Mike Margolies is a super-connector, adviser, and event/media producer in psychedelic science, drug policy reform, and harm reduction. He actively bridges people and organizations including MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies), the Drug Policy Alliance, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, DanceSafe, and Psychedelic Societies around the world.
Mike’s organization Psymposia is a leading educational platform for rethinking drugs, through live events and online media. In 2015, Mike co-founded Psymposia Magazine, a free digital resource for investigative journalism, personal stories, and deep conversation series.
Through his network, Mike has produced and participated in conferences, festivals, and events including Psychedelic Science (Oakland), Burning Man, Beyond Psychedelics (Prague), Breaking Convention (London), Horizons: Perspectives on Psychedelics (NYC), and a cross-continent Psychedelic Stories tour.
Mike recently co-founded CryptoPsychedelic and produced its initial summit last month in Tulum, bringing together leaders in blockchain and psychedelic science to discuss new possibilities in research, innovation, and community building.
Mike used to be a good model citizen. He received a BS from the University of Maryland in Chemical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude. He then worked as a chemical engineer at ExxonMobil for 5 years. After an ayahuasca experience in Peru, he dropped out of corporate America and spent the next 15 months backpacking and living in India and Southeast Asia while hosting Walking the Earth Podcast.
After returning home to Baltimore, Mike founded Psychedelic Seminars, a speaker series and discussion group, which he has since helped to evolve into the Baltimore Psychedelic Society under new leadership. His work in Baltimore led him to grow his efforts to the global scale. Above all, Mike is most interested in empowering others in the movement. Mike remains a digital nomad, currently based in Oakland, CA.