JRS VOLUME #16; ISSUE #09
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 16, Issue #09
January 14, 2012
ROUND-UP OF BURNING MAN WRITINGS:
+ BURNING MAN ARTIST JON SARRIUGARTE INTERVIEWED IN HUFFINGTON POST
EVENTS & HAPPENINGS:
+ SACRAMENTO VALLEY COMMUNITY INPUT FORUM - SACRAMENTO, CA - JAN 21
CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks
If you think about it, Burning Man can credit its phenomenal growth to our culture of communication -- people engaging with others inside and outside of our community, sharing the transformational experience that is Burning Man, and spreading our ethos, one story at a time. Communication is our lifeblood.
Here in the Burning Man Communications Department, we're largely self-taught when it comes to PR and media relations. And you know how it's all well and good to do some light plumbing work around the house, but sometimes you need to bring in a pro with a serious toolbox and the know-how to use it? That's where we find ourselves as our culture grows ... we're ready to bring on a seasoned professional PR Manager with a solid set of tools and a track record of putting them to good use.
This person will replace and build on the role of Burning Man's long-time Communications Manager, the irreplaceable Andie Grace, who will be moving into a new role within the Burning Man Project, Burning Man's new non-profit venture (www.burningmanproject.org).
As Burning Man culture starts to really permeate the global culture, it's to our benefit to be more proactive about forging relationships, and making sure the right messages are getting to the right places, so that the culture (and its potential) is being represented properly (we all know the risk of a global media all too eager to simply portray its titillating aspects, rather than what's REALLY going on). Makes sense, right? Right.
Sound like this is up your alley? Great! Learn more about the position and how to apply below. And please -- we beg of you -- please apply through the method described below, and avoid back channels or hitting up our folks trying to look for an angle ... we're only accepting resumes through the process we've established. Really.
OK folks ... hop to it ... read on ... the Man burns in 231 days!
PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER POSITION AVAILABLE AT BURNING MAN HQ
WHAT: Public Relations Manager position available
WHERE: Burning Man office/San Francisco
BY WHEN: Submit resume and cover letter by Wednesday, January 25th, through this link: http://bit.ly/wQlcip
JOB SUMMARY: Are you a veteran of the world of public relations and a proud citizen of Black Rock City? Have you longed for a PR role that lets you apply your communications chops and management expertise to something you’re passionate about – something just like Burning Man?
Your dream could be a reality! Due to internal evolution and growth on our existing team, we are seeking an experienced Public Relations Manager to join the leadership of Burning Man’s Communications Department.
This is a strategic, year-round, San Francisco-based role that will serve as the glue amongst the other communications staffers for the organization.
The candidate will oversee the execution of Burning Man’s external communications strategies and provide budgetary, staff, and administrative oversight for Communications-related teams and programs, including: * Print Production * Public Relations/Media Operations/Social Media * Intellectual Property Enforcement * Print Press, Online Press, Film/Video, and Academic Archives * Burning Man Information Radio * The Black Rock City Census
The PR Manager will also collaborate with the Government Relations leadership team to support activities engaging with community organizations, governmental collaborators, and other key entities in Nevada.
The PR Manager role will have support from the vast volunteer team as well as existing communications team members within the organization.
Other duties include management of the Media Mecca process and other volunteer teams leading up to, during and after the Burning Man event. Candidates must be prepared to perform full-time, active daily duties in the desert during the Burning Man event. This includes camping with and providing supervisory support for the Media Mecca leadership team as well as other relevant staff and volunteers.
During the rest of the year, the PR Manager maintains relevant media, press, and academic relationships, and creates and advances Public Relations content and campaigns using tools such as the Jack Rabbit Speaks, Burning Blog, Facebook/Twitter/other social networks, Burningman.com, and print materials, and other public-facing communications channels.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: * 5-7yrs of experience in Communications, Public Relations, and/or Media industries, ideally including aspects of intellectual property law, contract law, the media/entertainment industries, festival/event production, and/or any combination thereof. * 3-5yrs of experience in management, including knowledge of reading financials, developing budgets, and human resources/personnel management. * Excellent communication chops, including strong writing, copy editing, and interpersonal communications skills. * High level of exposure to and comprehension of the Internet and related technologies. * Understanding and support of core Burning Man philosophies, in order to effectively uphold policies related to the maintenance of these philosophies. * At least 3-5yrs participating in Burning Man, preferably at some volunteer level or other exposure to its organizational infrastructure. * Ability to multitask, and be flexible and adaptable about numerous and frequently dynamic sets of priorities. Self-motivated. Able to effectively delegate responsibilities and negotiate effectively. * Dedication to organizational, legal, and interpersonal confidentiality in all applicable matters.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: * BA or equivalent in fields relating to Communications, Writing/Journalism, Media/Public Relations, or related fields. * Experience speaking as a liaison to the Press. * Experience supporting at a managerial level within a business organization.
