Join me for an episode about this annual gathering of 75,000 people in the dusty desert known as "La Playa."
'Burning Man is an annual gathering that takes place at Black Rock City—a temporary community erected in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. The event is described as an experiment in community and art, influenced by 10 main principles, including 'radical' inclusion, self-reliance and self-expression, as well as community cooperation, civic responsibility, gifting, decommodification, participation, immediacy and leaving no trace. First held in 1986 on Baker Beach in San Francisco as a small function organized by Larry Harvey and a group of friends, it has since been held annually, spanning from the last Sunday in August to the first Monday in September - the U.S. Labor Day.' Source - Wikipedia
Those who attend Burning Man are called "burners." Joining me are two burners, Naomi Assaraf and Jessica Thompson to share what the experience means to them.
Jessica Thompson is a specialist in strategic, economic and financial advisory in clean energy, clean technology and other sustainability sectors. She and has provided extensive analysis in the international energy sector to corporations, banks, startups, and MDBs. Jessica is also the founder and CEO of YOGO, a sustainable sport product brand.
She attended Burning Man for the second time in 2016. Read her thesis from 2001, "Burning Man: Incubator for Community."
Naomi Assaraf is the co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of cloudHQ. She has a track record in startups. She previous founded two startups with one exit. She's a known leader for her marketing and sales prowess, and understands how to transform unsuccessful businesses into profitable ones. She attended Burning Man for the first time in 2016. REad more about her work and follow her on Twitter.