Graduating From Burning Man

Will Chase

This week, I’ll be sending my final Jackrabbit Speaks, after which you’ll notice the name Will Chase has moved from “Editor” to “Emeritus” in the credits. This simple copy and paste operation belies the complexity of emotions behind “graduating” from Burning Man.

After 13 years with the Burning Man Project, the time has come for me to move on to the next big opportunity to facilitate change in the world. Next week, I’m excited to start work as the first Director of Content and Community for Maker Faire, where I’ll bring the skills I’ve learned at Burning Man to another global community of passionately creative people poised to change the world: the Maker Movement.

I want to take this opportunity to thank YOU, my Burner friends, for being who you are, doing what you do, and staying engaged and active in this incredible community.

Through all of Burning Man’s communications channels (, The Burning Man Journal, the Jackrabbit Speaks, Facebook, Twitter and the ePlaya), my goal has to been to hold a mirror up to this community, sharing the amazing things you do, in hopes of inspiring more people to be their fully-expressed selves — in ways large or small — and to connect with others who’ll fan the flames of their inspiration. And if we manage to light up just one person, I consider it a victory.

It’s been an incredible honor and privilege to serve this community, and to be a part of it. Keep the fires burning, people. I’ll see you on playa.

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