JRS VOLUME #18; ISSUE #01
Burning Man Update: The Jack Rabbit Speaks
Volume 18, Issue #01
September 6, 2013
+ FEEDBACK LOOP: TELL US WHAT YOU THINK!
+ BLACK ROCK CITY CENSUS - PLEASE PARTICIPATE!!
+ LAW ENFORCEMENT FEEDBACK
+ LAWYERS FOR BURNERS
+ LOST AND FOUND
+ GOT TICKET ISSUES?
+ PLEASE HELP BURNING MAN'S PANELS GET INTO SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST 2014!
ROUND-UP OF BURNING MAN WRITINGS:
+ BURNING BLOGGERS COVER BURNING MAN 2013
+ WE ARE TRULY A GLOBAL VILLAGE
+ A HEAPING HELPING OF BURNING MAN MEDIA COVERAGE
+ BURNING NOIR - AN 8-PIECE BURNING MAN THRILLER
+ GET CONNECTED, GET INVOLVED IN BURNING MAN, YEAR ROUND
SUPPORT A PROJECT:
+ THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ART IN BLACK ROCK CITY!!
BLACK ROCK CITY CIVICS:
+ POST-PLAYA TIPS
CONNECT WITH BURNING MAN:
+ Burning Man on your favorite social networks
Aaaaand ... Burning Man 2013 is a wrap!
And WOW, what a Burn! We had more art, more theme camps, more mutant vehicles and more participants than ever before. And save for a few afternoon windstorms, the weather was the best in years. It was truly a magical week. A lot of you have posted photos and we've collected the first batch below.
Now, all this being said, we had our challenges. The biggest was arrival and exodus with wait times ranging from 20 minutes to eight hours or more. We'll be working on solutions over the next 50 weeks to get this manageable in time for BM 2014. One bright spot was the inaugural Burner Express buses from Reno and San Francisco. We had more than 2,000 tickets sold and nearly all feedback we've gotten so far has been positive. We want to expand Burner Express to reduce the number of vehicles at the event, which, naturally should reduce wait times.
Speaking of feedback, we want yours. Email us at feedback (at) burningman (dot) com. We read every single email and incorporate your input into planning for 2014. More on this below.
Lastly, if you liked last week, show some love to your local Regional. The CORE projects you saw this year? That was the Regionals. There are more than 60 burn events around the world and regional groups in every state and dozens of countries. More info here: http://regionals.burningman.com/
We'd like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of YOU who brought your A-game to Black Rock City this year, making it the most mind-blowing and inspiring experience on the planet. You people absolutely KILLED it out there. We'd also like to thank the hard-working men and women of the Department of Public Works, who toiled in the desert heat to create the infrastructure of Black Rock City so that we could come out and manifest magic together as a community. And the Playa Restoration crew will be on playa for another month, ensuring that we leave NO trace, and can return to do it again.
And while it seems like a big number right now, watch out ... it'll be here before you know it: the Man burns in 358 days!
PHOTO GALLERIES FROM BURNING MAN 2013
Here's what we've seen come across the airwaves so far ... there will certainly be more to come, and we'll bring those to you as they do.
"Burning Man Festival 2013 in Pictures" - The Guardian
"Photos of Burning Man 2013" - The Atlantic
"Record Crowds Descend on Black Rock For Burning Man 2013" - Time
"Burning Man Festival 2013: Inside the Annual Desert Extravaganza" - NY Daily News
"Burning Man 2013 in Pictures" - CBS News
"Burning Man 2013" - TotallyCoolPix.com
"36 Surreal Instagram Images from Burning Man 2013" - Mashable
"The 10 Most Romantic Pictures from Burning Man 2013" - Yahoo! Shine
"Burning Man Spaceship Explodes in Nevada Desert, Results in Epic Snapshot" - Huffington Post
"Burning Man 2013" - Neil "Mr. Nightshade" Girling
Burning Man 2013 Photo Gallery - Arin Fishkin
BURNING MAN 2013 AERIAL SAMPLER
Highly likely the first of MANY aerial videos from this year, so yeah, buckle up ... here we go:
FEEDBACK LOOP: TELL US WHAT YOU THINK!
