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Introducing Our Venue Team

In the past, it’s been up to the event lead to book a venue for our spring and fall events. We hoped that event leads would have interesting ideas for venues and it freed up the Board to concentrate on more strategic activities. But we’ve come to realize that finding interesting venues is hard work and many of them are already booked by the time we select a lead. And because most venue owners need to be educated about fire art, members of the Board often have to get involved early in the negotiations anyway.
So we’ve decided to create a Venue Team to find venues independently of the lead selection process. This is based on the model used by Ignition Northwest and how KindleArts already handles the venue for Otherworld.
The loose-knit team will be led by Director David Boon. He’ll recruit people who have particular knowledge about available venues or event requirements.
The team is already hard at work securing a venue for our spring event. They’re also tasked with researching potential venues for Otherworld for when we outgrow our current site. If you have an idea for a venue, send it to

Otherworld 2013: A thank-you from the Doarch

As the Doarch of Otherworld for the past two years, Ranger team lead before that, and Fire Show team lead before that, it goes without saying that Otherworld is a very special place for me.

Over the years I have watched our community grow to become more than I had ever hoped possible. Year after year, I am blown away by what we can do together. I am happy to say this was the best Otherworld I have ever had the pleasure of being a part of.

Many people thanked me over the weekend for making the event happen. I had to tell people that I just helped to set the stage. I have a team of two dozen people helping me to set that stage and prepare it for all of you. The reason the event was such a huge success is because of all of you. Otherworld is a reflection of what our community collaboratively wants to see in the world. I can’t make that happen without you.

Otherworld is more than a party in the forest. It is a celebration of what we can accomplish together. It is an opportunity to build the relationships that will grow our community.

Thank you for showing us who you really are and trusting us to welcome you with an open mind and an open heart.

~ Wrangler ~

Click here for a thank-you from the Board of Directors!

Edd goes to the Burning Man Global Leadership Conference

In April 2013, the Kindle Arts Society sponsored two of us to attend the Burning Man Global Leadership Conference in  Oakland, California..  It was a great event, with a lot learned, both on a personal level and on an events best practices level.  I can’t stress enough how useful the conference was, the time outside of planned activities was equally valuable  as what was on the agenda, and most of that was invaluable. I’ll include a summary for a good number of the activities I participated in.  

Friday 11 AM: State of the Regional Network.
An interesting look at how the Burning Man regional community is growing. Almost faster than we can keep up with. There are now Regional Contacts on every continent, and Burning Man is becoming a worldwide phenomena.

Friday Noon: Pacific Northwest Regional Lunch Social.
A solidly useful lunch meeting. Met many of the reps from around the PNW as well as most of the contingent from GVIAS.  Discussed shared calendars and insurance problems.

Friday 1:30 Servant Leadership with Chip Conley

Chip Conley is a Burning Man Project Board Member who founded Joie de Vivre Hotels at age 26 with a shady motel that he transformed into The Phoenix, an inner-city oasis favored by rock n’ roll royalty. 50 hotels and 25 years later, he’s traded “working Joie de Vivre” for “living joie de vivre.” Travel guru, cultural anthropologist, armchair therapist, and award-winning author of PEAK, his latest book is the New York Times bestseller EMOTIONAL EQUATIONS. An expert on finding meaning in work and life, Chip is now on a mission to be the world’s leading expert on festivals. Believing in the transformative power of “collective effervescence,” he seeks to inspire “cultural curiosity” that can lead to peak experiences at the world’s 300 best festivals that he’s curated on FEST300

Some of the best Kool-aid of the event. An amazing speaker.

Friday 2:45 Core Project Q&A

A must have for CoRE organizers. The CORE Committee provided an overview of the project and opened up the floor for questions.


