Along with the 2015 Afterburn report, BMOrg released the results of their 2015 Census. I’ve had a chance now to go through this in a bit more detail. Some highlights:
“40% Virgins” is still about right, which is really still about 68.9% newbies, as only 31.1% of Burners had been to Burning Man more than twice prior to 2015 – our previous definition for Veterans. It’s up slightly from 28% the previous year, it is remarkable how these virgin and veteran percentages remain about the same, year after year. Coincidence? Random chance? Or the result of Burner profiles, ticket lotteries, and all the other socially engineered ticketing hoops Burners are forced to jump through?
69.7% of Burners were connected to electricity from generators – not exactly “off grid living”.
Principal investigators and project coordinators: S. Megan Heller (Countess), Dana Lilienthal DeVaul (DV8), Dominic Beaulieu-Prévost (Hunter), and Kateri McRae (Variance)
Data analysis: Dominic Beaulieu-Prévost (Hunter), David Nelson-Gal (Scribble)
Report coordination, graphics, layout & design: Rebecca Mason (B^2), Aaron Shev (Murse), Dana Lilienthal DeVaul (DV8), David Nelson-Gal (Scribble), Jason Lankow, & John Nicholson
The 2015 Census Lab: The project also involved more than 150 volunteers whose contributions were essential in many ways: research collaborators, volunteer coordinators, statisticians, camp builders, gate samplers, keypunchers, census lab hosts, graphic designers, and many more. These contributors will globally be referred to as “the Census Lab”. We would also like to thank the Burning Man organization for the resources that they provided both on playa and off playa and for believing in the project.
I ALWAYS ASSUMED THE SKEWED STATS TOWARD VIRGINS IS DUE TO WHO THE FUCK ELSE STOPS TO FILL OUT OR TALK TO THE CENSUS PEOPLE.
The Census team does a random sample, of more than 1,000 people, halted within the traffic at Gate, and on the Burner Express bus, in the manner the Census team has done for the prior four burns, purposed to correct for whom might answer the Census form queries. The query of number of burns was within the random sample queries. Click on the blue 2015 Census link for information in these regards.
I think they just started doing lane sampling last year
I support near to everything with links to the source, the words in blue. People solely must click on the links.
Kudos to the Census team for their labours for doing an accurate census, and for doing the query of number of prior burns, again, the query was not within the 2014 Census sample count.
The Borg replaced the prior counter culture Burner community, changing Burning Man from a community whom threw the event in a bottoms up crowd sourced manner, to a festival controlled in a most top down manner. In due of there were 67,564 paid participants, and near to 7,500 volunteers, the Census numbers are of
Prior burns (number of people)
0 35.8% (27,000)
1 20.9% (16,000)
2 12.2% (9,000)
3-4 11.1% (8,000)
5-7 10.7% (8,000)
8-10 4.7% (3,500)
11+ 4.6% (3,500)
The Borg is curious of the rationale of why we are most pissed in these regards. At the least, 25,000 tickets are within the directed sale of 2016, might the Borg have placed 25,000 tickets within the directed sale beginning within 2012, in the place of radical inclusion of numerous spectators attending an awesome festival, and the Borg taking many millions of dollars of cash towards their pockets in the place of paying the costs of others whom threw the event, it might be much different. In the manner Larry Harvey stated on the Charlie Rose show within 2014 ‘We never said we were not capitalists.’
I clicked on the link regarding the Borg taking millions, and when I clicked on 2010 it went to non-functional webpage. I tried to find the financial charts off the BM website for 2010 and found this, http://burningman.org/culture/history/brc-history/afterburn/2010-2/financial-chart/……that the report is not yet finished
so sketch! Is there a way to still access those numbers?
Much obliged for you clicking the links. The Internet Archives, termed the Wayback Machine, saves numerous Internet pages. The prior BMOrg afterburn reports are saved here. The 2010 financial expenses chart is saved here.
This is the link to the SF Public Press article, of 28 January 2011, stating Burning Man had solely 30 employees to move into their Market Street headquarters, while paying salaries of $7,283,000 for 2010, which is of the meaning of the six BRC LLC owners gained $4,000,000 of salaries. The numbers are most similar for 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, prior of their donation of the BRC LLC to the Burning Man Project, leaving solely $3,158,937 of net assets upon their ledger, in due of the donation price of $7,390,000, minus the intangible asset of goodwill of $4,231,063. The big query, at present, is in regards of what is to occur with the Burning Man(tm) trademarks within 2018, and how much cash is to be paid towards the pockets of the six of them, in due of the trademarks and IP, of which, they refuse to answer, in despite of it is a massive conflict of interests.
How dare you question details the Borg in its infinite wisdom has decided to remove from public view. Does not seem you appreciate all they do for you. They have no responsibility to you. Let’s get something straight: the only responsibility here is on your part to join the throngs begging for tickets …and if you are lucky enough, to pay your money to entertain their wealthy friends. )$(
I love filling out the census every year. I list one of the 47 different genders as determined by Facebook. The BMorg is so concerned with participants sexuality that I’m convinced they masturbate while reading the submissions. So I always give them something to fantasize about.
Does anyone actually complete the census with truthful answers?
“masturbate while reading the submissions” I think that makes 48.
Interesting stats, thanks for the post. Wondering if Disney collects similar numbers? If I don’t forget (half-heimers), I’ll ask next month. Taking the family there for week – no RV, staying at one of the many hotels although the RV camping areas is very nice. Curious if the demographics are similar for race and religion, pretty sure Disney would not quiry sexual preferences, and there is a “private” club there for the .1%-ers, so the income requirements and costs are now comparable. Both trademarked brands with slick R-rated videos 😉 but BM still has a long way to go on revenues streams… just say’n.
(c) 1973, Walt Disney Productions
Woah, thought you wrote #show you rears. Disappointing 😉 Thanks for the classics Nomad, 1973 was a great year, not as awesome as 1969, but that’s apples to oranges.
If it were not for 1973, there would be nothing to inspire Larry to show his ears.