Burning Man Regional Network Forum

Registration is now open for the virtual Burning Man Regional Network Forum: Emerging, Wayfinding, Igniting on June 5-6, 2021, hosted by the Regional Network Team. And YOU are invited!

This forum offers an invitation to community leaders across the Regional Network to share your creative spark with fellow community instigators and facilitators in the global Burning Man community. Reconnect with peers over the exchange of ideas, art, and performance to find our way in the new normal. Re-ignite inspiration through discussion of how our local gatherings, spaces and projects can be more inclusive, environmentally sustainable and meaningfully connected.

What:      Burning Man Regional Network Forum: Emerging, Wayfinding, Igniting
When:     Saturday, June 5 – Sunday, June 6
Where:    Virtual and In Person dependent on location

Read about Forum theme Emerging, Wayfinding, Igniting 

As we emerge and adapt to the new normal of this moment, we have to first admit that not everyone is in the same “place” and the world around us feels different. 

This year’s Burning Man theme, The Great Unknown, still has relevance as we reenter the world anew. It remains a time of great loss, but also of rare opportunity: a chance to reevaluate, reconnect, and return to the values that brought us together in the first place. But now we must ask how they serve us in the world we now share? What if anything has changed? And how might we change for the better? What really matters and how can the work we do in the world create inspiration and positive social impact? 

Our 2020 European Leadership Summit theme, Human Being: Being Human, raised questions about what it means to be a fully embodied person in relationship to oneself, society and the natural world. It delved deeply into the principle of Immediacy. Little did we know how relevant that thematic embarkation would be and the journey we would go on individually and collectively as a result of a global pandemic. Never has the connection between aloneness and togetherness been so real and poignant. We are still in this moment, still finding our way through it and back together. Some are emerging from isolation, as if grateful butterflies from a cautious cocoon. Others are still sheltering and healing; others struggling with the balance between personal wellbeing and collective community needs. So, we want to provide a forum to regather that can be flexible and meet one another where we are. 

This Regional Network Forum is a regathering and a potential jumping off point. We will provide a welcoming space for community leaders from around the world to meet one another and take away from this experience what they need most. Some may be preparing to gather their local community in person after a year of cancelled Regional Events. Others may be continuing to create COVID-safe interactive art experiences on their city streets. Recognizing that our global community may be in different places of our journey, we will offer a flexible program and lots of time and space to socialize as you want. 

We’re excited to share the content for the 2021 Regional Network Forum. We’ll look at where we’ve come from, where we are, and where we’re headed, including preparing psychologically to re-gather, creating inclusive and environmentally sustainable spaces and events, the value of developing codes of conduct and processes built from them to support healthy communities, learning from others who are already burning on the other side of the pandemic, and we’ll examine what it means to be a Burner today.

The forum is designed to be globally inclusive for engagement across all time zones with the first half of the forum friendly to European time zones and the second half to Australia/Asia/New Zealand time zones. You may wish to plan your participation in all of the forum or a portion that is most convenient for you:

  • Opening Plenary and Breakout Sessions
    Sat June 5, 10am – 2pm PDT //  Sat June 5, 6pm – 10pm GMT
  • Drop-in Social Meet Ups and Discussions
    Sat June 5,   2pm – 5pm PDT //  Sat June 5, 10pm – June 6, 2am GMT
  • Continuing Plenary, Breakout Sessions, and Closing Remarks
    Sat June 5,   5pm – 9pm PDT //  Sun June 6, 10am – 2pm AEST

After you register, you will also be invited to join a group just for forum participants on Burning Man Hive network, an online community platform to exchange stories, skills, and knowledge with like-minded creators. Connect with each other, explore online courses to deepen your knowledge of forum topics, and continue discussion throughout the forum and beyond.

Registration is required for participation in the forum and links to join forum content and social spaces will be sent 48 hours prior to the event. Your registration fee supports production of the forum and year-round programs of Burning Man Project.

We are excited to open this virtual forum and connect with all of you dreamers and doers!


Art and photo credits:

  1. Installation from “Public Display of Awareness” series by Olivia Steele. Photo by Philippe Glade, 2017.
  2. R-Evolution by Marcho Cochrane. Photo by John Chandler, 2015.
  3. The Procession of the Ceremonial Flame. Photo by [email protected]Gmail.com, 2019