DVD, Badger's Munchausen comment was a veiled shot at me. When one has their own issues it's easier to ignore them by attacking others than it is to get the help you so desperately need. A review of his vitriol filled posts on Tribe (some are even related to this specific topic) and on here will clearly illustrate my point.
Moving slightly back towards the topic, it does seem like priviledged insiders have more influence with the inner circle than they should.... Granted Badger's worked as a Ranger for many years and his opinions certainly carry some weight. But the comment about being able to talk to "The Hat" directly illustrates another problem that the event will sooner or later have to address and that is the overly San Francisco based bias that exists. Granted it can't be totally eliminated since the physical corporate office is there and people will run into senior staff at Bay Area events and be able to talk to them. But...this event is now international in scope both in participants and the regionals seem to be following close behind. For anyone who's not in the Bay Area, the question is becoming one of access. Why should the Bay Area participants enjoy such priviledged access? If the ORG is serious about boosting the importance of the regionals, what are they doing to improve communication and feedback with them? (Das Bus's absolutely bogus situation with asking for accountability from the Arizona regional is another case of where communication is lacking or doesn't exist.)
What my frazzled mind is trying to get across here with examples is what we have here is a failure to communicate. It's what caused the Business 2.0 article to blow up like it has, and it's going to keep coming up in all sorts of places until the ORG rethinks how it communicates with the citizens of BRC. Since Larry has posted in here and apparently is reading this, I'm taking this one shot to ask you to challenge your staff to step up and improve the ORG's feedback mechanisms and communications tools.
While I'm on my soapbox...
1: I miss having a town hall meeting where one can call in and listen or contribute with questions.
2: I wonder if the JRS e-mail newsletter is truly effective and why the same messages are not made available in an easier to use web based format.
3: In regards to the Business 2.0 article it was stated that Larry wrote something about this several months back...so he was surprised when this backlash developed. Hello? Go check out the main site and try and find LH's comments. I found this:
http://www.burningman.com/whatisburning ... y_bio.html
but it doesn't seem like it's been updated in ages. Hmmm....I wonder why so many missed the message.
Rather than go on and on, I'm saying that if BM is going to be a business, then they need to get their act together and truly be one. That means among many things an up to date website, accessible / searchable press releases and Larry Harvey comments that are easy to find vs the mess we have now. And as for the resources to do it...it might mean raising ticket prices a few more bucks to cover the expense, it might mean putting out a call for volunteers and it won't come easy. But the next time the permit comes up for renewal or Ron Skinner tries to exploit some situation to gain votes at BM's expense, the ORG will be more prepared than ever to deal with it. In short, the event and it's participants are calling out for change. Is the senior staff really listening?
I'll apologize for the long rant and I'll give up the soapbox now. (/soapbox)