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: https://medium.com/@Alfredozindo

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The 10 Principles of Burning Man: https://burningman.org/culture/philosophical-center/10-principles/

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Further reading:
Burning Man Must Address its Racial Inclusion Problem: An Open Letter to the Board of Directors of Burning Man Project - https://medium.com/@info_11316/burning-man-must-address-its-racial-inclusion-problem-an-open-letter-to-the-board-of-directors-of-c17df291a6e5
The Endless Rules of Burning Man - https://www.citylab.com/life/2017/08/the-many-rules-of-burning-man/538389/
Why the Rich Love Burning Man - https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/08/burning-man-one-percent-silicon-valley-tech/
The results of Burning Man’s very detailed annual census - https://qz.com/1112285/burning-man-census-data-show-is-most-demographically-similar-to-massachussets/
Diversity & Radical Inclusion: Marlon Williams on the 10 Principles’ Racial Limits - https://journal.burningman.org/2019/05/opinion/serious-stuff/diversity-radical-inclusion-marlon-williams-on-the-10-principles-racial-limits/
Diversity & Radical Inclusion: Élida Bautista on Identity and How Burners Can Create Change - https://journal.burningman.org/2019/03/opinion/serious-stuff/diversity-radical-inclusion-elida-bautista/
Burning Man 2016: Your Privilege Is Showing - https://medium.com/@teastainednotes/burning-man-2016-your-privilege-is-showing-f37c25449f25
Burning Man's loving engine powered by wealth, privilege - https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/09/04/burning-mans-loving-engine-powered-wealth-privilege/89873480/
In Which I Answer “What’s the deal with privilege and Burning Man?” - http://kevinbracken.com/events/in-which-i-answer-whats-the-deal-with-privilege-and-burning-man/
Burning Man attendees are spending more money than ever. These charts show why - https://qz.com/1367064/who-goes-to-burning-man-four-charts-tell-a-changing-story/
5 Types Of Privilege You Probably Have No Idea You're Benefiting From - https://www.elitedaily.com/life/privilege-benefiting-from-no-idea/1496370

 

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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