Burning Man 2013 is in the bag! We want your feedback. Your thoughts, concerns, questions, and reflections will factor into our planning for 2014!
The staff reads every word and your input becomes a part of our annual staff debrief process. We're always open to your feedback, but we'll be closing the Feedback Loop November 1 to head into our meetings, so please act fast. Stand up and be heard! Email feedback (at) burningman (dot) com with your thoughts.
Note: while we do respond to some feedback emails, we aren't able to respond to every message. Subjects generating a lot of public comment (ahem: Ingress and Exodus) will be addressed in the Q&A section of the annual Afterburn Report.
BLACK ROCK CITY CENSUS - PLEASE PARTICIPATE!!
The Black Rock Census you used to fill out on the playa has migrated online and we need you to fill it out again this year. Think of it as a civic duty. We've used data from the Census to show politicians how much money we spend in Nevada, to show community leaders the value of burner-driven civic projects around the country and to demonstrate to the press that we are worldwide and growing.
The Census is anonymous, only takes a few minutes to complete, and because it's digital, we'll have data up for you to see quickly.
Fill it out. It's the right thing to do. Here's the form:
LAW ENFORCEMENT FEEDBACK
Did you have or witness an encounter with law enforcement on the playa? Whether positive or negative, we want to know about it. We use this information to work with law enforcement to improve our relations, improve their interactions with our community and to ensure your constitutional and civil rights are being protected while in Black Rock City. And we can't be successful in that effort if we don't have your stories.
So please, take a moment to download, fill out and mail us a Law Enforcement Feedback Form (PDF), here:
LAWYERS FOR BURNERS
If you got arrested or received a citation on playa, don't feel like you're in it alone. A grassroots volunteer organization called Lawyers For Burners may be able to help you with finding a lawyer or legal advice. Visit their website for more information:
Tip: to contact LFB, fill out their Feedback Form (linked from the left hand column), and they'll be in touch.
LOST AND FOUND
Did you lose something on playa and want it back? Did you find something and want to return it to its rightful owner? Don't despair - hundreds of happy Burner-and-stuff reunions have been achieved post-event, so check here before you call your beloved possession gone for good:
GOT TICKET ISSUES?
If you've got a ticketing issue that needs to be resolved, read our Frequently Asked Questions to figure out how to proceed:
... and if you need to contact us about it, go here:
PLEASE HELP BURNING MAN'S PANELS GET INTO SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST 2014!
When we aren't reuniting people with their stuff, de-mooping the playa or brainstorming new themes, we're often on the road sharing what's unique about Burning Man with festival organizers, civic groups and like-minded people out to make the world a better place.
We've presented at SXSW before and we've submitted three panels for the 2014 event. If you like what you see, we'd appreciate your vote. The deadline is TODAY (Yes, if it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done, we know).
Click here to vote for us:
BURNING BLOGGERS COVER BURNING MAN 2013
The last several years, we've been suuuuper lucky to have the likes of John Curley and Michael Holden in our midst, helping to chronicle the sights, sounds, experiences and (whatever the hell THAT was) of Burning Man for us ... and YOU. These gentlemen sure do make us look good. All of us. Check out their work:
Building Black Rock City posts, by John Curley: http://blog.burningman.com/author/jcurley/
The Art of Burning Man posts, by Michael Holden http://blog.burningman.com/author/mholden/
WE ARE TRULY A GLOBAL VILLAGE
"It doesn’t seem all that long ago when everyone at Burning Man came from California and the only language spoken was English. This year, in a single night, I overheard conversations in Russian, Japanese, Mandarin, Dutch, German, French, Portuguese, Afrikaans, and a half-dozen other tongues I couldn’t ID."
From "A Global Village", by Stuart Mangrum. Read the whole article on the Burning Blog:
A HEAPING HELPING OF BURNING MAN MEDIA COVERAGE
Every year, media coverage of Burning Man increases, and this year was no different. Here's a handy round-up of all the writings (from the sublime to the ridiculous) that have come across our radar so far ... and there will undoubtedly be more to come.
