Burning Man invites you to take part in a new volunteer leadership training program that their Burning Man Volunteerism and Education Departments created this past year. They offered this program to Black Rock City teams back in April, and were told that the content has been valuable in helping them develop their leadership skills and manage their teams. Considering their positive response, Burning Man wanted to be sure to offer this opportunity to you also.
Training is geared toward current, active Volunteer Leaders (ie: those managing other people and teams at this time), and is not intended for aspiring or past leads; Burning. Man does not have the bandwidth to onboard everyone in the network that is interested.
Also, please note that when you nominate yourself or a member of your leadership team, be sure to include their name, playa name (if they have one), their leadership role and Regional affiliation. They’ll take it from there. Again, please keep your nominees to current, active leaders. Here is a summary of the program:
Introduction to Volunteer Leadership v.1.0 – an interactive online course, covering:
– Recruitment and Retention
– Team Leadership and Motivation
– Team Identity, Culture and Cohesion
– Delegation and Mentoring
– People and Roles
– Separation and Succession Planning
– Volunteer Leadership Handbook – a digital resource containing in-depth knowledge of the online training course content, with clickable links to how to’s, templates, examples, etc.
– Q & A Sessions – video conferencing sessions with experienced volunteer leaders
– Opportunities for in-person, advanced training offered in Black Rock City
Enrollment in the training can happen any time year-round. If you would like access to the training, please contact them at email@example.com with your full name and email address so that they can add you to the program. And, if there are other leaders on your official Regional Event teams who would benefit from this training, please let us know so that we may include them.
As you move through the training, please know that they welcome your suggestions on how to frame future versions of it. Their goal is to keep it relevant and accessible for you and your work in their Global Network. They will send a survey to you after you’ve finished the training to gather your feedback.
Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or concerns please contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information provided by:
Associate Director of Volunteerism
Volunteerism Program Manager
The MWB Board of Directors has reviewed the recommendations provided by the Principal’s Office in regards to the incident at HullabaulU. The PO conducted an investigation and provided the Board and the community with their recommendations. The board accepts their findings and has voted to uphold their recommendations in its entirety.
This situation quickly became a political issue that polarized the community. It is our hope that the community can find peace and reconciliation at the conclusion of this situation. Our community is one of peace, kindness, and love. We hope that the outcome will allow the individuals involved to be able to move on from this situation. We will continue to strive towards moving forward and getting back to managing the 501c3, supporting MWB events and this community. It is time to heal and to focus on returning “home”.
HullabalU 2018 took place from October 12-14 at the Elderberry Farm in Hartsburg, MO. We sold a total of 306 tickets. Multiple sound and food camps were in attendance. A special pre burn performance was organized and impressed many. The weekend was damp and chilly but it did not affect the event.
Theme and effigy
HullabalU’s theme for 2018 was Gretel and Hanzel
“Come celebrate friendship, food, and losing your kids in the woods. This burn is about shedding the things that we rely upon so we may get lost and find our family.”
The effigy was a pot belly stove designed that participants could climb inside. Located in the belly was a button that participants could push and trigger a fireball to shoot out of the stove pipe. Paint was provided so that participants could graffitti the stove before the burn.
The effigy was designed and built by Britta Nova and Jill Wendling. This marks the first woman led effigy team for Midwest Burners.
We built an impromptu temple on the newly formed beach. 3 spools stacked on top of each other. We called it the “Temple of Spools.” It did not burn as well as we had hoped. It was the first time any temple burn happened at Hulla. We burned it down Friday night.
IFArt Team Afterburn Report 2018
Lead: Jill Wendling
HullabalU gave out 7 art grants for a total of $863.
Preference for art grants is given to age inclusive activities. This year that included tacos, interactive LED poles, large candy art to decorate the space, a candy house to hang out in, a witch to be revealed in the burn, and paint for interactive activities.
The land HullabalU takes place on is a former elderberry farm. There is old irrigation pipe everywhere. As part of the preparation for the burn several participants helped clean the land and remove old debris. As such we helped to remove traces left by those before us.
