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Upcoming Features

Culturally Attuned

A USIP & Burning Man Podcast

Have you ever wanted to work in a community or culture that was radically different than the one you grew up in?

The Culturally Attuned podcast and curriculum, a partner effort between the United States Institute of Peace and Burning Man Project, explores these questions. The podcast and course will share real world stories, lessons, and practical advice for people who work in a range of settings around the world and who may find themselves in unfamiliar surroundings.  The premise of cultural synergy is that people can be more effective, productive and cooperative in their interactions when the strengths of their cultures are combined and thus add value to the other.  The combination of backgrounds, approaches, and perceptions within a group or between two people is greater than those of the individual.  Together, such groups can achieve outcomes they may not be able to reach individually.  This series provides concrete examples from practitioners that will aid in developing a learning posture, integrated with both humor and humility, such that it is possible to continually grow the skills needed to do good work in the world.

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler, a Burners Without Borders volunteer, or just wanting to make better connections with your neighbors- there’s something in this project for everyone.  Join Us! As narrator David Yang, USIP’s Vice-President, Applied Conflict Transformation, takes us on a journey of listening and learning.

Cocktails & Conservation:
OZ’s Wildlife Rescue & Recovery Program

Wednesday, March 10th, 6:00pm PST

Our first C&C of the 2021 season kicks off with our very own Wildlife Rescue & Recovery program. We are pleased to feature a signature cocktail “The Bird About Town” from District Oakland. Join us as we imbibe while being inspired!

Grant Activation: Healing through Collaboration

Tuesday, March 16th, 10:00am PDT

What does healing look like at an individual or even community level? How might creativity and collaboration be a key to unlocking the answer to that question?

Heal Her is a participatory and expressive arts initiative for the collective healing and prevention of sexual/gender-based violence. Meeting in talking circles worldwide, this project creates rituals for transformative storytelling, consciousness-raising, and empathetic listening.

New to the Series? Check out the videos of previous calls.


A Kindling Oral Storytelling Project

The word Blueprints implies instructions to build something — in this case, we’re offering up individual stories as maps for becoming kind and resilient leaders, workers, citizens… in short, better humans.

This micro story podcast series features candid conversations with remarkable humans — from imagineers and city builders, to intriguing humans from across the global Burning Man community.

Each oral story offers up personal, professional, and creative perspectives on how to approach one’s daily life, based on the knowledge gained by being active participants at Black Rock City and to have a meaningful impact on the people around us and the communities of which we are all a part.

Enter the Kindling Escape Pod

Exit the 24-hour News Cycle

We know things can feel a little overwhelming sometimes. The Kindling team put its heads together about what we all need came up with a cozy escape pod for any and all to curl up in and hide from the 24-hour news cycle. Introducing the Kindling Escape Pod, featuring Slow TV from our friends at Nomad, colouring pages, deep playa DJ sets, a virtual tea ceremony, and…baby animals. Get some snacks. Climb in. Seal the hatch. And forget the world. It’s nice in here.

Kindling’s 5 Vice-Breakers to Stop the Digital Doom Scrolling

Keeping up with the ever-changing landscape of very important issues and events affecting our day-to-day existence becomes overwhelming for even the heartiest woke activist. Something we learn as Burners, and as everyday humans, is that a change of scene into immediate reality is the key to shifting your mindset. And it doesn’t take a big, loud, shiny object to bring about that instant shift (although that does help). All around you there are wondrous things to do, you just need to open your eyes to the possibilities.

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