There are 10 official principles of Burning Man, but we like to believe them to be the 11 principles of daily life (not just at Burning Man). We cannot force anyone to abide by these principles, however we can make sure that if you choose to ignore them, we will ignore your request to be a part of our camp in the future. Below is our version of said principles.
1. Radical Inclusion
We accept all who wish to be a part of this amazing experience no matter how bat sh*t crazy you are.
We are devoted to the act of gift giving. This does not mean bartering. The act of gift giving is unconditional and the lack of desire for anything in return.
I know it’s a hard one to pronounce but pay attention! This means, NO BRANDING, ADVERTISING AND TRYING TO SELL YOUR SH*T ON THE PLAYA! We are bombarded with 1000’s of commercials and advertising everyday so cover up your Nike logo’s or Coors t-shirts. Better yet… Don’t wear that sh*t.
4. Radical Self-reliance
Black Rock City is one of the harshest places in the US (aside from Death Valley, but pretty close). Don’t show up with a fanny pack full of drugs and a bottle of water in the hopes someone is going to carry your dumb a$$ for 2 weeks. BRING EVERYTHING YOU WILL NEED TO SURVIVE IN THE HARSHEST OF ENVIRONMENTS.
5. Radical Self-expression
This arises from the unique gifts of the individual, meaning you. No one other than you or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. The giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient. As a Tank Girl themed camp, we like to express ourselves as such; in the way we dress, interact, gift, and our camp events.
6. 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.
7. Civic Responsibility
We value civil society. We assume responsibility for public welfare and aim to communicate civic responsibilities to participants at our camp events. We must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.
8. 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 whenever possible, make effort to leave such places in a better state than when we found them. We will do this by following the camp’s LNT plan.
Our community is committed in the ethics of radical participation. 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.
We are all on this small rock floating around in the vastness of space. Treat everyone with Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect. Forge new friendships, strengthen old friendships and be kind to everyone. Whoever you come in contact with, we challenge you to give them a 20 second hug. Serotonin is one hell of a drug, and it’s natural.