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.
Gifting is a way to participate, and is a core part of every Burn.
Think about a skill you have and how you might share that. You could be the mistress of massages, the prince of poi or the countess of cupcakes – show others the ropes or offer them around. Or perhaps you feel the call to create and disseminate – a badge, a sticker or any token of your affection.
But while trinkets are always a treat, you can also gift in a simpler and more fundamental way. You’ve over-catered for dinner one night. Why not invite your camp neighbours over for a bite? The chai tent seems to be full-steam ahead with serving but the pile of dirty cups is getting out of control. Why not jump in and give them a hand?
Gifting is not just an act — and it doesn't mean bartering. It's a state of mind, transforming the standard commercial and personal relationships of transaction.
Value is no longer determined by what you can get in exchange for your money, time or effort but by the sheer joy of giving and receiving without expectation. It is a way of seeing everyone else’s life as an opportunity to connect and help.