What is The WELL?

Welcome to a gathering that's like no other.

The WELL, launched back in 1985 as the Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link, continues to provide a cherished watering hole for articulate and playful thinkers from all walks of life.

Why is this conversation so treasured?

Why did members of this community pull together to buy the service?

[Check out the story of The WELL...]

Where in The WELL are you?

Maria Rosales, assistant professor
I teach political science, so of course I enjoy the Politics conference, where I learn something nearly every day. Before I hit Politics, I usually read Media, where people discuss all the important stories (and many trivial but compelling stories) in the news. For a complete change of pace, I'll read the Life conference, a place where people tell their own personal stories, usually with honesty and compassion and insight. [See more people, more suggestions...]


Featured Conversations

"it seems like just yesterday I was mopping up your sacrificial blood from the floor
while blood-spattered priestesses whirled around me" (Everybody welcome)

Fox News: funny in France?
Dish here (Members only)

Tell it to Oscar
Top movie achievements of 2014? (Members only)

Much more to talk about...


Getting into The WELL

Membership is not for everyone, partly because we are non-anonymous here. Here's how to decide whether The WELL is for you, and whether you're for The WELL. [Before you join...]

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