The inspiration: The Monastery + Burning Man
The monastery has historically been a place where people can seek refuge from whatever haunts them in the outside world, it’s a community, appreciation for being together; breaking bread and sharing drinks, and a place for deep conversations. The monastery has also been a place to preserve important literary texts, inventing new forms of music. It has also, of course, been a place of worship, a place that has been off-grid enough to not let everyday lives and to-do-lists enter into the space where rituals and spiritual practices can be explored and realised.
Burning Man is the largest participatory event in the world, gathering around 80 000 people in the deserts of Nevada every year. At Burning Man there is no ’performer’ and ’audience’. Every participant is both. The event hinges on everyone pitching in with their creativity and good will to create something truly meaningful and memorable. In addition no money is used, and no bartering takes its place.
The combination: The outcome of combining these two blueprints is a deeply creative and genuine space. It is also radically democratic. If someone has an idea they don’t wait for someone else to serve it for them. If you want it to happen – you make it happen! What is offered is the space to do so! You are most welcome to reach out to others who can also realise your vision with you, or help someone else realise theirs (or both). This is refered to as a do-ocracy. The principle of Radical inclusion means we don’t go around telling others why their ideas are not good. We allow for the diversity of ideas, art projects, performances and spaces to pop up along side one another. Thus, inclusion in this case doesn’t mean that there is one singular vision that leads the whole process and that people are allowed or tolerated to have themselves included in it. Inclusion in this case means that the content is entirely shaped by who comes. Leadership exists to facilitate the space where all this can happen.