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Burning Seed Critical Vacancies in 2018

WE NEED YOU!

Still basking in the afterglow from the ‘Best. Seed. Ever’? Hit up the Decompressions and feeling re-energised and inspired to get more involved? Awesome, because we have a bunch of roles to fill for 2018! At the Summit a few weeks ago we farewelled a number of the amazing peeps that work on Seed year-round, which means in order for the next Seed to be the ‘Bestest. Seed. Ever’ we need YOU to step up and help us do the thing.

Below is a list of the critical vacancies that we really, really, really need to fill as soon as possible so we can get off to a cracking start on the 2018 event. Click the links to check out the position descriptions to learn more about the requirements of each role.

To apply for a role, or enquire for further information, get in touch with the Crew Wranglers at jointhecrew@burningseed.com and tell us a little bit about yourself and why you’d be good for the role. Want to get involved but not sure which role? Have a chat with us and we’ll figure it out together!

Applications for onsite community crew roles open with ticket sales in 2018.

 

Critical vacancies for 2018 crew are as follows:

ENGINE ROOM

CREW DEPARTMENT

ENTRY DEPARTMENT

COMMS DEPARTMENT

  • COMMS 2IC
  • WEB DEVELOPER (PD to come)
  • WEB CONTENT/DESIGN LEAD (PD to come)

The Web content/design lead will be responsible for:

    • Design and content for the web page
    • Making the site more accessible for new burners (better info)
    • Creative projects
    • Media galleries
  • PUBLICATIONS LEAD (PD to come)

The Publications team is responsible for

  • Liaising with facilitators, leads and design team to review and update the Survival Guide
  • Designing the event submission process for the WWW guide
  • Updating info in the WWW guide
  • Preparing the AfterBurn report to go out after Summit each year
  • Any other publications as required

SITE SAFETY

  • RED MV TEAM LEAD & 2IC
  • RANGERS 2IC
  • SANCTUARY 2IC (PD to come)
    • We're going to be needing a 2IC to help run Sanctuary in 2018. Ideally you will have experience in harm reduction and altered states, including but not limited to drug harm reduction work at festivals or professionally (including with organisations like DanceWize), ranger duty at Burning Man events, and many types of health or care work.

OPERATIONS

LOST PROPERTY

We also need someone or a couple of people to manage the Lost Property booth/Red Earth Info Centre. Get in touch with us if you’re keen and we’ll discuss and develop the role with you!

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A Recap of the 2017 Burning Seed Summit

We know that many of you are still glowing from the awesomeness that was Burning Seed 2017 (dare we say best Seed ever?). That hasn’t stopped our committed crew of event organisers from beginning the task of planning for 2018. The effigy burns in less than 10 months so someone better get onto it right?

Each year the Burning Seed Summit is an opportunity for our Team Leads, Facilitators, Town Councillors and Directors to get together to run a fine tooth comb over our last Burn and more importantly start to shape out what things will look like for next year. On the 24th and 25th of November around 30 of our event leads headed to Commonground, around an hour north of Melbourne, for two days of great discussions, lively debates, collaboration, learning, and bonding.

One important thing to remember is that most people present had already volunteered hundreds of hours in the lead up to and during the event to make Deeper Space a reality. They are the people who were onsite weeks before the event building the infrastructure for our city, making sure the toilets were going to be awesome, answering your emails throughout the year, applying for our permits and insurance, liaising with local emergency services, ensuring you can buy a ticket, engaging with our artists and theme camps, paying the bills, and so very much more. Then after the event they come together, gifting more of their time to our community, to ensure that we learn, grow, and make the next Burn the best yet.

Much of the time spent at Summit is reviewing operational activities and looking at what improvements can be made, no matter how small they may seem to our participants. We also acknowledge and thank those leads who are stepping down and vote in any new Facilitators and Team Leads who ready to go. Don’t think for one second though that we don’t have any positions available for keen Burners looking to get involved. Many critical leadership positions are still open. You can find a list of them on our website, and look out for a blog from our Crew Wranglers in the next week highlighting some of these key vacancies.

