Take 50,000 people
Place them in the Nevada Desert. Ban money and commercialism. Social status is checked at the gate. Allow freedom of expression and an environment where radical self reliance is key.
This is Burning Man. A community of people from predominately developed countries adopting a community spirit I’ve seen only in developing countries. Where you look out for your camp mates, neighbours, strangers.
Its a leave no trace event. By the end of cleanup you shouldn’t be able to tell there was a city there for over a week.
Thats like relocating the entire population of New Plymouth, (NZs 12th Biggest city!) into the desert.
24 hours a day for an entire week those 50,000 people do whatever they want, learn, explore, party, share and grow.
It starts before you even get there. Months of planning, teaming up with other people to form a camp. Planning actually starts for most camps as soon as they are home from the previous burn.
The drive in, slow, the dust enveloping you, your car, everything.
You get to the gate, its around 3am. A dust storm is in full force and the greeters run up to your car, welcoming you home. You cant help but get this strange feeling in your chest that you are somewhere special.
They ask if we are virgins, we are taken over to bells at the entrance and told to ring out or virginity.