April 18 - Michael “Danger Ranger" Mikel on "A comprehensive examination of Burning Man’s 30-year history and how it evolved as it was affected by external & internal forces."

The 5 Ages of Burning Man

“A comprehensive examination of Burning Man’s 30-year history and how it evolved as it was affected by external & internal forces”

 
Come Hear Guest Speaker Michael “Danger Ranger” Mikel
Tuesday April 18 | 7:30pm
TCES 139/141
FREE and open to the public
An audience question-and-answer session will follow the talk.

Historian and futurist Michael “Danger Ranger” Mikel is one of the founders of Burning Man and serves on its Board of Directors. He was instrumental in bringing Burning Man to the Black Rock Desert in 1990, and has been responsible for a number of Burning Man firsts: the first Art Car in 1991; the first on-site newspaper and founding of the Black Rock Rangers in 1992; the logo which has become the symbol of the Burning Man community in 1995; traveling across America as an ambassador for Burning Man in 2001; initiation of Burning Man’s 501c3 non-profit status in 2006, and the development of Burning Man’s presence in the virtual world of Second Life in 2008.

Mikel has been involved with numerous San Francisco social, countercultural and technological institutions. Mikel began his career in the 1970s working on precursors of the personal computer in nascent Silicon Valley. In the mid-80s, he developed the first robotic assembly line for Apple Computer’s Fremont assembly plant, and in 1987, was a co-founder of San Francisco’s first tech startup, Jasmine Technology. As a content contributor and social catalyst, his work influenced the founders of many media and technology startups.

Michael lives in San Francisco, where has been involved with numerous social, countercultural and technological institutions, and Reno, where he best known within the Burning Man community by his playa persona “Danger Ranger.”

Photo Credits Eleanor Preger

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