable to attend the event and you wish to cancel your ticket, you can always send an email to our support team with details of your request [email protected]
WHAT DOES THE TICKET INCLUDE:
The ticket only includes entry to the event. It does not include food, water, sleeping arrangements, transport, etc; It is important to note that our event spaces are very remote and isolated therefore it is important to read the dream guide.
Ticket profiteering is harmful to our principles and our culture. Profiteered tickets found, will be canceled immediately and the information will be transferred to the law authorities for their attention. We will respond with zero patience on everything concerning the ticket profiteering.