Founders’ Voices

The Founders (Photo by Karen Kuehn)


Any thoughtful exploration of Burning Man’s philosophical and historical roots must consider the ideas of Larry Harvey and his five partners in Black Rock City, LLC: Harley Dubois, Marian Goodell, Michael Mikel, Will Roger Peterson, and Crimson Rose. This group collaboratively led Burning Man from 1998 to 2013, when Burning Man became a nonprofit. These days, each of the six founders have varying levels of involvement in the operations of Burning Man and their collective influence continues to be felt in many ways throughout the community. In this section we have assembled some representative writings, interviews, and speaking engagements. Additional writings can be found in Historical Publications.