Who Works the Gate? Great People! Maybe You?

The folks working the Gate are great people … and you might not realize this but they’re ALL volunteers. And they work HARD. Take a moment to learn more about this amazing crew, and you might just find that volunteering for the Gate is right for you!

This great video (thanks to the LOVE project) highlights the work of some of the volunteers who make the gate run. We’ve also got the transcript of a nice interview with Shimmer, an Exodus Pulsing volunteer working the job. Finally, you can learn the nuts and bolts of how the Gate works in our Gate FAQ. If you’re interested in volunteering with this hardy crew, visit our Gate participation page or visit the V-Spot on playa, in Center Camp next to Playa Info.

(WARNING: Volunteering may lead to meeting really incredible people and developing an amazing sense of accomplishment and belonging by helping to make BRC possible. You have been warned!)

Our LOVE crew showed up Monday of Labor Day, 2011, and talked to Shimmer at the last Pulsing spot. Here is what she said made her volunteer experience tick: (more…)

The Places We’ll Go

We’ve gone viral!
Teddy Saunder’s beautiful Dr. Seuss video is the first Burning Man media to truly catch fire. With 800,000 views in just over 3 days, it has been on BoingBoing, The Huffington Post, and the front page of Reddit.
It is gorgeous, well done, and makes Burning Man look AWESOME.
So…are we screwed?
With ticket fears rampant, will our community be able to handle the flood of virgins drawn in by a dust-free depiction of whimsy, smiles and sunshine?
I was asked directly in my podcast this week and share my rambling answer (plus my plan to sell tickets for $1,000,000) here:


**NOTE: I AM NOT AN OFFICIAL REPRESENTATIVE OF BURNING MAN. I am merely a Participant with a passion for the event, people, and principles of Burning Man. Half-baked ideas & views expressed aren’t necessarily those of the Burning Man organization.” **

What did you think about “Oh the Places They’ll Go?”
What do you think this surge of awareness means for the future of Burning Man?

Video Call Out

WANTED: Participant Videos on Playa Preparation and Participation!
DEADLINE: JULY 15, 2011

Calling all filmmakers and benevolent Burners! We want YOUR video submissions to share as part of the 2nd Annual Burning Man Video Acculturation Series, designed to help new Burners prepare for their first playa experience!

The theme for 2011 is PREPARATION & PARTICIPATION! (more…)

Cooking at Burning Man

Cooking at Burning Man isn’t always the easiest thing to do amidst the dry, dusty environment, lack of refrigeration, and inability to run to the corner store for a key ingredient you may have forgotten.

In the video below, two culinary enthusiasts who have attended Burning Man give a 37-minute presentation of useful tips for cooking on the playa. Although it’s not exactly the most exciting video you’ll ever see, it’s a decent primer for those of you who have limited experience cooking in Black Rock City.

For those of you planning to build a kitchen for your camp, Organizing a Communal Kitchen also contains many good facts about what you’ll need to cook on the playa for a small or large group of people.

Preview Burning Man 2007 on BM’s first ever YouTube feed

Andrew Johnstone, some of the hard working brains behind the Burning Man Earth project, made this very beautiful, evocative fly over of the Green Man Pavilion. Take a look:

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Posting this video is in large part an experiment to see if YouTube will work with this blog. Since it clearly is, please consider this an invitation: make a short video about how to “green the burn,” however you interpret that ( reducing waste, smarter materials, construction, design–you name it!) , send it to environment (at) burningman.com, and we’ll post the best ones here. Thanks!