What Are YOU Gonna Do About It?

‘Tis the fallow season of the Burning year, and the Burner world goes2014-11-15_Decompression_0372_©photo-company.nl into a bit of hibernation.

Or does it?
The nonprofit Burning Man Project is hard at work spreading Burning Man culture around the world, keeping the fires alive, and sharing the transformational power of this experience with more people in more places, year-round.

And YOU can be a part of it. Get involved! Find your local Regional Group, tap in, and get something going! Or, if you want to fly solo (sure, why not?) tap into your own playa experience, and share it with the folks around you. 2015 is off and running, so why not take the opportunity to affect some change in your corner of the Burnerverse?

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6 Things The World Could Learn From Burning Man

Most people think that Burning Man is a bunch of naked hippies doing drugs in the desert … and they’re right. But Burning Man is also much more. It’s become a giant social experiment. It has launched movements, shaped global organizations, and brought creativity to a whole new level to those who are brave enough to face the heat and face themselves in the infamous dust.

Here are a few things I took away from my virgin Burning Man experience and am implementing into my life. I think it would be fascinating to see what happens if the rest of the world took a lesson or two from Black Rock City.

1. Be radically generous.

Think about the last time you gave someone a gift just for the sake of doing it. How much joy did it bring you? It feels great to be generous. Burning Man is set up on a gifting economy, not a barter system, contrary to popular belief. If people give more than they take, then the whole thing works out beautifully.

Admittedly this will only work if people are implementing another important Burning Man principle: Radical Self Sufficiency. Imagine a society in which everyone was not only self sufficient, but also enjoyed gifting for the joy it would bring both parties. It sounds insane to most business-trained people, who’ve been taught that success means earning more than you are spend. But who made that rule? Who decided that earning piles of money is the most important thing we can do?

The founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergei Brin, are Burners. They’re responsible for Black Rock City showing up on Google maps. Google, while they do indeed earn piles of money, have also open-sourced more information than any other organization. I was lucky enough to have a meeting with Chade-Meng Tan, the 107th employee of Google and creator of their Meditation training program the week after my first Burn. As he was giving me a tour of the campus, I saw a giant shark fin in a courtyard. I asked him about it and he said that two Google employees brought it back from Burning Man and promptly mounted in the main courtyard. (Just for fun.)

2. Watch the sunset or sunrise.

If you’re feeling depressed, chances are you haven’t seen the sunrise lately. Everyday, twice a day, nature puts on this spectacular performance. Most of us are too buried in our phones or too busy earning piles of money that we don’t take a moment to pay attention. Nature pays attention to those who are awake. The more we celebrate her, the more she takes care of us.

When you congregate 68,000 people in a dried up lakebed with no cell service or wireless, you can rest assured that sunrise and sunset become highly celebrated performances. Every evening at 7:40pm, thousands of people climbed on top of their RV’s to watch as the giant golden orb dropped behind the mountains. When the last sliver of light is eclipsed by the landscape the playa is filled with cheering, whistles and bullhorns seeming to say: Thank you Surya for another amazing gift of a day. See you tomorrow.

There is a saying at Burning Man, “The Playa Provides,” meaning that almost as soon as you can conceive of a desire, it’s there in front of you. Many people ask why manifestation occurs at such a fast pace there and I think the reciprocal exchange between humans and the sun has a lot to do with it.

3. Have more fun with your wardrobe. (Enjoy some radical self-expression.)

We have a limited number of days left on this planet. We might as well look good as we are hurtling towards death. Don’t worry about season/ fashion/fitting in. Wear what makes you happy. Let your outfit be a version of your radical generosity. Give the gift of you to all who have the good fortune of entering your event horizon.

4. Leave it better than you found it. (Leave no trace.)

The only way Burning Man gets invited back to Nevada each year is because of one of the most important principles, Leave No Trace. The goal is for no one to know that Burning Man even happened. Imagine a giant party lasting seven days with tons of people doing things beyond your wildest imagination. Then imagine the kind of mess you’d expect to clean up. That is not the case with this group of people. People are trained in the 10 guiding principals of Burning Man before they come, upon arrival and to some extent by their fellow Burners leading by example. Everything you bring in with you, you take out. That includes, ash, water, trash, and food. Nothing stays in the desert. You’re responsible for your own trash, so you make less of it. People are much more conscientious of waste when they have to ride in an RV with it for 12 hrs. Water gets evaporated, cans get recycled, food gets composted and wood burned.

