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THE BIG FESTIVAL ABOUT SMALL CITIES
Tom Tom champions civic innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship in America’s hometowns.

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Michael Mikel

Burning Man
Director of Advanced Social Systems
Reno, Nevada
Michael Mikel is both an historian and a futurist with an interest in technology and social communities. He serves Burning Man as Director of Advanced Social Systems and Ambassador. Michael was instrumental in bringing Burning Man to the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, and is responsible for a number of Burning Man ‘firsts.’ In 1991 his concept car, the “5:04 PM” was the first art car at Burning Man. In 1992 he edited the first on-site newspaper, and also founded the Black Rock Rangers. In 1995, he developed the logo design which has become the symbol of the Burning Man community. In 2001 he visited regional groups across America as an ambassador for Burning Man. In 2008 he managed the development of Burning Man’s presence in the virtual world of Second Life.


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