Fly Ranch is a 3,800 acre ranch in Northern Nevada home to Fly Geyser. We’ve hosted open campouts and work weekends, more than 500 public nature walks, and dozens of infrastructure experiments. Our projects tend to focus on reconnection, healing, and the land. The goal is to establish a permanent home for Burning Man, human creativity, and regenerative innovation at scale. Sign up for a nature walk and read our survival guide to visit.
500 people formed 185 teams and submitted proposals to LAGI. The proposals were reviewed by 200 technical advisors who left 2,000 comments. 50 members of the shortlist committee picked 52 shortlisted projects. The 33 jurors then voted for the top ten projects. Lodgers received the most votes, and is shown here. The projects aim to revere, steward, and heal the land. They also support Burning Man’s 2030 sustainability goals.
We hope to start with a dozen or so prototypes. We also hope to build many more of the proposed projects. We assume this will play out through an emergent strategy. Each of the shortlisted projects is open for comments. Leave your thoughts or a note if you’d like to volunteer. Join our April 19th call to learn more. Shown here: Ripple. See more coverage.
LAGI 2020 is an early step towards the Fly Ranch vision. The layout for Burning Man’s largest annual gathering did not come into being for a decade, once the city had reached 12,000 participants. Similarly, Fly Ranch has been and will be shaped and guided by the creative input and expertise of the community. Around 600 people participated in a 20 year process to realize the Fly Ranch dream in 2016. Thousands more have participated since then. The shared interest that drives us seems to be reconnection, healing, and life. It’s different, yet still Burning Man. We can give to the land, heal, and reconnect. We want to be good stewards of the hot springs, three reservoirs, wetlands, animals, and more than 100 types of plants. Then we can go home and contribute to our communities and the world. Read a 2.2K word document about the process and vision.
Our 2030 goals are to be carbon negative, sustainably manage waste, and be regenerative. We might be able to address the climate emergency if every government, organization, and person met these goals. We’re open-source and welcome collaboration.
Writer’s Emerging was a retreat to connect with the land and participate in creative workshops. One participant noted: “The Writers Emerging program epitomizes the highest and most multi-faceted potential of what your organization and its resources can do.”
Fly Ranch is on Numu (Northern Paiute) and Newe (Western Shoshone) land. At least fourdistinctNumutribes have direct ties to the area. We are learning and will continue to learn about this. There is more we can do to support Indigenous peoples, address settler colonialism within our culture, and support direct action. For more background see our land acknowledgment.