It’s not easy to talk about politics and Burning Man at the same time. On the surface, it doesn’t seem like Burning Man is about politics, so it’s hard to know where to start. That’s an illusion, though. For one thing, any decision to spend one’s time, money and energy on one thing and not another is a political decision. But moreover, if Burning Man can be said to be about anything, surely “imagining a better world” is a good candidate for what that thing might be, and that is squarely the realm of politics.
Ronan Harrington is one of the characters in the global Burning Man community who can always be relied upon to go there. Burning Man events transformed him, and he’s built upon that experience to create a model he thinks could bring about that better world we imagine. At the 2017 European Leadership Summit in Stockholm, he gave this talk about that possibility: