Yearly, a gaggle of EO members convenes in northwest Nevada, USA, at dEOxidized, one of many lots of of theme camps at Burning Man. For the uninitiated, Burning Man—a brief, pop-up group of 70,000 individuals with a dedication to decommodification and gifting—could look like the antithesis of typical entrepreneurial pursuits.
Look slightly nearer, although, and it makes good sense.
These EO “Burners,” as Burning Man attendees are referred to as, run the dEOxidized camp as a lounge that includes talks and courses through the day and an open bar and DJ within the night. Sound acquainted?
In response to the outline within the listing of theme camps, “dEOxidized is about creating group irrespective of the place you’re—even on the far reaches of the playa. Our camp is comprised of members of the Entrepreneurs’ Group together with friends from world wide. Collectively, we’ll co-create an unforgettable expertise with our group of associates outdated and new. Come be a part of us day by day within the dEOxidized Oasis, our lounge-type chill house that includes a 50-foot parachute shade construction.”
Take away the 50-foot parachute shade construction and relocate to a spot that’s greater than seven sq. miles of mud on most days, and that might be the outline of an EO studying occasion.
What brings these profitable entrepreneurs again to the scorching desert yearly is very similar to what attracts them to the EO group: Burning Man’s core values are about creating group, exploring, studying, rising and having fun with the second.
EO Cleveland member Jim Benjamin sees the parallels: “Burning Man is like EO on tremendous steroids: Open, sincere, nonjudgmental. It’s one purpose I like EO and one purpose I really like Burning Man!”
We requested EO Burners to share their expertise with Burning Man and what actually goes on at Black Rock Metropolis.
Myths and Misconceptions
I feel the largest myths about Burning Man are relating to the kind of individuals who attend and that it’s only a huge celebration with bare individuals on medicine. In actuality, there are individuals from all walks of life and lots of of them are individuals who you’ll most certainly think about associates within the default world. There’s a huge celebration environment however more often than not, it’s not about that. Studying is a giant a part of the expertise, in addition to digging into find out how to make life higher—with much less stress and extra happiness. – Jim Benjamin, Precision Brush, EO Cleveland
I feel individuals imagine it’s nothing however medicine and hippies. They’re there, but it surely’s a lot greater than that. It’s a spot the place individuals can join with the particular person they want they might be, because of their very own perception system or society. You possibly can actually be your self. – Anthony Gatto, Kensington Protecting Merchandise, EO Inland Empire
What It’s Actually Wish to Play on the Playa
“This can be a quote attributed to Plato I heard at EO Alchemy-Portland and, in my view, that is the ability of Burning Man—particularly for EO members. ‘You possibly can uncover extra about an individual in a single hour of play than in a yr of dialog.’
For EOers who actually embrace the tradition of EO, per week at Burning Man taking part in within the desert with out the distractions of life will permit you to forge friendships and connections not like some other. That week can really feel like a lifetime in itself.” – Anthony Gatto, EO Inland Empire
“When I attempt to clarify my Burning Man expertise, I discover myself turning right into a caricature of somebody speaking about Burning Man. Attempting to clarify every thing is admittedly not possible, and you find yourself sounding both insane or such as you’re making enjoyable of somebody who loves Burning Man. Every part about it’s greater than you anticipate.” – Borzou Azabdaftari, The Falcon Lab, EO DC
Why Attend Burning Man?
“If you happen to’ve discovered your self drawn to it, you must in all probability go. If you happen to haven’t, I gained’t attempt to persuade you. If I needed to decide one factor that may enchantment to any entrepreneur, although, it might be that it’s a true reset.
I don’t suppose I’ve had per week fully with out know-how since earlier than I had know-how. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen the evening that darkish or the lights that shiny. You might be totally engaged with everybody you meet and everybody meets you with open arms. I got here again from Burning Man 2019 excited to work in a method I haven’t been since I first began.” – Borzou Azabdaftari, EO DC
“On the root of all entrepreneurs, we do what we LOVE. Burning is all about doing what you like. If you happen to love speaking to individuals, you may merely speak to individuals from everywhere in the world and from all walks of life for seven days. If you happen to like cooking, you may put together dishes to share, with one or with 1,000. If you happen to love self-expression, you may gown (or undress) your self in such a method to share with different Burners. Principally, you may be the perfect of your self with out judgment.” – Anthony Gatto, EO Inland Empire
“The expertise is exclusive. I can say Burning Man is probably the most unimaginable expertise I’ve had in my life. Attending is the perfect determination I’ve made in my life. At first, it sounds exhausting to go to a desert for a lot of days. Folks ask me, how do you handle to not be in contact with your loved ones, what you are promoting, your every day life for thus many days?
However the reality is, when you do it, you understand that it is likely one of the most stunning methods to attach with your self, to provide your self a particular reward of time for you. It’s time to replicate in your journey in life. It’s time to attach together with your internal self—by means of meditation, dancing, working, no matter you need. In the long run, you change into a greater particular person, you simply study so much and develop.” – Hugo Salinas Gonzalez, Q-Ver Development, EO Monterrey
“The ten ideas of Burning Man are a giant a part of the expertise. It’s a human expertise, not a possibility to promote or obtain free stuff. It is usually not about being irresponsible or benefiting from others. Releasing your soul and making your self a greater particular person is only one facet—and what entrepreneur wouldn’t need to try this?
My predominant take away annually is how superior individuals may be for no purpose. While you take away the explanation for individuals to be good or type (as in a transaction) and individuals are simply good as a result of it makes them really feel good, it renews my sense of hope concerning the world. Burners work nicely collectively, assist one another for no purpose, reward for no purpose and love one another simply because. I attempt to take that again to my enterprise and life. It’s not at all times simple, however it’s a purpose.” – Jim Benjamin, EO Cleveland
Suggestions for First-Timers
“Convey a number of water, a number of lights and loopy outfits. Join with another person who has been earlier than.” – Anthony Gatto, EO Inland Empire
“Take the time to speak to veteran Burners. There are quite a lot of logistics and nearly everybody brings an excessive amount of stuff. Benefit from the mud. Benefit from the dawn. Go to the temple, which is the perfect secret of the entire expertise. I’ve visited most of the world’s most sacred and historic landmarks and, for me, the temple is extra particular and highly effective than any of them.” – Jim Benjamin, EO Cleveland
Per week within the desert, it appears, could also be precisely what an entrepreneur must refresh, renew and interact.