Katherine K. Chen is an assistant professor of sociology at The City College of New York and the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her main research specialty is the study of organizations. Her ethnographic studies include research on the growing organization behind the annual Burning Man event. Her award-winning book, Enabling Creative Chaos: The Organization Behind the Burning Man Event, shows how an enabling organization can support members’ efforts without succumbing to either under-organizing’s insufficient structure and coordination or over-organizing’s excessive


CHARISMATIZING THE ROUTINE AT BURNING MAN & RELATED EVENTS: Making the Mundane More Meaningful through Storytelling, Rituals, and Other Activities

Bogged down in the mundane everyday organizing activities? Wondering how to quickly educate and inspire colleagues and newcomers? This talk/workshop will go over lessons learned from Burning Man about the use of storytelling to help listeners and tellers re-imagine possibilities