From Burning Man with Love: Fun Videos of Inspired Gift Givers

Eight Videos of Inspired Gift Givers 2015

For tens of thousands of people each year, gifting is a central part of the Burning Man experience. As second on the list of the “10 Principles of Burning Man,” written by founder Larry Harvey, gifting is a core practice of this unique annual event that draws 60,000 international participants to a magically transformed bare expanse of desert in Nevada.

Gifts are always free at Burning Man. Nobody was paid anything for the services they share in these videos. The widely-observed principle of “Decommodification” means that no money or barter is exchanged on the playa. Built on top of a foundation of giving freely are the principles of “Immediacy,” and “Participation,” along with the liberating principle of “Radical Self-expression.” This unique mix creates space for the practices of courage, generosity, compassion and creativity.

‘From Burning Man with Love” is an eight video series (below) funded by donations to the new media non-profit, Informing to Empower, for the Sonoma Independent. We thank each of the participants profiled for their willingness to connect and to share.

Videos produced and created by Jonathan Greenberg at Progressive Source Communications. Editing by the Lab Creative.

 

 

The founder and Editor of the Sonoma County Independent, Greenberg is an investigative financial journalist with 35 years of experience with national publications. Greenberg writes a political blog that appears in the Huffington Post In 2015, he won two first prizes from the Greater Bay Journalism Awards for his coverage of the closing of Palm Drive Hospital. In 2014, he won first prize for analysis from Award competition for his coverage of the Monday closings of Sonoma County's libraries. He has been an investigative financial and political journalist for such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, Forbes, New York, Money, The Bohemian, The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Playboy, Self, Inc., GQ, The New Republic, and Alternet. He is also the author of several well-reviewed books. As a new media innovator who has developed a half dozen interactive web platforms and dozens of content-focused web sites, Greenberg is committed to enhancing responsive government and expanding media democracy. Greenberg is founder of Progressive Source Communications, a Sebastopol-based public interest communications company. In the past, he founded and managed two other online companies, TV1.com, and Gist.com. Greenberg’s political work included serving as Policy Director for the New York City Council’s Select Committee on Lower Manhattan Redevelopment in the years following 9-11. His work resulted in more than $250 million of federal funds being re-directed to needy businesses and constituents in the impacted area. Greenberg has been Vice President of Fenton Communication’s New York office. His work on behalf of non-profit organizations has included communications consulting for Save Darfur, Stonyfield Farm, the ACLU, and the Lakota People’s Law Project. Greenberg holds a B.A. in writing from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and a Masters Degree in Law from Yale Law School, where he graduated with honors in First Amendment Law.
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