Ticket sales generated $8,355 in revenue. $263 was donated as additional art grant funds.
InterFuse 2017 started out with a LOT of rain. A weekend of record rainfall in southern Missouri left many of the area’s major and minor highway bridges closed. Effigy, TLA, and Kitchen crews made it on site via alternate routes due to so many sections of highway being closed off due to the flash floods. Wednesday evening, and Thursday morning had many volunteers dubbing the event “MoistureFuse” and “InterFlood.” Nevertheless, we burned on. The ECs Britta, Devin, and Red would like to thank all of the leads, volunteers, theme camps, artists, and participants for making InterFuse 2017 awesome.
Theme and effigy
InterFuse’s theme for 2017 was Repurpose Revolution submitted by Loee Love
“Innovation through reuse. You know what they say: one man’s trash is a burner’s treasure. Ok, maybe they don’t say that, but what if they did? A theme based on repurposing, reusing, upcycling, recycling, whatever you want to call it. People all over the world are acknowledging our over consumption and production of waste and are increasingly aware of the detriment to our earth and have started thinking up innovative and creative ways to repurpose in art, fashion, and building.
Repurpose Revolution brings civic responsibility to the forefront by forcing participants to take a look at the trash in their own homes and community and think of a way to reuse it. And reuse it as only a burner can! Imagine art, structures, sculptures, costumes, the effigy – all built from repurposed items. From trash to art! 2017 marks our first all ages burn, and Repurpose Revolution will be a great introduction to the creativity and resourcefulness of our community to our young people – our future. And who better to inspire us? Kids have been making art from popsicle sticks and milk cartons for decades! How will you recycle?”
Effigy photos by Kiwi
The effigy this year titled “Round Thing With Animals In It” was designed and built by Paul Salierno. It was a carousel containing animals that participants could ride on, and switch around the heads and tails. The top of the carousel featured a massive flame effect. Paul used repurposed electrical spools, and offcuts from the lumber mill to fit the Repurpose theme.
Photo by Brian Perez
Photo by Amanda Selenke
InterFuse Goes All Ages
2017’s biggest change was the integration of children at InterFuse. In the late summer a landslide percentage of community members voted to have InterFuse go all ages. This resulted in event participants creating a “Kidsville” for family camping, and an 18+ area for adult activities.
Photo by Robin Murphy
The Temple of Self was the official temple for Interfuse 2017, designed by Nathan Keuster. Its shape was a white-walled octagon atop a 2-step platform featuring 4 arched entrances. Each entrance containing a name. Shame, Fear, Grief, & Rage. Plaques will sat outside the perimeter of each entrance providing guidance. Participants were encouraged to set an intention, choose an entrance, & ascend the stairs to enter.
The Temple of Self was the second temple in InterFuse history, and marked a shift in bringing and recognizing temple culture in the Midwest Burner community.
The InterFuse art team now coined IFArt team received 25% of ticket sales in art grant funding and raised near $3000 through events such as Decemburn, the art auction at Ignition and art donations through the Donation Button. They awarded 60+ art proposals with a near total of $17,000 in art grants.
The IFArt team also completed the following this year (which were all new):
-We opened the proposal submissions earlier and received improved responses
-Gave the art panel increased time for review of proposals and voting
-The IFArt team Tour De’ Art successfully completed with a 1 hour art tour with art cars and art leads talking about the art and with artists as they toured the event grounds with all who wanted to attend and a photographer
-Patches and stickers for artists and art donors
-Laminated awards to place on all art pieces for identification throughout the burn
-Lammies for all art grant and honorarium recipients
-Spending on art that was not originally funded but was impressive enough to warrant monetary reward post event
-Adding a placement map of all of the art grant and honorarium recipients
From Earth Guardian Leads: Tricia Woolbright (Miz Trish) and John Beddow (North Star):
We had volunteers pretty consistently, all our needed equipment, and we were able to clean up from the previous land users and our own event smoothly. We had a lot of great participation from the community and only two really rough spots with folks who were not familiar with leave no trace principals entirely. So all in all, it was a very successful Earth Guardians / Leave no trace event.
