This is a response to Adam Kleinberg's post Why We Have A Burning Man Policy
After six consecutive burns I planned to skip this one. I was going to backpack through India! Or ride AIDS Lifecycle! Or apply for grad school! Or visit friends in Europe! Honestly, I didn't really have a plan aside from wanting a Big Important Adventure that involved running water, flushable toilets, and wearing pants. (in hindsight perhaps India was incompatible with this goal) So I retired from my position as Store Manager for Costco Soulmate Trading Outlet, said "See you in 2013!" to my far flung burner tribe, and *POOF* I was no longer interested in the burn. Then early August rolled around and friends started selling their extra tickets... Fuck.
Yesterday, I was invited to have lunch at Burning Man's new headquarters down on 6th and Market. Lunch was yummy, we had a great conversation, and it was interesting to see the similar challenges that creatively focused organizations face—regardless of their size or the nature of their business.
On page 10 of Traction's employee handbook, right in between the sections on "Voting Leave" and "Military Leave," is a little section called "The Burning Man Policy."