It's up to us to fix this, and thanks to baby Jesus, we can fix anything.
First, in comment to prior posts, my personal preference is no money on the playa, and therefore no kiosk. I can envision Monday and Tuesday becoming "Happy TICKETS AAAAAHHHGGG!!! Day" and I don't want Monday's priority activity to be anything similar to waiting in line for Starbucks at the mall on the Black Friday. I know I'm being extreme in my criticism but I do, sincerely, fear that universe.
Rather, I think we can use ticket scarcity to strengthen the community
and I'm posting this as a possible means of doing that. It's just a start.
First, I considered Lewis Hyde's advice in The Gift: "when gifts circulate within a group, their commerce leaves a series of interconnected relationships in its wake, and a kind of decentralized cohesiveness emerges."
... then added some concept of people meeting new people.
So what about this, as a start... (again, I'm soliciting constructive input)
I have heard of something done, and because of the individual vibe of each day, I would suggest we do this on Thursday, between sun up and sun down.
That something is that, once in a while, someone will close their eyes and take off from the Esplanade and walk out into the playa, hands up (kinda like a blind zombie!)
Thursday! Zombie day!
Anyway, someone stops them. They talk. They discuss what they are doing in the world, where the good parties are, what they're doing for their art car, stuff like that, whatever people talk about, and they exchange email addresses. Then both embark on their separate ways, mutual contact info in hand.
Well, there's network-building in these actions. Stopping a person because they look interesting and talking about whatever the two of you have in common. Maybe some idea takes off because of the meeting, maybe you tell them about some cool camp, maybe invite them for dinner, marry them... Etc., etc... whatever happens, these types of encounters tend to build http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_capital
Anyway, here's what we do with the email addresses. So each person zombie's off into deep playa three times, gets stopped (hopefully!) three times, and so each person leaves the burn with (at least) three other person's email addresses (three people that stopped you plus those of the people you stopped).
And now it's but a cross-referencing issue for attendee selection the following year (sorry, but selection is happening; might as well name it). I have three email addresses from the three people that stopped me, and they have mine. Match those up; they enter my email address, I enter theirs. Those who can show they did the zombie thing comes back.
Does this make any sense? It's a 3-step process for bonding with fellow zombies: zombie, talk, remind each other to register email address. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
I'm trying to think whether it's possible to rig this system. For example, for my campmates and I just to use each other's email addresses. Network analysis software would show the interconnectedness of that group and void those applications, but I'm not sure. (We could even consider using Facebook friendship associations to root out non-zombies). Anyway, we'll have to think of these things too.
Comments? Improvements? Substitutions? What do you think, baby Jesus?