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What’s a psychedelic community catalyst?

Interviewing Michael Pollan, June 2018

Since 2015, I’ve worked full-time in psychedelic education and community building. Publicly, my most known projects are the Global Psychedelic Society and Psychedelic Seminars. Behind the scenes, I have also started and led several community organizations and professional networks within the psychedelic space.

You can check out highlights of my projects below.

I use my network and experience to consult for other projects in the psychedelic community. If you are interested to collaborate, send me a brief pitch at mike@mikemargolies.net.

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I’m Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Global Psychedelic Society (GPS). Hundreds of Psychedelic Societies around the world meet regularly to provide peer education and support around psychedelics, laying the foundation for a healthy psychedelic ecosystem. The GPS connects and empowers the leaders of these communities.

This project was quietly built over many years, with a more public-facing presence launched in 2023. Following in the footsteps and vision of Daniel Jabbour, I’ve sparked and mentored numerous Psychedelic Societies from Baltimore to San Francisco to Portugal. I’ve also collaborated and co-produced events with dozens of others globally. In 2020, I initiated regular calls among the leaders of these groups. The team and project has since expanded, including a globally coordinated education/fundraiser campaign, an in-person GPS Summit, and many other projects in the works to resource community builders to thrive.


I’m the Founder and Director of Psychedelic Seminars, an educational conversation series deepening awareness of the benefits, risks, and complexities of psychedelics.

On the PsychSems stage, I’ve interviewed a range of leaders including bestselling author Michael Pollan, Dr. James Fadiman and Ayelet Waldman on microdosing, and Johns Hopkins psychedelic research legend Bill Richards.

I started the project in 2015 after returning to my home city of Baltimore to build community for open and honest conversations about psychedelics — because that was what I needed. I’ve since produced PsychSems events in San Francisco, San Diego, and globally livestreamed.

You can support this project via a monthly pledge to the PsychSems Patreon ❤

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I’m Co-Founder and Director of Mycelia, a project designed to spark and deepen connections and trust among psychedelic leaders working in different directions in the same locality. We host invitational gatherings, with particular attention on creating just enough structure to amplify connectivity among participants. Mycelia began in the Bay Area in 2019.

I’m Co-Founder of CryptoPsychedelic, a living question exploring the intersections of the psychedelic and blockchain movements.

The 2018 CryptoPsychedelic Summit brought these communities together for the first time for a unique weekend of cross-pollination in Tulum, Mexico.

At the 2021 CryptoPsychedelic Flashback, speakers returned for live reunion roundtables to reflect on how the fields have evolved and to ideate on new possibilities.

I’m former Co-Director (June 2015 – March 2018) of Psymposia, a platform for rethinking drugs through live events and online media.

During my time with Psymposia, I co-founded Psymposia Magazine, hosted Psychedelics Stories events around the world, and coordinated the #PsychedelicsBecause social media campaign.


Through my initial psychedelic community work in Baltimore, I seeded what is today the Baltimore Psychedelic Society, which now runs on its own with regularly occurring community events.

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After dropping out of corporate America in 2013, I spent 15 months backpacking and living in India and Southeast Asia.

While on the road, I created and hosted Walking the Earth Podcast, interviewing a diverse array of backpackers and expats about their unconventional lives and experiences.

In a former life…

I used to be a good model citizen.

I received a BS from the University of Maryland in chemical engineering, summa cum laude. I worked as a chemical engineer for ExxonMobil for 5 years.

. . . And then I did ayahuasca.

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