Scotto - - 2017

Burning Man - A Week of Radical Self Expression

'Burning Man is an Adult Playland', a 29-Hour a day party for a week; A Globally Charged Community in the desert of Northern Nevada.

'You can vacation in say Jamaica and see things that millions have seen before you and millions will see after you...Or you can trek yourself & stuff to BRC and see things that will only be available for one week to see'

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Gifting It - A Burning Man Movie

The movie Gifting It available for purchase from the Burning Man Marketplace;  is my all-timer favorite Burning Man movie. Here are my favorite quotes from the film.

The definition of community is a place where there is gift exchange. And the converse of that would be, if you wish to destroy community, a good way to do it is to turn all gift giving into commercial exchanges.  
You can have two societies that have the same amount of wealth, if it
circulates as a gift it feels more abundant.
What has affected social relations most powerfully is a gift economy.  
Here in the 21st Century we have created a world in which we are watching as a parade of commodities passes before us - We have been turned into spectators and stopped being actors.  
When people are expressing their art, they are expressing their spirit.  
People find meaning thru the various rituals here, they find a spiritual connection to this land, to this barren forsaken desert and the way in which it challenges them can be a very spiritually moving rich experience.  
Part of its success is that it does not try and feed a message specifically, it allows you to find your own meaning.  
Part of the ethic of Burning Man is to say that it is a very sick way to make art and to live in the world - So one tries to have participatory artistic practice.  
We are all here for the same reason, to experience each other.  
The irony is that this gift process actually produces wealth.  
Who would have ever thought the operation of gift giving would create an abundance in this seared desert environment.  
The irony is delicious and the discovery is delightful.  
The radicalness of it is not that it is offensive or edgy or in your faceshocking - The radicalness of it is that it is coming straight out of your heart and it is going public, where else do you get that chance otherwise.  
Volunteerism is very important because it is the purest sense of giving.  
When you give freely without the guarantee of compensation, the reward is the journey itself.  
When you give a gift you can't control it, you have to risk yourself.  
We raised $6000, rented an RV, bought 5000 bottles of water, drove across country straight thru to hand out bottles of water. We came out to show the style of giving is not free. Its giving that is free.  

Freely...Expressing...Gratitude...Thru Art

Volunteering...Growing....Abundant Community

Gifting It...Transforming....