If you’re ready to put your hard-won skills and expertise to work for your community, we want to meet you! Submit resume and cover letter by Wednesday, January 25th, using this link: http://bit.ly/wQlcip
This is a full-time, regular position eligible for benefits in our San Francisco office.
TICKET QUESTIONS? TICKET ANSWERS!
Change is always difficult, and If you've got any questions about how the ticket process works, make sure to cruise over to our (admittedly EXTENSIVE, hopefully EXHAUSTIVE) ticket FAQ:
REMEMBRANCE PLAQUE OF NAMES - 2011-2012 BURNERS LOST
Since 1996, an anonymous Burner has created a plaque to commemorate members of our community who have passed away the previous year. This tradition continues to honor those people who have affected our Burning experiences and who participated in creating Burning Man. This is a call out to you, our community, to please let us know of any Burners lost in the last year whose names you feel should be added to this year's Remembrance Plaque.
Please send only their name, exactly as you would like to see it appear, to this address:
(**please DO NOT HIT REPLY to this newsletter to submit a name.)
Submissions must be received by July 20th to be included on this year's plaque. Submissions after the 20th will be added to next year's plaque.
Look for the completed plaque at the base of the Man. (Important note: the plaque is displayed at the Manbase, not the Temple, where more elaborate and personal memorials are created by participants).
May their spirits move on to the eternal playa!
BURNING MAN ARTIST JON SARRIUGARTE INTERVIEWED IN HUFFINGTON POST
Jon Sarriugarte: Blacksmith And Burning Man Legend On The Playa And The Future Of Oakland (PHOTOS, VIDEO) http://huff.to/x8LUBe
OH, THE PLACES YOU'LL GO AT BURNING MAN
Here's a definite nominee for the best Burning Man video of 2011 ... and it's proving to be one of the most viral videos we've seen yet, getting picked up outside our community like a puppy at a bridal shower.
BURNING MAN BROOKLYN: CAUGHT IN THE ACT
Here's a great video piece about the New York contribution to the Circle of Regional Effigies (CORE) project from 2011, as captured by Charlie Hoxie:
Learn about the whole CORE project here:
WHY THE NOSE?
More like WHY *NOT* THE NOSE, right? This crew put together this great project on playa, one that you're sure to enjoy. Clown noses for all!
SACRAMENTO VALLEY COMMUNITY INPUT FORUM - SACRAMENTO, CA - JAN 21
We love this, and we present it to you so a) you can attend if you're able, and b) you might be inspired to create such an activity in YOUR community. Rock Star writes:
"Public Meeting: Sacramento Valley Community Input Forum When: Saturday January 21st 6pm Where: Silvan Oaks Library (Near Highway 80 and Greenback) 6700 Auburn Blvd, Citrus Heights, CA 95621
Voice your goals and objectives on creating a nonprofit to facilitate an inclusive and sustainable burner community in Sacramento Valley.
Agenda: 30 Minute presentation: How did we get this far? How are we getting this thing up and running? What makes community organization building successfull? Goals and Objectives identified so far Public Input activity (Posters! Things to Write on! Dots!) Public Forum: Discuss!
If you have any interest in Burning Man, local arts, events, etcetera, we’d really like you to come to this meeting and give your thoughts on the goal and objectives, let these hard working planners know what YOU think is important."
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thinkers in and around the Burning Man community as they observe and
comment on our culture and like-minded cultures around the world:
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Official Burning Man Twitter Account - All Things Burning Man:
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Soundtrack for this JRS: The Polish Ambassador, DJ Zach Moore (Space Cowboys)