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Burning Man Network Hosting European Leadership Summit in Berlin

BMNetworklogoThe Burning Man Global Network will host its first overseas conference – The European Leadership Summit – in Berlin, February 7-9, 2014. Participants will address the global growth of our culture, the 10 Principles, interactive art and transformative experiences.

This gathering is an opportunity for our international leaders to share ideas, skills, and to work together towards a shared vision for the future.

Burning Man community organizers and thought leaders have registered from 16 countries and counting! Austria, Holland, Spain, Belgium, England, Czech, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Russia, Sweden, Poland, Sweden, and Latvia, and the USA will be represented. Burning Man staff and the local Burner community in Berlin will help to provide a platform for these leaders to convene and collaborate.

In April, we’ll host our 8th Annual Global Leadership Conference (GLC) in the Bay Area. An extension of our GLC and the next logical step in our network’s progression, the European Leadership Summit is undoubtedly the first of many satellite conferences we’ll host to bring together Burning Man community thought leaders from across the world.

Larry Harvey to speak in London at Southbank Centre in January

bing a manBurning Man Founder Larry Harvey will join Billy Bragg, Michael Kaufman of the White Ribbon Campaign, Tim Samuels of BBC Men’s Hour, and several others to discuss what it means to be a man today as part of the BAM Being a Man conference in London in January.

The seminar, sponsored by Southbank Center, will examine fatherhood, sex and sexuality, war, class, race, ageing, nature versus nurture, attitudes to women and feminism, and why men like gaming, sheds, drink, football and cars (or do they?).

Over three days, organizers will ask how you can celebrate all aspects of being a man without the hang-ups, and explore the best and worst things about masculinity – both the challenges and the opportunities.
For more information, visit the BAM website.

Burning Man Project co-sponsors New York City Symposium on Burning Man, Technology, Religion and the Future

NYCsymposiumBurning Man Project joined Columbia University’s Department of Religion and Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life in November to present a free forum on Burning Man, technology, religion and the future.

The panel featured Larry Harvey (founder of Burning Man), John Perry Barlow (founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation) and Peter Hirshberg (disruptive cultures and technology expert). Dr. David Kittay of Columbia’s Department of Religion moderated a lively conversation about Burning Man as a philosophical movement, its history, and its predicted global applications.

More than 300 turned out for the two hour-long discussion and Q&A session. We’ll release a video on the symposium after the first of the year.
We’re looking to offer traveling symposia like this in more cities around the world as part of the Project’s education programming. They’re an idea way to share the wisdom of Burner values with the academic community and beyond.


bmp scarf da smallerjpegThe mission of the nonprofit Burning Man Project is to bring the values and learning from Black Rock City to the place it is most needed: our everyday lives. We envision a world in which self-expression is the norm, where gifting is a daily practice, and participation is enthusiastic and frequent. And that’s why we are asking for your contribution to help Burning Man’s expansion from the playa to the planet.

More and more academic institutions, nonprofits, businesses and municipalities are looking to learn from the Burning Man experience. They’re eager to discover how we build community and sustainability, and to learn why this powerful movement has such life-changing impact. And we are eager to share it with them. To that end, we are busy developing an online learning portal, lectures, philosophical discussions, and demonstration projects to give everybody access to Burning Man ideas, values, and resources — worldwide and year-round.

While a portion of Burning Man’s ticket sales help sustain Burning Man Project’s efforts, realizing its full potential will require resources well beyond that. So we are asking for a contribution of ANY SIZE to help us share the Burner ethos. If you’ve always thought the world should be more like Black Rock City, then this is your chance … if you can make a donation, we can make a difference.

All donations are fully tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. If you are able to donate $150 or more, we are offering a choice of two Burnerific gifts: the beautiful 2014 Burning Man wall calendar, or a cozy charcoal grey jersey scarf hand-screened with the Burning Man Project logo. We can also accept recurring donations. To donate and choose your gift, please click HERE.


yes maker faire postLas Vegas, NV – The Youth Educational Spaceship (Y.E.S.) project is landing in Las Vegas! Y.E.S. is a mobile spaceship classroom built from repurposed and found objects by artist Dana Albany, together with kids from San Francisco’s Tenderloin and Hunters Point neighborhoods. This collaborative art program for youth gives them time and space to create, participate, and then exhibit their work, while engaging children in hands-on experience focusing on art and technology.

Y.E.S. will be open to the public at the Learning Village, 727 Fremont Street, starting Friday November 15, with a variety of family-friendly programming including spaceship tours, mosaic workshops with recycled materials, wiring demos and interactive robotic demos, culminating in a closing ceremony and children’s art show on December 8. For more information about programming, please visit:

This program is a collaboration between Burning Man Project and Las Vegas’ Downtown Project.

About the Y.E.S. Project

The project began with the construction of a beautifully crafted steel frame, 12’ in diameter and 11’ tall with an acrylic observation dome on top. Then a mesh and fiberglass shell created a blank canvas for children and community members to collectively create a mosaic, spaceship shell out of repurposed materials. There is a hatch that opens and whimsical stairs that allow visitors to enter the spacecraft’s interior. Inside, a TV monitor is installed with interchanging videos of space education, travel and a film directed by youth that captures “what life is like on Earth” from a child’s perspective. There is a fog machine, soundscape, vibration interface and an LED light installation with the capacity to run 130 different light sequences, as well as an interactive monitor/camera, a robotic microphone voice adaptation and a unique, interactive space control panel.

Children from the Tenderloin, Bayview/Hunter’s Point Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco were given the opportunity to help create a spacecraft under the guidance of many artists skilled in several disciplines. During the course of three months, the children made model spaceships and created mosaic stars and imaginary planets out of recycled glass, mirror, tiles, and repurposed objects collected at Recology and Building Resources. Their work adorns the exterior of the spacecraft. At the Crucible, the kids learned how to make fused glass tiles and the art of glass sand-casting, which has been installed in the interior. During the formation of the spacecraft they were engaged in discussions about recycling, creative reuse, environmentalism, solar energy, LED lighting, photography, soundscape creation, robotics, space travel and astronomy.

Y.E.S. will continue to travel serving as a future model of a mobile classroom for science and art education. It will dock at schools, art and science centers, museums and playgrounds.

The project has been made possible by the generous support, funding and sponsorship from Burning Man Project, Black Rock Arts Foundation, Black Rock City, LLC, the Exploratorium, Maker’s Faire, the Crucible and private donors.

For more information, visit

About Burning Man Project

The mission of the Burning Man Project is to facilitate and extend the culture that has issued from the Burning Man event into a larger world. This culture forms an integrated pattern of values, experience, and behavior: a coherent and widely applicable way of life. The survival and elaboration of this culture depend upon a cultivated capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations.

The primary purpose of Burning Man Project is to uphold and manifest the values described in the Ten Principles of Burning Man. “Burning Man” is understood not as an event, but refers to a way of life lived consistently with these Ten Principles. Burning Man Project provides infrastructural tools and frameworks that will allow people to apply the Ten Principles in many communities and spheres of endeavor.

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