In a gift-based economy, how much is enough? How much of what? Exactly.
David “with a small d” Kittay is a professor at Columbia University, teaching “Technology, Religion, Future” and “Interpreting Buddhist Yoga”. He’s also the father of Burning Man’s Social Alchemist, Bear Kittay. Last year he gave a talk at TEDx Black Rock City about How Much?
The discussion is on the subject of a hermeneutic algorithm to determine meaning in our conversations. How much meaning resides in what is said and understood.
Teacher and lecturer in Columbia University’s Religion Department, specializing in Buddhism. Moderated panel at Columbia last year on “Burning Man, Religion, Technology, and the Future,” with Larry Harvey, who attended my seminar on the same subject. Many years experience as trial lawyer, and teach and appear on panels speaking on ethics, law, technology, the future, and religion.
In 2011, BMOrg announced their change to a non-profit on a mission to save the world. Since then, we sure have seen a lot of panel discussions and jetsetting from Larry & Co. I guess what they’re doing must be working, since they claim 160,000 people wanted to go to Burning Man this year. The well-crafted pop culture campaign mixing print media, references in The Simpsons and other mainstream shows, celebrity endorsements from P.Diddy and politicians and Generals, has all combined to make it harder than it’s ever been before for Burners to go to Black Rock City. We’re hearing reports that many camps have been absolutely decimated this year by the Hellish ticket situation, even if they were on the list. And it can only get worse, not better.
Not to worry, we’re told: “just be After-Burners now“. A bit too old, a bit too jaded, don’t really care if you can’t afford a ticket any more, just look back fondly on your time there – and make way for the starry-eyed virgins and cashed-up yuppies to arrive. The borg wants new minds to mold.
Clearly, there’s no need for any more promotion. So, junkets. Panel discussions. Is it promoting regionals? Is it asking for donations?
The mission of The Burning Man Project (from Guidestar):
Burning Man Project provides the infrastructural tools, educational programs, art programs and other frameworks that allow people around the world to apply the 10 principles of Burning Man in many communities and fields of human endeavor.
And, buried within their new web site (to find it I clicked Menu, The Culture, Philosophical Center, About Us – a faster way would be Menu, The Network, About Us):
The mission of the Burning Man organization is to facilitate and extend the culture that has issued from the Burning Man event into the larger world. This culture forms an integrated pattern of values, experience, and behavior: a coherent and widely applicable way of life.
The Burning Man organization will bring experiences to people in grand, awe-inspiring and joyful ways that lift the human spirit, address social problems and inspire a sense of culture, community and personal engagement.
So, is that working? Are We The Burners, through this our community vehicle, bringing experiences to people, and inspiring awe? Are the ambassadors representing us and our values, or speaking for themselves?
See for yourself and please let us know in the comments.
Who gave the best talk? Who best represents Burner values to the world? We report, you decide…
Harley Dubois at The Feast, 2014
Crimson Rose, 2009
Crimson Rose, Panel Discussion, 2014
Will Roger, 2014
Bear Kittay TEDxTokyo (and Robot), 2014
Bear Kittay TEDxBlack Rock City – 2014?
Bear Kittay TEDxOaxacaca, 2013
Bear Kittay TEDxStockholm, 2015
Larry Harvey, TEDxBlack Rock City, 2011
Larry Harvey, Charlie Rose 2014
Larry Harvey, Le Web London 2013
Larry Harvey, John Perry Barlow, Le Web London 2013
Marian Goodell, TEDxBay Area 2014
Marian Goodell, TEDxTokyo, 2014
Chip Conley and Marian Goodell at the Commonwealth Club, 2014:
Larry Harvey, Marian Goodell, Jenn Sander, Kelly Anders in Paris, 2013:
Danger Ranger, San Mateo 2014
Burner Julia Wolfe, age 9
What do you think, Burners? Should we donate so there can be even more promotion of Burning Man, so it gets even harder to get tickets?
Who is representing Burner values to the world the best?