From Radical to Routine Chapter 4 – Burning Man From Transgressive to Traditional

Following is the third chapter of my Masters of Cultural Sustainability Thesis, presented to Goucher College in January 2016. It’s probably a good idea to read chapter 1 , chapter 2 and chapter 3 too. Subsequent chapters will be published to this site each week. Chapter 4 Burning Man: From Transgressive to Traditionalized Heresy is a fundamental premise of western civilization. – Rory Turner [1] Burning Man as a cultural event is an open stage for its self-selected community to express itself. The cultural agenda or implied ... {read more}

From Radical to Routine Chapter 3 – Burning Man From Chaos to Community

Following is the third chapter of my Masters of Cultural Sustainability Thesis, presented to Goucher College in January 2016. Read the first introductory chapter here and the background chapter here. Subsequent chapters will be published to this site each week. Chapter 3 Burning Man: From Chaos to Community In 1986, Larry Harvey and Jerry James built an eight-foot statue of a man, took it to Baker Beach in San Francisco, and set it on fire. As Harvey repeated this ritual in subsequent years, it became popular with the Cacophony Society and ... {read more}

From Radical to Routine Chapter 2 – Background

From Radical to Routine: Burning Man and the Transformation of a Countercultural Movement Chapter 2 :    Background The following is the second background chapter of my Masters of Cultural Sustainability Thesis, presented to Goucher College in January 2016. See the first introductory chapter here. Subsequent chapters will be published to this site each week. 2.1    Burning Man and Avant-Garde Arts Movements Yesterday’s weirdness is tomorrow’s reason why. – Hunter S. Thompson[1] Burning Man is a contemporary iteration of a lineage ... {read more}

From Radical to Routine: Burning Man and the Transformation of a Countercultural Movement

I’ve invested more of myself into this project than I ever imagined. I believe what I have produced is important, and I know it is of interest. If you are inspired to express gratitude for my work in a commentary or monetary form, please do!   The following is the first introductory chapter of my Masters of Cultural Sustainability Thesis, presented to Goucher College in January 2016. Subsequent chapters will be published to this site each week.   First, I must extend my deepest thanks to my thesis committee, chaired by ... {read more}

Cultural Policy and Cultures of Creativity: Can public policies constrain or encourage innovation and entrepreneurship?

I’m mining my past work for my thesis and rediscovering pieces and phrases that should have been shared long ago. For example, this was written in December 2012, for Goucher College. Cultural Policy and Cultures of Creativity: Can public policies constrain or encourage innovation and entrepreneurship?   Culture as a policy decision Common social beliefs (or cultures) are “not products of nature but of politics.”[1] Therefore, concepts of social norms, identity, morals and ideas of what is respected and encouraged are “policy ... {read more}
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