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Sign up to the Grants Committee

Do you want to be like Oprah? "You get a grant! And you get a grant! You get a grant!"  Then read on, friend. 

 

As part of our regional agreement with Burning Man, Burning Seed is required to inject 10% of its net profit into the burner community outside of the event.  We need some fabulous folks to figure out the best way of distributing these funds.

 

What's Involved?

As a member of the Grants Committee, you would be responsible for determining the scope of projects Burning Seed would like to fund with this money and devise a fair and transparent means of distributing it.  This would involve creating an application process for accessing those funds, as well as a set of criteria by which to judge the applications.

If you have some of these skills (or would like a chance to learn some of these skills), apply now!

  • Experience with writing or judging grants
  • Financial expertise
  • Administrative expertise
  • Experience designing processes
  • Procedural documentation and reporting experience
  • Communications or marketing qualifications
  • Project management experience
  • Community engagement experience

If you don’t have any of these skills yet, but would like to learn and are keen to help, we encourage you to apply!

 

How do I sign up?

For more details, read the position description and apply now!

 

I Have More Questions

Great! We love curious cats. Send them through to grantscommittee@burningseed.com

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Required urgently: Operations Facilitator!

Operations is the umbrella department that coordinates all the onsite infrastructure including DPI, Effigy, Temple, Friday burn, Kitchen, Sanitation, Leave No Trace, Town Planning and Pack Down crews. To say this department is important is an understatement!

We are currently in need of someone to take charge of this department and captain it into Burning Seed 2020, ensuring that all the departments listed run smoothly, making sure work is being done and assisting as needed. The Operations Facilitator is basically in charge of problem solving and project management – if things go wrong, you find out and you fix it. They also review the budgets for each team, make sure receipts are accounted for, act as site manager on-site during the build and attend facilitator meetings once a month to liaise with other teams.

Ideally we need someone with DPI experience to take the helm of this department, and you’ll receive guidance and mentoring from the outgoing Ops Facilitator as well as being supported by other facilitators.

This is a really important role moving forward, and we hope to get someone into it as soon as possible so we have the whole year to get them onboarded and trained into the role. It will also give the new facilitator plenty of time to assemble an awesome crew before the Burn happens!

If you’re interested or want to find out more, check out the position description or email jointhecrew@burningseed.com!

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“A week of chaos!” you cry gleefully. “No money! No rules! No bed time! No obligations!” and you lock your purse and your calendar and your phone away in the depths of your vehicle and frolick off into the sunset with your shiny friends.

But underneath its rainbow exterior of joyful chaos, there is a group of Very Organised People doing the necessary groundwork to make this pandemonium possible. They make spreadsheets and pay invoices and write stuff and fill out forms, they coordinate the tickets and make sure we meet legal requirements and pay our bills on time.

Sparkly Burnerfolk, I bring you…

THE ENGINE ROOM

“How can I get closer to these incredible Engine Room folk?” I hear you cry with urgency.

WELL, funny you should ask! Because we have SIX AMAZING ROLES available in the Engine Room Department, RIGHT NOW! Let me break them down for you, and if you want to read the position descriptions, just click the link.

Ticketing Lead: Manages the process of selling tickets for Burning Seed, including liaising with internal and external stakeholders and participants. Year-round role, no on-site hours required!

Ticketing 2IC: Helps the lead with the things listed above, in case you’re into a little less responsibility.

Finance Lead: Oversees the financial operations of the organization. You’re gonna want a financial background for this one, we’d love to hear from you if you can do a BAS return, complete a financial report and know what the hell a ‘financial disbursement’ is.

Site Manager Coordinator: If you wanna get your cute little foot in the org door with a very low number of actual hours.. this could be the role for you. The SMC works with other leads to update the Site Manager’s Manual, and works with Facilitators to roster their shifts during the event. About an hour a month, no on-site hours!

Office Manager: Responsible for recruiting, rostering, and orienting Site Admin crew, setup/packdown of the site office, and maintaining site office stock levels during the event. Low time commitment throughout year and during event, on-site a few days before and after Seed.

IT Wiz: Ensures the widely-distributed org peeps can actually talk to each other by managing online communication, also helping us with data storage, app integration, and not falling into the technological dark ages.

If you’re interested in any of the above roles, shoot us an email at jointhecrew@burningseed.com and tell us how excited you are. We’re happy to answer any questions, or hook you up with someone who can.

Can’t wait to hear from you!

Note: This isn't the actual Engine Room. I don't really know what this is.

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Superstar Secretary required for Summit and Beyond!

The dust has settled, your costumes are laundered, you're feeling inspired, and perhaps you're even thinking to yourself... how I can get involved with this crazy magic? How can I HELP?

