dirtytuba wrote:My real question is: gets to decide these things, and who decides who is going to decide these things. what I have heard so far (in somemany words) "its their Party they can do whatever the fuck they want". which I can understand, but what does that say about this so called community who really has no say in the decisions that are made by this "Burning Man organizational decision" and no recourse.....
Aha, you've found Techopatra's kryptonite - the fallacy of "us vs. them"
And I've found that I am trying harder and harder to not respond in thought, word or deed with knee-jerk generalizations or get carried away with sentiments that don't look at a larger, or perhaps a closer, picture. I'm not always succesful, but the effort is there. In this vein I'd like to translate "its their Party they can do whatever the fuck they want".
Forgive me if you've heard this one before, but it sounds like some folks haven't, or could use a friendly reminder:
The "organization" of Burning Man volunteers, just like you. There is a very small paid staff (around 20) that is mostly comprised of FT office and IT staff. The vast majority Senior and Junior staff members are unpaid but dedicated. Decisions like this are made by them, their volunteer teams, and their managers.
The people who are making these decisions are regular Joe & Jane Burner who have shown some initiative, shown up to meetings, shown that they can convey their thoughts in a collaborative environment, and shown the ability to see something through.
It's only "their" party because you've
made conscious decision not to get involved. Everyone is invited.
If you want to get in on the decision-making, you most likely can, but you have to do more than state your opinion on the matter. You have to pony up and participate in the other work that accompanies those teams.
That said, various volunteer teams have actively solicited opinions on a number of issues over the year's and have committed to doing more of same, using the JRS and the polling tool we instituted on the website this year. In that way, you can at least help inform the decision-making by voicing an opinion.