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Evolving from Burning Man to Permanent Villages

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On one hand this is a perfect week for posting a response to this article …if I want to avoid ruffling any egos. Or perhaps it’s the perfect week to inspire those who stayed at home. Either way I have a mob of friends at the Burn and I bet they’re having an awesome time. Of course I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t have a *little* FOMO, especially as the week builds towards what will no doubt be an explosive climax in the dust 🙂 I love Burning Man, and it has played a huge role in throwing open the doorway of my soul over a decade ago. And while Burning Man continues to be a mind-blowing, ever-evolving experience that has the power to open the hearts and minds of of its attendees, I continue to be niggled by a nagging question: “OK, so what do we do once we ‘get it’? What comes next?” It’s a question that I know is in the hearts of many and now that Burning Man org bought nearby land it seems like they are asking the same thing.

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Burning Man Buys Land… And Musings on the Future of Community

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Projecting future retrospect allows us to imagine how we’ll look back on the present, from the future. And this will certainly be remembered as a historic moment! The Burning Man Project recently announced that they bought property adjacent to the Black Rock Desert where their yearly event takes place and plans to turn it into a year-round cultural experiment. While I think the name “Fly Ranch” is ripe for a rebrand, it’s extremely inspiring to see the Burning Man’s evolution as an ephemeral, week long event towards its vision of a year round, sustainable example of what the future of community might look like. The Burning Man’s Project is a non profit whose chief goal is of “amplifying and extending Burning Man culture”. With hundreds of regional events on 6 continents and now a 3600 acre oasis in the desert the reach of Burning Man’s culture continues it’s benevolent march!

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Burning Man!

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I am currently in the Nevada Desert creating a temporary community at Burning Man. This year we are bringing together art installations, science lectures, music events and other aspects of creative expression like never before. All hail the inaugural year of “The Institute“! This is Phager Mat Heitel’s rendering of the village – comprising of three camps: The Phage, False Profit and Relaxomatic Plushatorium:

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The Phage was especially proud of this years iteration of Strangelove, our beloved art car:

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So what does Burning Man look like from space, you ask? Pretty awesome organization for 50,000 debaucherous campers!

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Hexayurt Construction + Plush Day

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The Orlando house in Pasadena is abuzz with Phagers (members of the Burning Man Phage Camp) deep in preparation for the annual Burn which takes place 100mi north of Reno in late August / Early September.

Some of the days activities include creating numerous “giant microbe” pillows to be used in our 30ft dome. All sorts of cute viruses and bacteria are being assembled! There was also Playa Tech to be cut (plywood furniture that slots together) and a few of us had pooled our resources to make the upgrade from mere tent to pimptastic hexayurt!

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From Burning Man to Saving Lives!

The summer came and went, punctuated by pool parties, Mindshares and of course Burning Man to seal the deal. Mindshare is beginning to spawn numerous events around the city, some clad in tuxedos, some surrounding bonfires. Seedlings have left the LA area entirely and one is beginning to take root in NYC, having formed a close bond with an event called Lucid NYC. As the 2009 summer ends, so does my 20s – and what better way to celebrate my launch into maturity then with a 7 day, 7 city, 7 fundraiser party for malaria? Why? Cause Its My Birthday (dot com)!! Spread the love, not the malaria 😉

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