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Enabling Creative Chaos (09 Edition)by Katherine K. Chen
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In theand#160;summer of 2008, nearly fifty thousand people traveled to Nevadaand#8217;s Black Rock Desert to participate in the countercultural arts event Burning Man. Founded on a commitment to expression and community, the annual weeklong festival presents unique challenges to its organizers. Over four years Katherine K. Chen regularly participated in organizing efforts to safely and successfully create a temporary community in the middle of the desert under the hot August sun.
Enabling Creative Chaos tracks how a small, underfunded group of organizers transformed into an unconventional corporation with a ten-million-dollar budget and two thousand volunteers. Over the years, Burning Manand#8217;s organizers have experimented with different management models; learned how to recruit, motivate, and retain volunteers; and developed strategies to handle regulatory agencies and respond to media coverage. This remarkable evolution, Chen reveals, offers important lessons for managers in any organization, particularly in uncertain times.
About the Author
Katherine K. Chen is assistant professor of sociology at The City College of New York and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
1 Introduction: The Perils of Under- and Overorganizing
2 Context: The Development of the Burning Man Event and Organization
3 “Do-ocracy”: Acting on Suggestions and Criticisms
4 “Radical Inclusion”: Attracting and Placing Members
5 “No Spectators”: Motivating Members to Contribute
6 “Immerse Yourself”: Managing Relations in the Pursuit of Legitimacy
7 Conclusion: Sustaining Creative Chaos
Appendix 1. Ethnography and Qualitative Research
Appendix 2. Interview Protocols
Reference List Index
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