Your Burning Seed Crew at the 2017 Summit

There are, of course, also some bigger decisions to be made that affect everyone attending Seed. These include our theme, which was announced last week (Ancient Futures for those that missed it), our location, which we are very happy to say we again plan to be Matong State Forest, and the event dates. Burning Seed 2018 will run from midday Wednesday 26th September, to midday Tuesday October 2nd. That’s right kids, we are going an extra day in 2018 and all participants will have until midday Tuesday to leave the site.

One very exciting aspect of the extra day is that we will have the first ever closing ceremony at dusk on Monday. This will serve as wonderful conclusion to our time in Red Earth City and more details will come to light as planning begins in the new year. There won’t be any scheduled events or music after sunset on Monday in order to ensure that everyone is ready for the drive home on Tuesday. As always, theme camps, artists, and critical crew will have extra time to pack down and leave and this will be communicated to them closer to the event.

The Burning Seed Summit is the first step in our long journey to Burning Seed 2018 - Ancient Futures. The event organisers are excited and ready to help make this happen. Now we need you, the participants of Burning Seed, to do your part.

What are you going to do in 2018? How will you be involved? Begin thinking about your art, your theme camp, your gifts, and most importantly how you will step-up as a volunteer and resident of Red Earth City.

Next year was better.

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The 2018 Burning Seed Theme is…

After a whole ton of suggestions and loads of votes, the Burning Seed Theme for 2018 is..... Ancient Future

Here's some of the deets about how Ancient Future became the Burning Seed Theme for 2018.

  • We opened our submission process which received a whopping 87 theme suggestions (including Alpaca related themes a number of times!)
  • These then went out to the community via our poll and after 375 votes we had our top 5 list (unfortunately Alpaca's did not make the top 5)
  • The top 5 themes were voted on at our annual Burning Seed Summit and the rest is history - or is that future?

What does Ancient Future mean to you? It could be ancient wisdoms and knowledge that have been passed down through aeons, bloom and regrowth, the turning of the wheel with an understanding that the past becomes the future, or maybe it conjures up ideas of time travel and magic. The beauty of Burning Seed is being able to interpret the theme however you want!

Next: Over the coming months we will open the Theme Design process for Ancient Future. This is where we get you to get all creative and submit your designs for the theme which will then be used on our website, Facebook pages, Survival Guide, WWW Guide and a whole bunch of other stuff. More info on this will be coming later.

Thanks Burners! We will see you in the future - or is that the past?
N.B. we are going to use this joke ^^ A LOT!

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Future of Seed – Upcoming Sydney Consultation

As we continue to engage with the community about the future of Burning Seed, we wanted to remind you of the upcoming Community Consultation meeting happening in Sydney on Thursday November 30th 2017. The meeting will run from 7pm for a 7:30 start at The Leela Centre, 2nd Floor, 113-115 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst NSW. https://www.facebook.com/events/312731982469211/

This session will be highly interactive and led by the facilitator Baron de Merxhausen, who will have you working in small groups and diving deep into conversations. Some of the topics up for discussion may include how you want to be consulted in the future; how directors should be appointed; and who should be a member. Please join us!

If you can’t make it, there will be more opportunities in the future to provide your feedback. This includes an online questionnaire and a written submission. We may also run another Sydney community consultation if we have strong demand (we are mindful many folks can't make this one due to Subsonic festival and other commitments).

Want to stay informed about future events and surveys? You can sign up to our email list: http://eepurl.com/c_mP3H


For more information on the Burning Seed Entity Restructure community consultation process visit - http://burningseed.com/about/future-of-seed/

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2017 Town Hall Summary & Upcoming Community Engagement Events

Did you venture into the Deeper Space of community with us at Burning Seed this year? If so thank you for showing up to Town Hall and contributing your thoughts to the process. If you missed it and want a recap you can check out the notes here.

