"Try to remember that you are part of a huge community that produces its most creative and important works through collaboration. You don't have to do it alone ... and will achieve more by letting others in, listening, giving, staying open."
I wrote these word to myself in 2005 from the Black Rock Desert at the end of Burning Man. A friend passed out postcards to everyone, had us write messages to ourselves, collected them, and mailed them to our homes about 6 months later. The idea was to reconnect us to whatever we were feeling at the end of this amazing event. The picture above is a Burning Man art installation called "Crude Awakening," featuring a set of huge metal sculptures (one praying figure for each continent) in thrall of the mother lode of oil. The derrick was blown up and set afire on the last night. See the mind-blowing video here.
The creative collaboration that made this artwork possible is the same idea that Netflix is tapping into in its much praised @4 million contest to improve movie satisfaction predictability by 10%. Here's a great article on the power teamwork, inspired by the Netflix project.This week I made my official decision to return to Burning Man at the end of August. I am beyond excited. What I most look forward to is – once again – being inspired by the awesome creative power of man, especially when we come together to create as a team.