GLC 2016: Burning Man: A HUEman Experience Explores Diversity in BRC

Radical Inclusion. It’s the very first principle of the ten. And those who come to Burning Man say they experience Radical Inclusion like never before. But are we radically including proactively — that is, including people we might normally not think to include? The evidence shows that’s still a challenge. 2015 Census figures reveal that […]

Burners Making Real Changes in the World? Game on!

It may be a game, but Andrea Gini plans to “maker” a world of difference with it. Andrea, a Regional Contact for Europe and a long-time tinkerer, has joined forces with three other Burners, Nathan Parker, Ian Collingwood and Ben Ahmed, to create the Make It Go project. The project, which kicks off in May, […]

GLC 2016: Making the Metas Matter

“But what exactly do you do?” I wail at the poor bastard standing in front of me. I’m ensconced at the Communications Department desk at Burning Man HQ, blogging for the upcoming GLC, when I make eye-to-eye contact with a real live “Meta”. More than just a “Meta”, Peter is Meta Comms, and he’s talking […]

GLC 2016: Volunteerism, the Backbone of Burner Culture

At the 10th annual Global Leadership Conference this past weekend, volunteerism was the main topic of two workshops. Why were volunteers the focus of so much discussion? Because incredible, transformative, art-filled cities of weirdos don’t build themselves. A “do-ocracy” is “an organizational structure in which individuals choose roles and tasks for themselves and execute them. […]

GLC 2016: Ramez Naam on Provoking the Future

Participants in the 2016 GLC were treated Saturday morning to a visit by Ramez Naam, celebrated science fiction author, former elected fake-cult leader from the Church of Mez, and longtime Burner. Mez’s talk challenged Burners and Burner-like humans to take on their civic responsibility as explorers and engineers of inner and outer space. “We are […]

GLC 2016: Money, Art and Burning Man’s Future — It’s Time to Talk Hurty

Today, GLC participants are rocking up for their first day in the land of plenary.  With two unconference sessions, four plenary sessions, and 41 breakout workshops, there are many juicy topics planned and even juicier topics and conversations that are yet to reveal themselves. How could they not? Take 500 Burners from the around the world, […]

GLC 2016: Calling Out Around the World

Each year, we put more of the Global in GLC by gathering our growing tribe from far and wide. This week, we have representatives from an ah-mazing array of countries jetting into San Francisco for the 2016 conference, which begins on Thursday. For those scratching their head over these three little letters, the GLC — […]

21 questions with Makibee, Japan RC

Japan Regional Contact Makibee and the community in Japan hosted their first regional Burn last year. Although they couldn’t burn the Man (the Man grew too damp due its riverside location), they chose an alternative–stoning the Man! Her 21 answers: 1. How did you get your Playa name? Makibee was my nickname when I went…