We also wanted to share more about this process and the team with you. Creating a Community Engagement Process that will allow for many levels of contribution isn’t an easy task but we’ve been lucky to find several community members willing to attend at least two and sometimes four meetings a month that are at least two hours long if not more, spend many hours researching organisational structures, document many processes and develop project plans. Together the Restructure Committee have a diverse background of skills from leading community engagement processes like this for other groups and government organisations to being some of the core team members that help create Burning Seed, you can read more about the members here.

Every committee needs guidelines and the Restructure Committee is no different. You can check out our Terms of Reference here that outline the scope or the work we’re doing and read the blog post outlining our duties here.

Lastly, don’t forget that we have two more open consultations coming up in Melbourne and Sydney, please RSVP on the Facebook events for;

Melbourne: Thursday November 23rd 7:30-9:30pm

Sydney: Thursday November 30th 7:30-9:30pm

 

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Suggest a Theme for Burning Seed 2018

Seed may be over, but the legend of Deeper Space lives on!

While we are all in a lovely, warm and fuzzy space post-Seed and trying to fit back into the default world, its time to get the theme selection process for Burning Seed 2018 rolling!

So what do you think the theme should be for Burning Seed 2018?  Maybe you would like it to be rainbow themed, desert island themed, ocean themed - hell, even Nicholas Cage themed! Or maybe you want the theme to be more abstract, conceptual, meaningful, insightful. You are only limited by your own creativity, so whatever your ideas are - we want to hear them in the form below. Please note that any themes deemed as offensive - namely sexist, racist, misogynistic or homophobic, will not be included in the process.

Here are some key dates:

  • 23rd October (today!) - theme suggestions open
  • 10th November - theme suggestions close
  • 13th November - shortlist will be prepared and an online poll launched for you to vote on your favourites

The top 5 theme suggestions based on your votes will then be discussed and voted on at the Burning Seed Summit, and the theme will be picked for 2018! We will officially announce the theme before the holidays!

So what are you waiting for? To suggest your theme - click here! For some inspiration, check out the images below for previous Burning Seed themes.

Burn Bright )'( 

 

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Police Presence at Burning Seed 2017

There has been a lot of discussion around the increased police presence this year at Burning Seed, and we wanted to clarify the position of Burning Seed as well as the responsibilities of our community.

At Burning Seed, we encourage self-expression and provide participants a chance to escape from some of the constraints of the default world. Our event is an opportunity for our community to immerse themselves in art, performance, music, workshops and human connection. While our event is a chance to escape for many, we are still bound by and comply with all laws in Australia, including laws around the use of alcohol and illegal substances.

In the lead up to Burning Seed each year, we work closely with the police and have built a good relationship with them. The police have always attended Burning Seed and you’ll see them chatting to our community and watching the Effigy burn with us on the Saturday night. More importantly they are there to protect us and support the safety of our community while responding to any emergencies or situations that our community of volunteers cannot handle.

While the police have in the past set up breath testing both in and out of the event, the increased police presence this year and the searching of vehicles was a concern to many. We understand that a number of our community members were upset about their interactions with the police and our Sanctuary and PEER teams responded immediately by offering assistance to these individuals where required.

Hundreds of people donate their time every year to make Burning Seed an inclusive, exciting, welcoming, fun and safe event and we liaise with numerous outside agencies including medical professionals, security and the police. We would not be following the principle of Civic Responsibility if we did not put protections in place for our community, and this year the police continued to provide support for our event when we needed it.

On the subject of Civic Responsibility - all participants are expected to follow the Ten Principles of Burning Man. We had some reports of attendees booing police as well as police vehicles being vandalised on site - we do not endorse this type of behaviour and feel that it only serves to weaken our relationship with those tasked with keeping us safe. Burning Seed will be footing the bill for the damage caused to the police vehicles which could otherwise be used towards theme camp grants, art grants or infrastructure and we would encourage anyone with information about this to come forward. Please remember, our good relationships with local agencies (including law enforcement) has been key to the success of Burning Seed, and will continue to be a major factor in our success going forward.

