The “Ethereal Empyrean Experience“ — credit: Sylvia Lisse

The Oral History of the Ethereal Empyrean Experience, Burning Man’s First VR Temple

Center Camp, 2019 (Photo in graphic by Kate Beale)

What would it look like for Black Rock City and all of our global communities to be more radically inclusive and diverse? How can this help change society? Burning Man Project is on a journey to build a more educated and aware organizational culture, to create a framework for community engagement around this work, and to normalize a culture of an ever more inclusive and welcoming Black Rock City. To get involved and stay informed, learn about our Radical Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (R.I.D.E) work and head to our R.I.D.E. page.

At our collective best, Burning Man is a multicultural…

by Simeone Scaramozzino

This year, Burning Man’s magic did not vibrate on a physical playa. While you can cancel an event, you can’t cancel a culture… We had to pivot …and eventually decided to reflourish from our hearts, digitally.

Walking the Labyrinth at Fly Ranch, 2021 (Photo by Will Roger)


  1. Introduction
  2. The Three Goals
  3. How’s It Going?
  4. Pathways to the Goals
  5. A Future Vision
  6. Conclusion

For those who prefer audio/visual media, you can also watch our year-two report, which was recorded live on July 16, 2021. By clicking through to the video description you can find timecode links to each section:

1) Introduction

Two years ago this week, Burning Man Project shared a 10-year Environmental Sustainability Roadmap collaboratively written by 55 people. Our goals are to sustainably manage waste, be ecologically regenerative, and be carbon negative by 2030. Our goals are ambitious. Yet the changes we aim to…

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.

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…

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…

Burning Man Principles applied to our current shared state

Original post by UrsaLee | July 24, 2020

What does it mean to surrender to the storyline and participate without knowing where it will end?

How does saying yes to a 4 AM dance party sound, or giving a friendly stranger some extra food you have without any expectations or hopes of what it might bring? Does it mean that you help organize a food drive for your Mutual Aid Group or make masks for the protesters in your city? …

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

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…

Year 1 Progress on 2030 Sustainability Goals

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…

“Build Week” starts now.

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. …

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