Tonight’s music video is “Speckle” by Sour Bridges (previously on the Watercooler), performed at SXSW 2013 in Austin, Texas. You can catch Sour Bridges at this year’s SXSW too as part of Shake, Rattle Inn, Roll on Thursday March 13 at 10:00pm at the Rattle Inn on 610 Nueces.
The point is that the brains behind Burning Man just made it a whole lot easier to distill the most important aspects of the event and its surrounding culture and apply them to other arenas that stand to benefit. On Monday, they announced Burning Man had officially transitioned to a nonprofit organization that, in addition to producing the annual desert bacchanal, would support related projects and foster its year-round community.
[...] ‘We’ll be taking the momentum people were getting from their experience at Burning Man and working to manifest it in our own communities,’ Marian Goodell, who will oversee the new nonprofit, told The Huffington Post. ‘There are opportunities for people to do what they’ve learned at Burning Man outside Burning Man. We’ll help them tap into each other.’
The nonprofit is already making a significant impact. Its members are working with Zappos founder Tony Hsieh to help inject arts and innovation into the growing technology hub in downtown Las Vegas. It’s spearheading efforts like YES Spacecraft, which promotes children’s participation in large-scale art projects, and Big Art For Small Towns, which brings public art installations to local communities. And it’s supporting other do-gooder groups with Burning Man roots, like Burners Without Borders, which facilitates volunteerism around the world, and Black Rock Solar, which provides solar power to poor towns in rural Nevada.
Goodell said she hopes the larger nonprofit will become a portal that connects regional Burning Man groups around the globe, providing funding for certain projects and receiving funding from others. ‘We’ll be a philosophical center and a network node, connecting individuals and groups to one another,’ she said.
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