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Larry Harvey on Charlie Rose (video)

Steve Young joins Burning Man Project to support organizational development and donor activation

steve300Steven Young, former Executive Director of The Crucible and a longtime Burner has joined Burning Man Project to facilitate donor activation and support development of the Project’s strategic plan.

“Burning Man Project is positioned to take the energy that has been created by the Burning Man event in Nevada and turn that into a force for transformative cultural change around the world,” Steve said. “The Project has the potential to foster the growth of a personal and collective value system that helps to create strong, vibrant, artful and self reliant communities everywhere. I am very excited to be a part of this dynamic and formative moment in the evolution of The Burning Man Project.”

Prior to joining the Project, as Executive Director of The Crucible in Oakland, Steve was responsible for directing the operations of the community-based fire-arts training center including program development, fundraising and creative direction of The Crucible’s spectacular series of incendiary performances and events.

The Crucible is a non-profit arts organization that inspires creativity through hands-on learning, offering classes and workshops in 18 areas relating to three-dimensional art making. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Steve served six years on the Crucible Board of Directors. Steve’s Burning Man experience stretches from organizing theme camps to helping build big art and working with Black Rock Arts Foundation on a community project in San Francisco.

In his free time, Steve enjoys traveling and working in one of his many hobbies, which range from blacksmithing and glass blowing to bronze casting, glass casting and neon sculpture.

100+ gather in Berlin for inaugural Burning Man European Leadership Summit


European Leadership Summit attendees from across the world share ideas between sessions in Berlin.

More than 100 European regional contacts and community leaders gathered in Berlin with Burning Man staff Feb. 7-9 for the inaugural Burning Man European Leadership Summit.

Through three days of presentations and group discussions, participants and staff gained a deeper understanding of the broad range of community initiatives and visions of the future shared by Burners from across the continent.

Burning Man staff led seminars covering event production and the evolving role of Regional Contacts. Participants also shared experiences on the unique nature of leadership in a collaborative culture and across multiple languages.

Dario Battini, one of the Italian Regional Contacts delivered a presentation on translations at Nowhere  and how “Flapping Tongues” (the aptly named translation team) keeps participant information updated in German, French, English, Spanish, and Italian. German Regional Contacts Axel Vetter and Stefan Schoffberger spoke about producing a successful Burning Man Film Festival in Germany.

Our Lithuanian Regional Contact Goku Kavaliauskas showcased a bike parade that he and his fellow Burners put together in Vilnius called “Who did that to my Bike?” And, Misa Rygrova, our Czech Regional Contact, spoke about her experience as a Black Rock Arts Foundation Grantee and her Suitcase Project, an effort to create small, traveling art pieces which transcend nationalities and borders.

Berlin proved to be an ideal location for participants to gather from across Europe. The local Burner community hosted a celebration on Saturday evening in a 1920s silent film theater with art installations, a cabaret show, and lots of playa-inspired interactions. Europe-based performance troupe Grotest Maru provided shows throughout the weekend and participants loved exploring Berlin’s mural alleys, historic sites, and music spaces.

The momentum generated by the European Leadership Summit is inspiring; we’re exploring hosting the gathering again next year. Our largest leadership event, the Global Leadership Conference, now in its eighth year, will be held in San Francisco in our new Mission neighborhood in early April. We expect 280 participants from across the globe and look forward to the conversations, ideas, and inspiration that flourish whenever and wherever Burner leaders converge.

Burning Man transitions to non-profit public benefit corporation

BIG NEWS! It’s been a long time coming: We’re excited to announce Burning Man achieved an historic milestone in January with the successful transition of the founding organization to a non-profit public benefit organization! The process has taken nearly three years of focused work from the Founders, Board of Directors, and staff. Now more than ever our structure helps support the global cultivation of art and community based on the 10 Principles.

“After 24 years of tending our garden in the desert, we now have the means to cultivate its culture worldwide,” said founder Larry Harvey. “Sometimes things just pop and this is one of those moments.”

Read our blog post on the transition here….

Burning Man officially a nonprofit

The Reno Gazette-Journal’s article about Burning Man’s non-profit status.