The Hundred Year Burn

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The Hundred Year Burn

Postby Elderberry » Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:41 pm

"Burning Man is like one of those birthday candles you can’t blow out,” observed Burning Man’s primary founder and Chief Philosophical Officer. Indeed, Burning Man has thrived in the face of Burners and skeptics alike declaring it dead after each of its first 25 years. Too big, too fashionable, too many rich people, too hard to get in: each year the rationale changes, and Burning Man continues to thrive.

Half of the secret is simplicity. Consider the Man. Before anything exists on the playa, Burning Man begins with a single stake pounded into the ground marking the spot where the Man will stand. This is the axis mundi of Burning Man, the point on which everything converges, from the radiating streets to the final ritual of the burn. The stake itself is the object of a spontaneous ritual: as it is placed each year, each crew-member gives the stake a few hammer-blows to drive it in.

The other half of Burning Man’s secret is transformation. “Just when you are done with one existential challenge, then you encounter another.” For example, in recent years, forty percent of Burning Man’s population are newcomers. “I am pretty comfortable with that – it is new energy that keeps things very much alive,” observed Harvey.

Burning Man is now setting on a course to thrive for another 75 years. Its Ten Principles are the compass and the newly established Philosophical Center is the think tank and “collective memory and conscience” helping guide Burning Man on this 100-year journey. Harvey observed that, “Corporations have a remarkably short life-span, while cities have a remarkably long life-span – drop an atom bomb on it and it comes right back. We will find our way. It always looks dubious when we set out because we are setting out in the dark. But your faith always guides you.” Our advice: mark your calendar for the last Monday of August 02090 and sign up early; the tickets are certain to sell out fast.

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Re: The Hundred Year Burn

Postby Simon of the Playa » Fri Oct 31, 2014 1:25 pm

FUCK YER HUNDRED YEAR PLAN
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Re: The Hundred Year Burn

Postby Lonesomebri » Fri Oct 31, 2014 7:46 pm

Hotels on every edge, trash cans on every corner, a set list published a year in advance in Festivals R Us, the theme a paid ad from the highest bidder, and a bunch of babbling talking heads going on about radical bs and 100 year dreams and whatever cut-throat hippie business men like to delude themselves with. At least the funnel for official Bmorg propaganda is getting stream-lined here, thanks


Jeeezus, whoever wrote, or buys into, or reposted this drivel-
Burning Man is now setting on a course to thrive for another 75 years. Its Ten Principles are the compass and the newly established Philosophical Center is the think tank and “collective memory and conscience” helping guide Burning Man on this 100-year journey.
I wanna see in the goddamned Dome, two of us can walk in... The comment sections here, on the BM blog, etc are the collective memory and conscience, not a bunch of white clad pompous business men kidding themselves and the rubes to be Gandhi.

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Re: The Hundred Year Burn

Postby A-RockLeFrench » Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:32 pm

Lonesomebri wrote:Hotels on every edge, trash cans on every corner, a set list published a year in advance in Festivals R Us, the theme a paid ad from the highest bidder, and a bunch of babbling talking heads going on about radical bs and 100 year dreams and whatever cut-throat hippie business men like to delude themselves with. At least the funnel for official Bmorg propaganda is getting stream-lined here, thanks


Jeeezus, whoever wrote, or buys into, or reposted this drivel-
Burning Man is now setting on a course to thrive for another 75 years. Its Ten Principles are the compass and the newly established Philosophical Center is the think tank and “collective memory and conscience” helping guide Burning Man on this 100-year journey.
I wanna see in the goddamned Dome, two of us can walk in... The comment sections here, on the BM blog, etc are the collective memory and conscience, not a bunch of white clad pompous business men kidding themselves and the rubes to be Gandhi.



Ditto.



That compass is either broken, or a fake.

And they forgot the other other half: The people who bring the damn party.

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Re: The Hundred Year Burn

Postby Aurelia » Sat Nov 01, 2014 1:48 am

Whaatever !

