30 Days of Burning Man, Day 19 – Get Involved!

Posted: August 14, 2012 in Burning man
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30 Days of Burning Man, Day 19 – Get Involved!

This year there is a possibility that there will be a much higher percentage of newbies heading to the desert so I thought I’d spend the 30 days before the gates open throwing out some information, some images and a little bit of wisdom, advice and snark about the place I love so much. These posts will be generally directed at Burning Man virgins but hopefully some of you old dogs out there will contribute through comments or get some enjoyment out of them as well. So here we go.  .  I’ll include at least one photo from Burning Man each day and once a week I’ll do nothing but photos.  I hope the posts are sometimes helpful and also enjoyable, enjoy ~ ZD Blue

So tonight as you are starting to organize and pack, my God you have started to organize and pack right, I mean hell we’re only two weeks away from the dust.  What the hell are you waiting for?!  So for those of you who aren’t in panic mode right now about your first trip to the dust take a look at some opportunities below for ways to get more involved on the playa.  The more you are involved the better the experience, enjoy. ~ ZD Blue


Let’s start with the BMORG’s volunteer link your connection to lots of volunteer opportunities:  http://www.burningman.com/participate/volunteer.html


DhammaSeeker writes:

“Behind the Temple stands a group that has quietly watched over those structures each year since 2002. The main duty of the Temple Guardians is to protect the Temple and all of those who visit it. We stand with love for the Temple and everything that it stands for.

Temple Guardian shifts run 4 hours each, 24 hours a day.

During your Temple shift, there are a number of duties you may be asked to perform. Guardians keep watch for injuries and unsafe conditions, including fire, climbing, vehicle traffic, and problems with the structure. We do not make rules, nor are we enforcers; we watch quietly and act skillfully when necessary to protect the safety and sacred space of the Temple.

Most of all we provide the Temple with grounding and love. We follow a philosophy that says small pushes from a great distance help keep the Temple a serene space. When we do interact with participants, we do so with love, carrying the sacred space of the Temple with us in to every interaction.

On Sunday, Guardians maintain the perimeter with the Black Rock Rangers and Temple Crew for the Temple burn.

If the Temple has a special place in your heart, join us and help create the space for another to have the wonder that brought you back.

To join our group, please email templeguardians@templeguardians.org

The Center Camp Cafe stages offer, without citation or reference, the most strange and eclectic gathering of talent in the world. It brings instruments and musicians to audiences that cannot always be predicted or described, and it services the ears and eyes of Black Rock City for 24 hours a day, every day of the event. This herculean task cannot be done without the assistance of the community, and we implore you to join us at the stage. We need a wide range of talents for a variety of duties. Three duties, in fact.

Stage managers wrangle the talent, keep the stage (somewhat) organized and on time, and manage the big picture of our little stage.

Gear Gods build up and tear down the stage, very quickly, very often; you need to have a basic knowledge of how rigs work, where cords plug, and speak a bit of musician-ese.

Sound Engineers run the board. They fondle the knobs and caress the dials. Sound can be funny out there; the engineer needs to hear the dust caked speaker and make it sing, not cough.

If you want to grace us with your skills and presence, email themitch@burningman.com. Let him know what position suits your fancy and when you want to work. From there, we’re sure something strange but appropriate will occur.


Jennifer writes:

“The goal of BREC is to create a staff development opportunity unlike any other- where we help each other to bring the magic home to our students. Teach a workshop! Collaborate on lesson plans! Bring home a slick flyer to prove to your administration that the art festival you missed the first week of school to go to is semi-legitimate!

As opening day approaches, we’re putting together this year’s sessions. Look for us in the What, Where, When for this year. I’m still looking for a few more speakers, so if you’re interested, shoot me an email with “BREC Presenter” in the subject line (so I don’t lose it in the vast wasteland of my inbox in the midst of BM prep.) If you need an invite letter, please ask soon! Put “BREC Invite Request” in the subject line and don’t forget to tell me who it should be addressed to, and the address so I can keep it as professional looking as possible.

The final conference flyer pdf will go out in a few weeks (typically the week before the burn) and I’ll have printed copies on site for you to bring home to your various administrators. If you haven’t liked our page yet, please check it out at www.facebook.com/BlackRockEducatorsConsortium. I post the flyers there, and it’s a good place to get announcements.

BREC 2012 will be held on Weds and Thurs from noon to 4 at Lahontan Korps, in Gigsville (3:30, E-G.) LK is the giant camo net camp, and we’ll have bright signs on the main streets directing you in.

Send questions and requests to JennNelson3@gmail.com (make sure to put BREC in the subject line,) or to our FB page!”


This? This is fun. 24/7 writes:

“On Friday night Anubis, the 50′ tall Jackal God of the Underworld, will burn, and we need YOUR help in making it happen. If you have any experience in fire perimeter or fire safety (or you want to get some), please get in touch with 247@anubis2012.com.

Thanks, and we look forward to getting dusty with you…..

Mitchell AKA 24/7″


Who works the Gate? Really great people, as it turns out … and they’re ALL volunteers. Maybe you’d like to join their ranks? Learn more about these folks, and what it takes to be one of ’em. You definitely won’t regret it. Kristy’s got it handled in the Burning Blog:



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