Burning Man – An event that will change your life
Burning Man began in 1986 when Larry Harvey – ex-bike messenger, ex-cab driver, and landscaper of abnormal gardens – burned a home-made human effigy on a San Francisco beach with 10 people looking on. Twenty years later, Burning Man is a festival with 50,000 participants from all over the world, with an annual budget of over $10 million. Amazing photos after the jump.
The DaVinci Institute will be hosting a special event on the “Transformative Nature of Burning Man” on July 7th. (Pics)
Burning Man’s regional network extends to hundreds of satellite events all over the world – from Colorado to Spain, South Africa and New Zealand. Despite it’s phenomenal growth, this combustive celebration of the arts and “radical self-expression”, stays true to its core – the principles of gifting, radical self expression, radical self reliance, decommodification, Civic responsibility, participation and “leave no trace”, among others. But perhaps it’s most important role is in promoting the transformation of the individual, and it’s influence on the “default” society.
An example of it’s influence: In 2001, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of Google Inc., hired Eric Schmidt as CEO and Chairman, in part because he “was the only candidate who had been to Burning Man.”
So what happens out there in the desert anyway? Where is it leading the participants (known as “Burners”), and is it having a ripple effect outside the confines of the festival? These questions and others will be discussed at the July 7 Futurist event.
Join us as we take a fascinating look at the transformative nature of this unusual festival. Please mark your calendars to be part of this unique discussion.
“The Temple” during a sand storm
“The Man” in 2003
But, as with all utopias, they can only be handled in small doses, one week at a time.
The next Burning Man will take place Aug 25 – Sept 1, 2008