My friend and inspiring leader, Mikey Siegell is part of this new book out: Stealing Fire: here is a great excerpt! Full article can be found at nbcnews:What Google found at Burning Man.
Page and Brin were regular and enthusiastic attendees of Burning Man.The company that set the bar for catered perks ran free shuttle buses to the event. For many years, the two-story atrium of Building 43, Google's main headquarters, wasn't decorated with industry accolades or stock-ticker f...lat screens. Instead, it showcased pictures of loincloth-wearing, fire-spinning Googlers and their eclectic Burning Man art projects.
Stanford sociologist Fred Turner agrees, arguing that the festival's appeal to Silicon Valley is that it brings that hive mind experience to the masses. "[It] transforms the work of engineering into . . . a kind of communal vocational ecstasy." One of Turner's research subjects, a Googler himself, explained his experience on a pyrotechnic team: "[We were] very focused, very few words, open to anything . . . no egos. We worked very tightly. . . . I loved the 'feeling of flow' on the team—it was an extended, ecstatic feeling of interpersonal unity and timelessness we shared throughout."
But it's not only serotonin that makes up the foundation of those collaborative experiences. In those states, all of the neurochemicals that arise—serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, endorphins, anandamide, and oxytocin—play roles in social bonding. Norepinephrine and dopamine underpin "romantic love," endorphins and oxytocin link mother to child and friend to friend, anandamide and serotonin deepen feelings of trust, openness, and intimacy. When all of these chemicals flow through groups at once, you get tighter bonds and heightened cooperation.
That heightened cooperation, that communal vocational ecstasy, was what Page, Brin, and so many of Google's engineers had discovered in the desert. It was an altered state of consciousness that suggested a better way of working together, and a feeling that anyone who presumed to lead them simply had to know firsthand. Maybe, if Schmidt could endure the blistering heat, the dust storms, the sleepless nights, and the relentless strangeness of Burning Man, just maybe, he'd be the guy who could help them grow the dream without killing it.
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