The word ‘PRIVILEGE’ has become much of a contentious word in our burn community. In this episode we are joined by Alfie to explore the definitions of the word privilege; what it means to be privileged; the positive and negative associations of being in a privileged position; and how to reengineer privilege in the context of our regional burning community.

Alfred Pek is a Filmmaker, Storyteller, Advocate for Diverse Identities, Human Rights, and deliverer of authentic ideas & stories. His stories and writing can be found here:

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Diversity & Radical Inclusion: Élida Bautista on Identity and How Burners Can Create Change -
Burning Man 2016: Your Privilege Is Showing -
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In Which I Answer “What’s the deal with privilege and Burning Man?” -
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5 Types Of Privilege You Probably Have No Idea You're Benefiting From -


Show Notes (all timestamps are approximates only)
Intro: Corporate World - Dust Brothers (1999)

  • Do you consider yourself privileged? [~6:25]
  • How did you get to know about the burn community? [~9:15]
  • Blazing swan [~12:40]
  • Difference and similarities between the east and west coast (of Australia) burns? [~14:55]
  • What was the experience like to be flying/traveling solo at Afrika Burn? [~16:25]
  • What impressed you at Afrika Burn? [~17:55]
  • What is the ratio of Asian friends and non-asian friends you have? [~22:05]
  • What did you experience in Afrika Burn? [~23:40]
  • Some definitions of privilege… [~26:05]
  • How do we navigate around these negatives and provide more of the positives of privilege? [~31:00]
  • The western influence of the concepts and principles of Burning Man… and how that translates in eastern cultures… [~41:50]
  • How do we reengineer privilege in other regional burns? [~44:00]
  • Name three personalities (living or dead) that you'd invite to your own dinner party? Why? [~47:30]
  • Identity and representation at a burn… [~50:45]
  • What did you think about the movie ‘Crazy Rich Asians’? [~55:10]
  • Privilege and radical self-entitlement; how do we reengineer privilege? [~60:00]
  • Should we wear our privilege badge proudly? [~62:10]
  • What are some of the benefits from positively promoting privilege? [~65:50]

This podcast was recorded back in August, 2019.


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