fbcota wrote:There has got to be a way to engage people who don't know how to act at BM
We had stolen street signs and an electric drill on us for gods sake!
fbcota wrote:I'm absolutely sure I am part of the problem.
The rant is that Burning Man this year felt a bit too much like a stuffy museum. And I love me some stuffy museums, but I also love a bit of madness. This year felt quiet, reserved, a little paranoid even. I am absolutely sure I was one of those people at times.
Ugly, I was expecting a little more from your comment, maybe a snide remark or something with a little sarcastic depth .
bdeywoo, Yes, I was recovering those signs for hilarity and chaos. Maybe if all of us hooligans stop stealing the signs the ticket price could go down 35 cents! On a serious note, I really enjoyed the bit of Choas I experienced after my first burn due to the missing street signs. I liked being forced to learn my locale and ask people for help. And it was nice running around and having a bit of fun years later being a direct contributor to that mess. Tell you what, Burning Man goes non-profit and I will gather every sign I can find from everyone I know and return all of them.
On an even more serious note, I had a girl pass out on me with no way to get home in 34 degree weather while it was raining this year. And not a single person wanted to help me get her to safety. It took more than an hour to track down some trusted friends to help, but everyone else seemed to just look the other way. Even the Med tent wasn't interested in helping. Same thing happened 3 years earlier when I tore my achilles on the playa.
I'm not interested in a Burning Man event that mirrors our BS real life interaction, a place where people are encouraged to just look the other way and ignore the freaks. A place of personal isolation. I'm looking for a community. That community doesn't just jump into existence and simply exist without a whole lot of personal effort.
So I guess I will re-ask and re-phrase my original question:
How can the Burning Man community welcome and introduce everyone to the event?
Or, how does one help others get out of their shell and start having a bit more fun?
fbcota wrote:Theres Always One: Thanks for your feedback. I felt the same way my first year, and I have in a way each successive year. With the sense of being overwhelmed, changed for the better and at times a bit outcast. I think that last part has to change. My favorite people out on the Playa are the virgins. They come with a new eyes, wide open to absorb all the things that the veteran burners seem to think is an old hat. Just because you didn't have furry boot covers, a silly mustache, colored braids or a utilikilt doesn't mean you arn't one of the people who don't fit in,.... (sorry, poking a bit of fun at myself and my core group of friends)
I will be the first to admit that sometimes I treat BM as "my" social club and if you arn't in "my sub culture" then what are you doing here! Personally I have been trying to work on that. Its hard, but I find my best days are when I include someone who doesn't fit in. I guess its the old punk in me.
I have been trying to bring people into the fold by being a bit crazy and when they don't quite respond I try my best to ask why. Our tag game only had a handful of participants at first, but once we stopped people and asked why they wern't playing it was like we cut through the first wall. Suddenly, we were dodging a reached out arm yelling "no tag backs" and the game was on.
As a virgin do you have any thoughts on how to get people to be a bit more inclusive? Or how could the community reach out to you better (when you were a virgin, now your a grizzled snarly burner )?
Theres Always One wrote:
I certainly wasn't dressed all goofy and hippie like everyone else. I wore clothes I normally wear and what was practical for the environment that I was in: boots, pants, t-shirt, jacket. Nothing fancy. ...
It was hard feeling like I didn't "fit in" in a place where I am supposed to be allowed to express myself. Just because I don't express my individuality the same way everyone else does.
If you want to people to open up and feel more participatory then you need to make them feel more comfortable.
tamarakay wrote:I too felt a reserve this year. I think one way to make things more open is to build more open. It was very hard to distinguish what was an open camp and what was private. There were blocks and blocks and blocks of camps, but no visible outward sign of where you could just wander in.
A warm, welcoming street front would help.
theCryptofishist wrote:So, what qualifies as a warm welcome and what as "sorry, come back another time"?
9ah wrote:Coyote from TLP?
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