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Many Burns have explicit rules about 'what will get you expelled' from the Burn, and usually cite any attempt to sell or commercialize transactions at the Burn.
Many Burns have explicit rules about 'what will get you expelled' from the Burn, and usually cite any attempt to sell or commercialize transactions at the Burn.
== SEE ALSO ==
== See Also ==
* [https://vimeo.com/383430839/529b032fce?fbclid=IwAR237LveH3DuI1ld8drQbmsyTX6ExIvgFBa18dDK-nIVRQ-97Wao9HeTN1Y The Ten Principles - Video gifted by Fresh Squeeze Camp]
* [https://vimeo.com/383430839/529b032fce?fbclid=IwAR237LveH3DuI1ld8drQbmsyTX6ExIvgFBa18dDK-nIVRQ-97Wao9HeTN1Y The Ten Principles - Video gifted by Fresh Squeeze Camp]
== References ==

Revision as of 13:58, 28 March 2020

Kiwiburn's 10 Principles Pictogram. Concept and execution by Madeline Fountain.

Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey wrote the 10 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.


Radical Inclusion

"Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community."


"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."


"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."

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."

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."


"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."


"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."



Several Burns have adopted Consent as an additional principle. This expression is from Blazing Swan:

"Respect the autonomy of the individual: every person has the right to make decisions about their own body, property, and personal space. What you see as a gift might be a curse if it is unwelcome (or unwanted), so when giving a gift, entering someone’s personal space, taking a photo or video, or using someone’s property, ask permission first. Only proceed if there is consent between all parties.

Do not ever assume that you have consent based upon what a person is wearing or how they are acting. Consent must be mutual, definite, and given consciously, and persons are free to change their mind at any time. Remember that consent for one act does not imply consent for all acts, and consent given once does not mean that you have consent every time. No always means no"

Each One Teach One

From AfrikaBurn: "As a self-reliant community, we believe the responsibility of spreading our culture lies with each and every one of us. All of us are custodians of our culture – when the opportunity presents itself, we pass knowledge on."


