Gino Borges’ path led him from a California dairy farm to earning a Ph.D. in Communications from Purdue University, from Nevada desert quests to family ranch stewardship. And now from conventional real estate investing to impact investing.

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Gino is a Partner at OpenPath Investments, transforming ordinary apartment complexes into thriving communities via their Urban Village program. Additionally, Gino invests in impact-driven companies, with an emphasis on social and ecological resilience, such as FullCycle, Blokable, and Aspiration.

Gino is dedicated to unveiling a different story of impact — the poetry of impact. He has dedicated his work towards creating a space for all to uncover the emotional, mental, and spiritual successes and challenges along the path of impact, revealing the deeply human side of impact in all aspects of life.


In October of 2019, author Yodassa Williams hosted a four-day writing retreat for BIPOC women and non-binary writers at Fly Ranch (click here to view her Afro-Feminist novel and storytelling background). Over the course of four days, 34 writers gathered to connect with the land and participate in creative workshops. Yodassa is also a judge for the upcoming Fly Ranch sustainability design challenge. Below find an interview between her and Fly Ranch Director Matt Sundquist.

Table of Contents

  1. How the Vision Formed
  2. Retreat Overview
  3. Most Challenging/Rewarding Moment
  4. Visiting Pyramid Lake
  5. Lessons Learned for Future Events
  6. Considering Cultural Challenges
  7. Event…


Burner Kamal X offers a personal tour of his powerful photography.

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Self-portrait. All photos by Kamal X

Kamal X is an Oakland-based photographer who’s been to Black Rock City twice. Recently, he hit the streets in the Bay Area to document the Black Lives Matter protests and the fight against institutionalized racism and police brutality. “I felt it necessary to document what’s been going on through my lens as a Black man,” he said. “I want to make sure all narratives are given a fair shot at being displayed during this moment in history. He walked us through 10 of his favorite shots and told us the story of each.

“This one was a couple of days after the [George Floyd] protests first started, so there was more of a rawness to the protest and more of anxiety in the air because COVID’s going on at the same time. People were going out there and saying, ‘OK, we’re going to be out together and do this. Even in spite of the COVID fears because we know we have to fight for what’s right.’ …


Year 1 Progress on 2030 Sustainability Goals

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Table of Contents:

  1. Summary
  2. What we said we’d do
  3. What we’ve done
  4. What we’re planning
  5. Conclusion

For those who prefer audio/visual media, you can also watch our year-one report, which was recorded live on July, 17th 2020. By clicking through to the video description you can find timecode links to each section:

1) Summary

One year ago today, Burning Man Project shared a 10-year Environmental Sustainability Roadmap. We outlined three goals we aim to achieve by 2030:

  1. No Matter Out of Place. Handle waste ecologically.
  2. Be Regenerative. Create net positive ecological and environmental impact.
  3. Be Carbon Negative. Remove more carbon from the environment than we put into it. …


“Build Week” starts now.

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Art is “Tell Me Yours, I’ll Tell You Mine” (2018) by Emma Shield. Photo by @espressobuzz.

Welcome to this week’s roundup of stories and fun stuff from the Burnerverse and beyond.

Burning Man in the World

The “BUILD: A Season of Radical Community” initiative kicks off three months of participatory events and community activation. If you’re not already working on something that creates a better world, start now!

We continue to be in listening mode as we seek out stories from people of color about their experiences in Black Rock City and within our culture. This piece is from Tatiana Smith, a writer, product designer, full spectrum doula and activist living in Jersey City, NJ. …


Putting yurts to work during COVID-19

Natalie Spilger thought 2020 was going to be a “coasting year.” Her yurts were transforming what temporary shelter could be: they were spacious, comfortable, and took design and quality more seriously than a yurt really had a right to. She had a solid customer base among Burners and was planning just to take special orders — like, say, “a nook fit for a queen.”

You know the rest of the story. COVID-19 hits, Black Rock City gets canceled, and the future no longer looks so clear.

Still processing what this might mean for her business, Natalie came upon an article in her local newspaper about healthcare workers needing places to stay separate from their families. That’s it! …


The solstice edition.

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Kate Raudenbush’s “Passage Home” (2018). Photo by George Post

Please enjoy this week’s roundup of articles, videos, podcasts, and other gems from the Burnerverse and beyond.

Burning Man in the World

Summer solstice has special meaning around these parts, not least because it’s Burning Man’s birthday. To celebrate and honor our late founder Larry Harvey, there’s a plethora of activities planned for this weekend, including the global online premiere of “Larry: A Burning Man Story” by Profiles in Dust.

To commemorate the man we knew, loved, and miss every single day, here is a 1994 interview with Larry, uncovered on an inactive Burning Man archive on Zpub.

Rob Smith, a filmmaker from New York, wrote this profound (and funny) letter to the Burning Man community about race and racism on playa.


The nonprofit behind the Bay Lights gives a piece of San Francisco art a bright new life on a milestone birthday.

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Courtesy Illuminate.org

The Pink Triangle, once a symbol of one of the darkest chapters in human history, has been a beloved beacon for gay pride and inclusion for the last 25 years. However, in San Francisco, where a giant pink-canvas version of the triangle by Patrick Carney takes its perch on Twin Peaks for Pride festivities every year, social distancing restrictions have made it impossible to construct the public art installation for its milestone birthday.

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Courtesy of Illuminate

Bummer, right? Yes, except the folks at Illuminate — the nonprofit behind the Bay Lights and other amazing, light-filled wonders — are in the midst of a heroic effort to Illuminate the Pink Triangle, making it more vibrant than ever. …


All power to all people edition.

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“All Power to All People” by Hank Willis Thomas. Photo by Leori Gill

A roundup of articles, videos and podcasts of note from the Burnerverse and beyond.

Burning Man in the World

“When we say Radical Inclusion, it’s not enough to simply think about what we mean, but we also need to be honest if the impact matches the intent.” DC Regional Contact JR “Nexus” Russ explores what resiliency and inclusion could and should look like.

Black Burner Project’s Erin Douglas writes an open letter to the White Burning Man community. (She also interviewed artist Hank Willis Thomas, whose “All Power to All People” is this post’s header image, this week.)

This week’s edition of the Jackrabbit Speaks newsletter was a special bunny, dedicated exclusively to Racial Justice, Radical Inclusion, and Civic Responsibility. (If you’re not already signed up for the JRS, you can do that right here.)


Radical Inclusion = Racial Inclusion

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Photo by Susan C Becker

It’s been a somber week of listening, reflecting, and learning. We recognize we have a lot of work to do as an organization, and as a society, and we’re here for it. Here is this week’s roundup of articles, videos and podcasts of note right now.

Burning Man in the World

Our statement on racial justice.

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We’re in a moment that demands pushing forward in the face of injustice. What role do we want Burning Man to play? It’ll be awhile before we gather again. Burners, let’s be part of this conversation. Our own Dominique Dodley on why Black Lives Matter.

Burners in Austin joined the front lines of volunteers tending to protesters injured by rubber bullets and beanbag rounds.

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The nonprofit Burning Man Project facilitates and extends a global cultural movement united in the pursuit of a more creative and connected world.

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