I went to a football game one week after Burning Man and was appalled at how sloppy, lazy, and dirty everyone was when there was a “system” for removing trash. People couldn’t be bothered to take their trash a few feet to the trash can, instead they just left it in the stands or thrown on the side of the street. (And people say hippies are dirty!) Next time you go to a movie theatre or sports stadium, do everyone a solid and pick up your trash.

5. If you want to do it, do it now.

Everything is temporary. If you get an inspiration, take action. Have a desire? That’s nature using you as a vessel for creativity. Take action, now. This is highlighted at Burning Man because much of the art burns a few days after everyone arrives. The week climaxes with the burn of the giant man. If you don’t make time to experience some of the art, it will never happen again.

Michelangelo’s best sculpture was said to have been made out of a piece of ice. It was temporary, fleeting, designed to be enjoyed in the moment. Theater is the same; live music, sex, children, and puppies. All of the things that bring us the most joy are made even sweeter by the fact that we know it will not be there forever. They must be savored now. At Burning Man, you cannot get someone’s number to txt them tomorrow to delay the interaction. You either interact now or the meeting is likely gone forever.

6. Turn off your fu*#!ng phone!

Just do it. For an hour, a day, whatever you think you’re brave enough to handle. You’ll feel like a meth addict reaching for your pipe for a while, but push through. Be stronger than your electronic addiction. Instead of connecting on a social network try connecting with your actual human network.

This is why we are here on this planet: to connect, to teach, to learn. The one became two for the joy of becoming one again. Turn off your phone and enjoy connecting to the people/ world/ wonder happening around you RIGHT NOW.

See you on the Playa next year ya’ll! For a video of Emily’s live lecture, click click here

10 Principles of Burning Man (with Dutch translation)

A very special thanks to the Amsterdam & the Netherlands Burning Man Community for translating the 10 principles into Dutch.


Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.

Iedereen kan en mag deel uitmaken van de Burning Man community. We verwelkomen en respecteren iedereen. Er zijn geen vereisten om deel uit te mogen maken van de community.


Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. G00856ifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.

Geven is een belangrijk onderdeel van de Burning Man community. De waarde van een gift is zonder voorbehouden. Bij geven wordt, anders dan bij ruilen, niets terug verwacht.


In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.

Om de traditie van geven te behouden tracht de Burning Man community iedere vorm van commerciële sponsoring, transactie of reclame uitingen vermijden. We trachten onze cultuur te beschermen voor commercie en we geloven in deelname in plaats van consumptie.


Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.

Burning Man moedigt ieder individu aan om zijn of haar innerlijke bronnen te ontdekken, deze te ontwikkelen en er op te vertrouwen.


Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.

Radicale zelfexpressie komt voort uit de unieke gaven en talenten van ieder individu. Enkel de persoon zelf, of eventueel de groep waar hij of zij deel van uitmaakt kan de inhoud van deze zelfexpressie bepalen. Het wordt gezien als een gift aan de ander. Met dit in het achterhoofd dient de ‘gever’ de rechten en vrijheden van de ontvangers in de community te respecteren.


Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote01152 and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.

De Burning Man community hecht veel waarde aan samenwerking en meedoen. We streven ernaar om sociale netwerken, publieke ruimtes, kunst en communicatie-methoden die dergelijke samenwerking stimuleren mogelijk te maken, te promoten en te beschermen.


We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.

De Burning Man community hecht waarde aan de maatschappelijke omgeving. Bij het organiseren van evenementen nemen we verantwoordelijkheid voor het openbare welzijn. Zowel de organisatoren als de deelnemers van onze evenementen hebben verantwoordelijkheid om zich te gedragen in overeenstemming met lokale, provinciale en landelijke wetten.


Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found the03898m.

De Burning Man community respecteert de omgeving . We streven ernaar om geen sporen van onze aanwezigheid achter te laten wanneer we samenkomen. We ruimen samen alles op en zullen, indien mogelijk, onze omgeving zelfs beter en schoner achterlaten dan voorheen.


Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.

De Burning Man community zet zich in voor een drastische ethos van deelnemen. Wij geloven dat een transformatie, zowel individueel als gezamenlijk, slechts kan ontstaan door persoonlijke deelneming . We bereiken ‘zijn’ door ‘doen’. Iedereen is uitgenodigd om bij te dragen, te werken en samen te spelen. We maken de wereld door handelingen te verrichten die het hart openen.


Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural worl04020d exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.

Direct ervaren is, op verschillende manieren, een van de belangrijkste waarden binnen de Burning Man cultuur. We proberen barrieres te overwinnen die tussen ons en de erkenning van onszelf staan. Laat je telefoon, horloge of het tijdschema voor wat het is en leef in het nu. Doe mee, ervaar en geniet. Het moment is er en er komt geen herkansing.


Burning Man European Leadership Summit 2015 in Amsterdam

As you all have seen in the announcements, Burning Man Netherlands is the proud host of the Burning Man European Leadership Summit 2015 from 6 till 8 of february in Amsterdam……

The kick off  for the Burning Man European Leadership Summit will be the first parade of Moving Europe on the 6th of February in Amsterdam. Volunteers, dressed in black, carry around pictures of Burning Man, together with fire artists, brass bands, jugglers and more great street moves and colors. The start will be at 5.30pm near the Central station and will finish at 7.00pm at Aknathon. 

This walking pop-up exposition with Burning Man photography art will move through more  European cities this spring; Athens, Lisbon, Berlin, Riga and Reykjavik !

On Friday February 6th from 21:00 till 02:00 there will be the Burning Man Equinox party in Akhnaton Amsterdam!!!!!
This party is organized for all foreign Burners coming to 2014-11-15_Decompression_3171_©photo-company.nlthe Burning Man Summit in Amsterdam that weekend. The Whole Burning Man Board and founders of Burning Man USA will also be present at this party to celebrate a fantastic weekend in Amsterdam.
We want to invite you all to this party to welcome all the wonderful Burners coming to Amsterdam that weekend. Of course the line up of DJ’s and their music will be amazing again!! Let’s party
Tickets only 7,50 Euro BUT we have limited space and for that reason a very limited amount of tickets available of around 300 tickets in total.
EVENT Site: https://www.facebook.com/events/1391580844477855/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

During this weekend on Sunday morning 8th of february, the Burning Man organization USA, wants to invite an extra limited number of people who are interested in joining the Sunday morning sessions. We’ve organized a sort of a “TedEx” morning with 3 fabulous and interesting speakers.
We want to start the morning with some dancing during Morning Glory Ville, after this excited opening have a good breakfast together, after which the speakers will start their presentations at 10:00.
It’s an excellent opportunity to enjoy and learn from the speakers, but also to have social time after the speakers sessions, to talk to people of the Burning Man organization out of Europe and the US, like the founders and CEO of Burning Man USA.
Tickets are only 12 Euro for covering costs like the breakfast included.
Sunday 8th of February from 08:00 – 12:00 Beurs van Berlage.
For more information about the speakers and this whole exiting morning, and to purchase your ticket, see link below:

Burning Man 2014 Art Car Yearbook

An art car, or more accurately, a mutant vehicle can be anything its designers imagine within the liscencing criteria of the Department of Mutant Vehicles. Burning Man’s DMV insists that mutant vehicles be radically and safely modified from a discernible street standard vehicle. There are dragons, pirate ships and mighty zeppelins. Some are massive sound stages capable of dominating everything around them. Others offer an unusual interactive experience for their riders, like giving standing ovations to the creative citizens of Black Rock City. Some vehicles are playa-famous and stunningly ostentatious. Others are simple little furry things that coast along the desert floor. Whatever the design, these motorized creations capture our imagination.

Added Little Miss story

05712Today we added Little Miss story to this site. For now it’s only in Dutch, but we are working on a translation.

Let this story be a message to all parents with kids, no mather what, eveything is possible. It may seem out of your league, but if you want to you can achieve the most awesome and magical things!

And to do so, it will change your life.