One of the things we are often asked is “Are you a Regional sanctioned burn?”. The answer is NO.
For the past two years, we have been working towards that goal. We are doing everything we need to be doing to become a Regional, and we have zero intention of letting those standards slip. In fact, every person on the Council remains committed to the 10 Principles and to making our event even better in years to come. Rest easy. We will always listen to you, the community, and we won’t let you down.
However, we, the Council, have strong concerns about the direction that Burning Man has taken, and we are holding back becoming a Regional for those reasons. A few, just so you’re aware, include the separation of Burning Man into both a for-profit business and a non-profit organization. We are also concerned with their choice to include, and from every report, give preference (in many ways) to Commodification Camps. Their reluctance to address community concerns over these camps can’t be excused. The fact that one of them was headed up by someone who sits on the Burning Man Board of Directors absolutely goes against everything that we strive for, when we build our little city here in Wichita.
In a nutshell? We will not be actively pursuing Regional status this year. We will be carefully watching the Org and the business side of Burning Man as time goes on to determine, yearly, if Regional status is right for us.