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    • Jelena Woehr

      Better late than never! (Which always makes me think of the punch line to the world's worst shaggy dog story.)

  • barbara77

    Hallelujah ! Can we send Congress ? Would I, an Old Lady, survive ?

    • cnewvine


      You might be surprised by the age range, everything from infants and toddlers up to senior citizens. It's not just a young person's party scene, and as a middle-aged lady who did it for the first time last year, it's totally doable. It takes preparation and a willingness to be flexible and occasionally uncomfortable, but it's worth it.


  • John Wynn

    Marian, thanks for sharing this inspiring message.When you provide an opportunity for creative minds to thrive and collaborate in a shared creation...great things will happen. The Youth Education Spaceship project sounds awesome...I hope you keep us posted as it unfolds.

  • Darryl Moody

    "Those principles—Radical Inclusion, Gifting, Decommodification, Radical Self-Reliance, Radical Self-Expression, Communal Effort, Civic Responsibility, Participation, Immediacy, and Leaving No Trace." What a minute - I think these topics where covered in a Margaret Mead lecture I attended at the University of Illinois in Chicago in 1971 concerning tribal behavior. As an artist in the long study I live by a certain mantra similar to the potential outcome of these 10 commandments.

  • saltydog

    Sad thing.. Burning Man would disappear if it weren't for drugs...

    • reese.forbes

      ridiculous - this my 3rd year and have never taken one drug - just my normal average consumption of alcohol, which would be less than the national consumption level.

  • Carrie Jordan

    Thank you for sharing. This article was so inspiring! I love the Ten Principles idea.

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    burners are some of the most generous, kind hearted people I've had the pleasure to call my friends. They are giving, innovative and always ready to lend a helping hand. In NYC, a group of Burners got together and I participated with them in a Carnival in the Far Rockaways shortly after Superstorm Sandy. They then created this Carnival several more Saturdays to give the families something fun to take their minds off the devastation. They also pitched in and helped rebuild. thank you for honoring a truly Wonderful group of people! Here's to Burner Culture permeating All Culture! HUG!

  • shanti

    This is awesome! I love how it explains more than just the "party" that so many think Burning Man is. It has been life changing for me....and I think for many of my friends...

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I think if anything Burning Man is a place to celebrate and decompress. It's not necessarily a place to reinvent society, but rather connect with cultural creatives and artists, and perhaps take those connections to the outside world- as you said, maybe working with underserved kids or Katrina victims. I personally don't find the mindset to my liking bec of the drug culture. However, when I was there, I did notice the creativity and appreciated being in the environment.

    • Adele Peters

      I've never been drawn to attend Burning Man, but do see how it can teach a lot about reinventing society, since it's a place where a temporary society is built from scratch, and where people wildly experiment with rules of how society can operate. People can push civic innovation in ways they never could at home, and then bring that back to share in regular life. I've seen how the experience has shaped the thinking of people I know who've been deeply involved in planning the event, and how it's made a difference for them afterward.