For the past few months I have been focusing on organizing this conference and speaking with all of you, around the world, who are working with iboga and ibogaine. It has been an inspiring movement to witness, but I feel as though there are many challenges on the path towards legitimizing (or even sustaining) ibogaine as a therapeutic tool, several of which are clearly marked. I don’t want to pretend to understand these problems in all of their complexity, or to know how to solve them. However, I do believe that this energy and vision is within the global community, and that building an efficient organizational structure for GITA will help to bring this forth so that we can make some significant progress in address those challenges.
This will be a brief presentation to lead into an afternoon of discussion topics. It will include logistical information on what is involved legally and financially in incorporating GITA as a not-for-profit organization, as well as the benefits of doing so, an idea of how to frame an organization mandate, and several functions and projects that GITA as an international organization could feasibly begin to take on. The incorporation process requires there to be an existing board of directors, so we will quickly outline the functions of a BoD (for ibogaine therapists) and advisory board (for experts and organizational counsel), and introduce an election process.
Audio: (To download, right click this link and select “Save File As…”) [audio:http://www.puzzlepiece.org/ibogaine/gita_conference_2012/gita_incorporation_meeting.mp3]
Jonathan Dickinson is a traveler, writer, and organizer with a longstanding passion for ceremony, and the healing and inspirational qualities of visionary medicines. He has worked for the Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy and helped to establish their national office in Ottawa, ON. During that time the CSSDP established an annual national conference series that became an essential meeting place for discussion on drug policy in Canada.
Since 2009, Jonathan has been involved in iboga ceremonies and ibogaine clinics throughout North America. He has worked for Pangea Biomedics outside of both Tijuana and Puerto Vallerta, Mexico, the Iboga Therapy House outside of Vancouver, BC, and several smaller projects. Currently, he is focusing his energy on organizing for GITA.