Growth & Identity: A Dialogue with Burning Man

March 8, 2014

3:30 PM - 6:00 PM
2h 30m
Classroom 204

What steps can be taken to ensure that your culture isn't diluted while your audience increases exponentially? Can you stay true to your organization's identity and founding intentions when it's your participant base that continues to define your culture out in the world? How can you maintain your vision while supporting the individual agency of your participants?

In this two and a half hour long workshop, join key Burning Man organizers to explore the challenges they've confronted in the face of extreme growth and popularity. How has Burning Man handled the shift from its origins as a loosely affiliated group of disenfranchised artists to a multi-million dollar business and cultural touchstone? Learn how Burning Man has employed UX, social media, grass-roots organizational techniques and business strategy in tandem to help scale collaborative culture and how you can apply some of these practices to enhance collaborative engagement and ensure that authenticity of experience remains intact.


  • Only prerequisites are an open mind and a desire to explore creative ways to handle the challenges that growth can present.

What to Bring:

  • Participants should come prepared for lively idea exchange and be armed with examples of challenges their organizations are facing with regard to cultural growth, organizational expansion, and community engagement.
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