Caveat Magister

Caveat Magister

For the last ten years, Caveat Magister, aka Benjamin Wachs, has been actively writing about Burning Man culture and engaging with Burning Man at the cutting edge of its philosophy, composing over 250 articles about it for the Burning Man website. By 2015, this work had made him, outside of Larry Harvey and his fellow founders, one of the leading interpreters of Burning Man within its own culture. In 2015, Larry Harvey asked Caveat, along with Burning Man’s Director of Education, Stuart Mangrum, to sit on a committee, officially called the “Philosophical Center” of the Burning Man nonprofit.

Caveat also served as the Volunteer Coordinator for Media Mecca from 2008 – 2013, and the lead writer/researcher for Burning Man’s education program from 2016 – 2018. Caveat is the author of the the forthcoming book The Scene That Became Cities: what Burning Man philosophy can teach us about building better communities., which is now available for pre-order. He has also written several books which have nothing to do with Burning Man. He has finally got his email address caveat (at) burningman (dot) org working again. He tweets, occasionally, as @BenjaminWachs

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