Here's a email i got this morning, What do you think?
NEW DATES FOR 2010, AND A NOTE ABOUT CAMP SIZE & INTERACTION
2009 was a seminal year for Burning Man Placement. We had the
challenge of more questionnaires filed than in 2008, but with less
reserved camping space for theme camps. So we needed to apply our
criteria more comprehensively, and in the end could not find space for
over 130 camps. We did our very best, but had very little time or
resources to examine appeals to our decisions.
We have debriefed on last year. We have reviewed the feedback from
participants. Specifically we have heard the complaint that has been
growing louder every year: announcing Placement on August 1st is a
huge obstacle to travel planning for the east coast and international
members of our community. To address this requires a new commitment
from both from the Placement volunteers and YOU:
o We are "churning cycles of invention and destruction" by
asking Theme Camps to meet the same, APRIL 29TH PLACEMENT
QUESTIONNAIRE DEADLINE to which our infrastructure departments are
o Here's the benefit: This will allow us to commit to
announcing camp placement ONE MONTH EARLIER: BY EARLY JULY.
We would like to connect earlier still with those that are traveling
far distances and/or have significant infrastructure planning needs.
While the placement process HAS NOT become 'first come, first served',
the earlier the questionnaire is in, the better the chances of making
Of course as always, we will remain ready and standing by to consult
with you on the inevitable succeeding tweaks to the original plans
submitted: some shifting of contents will always occur.
As project manager Sweetthang wrote back on July 15th of this year:
"...we seem to have more requests for larger camps, but the
interactivity has not grown. Larger camps that appear to be blossoming
bedroom communities that are simply adding space to accommodate more
campers, but no [additional] interactivity have become very difficult
for us to place."
On a purely practical basis, it is simpler to map more smaller camps
in our city.
The Placement team of volunteers have exponentially increased their
meeting schedule to facilitate a higher degree of collaboration with
theme camps. Our ears are open at firstname.lastname@example.org
. We have
evolved, and are ready to mid-wife the life you will bring to Black
Rock City 2010.