Who are the people of Nowhere?
Nowhere is an experiment in creative freedom, participation and cash-free community, conceived, built, experienced and returned to nothing by YOU. Created by a diverse, artistic global community, Nowhere is a unique event held in the hot, dusty desert of northern Spain. Nowhere is based on 10 core principles, inspired by the core principles of Burning Man.
Each year, we conduct a census of those who attend. See the results:
Who is behind this thing we call Nowhere?
Nowhere is produced by Nowhere (Europe) Ltd, which is run as a not-for-profit company, with any surplus being reinvested back into the event. It is registered in London, England and also has a legally registered branch office in Sariñena, Spain, called Nowhere España. The company has three unpaid directors.
The company produces Nowhere and other related events from time to time. Its principal purpose is to act as a legal interface between these events and the default world.
Day-to-day running of Nowhere is delegated to the Finance Coordinator, Legal and Compliance coordinator, General Coordinator, MetaLeads and Leads. However, as the company holds the legal and financial liabilities for the event, the directors are the final decision-making body on all issues affecting Nowhere.
The company was started by David Bradshaw, Pete Johnson, and Steve Double in 2006.
The General Coordinator is responsible for identifying dependencies and ensures deadlines are met. He facilitates the workflow and assists the MetaLeads and leads, helping teams to work together. He reports to the finance coordinator and is empowered to make decisions within agreed limits set by the directors. He arranges and chairs the Metaleads committee monthly meetings.
The Finance Coordinator is responsible for the day to day running of the event finances and is empowered to make decisions within agreed limits set by the directors. She oversees the budgets, tax returns, equipment hire, providers, production back office, financial accountability and reports. She is part of the MetaLeads committee.
The Legal and Compliance Coordinator is responsible for the health and safety of the event and ensures that we have all the required event permits. She reports to the finance coordinator and is empowered to make decisions within agreed limits set by the directors. She ensures the health and safety of the event and all volunteers, is in charge of the production office and local liaison. She is part of the MetaLeads committee.
The MetaLeads run the various departments of Nowhere. These will normally be a logical collection of a group of smaller projects. MetaLeads have executive authority for their department. A department may have either one or two MetaLeads, depending on individual strengths and the requirements of the specific role.
MetaLead tasks include managing budgets for their area, recruiting and managing leads and volunteers for the projects within their area, and ensuring that work schedules are in place, ensuring the health and safety of volunteers and participants, and working with other MetaLeads on cross-departmental projects.
The volunteer Nowhere Leads are responsible for co-ordinating a particular function before, during and after the event, such as safety, toilets, barrios, communications, Gate, MoN, recycling, tickets, translations, art and performance…
The volunteers are responsible for making nowhere happen, Everything at Nowhere is run by volunteers – this means YOU!