Youtopia 2015 Safety Meeting

The YOUtopia Safety Hub would like to invite you to an open public Town Hall style meeting to discuss the safety concerns we all share regarding our event. We are actively seeking feedback, ideas, concerns, and questions regarding safety in years past as well as for our 2015 event YOUtopia: Robots & Dinosaurs YOUnite!
Please plan to share your concerns in a brief (5 minutes or less) sharing, which will be followed by some brainstorming and outlining to help define the community’s most pressing concerns. As we are early in the process of redefining the scope and outlook of the Safety team and the safety plans and policies for this years event, we cannot promise that any concrete answers will be available, but part of the reason for that is we want to make sure we understand the concerns of our community as we develop those plans.
Please plan on joining us at CoLab (6061 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, California 92120) on Saturday, May 9th from noon to 4PM.  Learn more at the Facebook event page.

2015 Burning Man Midway Projects

The 2015 Burning Man art theme, Carnival of Mirrors, includes a midway in which regional communities will “help create an interactive space that will house a panoply of strange and enchanting wonders.”
Two different San Diego based projects have been accepted for the midway!
Wonderlust Arcade
A vortex where time and space are merged combines oversized, interactive childhood games from the 80’s, with a 20’s aesthetic of San Diego’s midway legacy, all housed within a mind bending trick of the eye, in which you begin as yourself and end as a giant! Find secret doors to emerge into another dimension which is ruled by a handmade pipe organ for your playing delight until reality calls you once again back to the Midway!!  Find us on Facebook.
Dr. Hyas Balze Boardwalk Soul Exchange
The Soul Exchange is a carnival game booth extraordinaire, with a twist. In order to play, you must allow your soul to be weighed and participate in a soul exchange. This Midway project represents a collaboration of artists, planners, and performers who are creating a stage set for the game of imagination. Highly participatory and highly interactive, Dr. Hyas Balze Boardwalk Soul Exchange is an epic journey into building community and art through play! Find us on Facebook and follow Dr. Balze on twitter.

San Diego at the Burning Man Global Leadership Conference

San Diego sent an amazingly strong delegation to the Burning Man Global Leadership Conference. Pictured are six members of the SDCAP board of directors, both Youtopia co-orchestrators, and all four official San Diego Burning Man Regional Contacts. Not pictured but also in attendance was the SDCAP Executive Director.
Topics ranged from “Cultivating Strong Regional Ranger Teams” to “Dealing With & Planning for Regional Community Growth & Event Growth”
Here is a promotional video from the 2014 conference:

Burning Man “Global Leadership Conference 2014” from Intelligent Design on Vimeo.
And a recording of the keynote address by Dennis Kucinich from this past weekend.

Finally,  the event was covered in the Reno Gazette-Journal, the Burning Man Blog and in a really good article over at Burn After Reading.