Both during and after the event, we have been responding to enquiries from the media who are now asking questions about Burning Seed - most are intrigued as they had not heard of us up until now. You’ll most likely have seen some bad press because while we responded to the media, journalists will always write their own stories. It’s worth noting though that the incidents reported around drug confiscations were small (less than 1% of our community) and not reflective of Burning Seed as a whole.

You may have also read some of the discussions on the unofficial Facebook groups. Passionate discussion is what drives our community but this can also lead to speculation and misinformation such as our event location moving. While we have explored other locations in the past (mainly due to the flooding last year), there are no plans at this time to move Burning Seed from Matong State Forest. We have a strong relationship with the traditional landowners and local community and are involved in the local arts scene, helped plant thousands of trees through Red Earth Ecology and assisted NSW Forestry with weed control to name but a few of our contributions.

We can assure you that any changes to the way Burning Seed is run or to details of the event, including the location, will always be communicated via our official channels - the Burning Seed official Facebook page and the Burning Seed website. If it doesn’t originate from one of these channels, it’s not official.

Burning Seed this year was the best yet. Our community of participants and volunteer crews came together to help the event run smoothly and ensured it was a great success. We are blown away by the support, love and hard work from our community, artists, theme camps, crew and everyone that makes Burning Seed special.

Burn Bright

Police getting involved with the Burning Seed community. Photo by Haylin Waitere of Oasis Theme Camp

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Burning Seed Lost Property!

Hi Burners,

It seems a few of you have lost some important items on the paddock, which were returned to Lost Property. We'd love for them to be returned to you, so please check this list if you've lost something at Red Earth City this year.

Instructions for claiming your lost property are as follows:

  1. Identify the thing of yours that we have

  2. Send an email to victoria@burningseed.com.  Describe some identifying features of the item that were not listed to prove that it’s yours.  If it’s a phone, describe the case or background or most recent calls.  If it’s a camera, tell me the last few things you took photos of.

  3. Arrange with me some way of getting it back into your hands.

!!!!!DEADLINE IS 21st NOVEMBER!!!!!!

PHONES

  1. iPhone w/ID: Belinda Porter
  2. iPhone 6
  3. iPhone 5
  4. Samsung

KEYS

  1. BMW key
  2. Hyundai key
  3. Unknown car key with no other keys
  4. Unknown car key on key ring with other keys
  5. Carabiner with various keys, including what looks like an electronic key tag

BAGS

  1. Leather (alligator skin?) belt w/Sony camera and notebook
  2. Bum bag w/ID: Anthony Frederic Sebastien
  3. Backpack w/Bailey Nelson sunnies
  4. Backpack w/wallet & ID: Dean Bakewell
  5. Backpack w/iPhone 5 & Samsung phone

WALLETS

  1. James Revai
  2. Daniel Foley

CAMERAS

  1. Kodak disposable
  2. Nikon Shockproof
  3. Fujifilm Instax Mini90
  4. Panasonic Lumix w/tripod
  5. Canon lens cover

OTHER

  1. Burgundy (reading?) glasses
  2. Jeff Banks glasses
  3. Vape
  4. All-instrument tuner
  5. Dreamcatcher pouch necklace
  6. Brass whistle necklace
  7. Coleman head torch
  8. Bag of face paints labeled Jess Beswick
  9. Bag of fire twirling equipment
  10. m2m 3.5mm audio cable
  11. mini USB wall plug charger
  12. Apple power cord
  13. Pilot helmet
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7 Steps to MOOP Magic on the Paddock

As Seed approaches and anticipation builds, the last thing you might be thinking about is the maggot infested food scraps that have to be taken home because someone in your camp brought an oversupply of perishable food which all turned into an icky mess of decomposing grossness in the stifling paddock heat.

