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Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey wrote the 10 Principles in 2004 as guidelines for the newly-formed [[List of regional burns|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.
 
Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey wrote the 10 Principles in 2004 as guidelines for the newly-formed [[List of regional burns|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.
  

Revision as of 22:23, 9 October 2017

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.

THE TEN 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."

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."

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."

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

"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."

ADDITIONAL PRINCIPLES

Consent

Teach One

ACTIVATING THE PRINCIPLES

Education

Element 11 have a '10 Principles Education Passport'. Theme Camps elect to sponsor a particular principle, and participants visit them, are educated, and hove their passport 'stamped'. A full set of stamps is rewarded.

Embedding

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.

Sanctions

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.