How They Messed Up Burning Man (An Article for non-Burners)

Posted by: Myk Likhov

Most people who follow Myk Likes have heard of Burning Man. And many of you are familiar enough that you recognize that I have borrowed some of my philosophy from the annual event. I happen to think that Burning Man is a experience brings out the best in anyone and will offer life lessons like nothing else.

If you haven’t been following the latest with Burning Man this year, there’s a lot to talk about.

The short version is that last year, for the first time in 25 years, Burning Man sold out of tickets. All of a sudden market forces (supply in this case) took effect (signaling a massive change in dynamics for everyone involved). Everyone wondered how that would affect the ticket sales process. Well, we found out last month. The organization put together a ticket lottery, which didn’t turn out so well. By some accounts 75% of the existing community did not win tickets. Huge problem. Besides being pissed, who’s going to build the place, if all the builders can’t get in? The whole situation calls into question the future of the event.

If you’ve got a few minutes, hear it from the mouth of this die hard Burner:


(BTW, if you want to see what a 20 time burner looks like, look no further. It’s fascinating just to watch this guy talk because he’s really adopted the Burner ethos in every aspect of his persona.)

For another well-articulated perspective check out this article written by a clever PR gal and Burner that describes the situation.

We’ll see how this all goes down, but it’s definitely fascinating to watch.

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This entry was posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 at 10:00 am and is filed under What I read today.