Thinking ahead and pre-planning is critical to making sure you avoid this and other potential MOOP (Matter Out Of Place) related disasters.

Hopefully, you already know that there are no rubbish bins at Seed – except the ones you bring, which you then take away with you. So be prepared to manage and transport all your compost, recyclables, and general waste.

If this is your first Burning Seed you will soon learn that the less MOOP you bring, the less MOOP you have to deal with during the burn, and the less MOOP you have to take back off site with you. MOOP Magic* is all in the preparation – it’s about not bringing MOOP to Seed in the first place.

Hot MOOP Magic tips from experienced burners

  1. Food not MOOP - Be realistic about how much food you will get around to cooking and eating. Any perishable food you don’t eat/drink is not going to be pretty after a week in the heat. We shouldn’t have to spell it out, but don’t bring a whole chicken and then realise too late that you have to take the rotting carcass home with you.

     

  2. Composting – you can’t throw your food scraps in Matong State Forest. Yes, that includes those pistachio shells and orange peels. The forest is a semi-arid grassland habitat: nutrient-rich food scraps from 4000 burners in one week will promote invasive weeds that out-compete native species. Plan for your food scraps (ideally don’t create any). Work out how you are going to get them home to a compost heap. Bokashi composting is a great solution, as you will avoid nasty odors associated with bagging your compost. Since the bucket you use should be tightly sealed, you avoid maggot infestation. See below for some Bokashi composting info.

     

  3. Packaging – Strip off excess packaging from anything new before you leave home, including food items. Remove any boxes or wrappers or anything that will instantly become recycling or waste when you get to Seed. Basically, don’t bring MOOP to Seed in the first place!

     

  4. Bins – Even with the best MOOP Magic skills you will likely end up with some recycling, compost and waste to deal with. Whether you choose reusable hard plastic tubs or garbage bags, make sure you have a plan before you leave home. If using garbage bags get strong ones to ensure they go the distance – which is all the way home with you. It’s not ok to dump your waste at the nearest town, and, be advised that the local tip will not be open on the Monday public holiday in NSW.

     

  5. Glitter and other itsy bitsy things – Glitter can be fun for some, however when it ends up in the intestinal track of a worm (or the bird that eats the worm) it has lost its sparkle. So shine from within and avoid wearing anything that can fall off your beautiful self. Avoid MOOP mayhem by not having loose, sequins, bindis, bean bag beans or other little things. If you can’t guarantee it won’t come loose, leave it at home – especially feather boas. If bringing carpet – gaff the edges to stop loose fibers fraying and flying free.

     

  6. Smokers – Ciggy butts are our number one Leave No Trace problem at Seed. Smokers are encouraged to bring a personal pocket butt bin. Old mint tins, containers, or film canisters work a treat. Bling them up, make them yours, and bring some spares for your fellow burners. Represent for your less-conscious smoker buddies and pick up any piggy butts you see around the paddock. Have a friendly chat to anyone you see ditching their ciggies on the ground – ask them if they have a pocket butt bin, and if not, why not? All smokers at Burning Seed should have one!

     

  7. Community participation – We are all in this together. If you see MOOP while out and about on the paddock, somebody should pick it up, and you are somebody! Carrying a dedicated MOOP bag with you can really help. If you see a fellow burner MOOPing, have a chat. When you see others picking up MOOP, cheer them on!

Speak up on behalf of the forest and help ensure that together we Leave No Trace.

Continue reading below for some information on Bokashi composting.

Set up a rubbish and recycling system at your camp

Carry a bag around the Paddock and pick up any MOOP you find

Carry a small tin around to dispose of your cigarette butts in

Bokashi composting

This is an anaerobic composting system that uses bran inoculated with beneficial microbes to ferment the compost. The microbes are yeasts (Saccharomyces spp.), bacteria that produce lactic acids (Lactobacillus spp.), and phototrophic purple non-sulfur bacteria (Rhodopseudomonas spp.).

