10 Principles

10 Principles of Burning Man

“Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey wrote the Ten Principles in 2004 as guidelines for the newly-formed Regional 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 event’s inception.”

https://burningman.org/culture/philosophical-center/10-principles/

 Radical Inclusion

Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.  Recently we overcame our internalized resistance to children at our burns.  We are proud of our community!

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.

 

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.

Radical Self-Reliance

Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.  We encourage you to arrange for the things you need to maximize your participate at our burns all the while without being a sparkle pony.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Immediacy

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.

 


 

The 11th Principle…???
“F$%* your what?”

Some in our international and local regional communities have suggested that we adopt an 11th principle, Consent.  Given the freedom of self-expression in our spaces sometimes participants may be tempted to extend that sense of freedom to others’ personal space and interfere with their enjoyment of the burn.

Since Larry Harvey said that the principles are guidelines, not hard and set rules adding consent as a principle, could in some situations leave things dangerously up to misinterpretation.

At our events consent is a binary choice. It is either a hearty loud “F$%* YES!” and anything else is nonconsent.  So we will include it here for reference, however at our events please be aware, Consent is not  a make-believe principle or guideline.  Don’t be “that …” 

If in doubt ask, “May I please ….”

Engaging with a participant who does not consent, especially one in which the non-consensual behavior is assault, violence, abuse or somehow unwanted,  is absolutely 100% always against the rules.

Depending on the nature of the non-consensual behavior your burn could end with eviction by EC’s/Rangers,  possibly in your arrest by law enforcement, and or you could be forbidden from attending Midwest Burners events in future.

Join the discussion.

If you are interested in learning more about how we are working to keep consent on our agenda, or have an interest in joining the discussion,  here are some resources to get you started. (add some links here)

Contact the Principles Office or the Board
On Playa Resources
Other Regionals


 

Alternative theories in the Burnerverse may express a different interpretation of the 11th Principle.  In order to be radically inclusive here is an incomplete list.

“F$%* your day,” 
“F$%* your Burn,”
“F$%* that burner,”
“Radical Self-Entitlement”
Each One Teach One

Want to add your interpretation?  Alternative theories are always welcome for inclusion.  You may submit your ideas here. (link to a google form we can replublish on )