Posted on August 31, 2013 by Info-bot
Thank you one last time for making Lakes of Fire 2013: Superstition the glorious reality that it was!
As your friendly neighborhood orphan Info-bot types this message, The Man burns in just around nine hours!! We at G.L.E.A. and Lakes of Fire hope you're having a glorious burn, or enjoying your orphan weekend, even if you couldn't make it to the man this year. Here's hoping that all Great Lakes-area burners travelling over the next few days have a safe, sane, and relaxing trip back home, and an easy transition back to "normal life."
Your friends at Lakes of Fire are already looking forward to next year, but we'd be crazy if we didn't take a few moments to reflect upon 2013, and your participation is definitely needed! Just take a few moments to fill out this important survey, so that your friends at Lakes of Fire's organizing Team Lead committee know where we need to improve for next year. Please fill out this critical participant survey! http://tinyurl.com/LoF2013Survey
Thank you Lakes of Fire community for your wonderful pictures and videos. We at Lakes of Fire have picked a few of our favorites, and placed them on the reflections page of our website! Go here to check them out! http://www.lakesoffire.org/pastevents/
As a brief aside, our final numbers are still trickling in, believe it or not. But we value transparency to our LoFer community, and will have financial details about 2013's event ready for you in the next few weeks, and will post them, so that you know EXACTLY where, and to what, your hard-earned money is going.
Please recall that Great Lakes Experimental Arts, Inc., uses your photographs or videos online, explicitly for the purposes of promoting Lakes of Fire. Your images and videos will NEVER be sold or commodified in any way, and if we use yours, we'll credit you!
OPEN LEAD POSITIONS: Get involved!
Lakes of Fire couldn't possibly operate without the help of a group of year-round volunteer Team Leads, and Team Co-Leads (sharing a leadership role) who take personal responsibility for enacting Lakes of Fire safely, legally, and in a way that reflects our values. Our consensus-oriented decision making process values the input of all organizers.
The question often comes up: How do I become a Team Lead or Co-Lead?
The simple answer is this: to become a Lakes of Fire Team (Co-)Lead, you must express your interest in a vacant position, and then the existing Team Lead group will decide, based on what they know about you - or can learn about you during a brief information-gathering period - if you have what it takes to join the ranks of our group of approximately two dozen volunteer leaders for Lakes of Fire.
A Few Things to Bear in Mind:
Team Leads must be able to commit to routine conference calls, especially from December through June. While attendance at every single conference call isn't mandatory, repeated absences may be grounds for dismissal. Typically our conference calls take place once a month, although they may very well be more often than that, depending on your department, and the needs of the people with whom you work closely, in other departments.
Team Leads are expected to attend our yearly Leads' Retreat, which takes place every fall. (This year's retreat is TENTATIVELY scheduled for the weekend of November 2nd, in Chicago.) This important face-to-face meeting allows Lakes of Fire's Team Leads to set the agenda for the following year's Lakes of Fire event. While attendance, again, isn't mandatory, it's expected that those absent will have a critical need keeping them away from this important meeting . . . a planned evening with friends at the bar isn't a good enough excuse.
Finally, potential Team Leads are generally expected to have SOME experience in the area in which they hope to be a Team Lead. It's preferred that the experience come from Lakes of Fire, but those with leadership experience at other regional burns such as Flipside, Playa Del Fuego, Scorched Nuts, etc., may find an easier path towards becoming a Team Lead . . . and of course those with relevant experience at Burning Man itself will always find that THAT experience matters to other Team Leads.
Here, in merely alphabetical order, are the Team Lead and Team Co-Lead positions that are open and available for 2014's event, along with a brief description of the duties required in those positions. Please let your friendly neighborhood Info-bot know if you think you can help fulfill an open Team Lead or Team Co-Lead position:
OPEN TEAM LEAD/CO-LEAD POSITIONS:
This Lead or Co-Lead position roughly equates to the Accounting Department, to help keep track of expenses, receipts, money coming in, etc. It's a critical administrative position that helps keep G.L.E.A. Inc.'s Lakes of Fire event profitable, financially secure, legal, and openly transparent to our community.
This Co-Lead position is primarily geared towards keeping Lakes of Fire's participant base of thousands INFORMED about the event, including ticket sales, the Ten Principles, and the considerable list of logistical issues required to gain entry, find a safe and secure home, participate in, and leave no trace from Lakes of Fire. Although Lakes of Fire does not issue press releases, some interaction with local media may become necessary.
Emergency Services - Medical AND Fire
These positions are for people who have some background and/or training as Emergency Medical Technicians, or Fire-fighting. They are folks specifically-trained participants who KNOW what to do when emergencies arise, and are, among all Lakes of Fire Team Lead positions, the ones that require some training in their particular field.
G.L.E.A. Board of Directors
The Great Lakes Experimental Arts, Inc.'s Board of Directors is the public facing arm of our event. They help ensure Lakes of Fire is legal, sustainable, and produced by a functional organization. Every year, one or two Board positions open and new members are voted in for a 3 year term. If you feel your experience with Lakes of Fire has resulted in a keen 'big picture' perspective and desire to serve the organization and attendees through this vital role, consider clicking the link below to a questionnaire to be considered for one of the two open Board positions. If you have questions about what is involved beyond what the website provides, feel free to inquire with firstname.lastname@example.org://docs.google.com/forms/d/1EuPeiXYL2XT3OJwP4COLfds7zg2H0Su9GyKGRgNkUBE/viewform
Leave No Trace
This important Co-Lead position reflects of our most cherished values . . . that we leave Lucky Lake, or whatever our home is, in better shape than how we found it. You must be able to stick around AFTER the event is over, in order to fulfill this position. You'll be required to co-ordinate clean-up efforts that will help this event Leave No Trace, as it always has.
This Co-Lead position is for people interested in helping set up the "feng shui" and/or artistic layout of the various theme camps and installations that contribute to Lakes of Fire. You must be good at working with artists, and be a patient and dedicated contributor to the event. You will help put projects, theme camps, and installations on the map in a logical, and beautiful way, Some experience running placement at events is HIGHLY preferred for this position.
This Lead or Co-lead position is for those interested in protecting the event. You may be required to play "bad cop" to sound camps that can't or won't heed our sound protocols. Strong and outgoing personalities are nearly required for this position, which has a critical task of protecting Lakes of Fire, by firmly enforcing our Sound Policies.
This Co-Lead position is for someone who is great with spreadsheets, and great about getting back to people electronically, when they have emailed questions or expressions of interest. Lakes of Fire relies upon the volunteerism of hundreds of wonderful moties, but if they're not well-directed, well-informed, and well-organized, then Lakes of Fire's critical needs will not be met. Internet access and a keen sense of organization is critical for this position.
We hope YOU will consider joining Lakes of Fire's Team Lead group of organizers in 2014, as long as you can meet the above criteria, and stay committed to the event!
That's what we got for ya this week!
Thanks again for being a part of Lakes of Fire.