Publication Date

Spring 2015

Degree Name

MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

First Advisor

Charles Curry-Smithson

Second Advisor

Nikoi Kote-Nikoi

Abstract

This research paper is a collection of utopian visions gathered from the Radical Community of Burning Man. The goal of this research is to collect a sample of utopian visions from this community, organize them, and share them in a way that can be effectively used in a professional and/or activist environment. Research was done in the fall of 2013 at the Burning Man Festival, in 2014 at a Regional Burning Man Event: Lakes of Fire, and with the Burner Community around these times. The primary research question is: "What are utopian visions of the 'Burning Man' radical community?" The field question exclusively used to collect all participant responses was: "What is something you'd like to see happening in the future in an Ideal or Utopian Future?" Data was collected from over 300 participant responses. The reason for this research is to provide a view into the radical visions of utopia, using Burning Man as a specific case study. This research provides a basis for both further similar research projects and a foundation for efforts to create a more ideal or utopian society thorough social activism and community design projects. Limitations are presented, and conceptual frameworks are provided to assist in analysis of the collected data. The cherished component of this research project is the responses from the members of the Burning Man Community, and I am grateful for their time, for their love, and for sharing their visions of utopia.

Disciplines

Community-Based Research | Human Ecology | Leisure Studies | Political Science | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social Psychology and Interaction | Sociology of Culture