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Peer Rangers looking for a 2IC

We all get by with a little help from our friends, but sometimes there’s a little extra help needed! The Peer Rangers provide emotional support on the Paddock & they (might) want you!

Do you want to get creative in supporting and encouraging respectful relationships of all kinds on the Paddock? Do you think you could help update policies and procedures, train an awesome team of Rangers and PEER's, drive a targeted awareness campaign, create posters and, most importantly, lend an ear when an ear is needed most? (Less commitment than Van Gogh required). This is a program, policy and engagement role where you will get your hands dirty! 

LadySparkles - Team Lead of Peer Rangers shared some of her most memorable moments in the role: "Sometimes it doesn’t take much to make a difference. You might just have the privilege of giving the exact thing someone needs at the exact time they need it".

LadySparkles is searching for the perfect 2IC - someone to plan for the future with, someone with experience in a helping profession (i.e. counselling / crisis intervention / sexual assault counselling / festival experience such as Nest at Rainbow or Mental Health Branch at Burning Man) who is passionate about building a safe and supportive community into our future. Time commitments will fluctuate, but weekly contact generally at a minimum a few months leading up to the event.

If this sounds like you, please read the following, and click through to the position description and get in touch: http://burningseed.com/blog/wanted-2ic-for-when-the-going-gets-tough/

*** there are a lot of you heading to the USA this year, if you’re interested - get in touch, we can be flexible with time commitments***

LadySparkles - PEER Team Lead

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Burning Seed Centre Camp – get to know your crew!

Welcome to Centre Camp! But what exactly is Centre Camp (CC)? It’s the central hub of Burning Seed, a space to connect that also hosts lots of events and workshops. Everyone and anyone is encouraged to be involved - individuals to theme camps. Simply register an event or join our awesome crew to help keep things running smoothly. Many hands make it sparkle!

Event and crew registrations are now open at: burningseed.com/centre-camp

 

EIKE

How many burns have you attended?

So far I only attend one burn, Burning Seed 2015. It was the most amazing festival experience I have had so far. Hopefully, there will be many more to come.

What was your "wow I'm actually burning!!" moment?

Running around the burning effigy covered in fairy lights at Burning Seed 2015.

When did you join CC?

February this year.

What are you hoping to bring to CC this year?

I'm looking forward to create a place full of fun events to expand everyone's perspective. It also will be amazing connect more of the Seed community with Centre Camp and make it a central hub, where lots festival joy can be exchanged.

If you could have a food fight, what would be your ingredient of choice?

Ice cream on a hot summer's day would be pretty amazing.

 

KEVALA

How many burns have you attended?

This year’s Burning Seed will be my 10th burn. I was lucky enough to be introduced to the burner world by going to Kiwiburn with my mum, dad and sister back in 2009 and proceeded to question them as to why they had not encouraged me to go earlier. Turns out they had for years but I was too much of a straight-ace rebel.

What was your "wow I'm actually burning!!" moment?

I stumbled into this glowing tent to then be immersed into a giant puddle of cushions surrounded by friends (some I had literally just met) and glowing things, I remember just laughing so hard and looking around knowing I was home and so, so happy!

When did you join CC?

Jumped on board earlier this year along with Eike.

What are you hoping to bring to CC this year?

Laughter and lots of it! I want to get people excited about Centre Camp and all the events we will have on offer. It’s a space for the community to get together and have fun, learn something, meet someone, create things and be happy!

If you could have a food fight, what would be your ingredient of choice?

Watermelon. Legit yo (don't worry I will remove the rind).

 

 

HUSSY

How many burns have you attended?

Burning Man USA in 2014 and 2016, and about to head off on the Eclipse/BM-wagon for a third time lucky! Also backed up the big burn with Burning Seed in 2014. A year to remember.

What was your "wow I'm actually burning!!" moment?

The very first night-time at the big burn I experienced didn’t come close to anything I’d ever seen or heard about before. People can try to tell you but not until you’re on the pitch black playa lit only by art cars, installations, bicycles and burners do you actually see the magnitude of it all… it is simply breathtaking.

When did you join CC?

I’m the noob, only just came on board!

What are you hoping to bring to CC this year?

I’m hoping my background in performance, producing and management will serve useful in making Centre Camp a space that all burners can enjoy in their own way, be it chilling out after a hard night’s partying or sharing a special skill with others through performance or workshops. Burning Man USA has shown me what Centre Camp can become, so I’m excited to be a part of its growth on my home turf.

If you could have a food fight, what would be your ingredient of choice?

