The Ten Principles

As a regional group our intention is to energize a community that connects each individual to his/her creative powers and  to participate with one’s neighbors in a larger realm of civic life.

With this intention we have ten basic principles:

Radical Inclusion – Anyone may be a part of our local event. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.

Gifting – We are 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.

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 resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.

Radical Self-reliance – Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise, and rely on his or her inner resources.

Radical Self-expression – Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. We strive to inspire, facilitate, and share creativity within our community. We embrace all forms of art including: fine arts, crafts, costuming, performing arts, music, dance, and alternative art forms, such as art cars and interactive sculpture. 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 right and liberties of the recipient.

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.

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.

Leave 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.

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. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play.

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.

For more information on the Ten Principles of Burning Man, click here.


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