A Week in the Desert w/ 70,000 Strangers | The Economics of Burning Man | Mark Lutter Ph.D

Burning Man seems to defy all economic logic.  There are few rules, zero natural resources and a bunch of people from disparate backgrounds getting along without any heavy handed authority.  And yet it works.  Learn about the history of Burning Man and what it can tell us about our innate human desires and economic models with Mark Lutter in this unique talk.

How can a place with no natural resources support one of the largest art-fueled cities in the world for a week?

How can a group of people with little in common keep law and order without strong authority?

How is resource allocation done when gifting and radical inclusion are major principles of every activity that occurs in an area?

Learn about this and much more in Mark Lutter's talk on The Economics of Burning Man.

Burning Man describes itself like this:

Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. In this crucible of creativity, all are welcome.

A temporary city erects itself in one of the most inhospitable places in all of the United States for a festival celebrating art and connection.  Every resource consumed must be brought in and their are strong community rules against certain behaviors or disrespecting the land.  Even water brought in must leave at the end of the event.

Mark Lutter studied under some of the finest Economists in the world at George Mason University and is the world's foremost expert in free cities and new legal system design. He's also a three-time attendee of Burning Man. 


Mark will answer these questions and many more during an hour long talk and Q&A. Mark will bring his own experience attending Burning Man and studying legal systems with a focus on Free Cities and Special Economic Zones to the discussion and Q&A. 

About Mark Lutter

Mark has spent his adult life dedicated to the study of the legal frameworks that make the best economic outcomes possible. He has served as an advisor to the ZEDES project in Honduras, wrote a thesis paper diving deep into the concepts surrounding proprietary cities and studied under the world's foremost economists at George Mason - including Dr. Tyler Cowen, of Marginal Revolution Fame, and Dr. Don Boudreaux.

He's been featured on myriad blogs and podcasts as an expert on free cities and special economic zones. He is also a prolific writer and researcher who shares his thoughts on FreeCitiesInitiative.com.

What Happens When You Buy:

  • You'll receive an email with a link to a private hangout with Mark taking place Tuesday, September 13th at 9pm ET, 6 Pacific
  • You'll be sent some of Marks earlier writings on Burning Man and its implications for economic theory
  • You'll get the chance to learn from the world's foremost expert on free cities, designing legal systems for economic growth and special economic zones - and ask any questions you have

This one time event is deliberately kept small to encourage discussion and radical transparency, much like Burning Man. Only ten tickets will be sold and once they're gone they are gone - grab yours now. 

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