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Burning Man’s ‘Gift Economy’


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by Andrew Stelzer

No commerce is allowed at Burning Man.  It’s one of the most unusual economic structures in the world–a ‘gift economy’.  Making Contact producer Andrew Stelzer’s been there, and sat down with Larry Harvey, the festival’s founder, to find out how it all works.


Interview with Burning Man Founder Larry Harvey

by Andrew Stelzer

The full length interview with Burning Man founder Larry Harvey, discussing the roots and details of how the festivals’ ‘gift economy’ works.

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Author: Radio Project

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