DOUBLE HEADER! We’re releasing Episodes 12 and 13 back-to-back since…well…it’s been a while! Feel free to binge both, or ignore both, or pace it out…uh…one by one. This episode should give a feel for what 2021 could do for the Burning Man Community should Black Rock City get canceled again this year, or what it might look like while accounting for vaccines and COVID.
Just over 6 months after our Debrief, and just under 6 (ok, technically 5 — see the Countdown) months until…the Man burns?! Or will it?! Join us as we discuss the question on everyone’s mind: What will become of Burning Man and Black Rock City in 2021? Stever talks about how his regional Burn — Firefly — has been canceled already, but that event usually happens July 4th weekend. Will the Burning Man Organization, the not-for-profit that provides the legal, coordinating, and fiscal infrastructure for Black Rock City follow suit? Can we trust BMOrg to make a safe, reasoned decision? How do the principles of Radical Self-Reliance and Civic Responsibility play out in this case, just as we’ve seen nations and other governing bodies wrestle with similar tensions? We take a small left turn to discuss the economy and its financial system and how that’s intertwined with the pandemic and Burning Man considerations — especially the ticketing system. Evan shares his strong opinions on if the decision should be yay or nayt-this-year and what other activities could be done. Whatever unfolds this year for Burning Man…it will be Terra Incognita: Unknown Land (the 2021 theme for the Burn).
Recorded: 13 Mar 2021
References & Resources:
- Stever’s Regional Burn: Firefly
- Google Fyre Festival for an example of Festival Fail
- “Black Lives Matter x Black Rock City” – The Intersection Podcast by KALW
- Que Viva Camp working to make Radical Inclusion mean Racial Inclusion
- “Burning Man’s complicated relationship with the Black community” by Chinwe Oniah in SFGATE
- The 2021 Theme: “Terra Incognita” = Unknown Land
- The Official Countdown to when the Man will burn this year (on playa or virtually or otherwise)
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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…