Principles Principles LINK
S10-Standard10, V10-Variant10, C-Consent, EOTO-Each One Teach One, JWD-James Wickham Design, S-Sustainability, U-Unique, V-Value, SC-Social Contract, G-Gratitude, C!-ConsentWithProtest/qualification
Aarhus Burns S10 JWD http://www.aarhusburns.org/#principles
AfrikaBurn V10 +EOTO https://www.afrikaburn.com/about/guiding-principles
AfterBurn S10 +U2 https://burntoranges.org/events/policies/principles/
Aftermath V10 +EOTO +U1 https://www.notaftermath.co.za/our-guiding-principles
Alchemy V10 http://www.alchemyburn.com/10-principles
All Of Us S10 +G http://queerburners.com/go-to-burning-man#10p
Alma Burn V10 +3V https://www.almaburn.com/principals
Apogoea S10 https://apogaea.com/
BBB Barcelona Burning Bash V10, +C https://www.barcelonaburningbash.com/the-11-principles/
BeQuinox S10, +C http://www.bequinox.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Bequinox_SurvivalGuide_2019-2.pdf
Blazing Swan V10, +C, JWD https://blazingswan.com.au/11-principles/
Borderland S10 JWD https://talk.theborderland.se/d/5dDRz8W7/principles
Burning Burg S10 http://burningburg.de/
Burning Down The River S10 http://www.midwestburners.com/bdtr/
Burning Flipside U3 https://www.burningflipside.com/about/our-principles
Burning Japan V10 https://www.burningjapan.org/10principles/
Burning Man S10 https://www.burningjapan.org/10principles/
Burning Nest V10 +EOTO https://www.burningnest.co.uk/event/principles/
Burning Sand V10 https://www.burningsand.it/10-principles-1/
Burning Seed V10 http://burningseed.com/about/ten-principles/
Burn in the Forest V10 JWD https://burnintheforest.com/principles/
Burnt Soup U1 http://www.burntsouptx.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/BURNT-SOUP-Survival-Guide-2018.pdf
Constellation S10 JWD http://constellationburn.org/event/what-is-constellation/
Dragon Burn S10 http://www.dragonburn.org/about/dragon-burn-works/
Element 11 S10 https://www.element11.org/survival-guide-2019/
Elsewhence U2 http://www.elsewhence.com/#our-social-contract
Engulf S10 https://www.engulfburn.org/engulf/the-10-principles/
Eriu V10 https://euphoriaburn.com/10-principles
Firefly S10 https://www.fireflyartscollective.org/what-is-firefly/10-principles/
Freezer Burn (C) S10 http://www.freezerburn.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/FBSurvivalGuide2019-ONLINE.pdf
Freezer Burn (T) V10 +C! http://fzbtx.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2019-survival-guide.pdf
Frostburn S10 http://www.frostburn.org/read-this/
Fuego Austral V10 http://fuegoaustral.org/index.php#10
Gateway Burn S10 http://gatewayburners.org/the-ten-principles-of-burning-man/
Heathsophyre S10 http://hearthsophyre.midwestburners.com/hearthsophyre-event/
HullabalU V10 +C! http://midwestburners.org/10-principles/
Hypoborea S10 +C! http://www.tohyperborea.ca/the-event/10-principles/
Ignite V5 +C https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rhvlRVGQ2s7_zIVhfYUjo_slg7vMSUW2ocwLVaMn5hs/edit#heading=h.hlzl2s2wl157
InterFuse V10 +C! http://midwestburners.org/10-principles/
Kiez Burn V10 +C https://kiezburn.org/home/about/11-principles/#Co-operation
Kiwiburn S10 http://kiwiburn.com/about/guiding-principles/
Lakes of Fire S10 http://www.lakesoffire.org/the-event/10-principles/
Love Burn S10 https://theloveburn.com/faq/
MicroBurn V10 http://microburn.org/core-principles/
MidBurn S10 JWD https://midburn.org/en/en-community/en-ten-principles/
Modifyre S10 +C +EOTO JWD https://www.modifyre.org/about
Montopia V10 +C https://www.montopia.net/our-principles
Mooseman S10 http://burntoronto.ca/connect/conduct-committee/code-of-conduct/
Mosaic Experiment S10 +C http://www.mosaicexperiment.com/10-principles
Mpyre Strikes Back! S10 https://montereyburners.wordpress.com/10-principles/
Myschevia U8 +C http://www.ntxb.org/
Nowhere V10 +C https://www.goingnowhere.org/core-principles/
Oblivium U6 https://oblivium.org/welcome-home/principles/
Pagan Bunny Burn S10 +U1 http://www.paganbunnyburn.com/
Paradox Burn V10 https://www.paradoxburn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Guiding-Principles.pdf
Playa del Fuego S10 http://playadelfuego.org/event/guidingPrinciples
Portal Burn S10 https://portalburn.org/what-is-portalburn/
Reclaimation S10 http://www.reclaimation.net/what-is-reclaimation/the-10-principles/
Resonance S10 https://wichitaburners.org/
SAFT S10 https://www.vfbss.org/event
Saguaro Man S10 https://azburners.org/
Schloss Schonburn V10 +C JWD http://www.burners.at/wetzlas/doku.php?id=principles
Scorched Nuts S10 http://scorchednuts.com/10-principles/
Serendipity S10 http://serendipityburn.com/services/
SN-RG S10 +C http://sn-rg.com/culture/principles/
SOAK S10 4V http://soakpdx.com/code/
Sunburn S10 https://nmsunburn.com/10-principles/
This Event Is Cancelled S10 +C! JWD http://midwestburners.org/10-principles/
To The Moon V10 +C! https://www.tothemoonburn.com/10-prinicples
Transformus S10 https://transformus-burn.com/about-2/guiding-principles/
Tropical Burn S10 JWD https://tropicalburn.org/en/os-10-principios/
unBroken Spring V10 +C https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7EuWrplC-VJeGowZFZ1Z05ubDd4dXpkdWJ2U090MVRfVXBj/view
unScruz S10 https://www.unscruz.org/code-of-conduct/
Where the Sheep Sleep S10 JWD http://sheep.burningman.nl/event/principles/
Wildeburn S10 https://wildeburn.co.za/principles/
YOUtopia S10 http://sdyoutopia.com/about/ten-principles




Describes the process of incorporating the principles in the rules of each Burn. For example some Burns require that company logos on trucks are covered up or disguised. Other Burns exclude vehicles from their environs altogether, noting that vehicles carry their own commodity labels.


Many Burns have explicit rules about 'what will get you expelled' from the Burn, and usually cite any attempt to sell or commercialize transactions at the Burn.

See Also