Research Presentations: Burning Man & Innovation. Adelaide, June 17. Venice, June 23-26.

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By Grant Hall

Hi Everyone,

My research project exploring the links between Burning Man and innovation is progressing well. Later this month, I’ll introduce some of my findings to the world through research presentations in Australia and Italy, the details of which are below.

Dates, times, locations:

Monday 17 June 2019, 9:30am, at the University of South Australia (City West Campus).

Sunday 23 June to Wednesday 26 June at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy (as part AIMAC 2019, the 15th International Conference on Arts and Cultural Management). Day and time to be determined.

Please contact me if you’d like to attend either of the presentations!

About the presentations:

Burning Man is a week-long counter-cultural event held each year in the Nevada desert in the USA. Regarded by many as the greatest party on earth, Burning Man is famous for many things, including gigantic ephemeral art that springs forth from the desert, the radical self-expression of its community as they push the barriers of creativity, and the extreme environment of its site. Burning Man is also famous for innovation, and world leading innovators such as Sergey Brin, Larry Page, Tony Hsieh, Mark Zuckerberg, Alexis Ohanian, Jeff Bezos, Drew Houston and Elon Musk (who is quoted as saying “Burning Man is Silicon Valley”) are among some of the more well-known entrepreneurs who have attended Burning Man. I have been interviewing innovators from around the world about their Burning Man experiences to learn more about the links between the event and innovation. In this presentation, I will present his research findings which sheds light on the way we learn and innovate, and on the transformational power of arts and co-creation activities.

Thanks to my sponsors and financial supporters.

  • University of South Australia
  • The Australian Government
  • The Honourable Steven Marshall MP, Premier of South Australia

I am currently seeking sponsors for my research presentations – click here for further information.

Thanks for your interest and support!

Grant Hall

Project leader and researcher.


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