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 The Ten Principles of Burning Man

Burning Man Founder Larry Harvey wrote the Ten Principles in 2004 as guidelines for the newly-formed Regionals Network. They were crafted not as a dictate of how people should be and act, but as a reflection of the community's ethos and culture as it had organically developed since the main Burning Man event's inception.

Join the conversation in the 10 Principles blog series.

wick radical inclusion Radical Inclusion
Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.
wick gifting Gifting
Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.
wick decommodification Decommodification
In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.
wick radical self reliance Radical Self-reliance
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.
wick radical self expression Radical Self-expression
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.
wick communal effort Communal Effort
Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.
wick civic responsibility Civic Responsibility
We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.
wick leaving no trace Leaving No Trace
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.
wick participation Participation
Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.
wick immediacy Immediacy
Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.
 
 
Image Credit (symbols): James Wickham
The '10 Symbols of Burning Man' were created by Wick and shared under a
Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license. We love them!
 
"The Ten Principles of Burning Man" created by Larry Harvey,
is a registered copyright of the Burning Man Project.
https://burningman.org/culture/philosophical-center/10-principles/
 
Red Earth City is an Australian Burning Man Organisation
officially affiliated with the Burning Man Project's Regional Network.
Formed from Red Earth City Pty Ltd ABN 72 141 969 226
a registered private company which operates in a non-profit manner
facilitating the umbrella of Burning Man Australia
covering the Australian footprint of the Burning Man Project
a catalyst for collaborative & creative culture in the world.
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