Steps

  1. Food scraps of all kinds — including meat and dairy products banned from aerobic systems — are placed in the bokashi bucket with some inoculated bran (available for around $10 - $15), and sealed. Use approximately 1 tablespoon of mix for every cup of scraps. Use more when adding high protein foods, eg meat, fish, cheese and eggs.
  2. Every second day, the leachate that is an inevitable byproduct of anaerobic composting needs to be drained. This leachate (juice) can then be diluted at a ratio of 1:100 when you get home, and used as a liquid fertilizer for your garden. Make sure you have a bottle to collect the leachate in and do not pour out at Matong State Forest as it will promote invasive weeds.
  3. When the bucket is full, it needs to stay sealed for ten to twelve days. Then, you can either dig a hole in your garden, and put the compost into it, where it will become friable soil in two weeks time. Or incorporate your fermented Bokashi waste in to your normal compost heap, where it will act as a compost activator.

A single Bokashi bucket should provide enough space for all of the compostable waste that you create at Seed over a week.

More info on Bokashi composting: http://www.bokashi.com.au/Bokashi+One/How+it+Works.html

How to make your own Bokashi bucket: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2Ld_O45xGs

*No magic skills actually required – MOOP Magic is an illusion achieved through basic pre-planning and common sense*

Nat Giffney, LNT 2iC

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Lubricate Yourselves for Entry Into Deeper Space

Dear Burning Seed Participant,

Hi, we’re your Entry Crew. You haven’t really met us before. We’ve been around, had different names, thrown a lot of shade each other's way, but now we’ve come together to make sure that your re-entry experience is smooth, painless and more than a little exhilarating.

So who are we?

Quite possibly the first people you’ll see at Seed when you arrive this year are the Fluffers. You may remember talk about the Fun Police last year, but they didn’t survive the floods and so out of that the Fluffers were born. When you’re stuck in a queue on Wednesday they’ll be there entertaining and educating you and making sure that you have everything ready for gate. When things are less busy you’ll find them at Greeters, probably wanting hugs and shit too.

Gate Crew: Of course you know and love the Gate Crew! Just remember they aren’t as fond of you. Their job is to get you onto the Paddock as quickly and easily as possible. As your resident ‘Shrugs, Not Hugs’ entry crew, they’ll be doing their standard surly thing, maybe shouting at you through a megaphone, getting grumpy at you for not having enough water (or cold beer for them - do note, your grumpy gate crew can be easily appeased), throwing a few What Where Whens in the car, and, once that’s all done, scanning your ticket. Try not to let them see you cry, it only makes them stronger.

After that experience you may need a welcoming face and a hug, luckily Greeters are here for you. The Greeting Experience, especially for any Burgins (virgin burners), can be quite powerful, heck even the odd experienced and jaded burner has been known to moisten up at the experience. The Greeters will assist with leaving behind the troubles of the default world and getting you ripe and ready for the wonder of Burning Seed.

Lastly, and certainly not least, are Traffic & Camping, the newest kids on the block. When you’re exhausted from the drive (and the slight levels of trauma at Gate) all you want to do is find a spot to pitch your tent (not a euphemism) and these guys will help make sure it’s not in the middle of the paddock under the shade of the effigy. Look out for them in their green hi-vis and make sure to listen to their instructions. The only thing worse that setting up camp is having to do it twice as you are in the wrong spot. #DontBeThatCamp

 

You can be one of us!

Now you’ve met us all we have a favour to ask; we need a few more of you intrepid explorers, especially in the outer reaches of Deeper Space on the Gate and Traffic teams. So if you have a ticket, and want to get your Communal Effort on then head over to the Burning Seed website and sign up now!

And no matter whether you’re being fluffed, scanned, greeted or directed we love you all and can’t wait to see you very soon.

 

Love,

Entry Crew