Our events act as experiences that manifest the possibilities for positive change in the world. The Interactive Workshops are magnet for the larger community to engage in intellectual discussion, communal processing, and novel discourse.


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We are looking for top notch speakers to offer unique, nuanced, and optimistic perspectives. 

Do you know someone in your network who would be a great candidate to speak or would you like to speak yourself?



See IDEATE topics 2018 below :) Have a specific topic in mind? That's cool too! Just let us know in the application form.



Ethical Technology: Building a Regenerative World

When: 01pm - 4pm

Interactive Workshop Series on discussing mission-driven aspects of blockchain, crypto, VR/AR, AI, etc. Riffing off the topic of “iRobot,” leaders in technology discuss who we re and who we are becoming as these industries continue to shape our world.


Global Community: One Planet, One Tribe, One Mission

When: 01pm - 4pm

Interactive Workshop Series on navigating connectivity in a time of massive geopolitical shifts. Participate in discussions around diversity, inclusion, intersectionality, and empowering modern gender dynamics.


Applying Burning Man Principles to the Rest of the World (Because Unicorns Are Awesome)

When: Thursday, 01pm - 4pm

From universal basic income, to disaster relief, to sustainable, clean energy and water, this set of interactive workshop explores taking lessons learned on playa into the rest of the world. Sharing examples of using Burning Man as a rapid prototyping lab to transform society.

Any day

Social Enterprise and organization design for producing transformational impact.


Speaker Series is Fundamental to IDEATE’s identity.

make this year’s Interactive Workshops and Events @ IDEATE truly special!

Good to know

  • Workshops typically last ~50 minutes; we’ve also had longer “Open Space” events and shorter “lightning talks” too
  • If there is a cool project that requires certain equipment, we’ll help figure out how to make it happen. It needs to be fairly dust proof though (we did have 14 VR sets this past year. They were a bit grey at the end, from the dust, but functioned just fine.

  • Invited someone to speak? Then you're the main point of contact; unless you can’t be for some reason

Deadline for confirmed speakers: July 27th 2018.

The critical purpose of IDEATE is creating uniquely vibrant experiences that will resonate throughout Burning Man 2018.
Talk by Grover Norquist


a dynamic speaker who lays out a provocative perspective and then engages in dialog; TED-like.


Interactive Experiences

these are typically exercises that involve certain artifacts, e.g. roles, templates, toy, tools, VR equipment, etc. Here the goal is to let participants experiment with tools, learn, and possibly take away for use “beyond the Playa."


Concerts / Art Installations

e.g. the amazing Christen Lien, and also at another event the remarkable Marco Cochran (describing his Bliss Project)


Lightning Talk s/ Open Space Events

these are themed experiences facilitated by a talented guide around particular topics that invite participants to present a perspective and then engage in small group discussions, which are later described in a plenary discussion.

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Panel Discussion

a group of people who offer a five minute perspective each on a particular topic, then - guided by a moderator - discuss their various views, of course always open to engagement with the “audience."


A Story: Impact Beyond The Playa

sculpture: "Truth is Beauty" by Marco Cochrane

photo: Trey Ratcliff

placement of the iconic “Truth is Beauty” SCULPTURE at a corporate campus in San Leandro

A particularly wonderful example of the successful transfer of a Burning Man experience through efforts of members of IDEATE is the placement of the iconic “Truth is Beauty” sculpture near the San Leandro BART Station, where it is making an impact every day.

This was done through the efforts of IDEATERS Greg Delaune, Gaye Quinn, and Debbie Acosta - and many others as well. The tagline to this extraordinary sculpture is “What would the world be like if women were safe?” As you can imagine, the sculpture and its theme stirs deeply meaningful dialog in the community where it is placed.