Something I could wash out of my dreads… definitely not old tomatoes (La Tomatina - NOT on my bucket list).

 

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Burning Seed Fluffers Need You!

By Rhys Jaconly 

Oh hai there. I didn't see you there, separated as you are by your screen through distance and time. And how could I, really? But this introduction is a useful frame to induce a tone of warmth and intimacy, which you are no doubt feeling in gooey waves right now.

I'd like to introduce myself - I'm one of burning seeds first-ever Fluffers!

What is a Fluffer you ask? Loosely conceptualised as the bastard half-child of Rangers and Greeters, a Fluffer is the very first sparkle that people will see as they prepare to enter the cascade of figurative fireworks that is Burning Seed. We are active on Wednesday and Thursday, and are explicitly focussed on the lines of people in their cars all eagerly waiting to get in. 2015 saw people waiting in line for as long as 3 HOURS. We'll keep them company, providing support to gate crew for speedy ticket processing and giving entrants a heads up about what they are getting themselves into.

So what does a Fluffer do, exactly?
Fluffers are about fun, education and safety, in that order. While Greeters already do a stellar job of indoctrinating *ahem* I mean enculturating participants into the 10 principles + associated  expectations (consent, people) we can help them do an even better job by getting all up amongst the captive audience that is the entry line. If your spidey-senses are tingling at the incongruity of the words 'consent' and 'captive audience' – congratulations! You may just have the nuanced appreciation for principled behaviour that Fluffer's will soon be known for.

As a secondary role, we will be monitoring line length, prepping people for entry (IDs, tickets ready etc) and catching potentially tricky situations before they eventuate so that the gate crew have as smooth and speedy a process as is possible, taking into account all the scheduled beatings that are currently a feature of Gate disciplinary practice.

Basically, you get to dress up in whatever attire you want and embody whatever character pleases you, and we will love you for it.

You get to be part of that monumental moment when people have *finally*arrived at Burning Seed, and will likely to be extremely happy to see you.  You also get to offer some alleviation to that moment when they realize there’s a 3 hour wait.

You can sing, dance, or bring whatever skills and performances you’ve always wanted to bring to the world, for people who actually can’t get away and must appreciate you.

And um, BOOK NOW BECAUSE SPACES ARE LIMITED!!!!!!!!

What say you?

Check out the Fluffer role on our community page and fill out the Volunteer Registration Form. We would love to have you on our team!

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Mutant Vehicle applications now open!

By the Red Earth Department of Mutant Vehicles

The time for getting serious about transport around Red Earth City has come. As our community grows we need to make sure we have the necessary infrastructure to keep our City safe. We’re expecting more art cars in 2017 than ever before and we’re looking for participants now register their vehicles and also for volunteers to work with the REDMV team. Red Earth City is a bicycle and pedestrian-oriented city and there is no driving allowed on site once you’re through the Gate other than with a registered art car or ‘mutant vehicle’.

What is a mutant vehicle?

A Mutant Vehicle is a unique, motorized creation that shows little or no resemblance to its original form, or to any standard street vehicle. Mutant Vehicles are radically, stunningly, (usually) permanently, and safely modified from their base vehicle. Sometimes the whole vehicle is made from scratch.” – Burning Man Department of Mutant Vehicles

A Mutant Vehicle is a unique, motorised creation that shows little or no resemblance to their original form, or to any standard street vehicle. Mutant Vehicles are radically, stunningly, (usually) permanently, and safely modified from their base vehicle. Sometimes the whole vehicle is made from scratch. To keep the whole thing safe, all powered vehicles or human powered vehicles over 250kg for use on the Paddock need to be registered and licensed with REDMV.

Creative collaboration is at the core of the Burning Seed experience and you could do worse than to work with a crew to bring your maddest Mad Max dreams to life with a mutant vehicle. The 2017 Burning Seed theme- Deeper Space – offers some obvious inspiration but a project like this deserves your most radical expression!

What next?

The long awaited registration form is now online and the relevant information pages for mutant vehicles at Burning Seed 2017 are now ready and waiting. 

If you love art, if you love vehicles or if you just love humans and want to make sure they stay safe on the Paddock, REDMV needs YOU! We’re looking for a REDMV second-in-command (2iC) to work with the Department to create documentation, evaluate applications, liaise with vehicle operators and ensure the safe operation of mutant vehicles on-site. We’re also looking for specialist REDMV crew to work with us on vehicle assessments including safety inspections, licensing and managing and enforcing safe Mutant Vehicle operation during the event. Get involved with REDMV!