We are mobilizing 2 billion people to change the system!


The LiveHOPE Festival’s mission is to create a series of annual events and conversations from 2020 to 2030 to RECREATE, to REIMAGINE, to REINVENT, to REVITALIZE, to RESTORE, and to REDESIGN our entire social, economic & ecological systems.

We plan to mobilize 2 billion people to take action on the health, social, climate, humanitarian, and environmental emergencies to create a new world that allows all beings thrive on this great planet.

We will also focus on fulfilling our Earth Restoration Plan (which includes the Enhanced Sustainable Development Goals) by 2030.

For the 2020 edition of the LiveHOPE Festival, we will be focused on REIMAGINing and RESETTING everything, including supporting #BlackLivesMatter, #NativeLivesMatter, and ending poverty in our lifetime.

In nature, light creates the color. In the picture, color creates the light. Hans Hofmann

The LiveHOPE Festival is the LiveAID of the 21st Century!

Reimagine Everything with the People’s Global Reset

The LiveHOPE Festival celebrates the 35th Anniversary of Live AID by gathering the greatest minds, the biggest hearts, and the most compassionate souls to “Re imagine Everything”. People are invited to co-create the “People’s Global Reset” to reset all our economic, social, ecological, and climate systems.

We want to create a fairer and just world, to restore the climate and our environment, while simultaneously ending global poverty in our lifetime.

As the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic “Stopped” modern civilization in its tracks, it gives us time to “Pause”, to think and to reflect on our crumbling old man-made system that never worked for 99% of us anyways. Now it is time to “Reset” everything to create a better world as we reopen and restart civilization. Let us co-create and implement new systems that will allow all beings to thrive on this great planet.

We will host a “Mini Live Aid Virtual Celebration” of the 35th Anniversary of Live Aid on Saturday, July 11, 2020 (7-11), an “Conference of the Movements 26 Virtual” on Nov. 9-20, 2020, and a “Full Live Aid Celebration” on September 17-23, 2021.  Music is used as a catalyst to hold conferences, discussions, workshops, and actions to ” Reimagine and to Reset everything”.

Live AID on July 13, 1985, was “The Day the Music Changed the World”. We can change the world again in 2020. We cannot hope for our political leaders to take action on these emergencies; we have to do it ourselves.

The event is being organized by Indigenous peoples who protect 80% of the planet’s biodiversity and are the key to restoring the climate and the environment. The event is also being supported by grassroots organizations, environmentalists, Indigenous peoples, social activists #BlackLivesMatter activists, and the Standing Rock #NODAPL movement.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez from the Earth Guardians and the Children’s Trust says, “Climate change is the defining issue of our time. The actions those in power take and decisions they make today, will determine the kind of world future generations inherit.”

Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old student from Sweden, captured the attention of the world recently when she shamed climate change negotiators at a United Nations climate summit in Poland. “You are not mature enough to tell it like is,” she said at the COP24 summit.

All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God. Thomas Browne


2017, at our event in the United Nations, called the Earth Jubilee – the People’s Global Reset. A Prayer for Peace was made at the United Nations with the founders of the LiveHOPE Festival and Spiritual Elder Bobby C. Billie (Seminoles & Miccosukee Tribe)

The LiveHOPE Festival was founded by social activists Sheri Lewis (Comanche/Dine/Navajo), Mesfin Zaid (Ethiopia/Eritrea), and David Kam (Hakka People) after emerging from the Standing Rock DAPL oil pipeline protests, and the People’s Climate March.

In 2017, the founders conceived the LiveHOPE Festival to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Live Aid, right after the NODAPL Pipeline Protests,

The LiveHOPE Festival was announced at the United Nations in New York on October 17-19, 2017 at our event called the Earth Jubilee – The People’s Global Reset, starting with a prayer for peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea at the United Nations in New York City. A peace treaty was signed between Ethiopia and Eritrea several months after the prayer to end the 10 years war.

Then the founders went to Standing Rock in 2018 to speak to the Standing Rock Tribal Council about the LiveHOPE Festival. One of the reasons for having “Standing Rock, North Dakota” as one of our venues for the LiveHOPE Festival is because of its historical importance, including the Wounded Knee Massacre, the Trail of Tears and the police brutality during the 2016-2017 NODAPL Pipeline Protests.

In 2020, the LiveHOPE Festival will have a historic virtual and live “Gathering of 1,000 Indigenous Nations from around the world representing 370 million indigenous peoples” to officially form their own indigenous united nations, called Free Nations United to Heal Our Mother Earth (aka “Free Nations” or Free Nations H.O.M.E.). This is expected to be one of the largest indigenous federations of the 21st century. We expect to build an independent assembly building to house the 1,000 indigenous nations near the U.N. in New York. The last such permanent federation happened when a Shawnee named Tecumseh unified a large multi-tribal confederacy in the early 19th century.

2018 LiveHOPE Planning Session. The LiveHOPE Founders at Standing Rock, from right to left, Sheri Lewis, Mesfin Zaid, and David Kam. At the center is Mike Faith, the Chairman of the Standing Rock Tribal Council

The founders of the LiveHOPE Festival believe that if we cannot find solutions in the current extractive economy which only benefits 1% of the world’s richest population, it becomes quite obvious that we must change the system or create an alternative system that works for everyone.

As Buckminster Fuller said: “You never change things by fighting against the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.”

We believe that anything man-made can be re:invented, re:imagined, and reset, if it is no longer working for everyone. We are holding the blueprint to restore the climate, while simultaneously ending extreme poverty worldwide. This blueprint came in the form of a dream (vision) to LiveHOPE founder David Kam about replanting the Tree of Life. We are implementing this solution via the LiveHOPE Festival.

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. John Lubbock