"24 Hours at Burning Man" - Buzzfeed
"The Best of Burning Man" - OC Weekly
"The Worst of Burning Man" - OC Weekly
"Why I Go to Burning Man" - Duc Bieu Pham
"Burning Man 2013 in Pictures" - Mark Morford, SF Gate
"Money Man Feeds Burning Man" - Bloomberg
"Diddy Had a Life-Changing Experience at Burning Man" - Complex Music
BURNING NOIR - AN 8-PIECE BURNING MAN THRILLER
Looking for a good read as you snuggle up next to the fire? Check out"Burning Noir" - A thriller in egiht installments by Caveat Magister, in the Burning Blog:
GET CONNECTED, GET INVOLVED IN BURNING MAN, YEAR ROUND
If you want to keep the playa spirit alive year-round, there are plenty of opportunities for you to do so. Participate! Or consider making a tax-deductible donation to one of Burning Man's spinoff non-profits.
The Regional Network
http://regionals.burningman.com The Burning Man Regional Network is the year-round embodiment of the Burning Man experience, supporting it as a global cultural movement. In cities around the world, the Burning Man Project has established Regional Contacts whose role is to help local Burners connect with each other, while bringing Burning Man principles and culture into their local communities.
The Burning Man Project
http://www.burningmanproject.org The Burning Man Project's mission is to facilitate and extend the culture that has issued from the Burning Man event into a larger world by providing infrastructural tools and frameworks that will allow people to apply the Ten Principles in many communities and spheres of endeavor.
Black Rock Arts Foundation
http://www.blackrockarts.org Our sister non-profit brings the art and spirit of Burning Man into our daily lives through public art, community and civic participation.
Black Rock Solar
http://www.blackrocksolar.org Black Rock Solar builds low- or no-cost solar power in underserved communities, while teaching people how to install renewable energy.
Burners Without Borders
http://www.burnerswithoutborders.org BWB facilitates volunteers interested in manifesting Burning Man principles in the world by gifting their time and talents to help others.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ART IN BLACK ROCK CITY!!
Here's a big thank you to everybody who supported Burning Man projects this year ... whether it was a financial contribution, a donation, or volunteering your time and talents, the fruits of your generosity sure did show on playa! We saw more art projects in Black Rock City than ever before (over 400 installations!), including more fire art than ever (over 100 pieces!), and 550 incredible mutant vehicles.
While it does seem during the thick of the fundraising season that we're getting inundated by requests for support, the end result is that more people have the opportunity to contribute to these projects, making them truly community-generated creations. So thank you!
SAN FRANCISCO DECOMPRESSION - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 13
While it's probably too early to be thinking about post-playa stuff, it's never too early to be thinking about post-playa stuff. Like Decompression, for instance! San Francisco Decom is the grandaddy of them all, and it's coming your way, so saddle up!
Everything you need to know is here:
We'll be presenting a round-up of all the Decompression events that come across our radar as they do, so stay tuned for that.
"SPARK: A BURNING MAN STORY" AVAILABLE ON ITUNES, AMAZON, GOOGLE PLAY AND VOD
The documentary "Spark: A Burning Man Story" is now available on iTunes. http://bit.ly/sparkpictures. It's also available on Amazon, Google Play and a number of video-on-demand platforms.
We've assembled a collection of helpful post-playa tips to help you clean your stuff, your car, yourself, even your brain. We've even got some tips about getting yourself ready for next year. Yep, this is us, loving you.
Also, here's a nice article we came across about how to cope with post-playa depression (which is a very real thing and not uncommon, folks) - maybe it's up your alley: http://bit.ly/OZXvYF
And a pretty funny (because it's true) one, entitled "Do not divorce your parakeet yet":
Finally, one great cure for post-playa blues is to connect with other Burners. Here's how:
The Burning Man Regional Network - connect with Burners in your
Visit our own Lyceum and engage with published authors, bloggers and
thinkers in and around the Burning Man community as they observe and
comment on our culture and like-minded cultures around the world:
The Official Burning Man Facebook Page:
Official Burning Man Twitter Account - All Things Burning Man:
Black Rock City Twitter Account - All Things BRC:
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