2020. What universe of possibilities have been opened up for us? Evan and Stever are back to discuss the last several months, including and leading up to the Virtual Burn this year! Happening now! We go through our emotions and new perspectives the COVID-lockdown-Burning-Man-canceled world provided for us. We reflect on the renewed civil rights movement for Black lives and against police brutality, and discuss how calls to defund the police, re-invest in various community services, and abolish prisons…is…possible. It happens in a city of 70,000 people: there are no jails in Black Rock City, and there are several harm-reduction stewards (Zendo Project) and public safety mediators (Black Rock Rangers) that act as first responders to various situations that happen in the city. We then discuss how the Principles might work in an online world and how you can join us in one of the many Universes of the Multiverse with just a web browser and an internet connection…perhaps the most accessible Burn ever? Let us know your thoughts!
Recorded: 29 Aug 2020
References & Resources:
- BuyNothingProject.org – local gift & gratitude communities. Find or start one near you to embody the Gifting principle!
- Mutual Aid Networks as defined by Idealist.org – locally-organized support systems. Find or start one near you to embody the Participation and Civic Responsibility principles!
- Team Human project by Douglas Rushkoff (and quick 12 min TED Talk by him) – on how to retain humanity and human qualities in a digital tech flooded world.
- MAPS Zendo Project – a harm-reduction volunteer community service on Playa (and the default world) that helps address community issues without involving police.
- Law Enforcement at Black Rock City
- Burning Man Rangers – the closest to a “civil servant” or “peace officer” that BM has. A completely volunteer unit of “mediators of public safety and providers of information” which helps address community issues without involving police.
- Kindling / MultiVerse – Join Kindling and then see all the MultiVerses available for you to join this year! There’s something for everyone! (And since we’re posting this halfway through the Burn – our current favorite is “Build-a-Burn” – free, easy, simple, and fun 🙂
Comments? Ideas? Connections? Get in touch!
It’s just according to us disclaimer: We are not a part of the official Burning Man Project 501(c)3 nor Burning Man Organization and so we don’t represent this larger legal structure and institution. The opinions are solely our own as merely two individual participants among a city of 70,000+ and a community of way, way more. You know…it’s just according to us…