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Re: The Hundred Year Burn

Postby some seeing eye » Sat Nov 01, 2014 10:12 am

The Long Now Foundation, you can do your research on them. It's clear that BM wants to become them in its upper level socioeconomic networks. Which is the reason for the nonprofit. People can just kick you a mil here or a mil there for the special experience. Hey, think big, the two to three thousand year plan. The church of BM.
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Re: The Hundred Year Burn

Postby Simon of the Playa » Sat Nov 01, 2014 10:20 am

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Re: The Hundred Year Burn

Postby lucky420 » Sat Nov 01, 2014 10:35 am

A-RockLeFrench wrote:
Lonesomebri wrote:Hotels on every edge, trash cans on every corner, a set list published a year in advance in Festivals R Us, the theme a paid ad from the highest bidder, and a bunch of babbling talking heads going on about radical bs and 100 year dreams and whatever cut-throat hippie business men like to delude themselves with. At least the funnel for official Bmorg propaganda is getting stream-lined here, thanks


Jeeezus, whoever wrote, or buys into, or reposted this drivel-
Burning Man is now setting on a course to thrive for another 75 years. Its Ten Principles are the compass and the newly established Philosophical Center is the think tank and “collective memory and conscience” helping guide Burning Man on this 100-year journey.
I wanna see in the goddamned Dome, two of us can walk in... The comment sections here, on the BM blog, etc are the collective memory and conscience, not a bunch of white clad pompous business men kidding themselves and the rubes to be Gandhi.



Ditto.



That compass is either broken, or a fake.

And they forgot the other other half: The people who bring the damn party.


Ditto your ditto
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Re: The Hundred Year Burn

Postby Elorrum » Sat Nov 01, 2014 10:41 am

Other half? Isn't it the other 98%?
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Re: The Hundred Year Burn

Postby Aurelia » Sun Nov 02, 2014 12:06 pm

my math skills are changing dimension

but OMG if you are there than I am in that %

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Re: The Hundred Year Burn

Postby Lonesomebri » Sun Nov 02, 2014 12:43 pm

I'm figuring the 100 year plan is to make BRC so elitist and high priced to attend, but with bigger art and entertainment acts, sort of like Indian Casinos vs. Vegas, while franchising out licensed regional burns, and using these to prime the pump for filling vital services in BRC, while the high-flyers can come in and do nothing, but enjoy. The main Burn will continue as sort of a circus for rich people, with low income tickets going to clowns. Pricing, food and choosing activities will resemble going on a cruise. Structured pricing, etc. The Regionals can slowly be transformed also, after all, who owns them?, into something like Sandals Resorts, with Black Rock being the Mecca of Sandals. All radically inclusive services provided and advertised to the elite who want to be cool and hip. It's a business model from here on out.

The good thing about this for the For-Profit apologist here on eplaya and elsewhere is that they are always saying, "we need more information", "once everything is known...", "we will see how this plays out and then I will admit if I was wrong..." Ha, the 100 year plan just gave 'em all a century to studder about how this is an experiment in selling out the Burn for all the right reasons, just sit back, shut up, and see how it plays.....for 100 years.
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Re: The Hundred Year Burn

Postby mdmf007 » Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:18 am

Evolution is inevitable - in 15 years i have seen massive changes in the feel, art, music, vibe and the people that come. Is that a bad thing?
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Re: The Hundred Year Burn

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:34 am

"Be.Here.100 Years From Now"





well so much for immediacy.
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Re: The Hundred Year Burn

Postby Elderberry » Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:36 am

Roberto Dobbisano wrote:"Be.Here.100 Years From Now"





well so much for immediacy.

Hahahaha. Good one. :lol: :coffee:
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Re: The Hundred Year Burn

Postby Simon of the Playa » Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:40 am

i thought so too...
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Re: The Hundred Year Burn

Postby H.G.Crosby » Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:21 am

"Harvey spoke about the festival's global ambitions. Burning Man is guided by what initiates call the Ten Principles: Radical Inclusion, Gifting, Decommodification, Radical Self-Reliance, Radical Self-Expression, Communal Effort, Civic Responsibility, Leaving No Trace, Participation, and Immediacy. These ideas, Harvey suggested, might one day form the basis of a new world order: Burners have helped revitalize downtown Las Vegas and met with members of the Australian government. "We're planning for a hundred years," Harvey told the crowd. "If we can govern the way we want, then what we've all experienced"—at Burning Man—"will become a very common experience." He concluded that "when the world comes to a crisis—and we know it's coming"—that's when the Burner knowledge will come in handy.
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Re: The Hundred Year Burn

Postby Bodmin » Mon Nov 03, 2014 1:19 pm

Elderberry wrote:"Its Ten Principles are the compass and the newly established Philosophical Center is the think tank and “collective memory and conscience” helping guide Burning Man on this 100-year journey.


Sounds a lot like "Intelligent Design"


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