Is it possible for festivals like Burning Man to influence societal and personal change?! Join Think Act Change for a screening of 'Spark; A Burning Man Story' followed by a lively panel discussion and audience Q&A where we can delve deep into festival culture, what drives individuals to attend such radical, large scale festivals and what can we as a society learn from them?
ABOUT THE FILM
Spark: A Burning Man Story is a documentary about the dreams and challenges of Burning Man and its unique culture of participatory art. Each year, 60,000 people from around the globe gather in a dusty windswept Nevada desert to build a temporary city, collaborating on large-scale art and partying for a week before burning a giant effigy in a ritual frenzy. Rooted in principles of self-expression, self-reliance and community effort, Burning Man has grown famous for stirring ordinary people to shed their nine-to-five existence and act on their dreams. SPARK takes us behind the curtain with Burning Man organizers and participants, revealing a year of unprecedented challenges and growth. When ideals of a new world based on freedom and inclusion collide with realities of the “default world,” we wonder which dreams can survive.
ABOUT THE PANEL
Patty likes to work behind the scenes to make it possible for others to bring their dreams to life. She has a degree in international business from Georgetown University and an MBA from John Hopkins University. The world is her playground and she aims to make it beautiful. She is currently producing Figment DC, a free participatory arts festival.
Hi! I'm Amelia Loye, a social scientist engaging people for sustainably. Over the last 13 years I've helped people understand how we manage, use, and protect our natural resources, how our choices and behaviour impact on our environment and how we plan our cities and develop infrastructure to meet demand for energy, water and property. It's my job to ensure those interested and affected have a voice in the process so decision makers can understand and consider social issues and impacts, and that community and industry initiative is identified and leveraged.
Burning Man is my passion project, a creative outlet and inlet. It enriches me and demonstrates what is possible. It helps me explore ways to educate, engage and encourage community. I’m fascinated by the impact on individuals, the social and cultural norms that are emerging and ways they might affect our society, communities and evolution of our species.
It’s for these reasons that I’ve been volunteering to provide community engagement support to Burning Man Australia for the last three years. I’ve run the Census at Burning Seed for two years in a row and will be running it again this year. I provide ongoing support the Burning Man Australia leadership and Burning Man Sydney community, helped drive the formation of two theme camps and ran a number of well attended workshops with input from Burners across the globe at Burning Seed, and hosted compression and preparation workshop for Burgins in my home for the past three years.
Personally my exposure to Burning Man has had a huge impact on my life, my perspective, my work and my relationships. This year I’ll be going to Burning Man Nevada for the third time in five years with my boyfriend of one year, after we visit my Burning Man community on Vancouver Island.
Tom is a serial social entrepreneur and the cofounder of the crowd funding website StartSomeGood! He previously founded Vibewire and was the first social media director at Ashoka. He has founded a film festival, set up a Burning Man theme camp with his wife Kate and is the proud dad to Bodhi.
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