Posts for category Events/Happenings


May 1st, 2014  |  Filed under Events/Happenings

“One Couch at a Time” Screening at BMHQ

What would you share with a stranger?

What would you share with a stranger?

WHAT: “One Couch at a Time” Feature Film Screening & “Rules of the House: Burning Man Gift Culture” Short plus Panel Discussion with Filmmaker, Alexandra Liss and Dan Porras
WHEN: Wednesday, May 14th 2014, 7:30p – 10:15p.
WHERE: Burning Man HQ, 660 Alabama Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94110
COST: “Pay What You Can” Sliding Scale $1-$20
RSVP: rsvp here: rsvp (at) burningman.com

“One Couch at a Time” follows protagonist and veteran CouchSurfer, Alexandra Liss, through 21 countries, 6 subcontinents, for 7 months using CouchSurfing.org. She ends her journey at Burning Man where realizes the beauty of the gift. The film pushes us to ask ourselves, “What would YOU be willing to share with a stranger?”

Short film “Rules of the House: Burning Man Gift Culture” by Dan Porras will kick off the evening.

Doors open at 7:30p with programming beginning at 7:50p. The ninety minute film begins at 8:30p and will be preceded by a panel about the sharing economy including “One Couch” filmmaker Alexandra Liss, “Rules” filmmaker Dan Porras, Couch Surfing founder Casey Fenton. Light appetizers will be open during the first twenty minutes of the event.

Space is limited and all guests must RSVP to rsvp here: rsvp (at) burningman.com no later than Monday, Tuesday, May 13th, 2014.

This is a fundraiser for the Burning Man Project, Burning Man’s newest non-profit, and it is a “pay what you can” sliding scale donation of $1-$20.

To learn more and watch the trailer, check out the film’s website at www.onecouchatatime.com.

April 7th, 2014  |  Filed under Events/Happenings

GLC ’14: Here’s What Happened

Photo by Sidney Erthal

Photo by Sidney Erthal

It’s a wrap! The 2014 Burning Man Global Leadership Conference was a heck of a party, but it was also a great meeting of minds. It was a chance for the far-flung leaders of Burning Man regional culture to learn from each other, and that includes the San Francisco Regional, sometimes known as Burning Man HQ. After all these groups compared notes at GLC, there could no longer be any doubt: Burning Man happens everywhere, all the time. The one week in Nevada is just for practice.

We had people on the ground tweeting and blogging about the conference and the sessions that seemed of interest to the wider world. Here’s a round-up of the major messages, so you can share in the learning, and some photos of the beautiful people. Read more »

April 5th, 2014  |  Filed under Events/Happenings

GLC ’14: Don’t Bogart that Sh*t, Dude! Trends in the Sharing Economy

(l-r) Chase, Simonton, Gorenflo, Fenton

(l-r) Chase, Simonton, Gorenflo, Fenton

 

The off-playa world is starting to look a lot like Burning Man, and not always in good ways. Converging economic and environmental pressures are making it harder to get by. But at the same time, more resilient social structures are cropping up to counteract those forces. Out of necessity, we’re starting to share more. That’s a Burnerly principle, but businesses are starting to catch on. Skill sharing, crowd funding, ride sharing, barter systems, all those things are taking off in today’s economy, and Burners couldn’t be better positioned to help and participate.

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April 5th, 2014  |  Filed under Events/Happenings

GLC ’14: Burning Man’s Servant Leaders

glc happy hour

Once GLC participants were well aware that Burner culture is popping off around the world, it was time for an update from HQ. As you’ve probably heard by now, Burning Man became a non-profit this year, and that means major changes to how things operate behind the scenes. A few key Org people stepped up to the GLC podium Saturday morning to explain how that’s all working.

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April 5th, 2014  |  Filed under Events/Happenings

GLC ’14: The Olympics of Art and Expression

raspa

By the morning session of GLC day two, it was clear that something fundamental has shifted in Burner culture. Enough of us were feeling uncomfortable with the term “default world” that it had to be acknowledged from the stage. “Say ‘playa-adjacent world’ instead,” GLC producer Rosie Lila told us, and the room felt relieved.

When Burning Man was one temporary city in the desert, it was an exception. The rest of the world carried on with its default settings, and the playa was the radical departure. But by now, it’s no longer serving us to distinguish between how we are “out there” versus how we are “out here.” In fact, as our GLC presenters show us, “out here” is becoming “out there.” There’s Burning going on year-round, worldwide, so let’s admit it.

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April 5th, 2014  |  Filed under Events/Happenings

Maybe Everything We Believe About the Universe is True

By John Curley and Hannah Miller

The Global Leadership Conference is about a lot of things. That was never more true than what took place on Friday afternoon at the Ignite session, where all the conference attendees sat in an auditorium-like space and listened to one speaker after another talk about what inspired them, what motivated them, what they had learned as they pursued life and the arts.

 

Brady Forrest

Brady Forrest

Brady Forrest
The Evolution of Ignite Talks
Brady Forrest introduced the audience to the concept of the Ignite talk: five minutes, with 20 mandatory slides. The format encourages speakers to keep moving and use visuals, and has now been used in 50 Ignite talks around the country. The real point of Ignite, said Brady, is that “anyone can be a rockstar.”

Danielle Leong
Corpse Party Bugs
Danielle laid down the ecosystem your body turns into after death. Within 10 days, it teems with maggots, ants, carrion beetles, and then a long beautiful process of increasing putrefaction: putrefaction (when your body bloats), black putrefaction (when your body explodes) and butyric fermentation, when your body starts to smell like cheese. (Danielle did not specify which cheese.) It’s transformation in reverse. Starting with the end at the beginning. Read more »

April 5th, 2014  |  Filed under Events/Happenings

GLC ’14: Burners Bringing Worlds Together

glc audience

Burners have a lot to be proud of here at the GLC. After a rousing first morning of high-level talks about the power of Burner art and values, we were treated to a series of presentations by Burners from all over the world about how they pulled off some fantastic feats of civic art. Not only will these works be a part of Burning Man history, they’re useful templates for us to consider when we’re out building the next crazy thing. Read more »

April 4th, 2014  |  Filed under Events/Happenings

GLC ’14: How Burners Do The Impossible

glcteam

Well, here we are! The eighth annual Burning Man Global Leadership Conference is underway. It’s a gathering of the people who are defining the global future of Burning Man culture, and it’s a whole new world. Sixteen percent of GLC attendees are international. Half of them are here for their first GLC, and another quarter are back for their second. While the average GLC14 attendee has been to Black Rock City four times, three people here have never been, and that’s just fine. They get their Burning Man kicks elsewhere in the world, and that’s what this conference is all about. (And hey, Terry Dovido, here from Boston, has been to Burning Man 20 times, so GLC is all about that, too.)

The GLC is for figuring out how we’re doing in our mission of bringing Burning Man culture to the world at large. It’s driven by the inspiration we find on the playa, but its purpose is to focus that energy on repairing the world. As Stuart Mangrum, the Burning Man Project‘s education director, put it this morning, there are two ways to get more Burning Man into the world: The first is “sister cities,” the regional burns put on around the world by so many of GLC’s stellar attendees, and the second is Burnerly projects back in the off-playa world, and the people at GLC do a lot of that, too. We saw some of the highlights in Friday’s opening session. Read more »