Enabling Creative Chaos: The Organization Behind the Burning Man Event

Enabling Creative Chaos: The Organization Behind the Burning Man Event

by Katherine K. Chen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226102378

ISBN-13: 9780226102375

Pub. Date: 09/01/2009

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Each summer nearly fifty thousand people travel to Nevada's Black Rock Desert to participate in the countercultural arts event Burning Man. Founded on a commitment to expression and community, the annual weeklong festival has faced-and surmounted-a variety of organizational challenges. Enabling Creative Chaos examines how a small, underfunded group of organizers

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Overview

Each summer nearly fifty thousand people travel to Nevada's Black Rock Desert to participate in the countercultural arts event Burning Man. Founded on a commitment to expression and community, the annual weeklong festival has faced-and surmounted-a variety of organizational challenges. Enabling Creative Chaos examines how a small, underfunded group of organizers transformed into an unconventional corporation with a multi-million-dollar budget and two thousand volunteers. Over four years Katherine K. Chen regularly participated in organizing efforts to safely and successfully create a temporary community in the middle of the desert under the hot August sun. As Chen observed, Burning Man's organizers have experimented with different management models; learned how to recruit, motivate, and retain volunteers; and developed strategies to handle regulatory agencies and respond to media coverage. This remarkable evolution, she reveals, offers important lessons for managers in any organization, particularly in uncertain times.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226102375
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

1 Introduction: The Perils of Under- and Overorganizing 1

2 Context: The Development of the Burning Man Event and Organization 24

3 "Do-ocracy": Acting on Suggestions and Criticisms 42

4 "Radical Inclusion": Attracting and Placing Members 64

5 "No Spectators": Motivating Members to Contribute 84

6 "Immerse Yourself": Managing Relations in the Pursuit of Legitimacy 112

7 Conclusion: Sustaining Creative Chaos 152

Appendix 1 Ethnography and Qualitative Research 165

Appendix 2 Interview Protocols 173

Notes 179

Reference List 207

Index 229

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