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Burning Man: A place for sharing

Sharing soup at Burning Man Festival

TrustCloud CEO Xin Chung sharing Pho at Burning Man

 

Believe it or not, the spirit of sharing is an important element at the annual Burning Man art festival. The event, which started in 1986 as a small group of people gathering spontaneously on a San Francisco beach, has now become a community of over 48,000 people who meet annually in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.

The festival is based on ten ideological principles. Guess what one of them is? Gifting.  According to the principles, acts of gifting and an environment that is free from commerical interests are important pillars for the Burning Man community  - things that very much remind me of the spirit of the sharing economy.

TrustCloud CEO Xin Chung also joined in the sharing fun at the festival this year. He and some friends built up a stand and prepared Pho, a vietnamese soup, which they shared with other hungry festival participants. Looks like it was great fun!

About Francesca Pick

Francesca is a sharing economy activist who is interested in sustainable business models and online trust. She is community manager for Europe at TrustCloud and a core member of OuiShare, a distributed non-profit and global community for the collaborative economy.

Follow her at @francesca_sp

  • http://www.facebook.com/markmilleritpro Mark Miller

    We were there 2007, 2008, and gifted lit night bubble show, and free ice cold water sprays to passersby in the heat! Way to go Xin!

  • http://hosting.ber-art.nl/ Berrie Pelser

    Shame this is not in Europe :( love to go there one time!

    Berrie Pelser at http://hosting.ber-art.nl/

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