Enabling Creative Chaos: The Organization Behind the Burning Man Event

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University of Chicago Press, 15 set 2009 - 242 pagine

In the summer of 2008, nearly fifty thousand people traveled to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to participate in the countercultural arts event Burning Man. Founded on a commitment to expression and community, the annual weeklong festival presents unique challenges to its organizers. Over four years Katherine K. Chen regularly participated in organizing efforts to safely and successfully create a temporary community in the middle of the desert under the hot August sun.

Enabling Creative Chaos tracks how a small, underfunded group of organizers transformed into an unconventional corporation with a ten-million-dollar budget and two thousand volunteers. Over the years, Burning Man’s organizers have experimented with different management models; learned how to recruit, motivate, and retain volunteers; and developed strategies to handle regulatory agencies and respond to media coverage. This remarkable evolution, Chen reveals, offers important lessons for managers in any organization, particularly in uncertain times.

 

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The Development of the Burning Man Event and Organization
24
Acting on Suggestions and Criticisms
42
Attracting and Placing Members
64
Motivating Members to Contribute
84
Managing Relations in the Pursuit of Legitimacy
113
Sustaining Creative Chaos
152
Ethnography and Qualitative Research
165
Interview Protocols
173
Notes
179
Reference List
207
Index
229
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Katherine K. Chen is assistant professor of sociology at The City College of New York and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

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