Woodstock: The Festival That Inspired A Generation To Give Back
Fifty-one years ago, the most iconic festival in music history, Woodstock, ended after three days of rock 'n roll in upstate New York. Unlike any musical event that came before it, the festival drew crowds of over 400,000 and is widely regarded as the defining event of the peace and love movement from the counterculture generation.
Along with music, hippies, drugs, and free love, Woodstock was also considered a breakthrough moment in mass community cooperation which helped to inspire acts of philanthropy for years to come. The spirit of Woodstock continued after the festival ended, with a simple message: "No one is happy until we are all happy. No one is safe until we are all safe."
People who didn't attend the festival were able to experience it in all its glory in 1970 when the Woodstock film was released. It became a huge success and large audiences around the world experienced the power of mass engagement for good. Despite the rain, mud and unsanitary conditions, people crossed the country and came together for peace and love in a time of rage and resentment. The festival became a catalyst for the surge in contemporary social activism in North America and was felt around the world. It showed that anything could be achieved by a collective group.