Bettie June Scarborough (Associate Director of Arts Management)

Meghan “Megs” Rutigliano (Regional Network Manager)

Danielle “Doxie” Kaltz (FAST Team, Detroit Regional Contact)

Dave X (FAST Team)

Brody Scotland (Art Administrative Assistant)

Squishelle (CORE 2013 Communications, Vancouver Regional Contact)

Friday 4pm IGNITE Conference
A series of short presentations of different burner projects and ideas, intended to inspire questions conversations and creativity. Very effective both in format and content.

Saturday 9am Profiles in Dust Showcase.
A very moving and inspiring introduction to Profiles in Dust, which Last year took massive amounts of video footage of Burning Man.  Every day, everywhere, of every CoRE project.  They made sure all of it follows Burning Man’s standards for privacy and protection of participants and put all that raw footage on the web, where it’s freely available for download, to be mixed into whatever presentations people want.  They’re developing tools for easy use, and are actively looking for videographers amateur and experienced to turn it into something all their own.

Saturday 9:45: A Principled discussion.
A World Cafe discussion on the value and meaning of the principles. With much conversation on which were most important, how to integrate the principles into our everyday lives and the lives of those who live in our local communities, including the general public. Some obstacles or difficulties with putting the principles into action.

Saturday Noon Keynote Address by Larry Harvey
Infamous speech at the end of which he threw his hat “the hat” into the audience.

Saturday 2pm
International Regional Network Update

Saturday 3pm: Moving from Regional Network to Global Network
A large group discussion for all Global Leadership Conference attendees facilitated by Marian Goodell and James Hanusa.

Saturday 4:45: Advanced Community Event Production Lab
$teven Ra$pa’s very useful event production course.  

Sunday 10 AM: Sunday Kick Off & LA Community White Paper

Sunday  11:15: Radical Inclusion
An in depth panel discussion on various aspects of Radical inclusion.

Sunday 2pm:  Departmental Jam: Organizational Structures for Transformative Event Production
A panel discussion that discussed  organizational structures that have been shown to work for transformative events.

On the practical side, the conference was very useful on all levels. Outside of planned events,  I was able to have a conversation with Megs Rutigliano, the regional network coordinator, and speed up the process of getting Amara and I into the regional contact position.  I made good connections with regional contacts and community leaders from all over the globe, some of which I have been in contact with regularly since then, working on a set of practices and policies suitable for burner not for profits. And, not least, I was in on important conversations about insurance and liability. Personally, the conference was exactly what I needed to reignite my passion for working with the local burner community.  I had been leaning towards burnout  previous to the conference, and was questioning my level of involvement with CoRE and Otherworld.  When I returned from the conference I was ready to dive back in and take on more than I had ever before.


Amara goes to the Global Leadership Conference

Burning Man NetworkEdd and I went to San Francisco, home of Burning Man HQ, to attend this year’s Global Leadership Conference. The conference is dedicated to bringing together the movers and shakers of the Burnerverse to discuss best practices, new developments, and furthering collaboration in the many varied regions.

There are a lot of people who are genuinely surprised that there is so much effort put into the logistics around running Burning Man. Yes, many of us are hippies partying in the desert. However, even more of us create art and work together to create something beyond the individual. The Global Leadership Conference brings in local experts and know-it-alls to discuss topics such as Cross-Regional Collaboration, Risk and Liability Mitigation, and Organizational Structures. Yes, you read that right, risk mitigation for burners. Sure, we like to light things on fire and create crazy interactive art. We also like to ensure that all of those things don’t blow anyone up.

My biggest takeaway from this conference was interacting with the most interesting cross-section of collaborative, creative people I will ever have the pleasure of meeting. Each person, representing a different region in the world, has a different take on how things could be executed to create an amazing community.

During the conference it occurred to me that KindleArts is doing it right. When it has taken some regions years to develop a culture of participation and collaboration Victoria has fostered and embraced these values from the very beginning. There was some valuable knowledge and tips that I took away from this conference and am excited to implement in the Kindle Arts Society.

Attached is my post-conference presentation to the KindleArts Board of Directors.

BMGLC13 Presentation