Statement of Financial Activities
InterFuse Repurpose Revolution yielded a significantly smaller net revenue than in previous years. The greatest factor in the change of net revenue can be attributed to a notable increase in art grants: $3,985 in 2015, $9,390 in 2016, and $18,065 in 2017. If the community wishes to continue funding art in this manner, the accountant recommends increasing ticket price 25 – 50 percent in 2018.
In early 2017, the board implemented a new financial policy and procedure that can be found here. The greatest impact of this change was that leads were not issued gift cards in 2017. There was increased receipt reporting by leads in 2017 and the organization will likely continue following the DDBP. Any community feedback regarding the policy can be directed to the board or Hilary Garlic Fingers.
Also in 2017, the board accountant implemented a new budgeting system (based off feedback from Lakes of Fire financial wizards). Access to view the document is here. Please direct any questions about the budgeting to Hilary Garlic Fingers.
Misappropriation: A now-former board member was issued cash with the expectation the funds would be used to pay for neighbor gifts (and a small portion for straw and security officers). Funds totaling $1,032.50 were misappropriated. The misappropriation is listed on the budget document, MWB books, and will be reported on our annual tax return. The former board member has indicated they intend to return these funds to the organization.
IF 2017 Budget
Link to 2016 IF Budget
HullabalU was just what it was hoped to be – an intimate burn revisiting what we all love about burning. Beautiful land, comradery, family oriented and focused on building a stronger community.
Theme and effigy
This year’s theme for HullabalU was “The Tortoise and the Hare.” The effigy was designed to combine these two creatures into a climbable structure to inspire whimsy. For the second year, the effigy was designed to allow for continuous creation throughout the event. This was done by using art grant funds to provide paint, brushes and wood panels that could be adopted by any attendant to paint. These panels were added to the final effigy presentation to enjoy several hours before “Hortoise” was burned.
EC’s contacted LEO months prior to ensure notification was implemented. EC’s were made aware of another event “The Pumpkin Festival” and were able to alert attendants of changes in routing due to roads closing for this event. No visits or issues from LEO happened during the event.
Sound Mitigation success
One noise complaint from Marsha, a neighbor, did come to the land owners which was resolved to her satisfaction via reducing volume.
Ticketing system worked fairly well. Internet service at the site limited the speed with which check in occurred. Some of the transfers did not register in time to get the information there before the event but these situations were handle individually and all ticket holders were able to check in.
$250 was budgeted initially and an additional $330 was granted through the donation button on burnertickets. Art grants totalled $580 which was diverted to 5 grant proposals – Kate’s Chili (a big hit), the effigy panels and paint, oil wrestling and Fwed Chapel, the very popular Mobile Ball Pit and last but not least light up juggling.
Theme Camps: 6
Sound Camps: 1.5
Weather: Great till the 6in of rain Saturday night.
Open to all burners that plan to attend at least one Regional Burning Man event organized by either Midwest Burners or Gateway Burners in 2018. This event is free. Please RSVP only if you plan to attend, as breakfast and lunch will be provided.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE (to be updated):
9-10 – Breakfast and Volunteer Signups (Non-structured)
10-11:30 – Ranger Basics for Everyone (All Departments)
11:30-11:45 – Break / OPEN TIME
11:45-12:30 – Interdepartmental Overview (All Departments)
12:30-1:15 – Lunch
1:15-1:30 – Medic Overview (All Departments)
1:30-1:45 – Sanctuary (All Departments)
1:45-2:15 – Principles Office (All Departments)
2:15-3:00 – Advanced: Breakout Groups (By Department)
***NOTE: PICK ONE OF THE FOLLOWING ONLY
– Ranger Leadership / Advanced
– Medics Advanced
– Sanctuary Advanced
– Principles Office Advanced
3-3:15 – Break / OPEN TIME
3:15-3:45 – ICS Overview
3:45-5:15 – ICS Simulation (All Departments)
5:15 (out by 6) – Feedback forms / goodbye mingle