Could you be Burning Seed’s next SECRETARY?

If….

  • you’re organised, you’re reliable, you have great attention to detail and excellent time management
  • you type quickly and you’re familiar with computers
  • you’re a strong communicator, particularly in an online environment, and
  • you want to be involved in Burning Seed with a relatively low time commitment

… you could be our new secretary!

The Burning Seed secretary pushes the paper, does the organising and creates the scaffolding on which the dreamers, artists and planners build Burning Seed. It’s a crucial role in our organisation, scheduling and taking minutes at all high-level meetings, and delivering those meetings to all appropriate parties afterward. In short, you would be the grease in everyone’s wheels. The time commitment is about 10 hours a month throughout the year.

All meetings are held online, so as long as you have a good internet connection, this role is location independent. It's a great way of getting all the inside info on what goes on behind the scenes, and would be a great stepping stone if you want to transition into another role down the track.

If this sounds like something you’d be keen to do, or if you have any questions, send us an email at jointhecrew@burningseed.com!

We're looking for someone urgently, who will be able to join us at Summit on the last weekend of November!

 

 

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Pillars of the Guardians: Zoophemising the Ten Principles

The theme for this year’s Burning Seed is Zoophemism. This theme invites you to ‘Imagine a world where all euphemisms are animal related and puns are considered currency’. This had me scratching my head. How to radically self-express via animal euphemism? What does that outfit even look like?

One person not daunted by this year’s theme is Lucas Li, head creative for the Pillars of the Guardians art installation. Lucas and his team have created an interactive installation that pairs each of the ten principles [http://burningseed.com/about/ten-principles/] with an animal totem. A zoophemism for each principle.

The Pillars of the Guardians exists to encourage burners to interact with the ten principles and really think about their meanings. The installation is a playful, totemistic puzzle that you can solve with your friends. We can’t give away too much, but promise that it will be visually stunning, interactive, informative, and performative.

A crew member hard at work

Spotlight on the Artist

Lucas Li is a filmmaker, professional creative and enthusiastic member of the Burning Seed community. I was lucky enough to catch up with Lucas and find out more about him and his inspiration for creating Pillars of the Guardians.

What is your background and how did it lead you to making Pillars of the Guardians?

I'm a film-maker branching out into other forms of creative visual arts. I’m really interested in stories, myths and eliciting emotion. I find they're great communication tools and I really wanted to bring that sense of sacred mythic quality to the burner principles, because I think that can really help people learn them.

Have you attempted something like this before?

Not since my dinosaur diorama in high school. This is my first installation and it's been so challenging and rewarding. Learning woodworking, resin casting, 3D printing, LED lighting, all very new to me. I am very grateful for the experts that have stepped forward to help.

What is your Burning Seed story?

I had friends who couldn’t stop talking about it. I’m normally quite a serious person so it didn't compel me much. But four years ago, I had burnt myself out trying to help the refugee movement and also had a major relationship breakdown too. I was in a really dark place when tickets were coming out, so I just went for it. And it blew my mind. The creativity, the openness, the irrelevance… It was a sparkly explosion that reignited my creative fire. It taught me how important it was to have fun and look after myself too. 

What was the inspiration for the Pillars of the Guardians?

There's a 10000 year old site called Göbekli Tepe and it just got me wondering what sort of ceremonies and stories and songs they were sharing back then and what it would have felt like being that space. I wanted to see if I could create something like it here in our time.

I really wanted to infuse the project with positive energy, in the making of it too, so using as much recycled materials as possible and cooking wholesome vegan food for the volunteers. Even the plastic for our 3D printing is biodegradable.I'm hoping some of that good vibe will rub off on people entering the space and inspire them to bring their own positivity to it.  

The installation is very reflective of this year’s theme. Was this a coincidence, or did you react to the theme?

It was a reaction. Originally, I wanted the guardians to be old gods and spirits - but making them animals gave the work this universality that makes it so much easier to connect with. 

Do you have a favourite principle?

I'd say communal effort, we become more than the sum of our parts when we work together… Also, I love gifting too, it just creates this beautiful positive feedback loop of love and generosity. Basically, anything that inspires us to set egos aside and think communally. We burn brighter together.

Pillars of the Guardians Crew

The Pillars of the Guardians will be open from 5pm-midnight every day during Seed. However, the best time to see it will be during the opening ceremony [https://www.facebook.com/events/1088055534717346/] on Thursday night from 7.30pm. That’s your chance to become a part of the art and meet the guardians behind its creation.

The Pillars of the Guardians are asking burners to support their art piece through the purchase of a principle pendant [https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/709568852/burner-animal-pendants?ref=hp_rv-1&bes=1] (Spoiler Alert! They have their animal zoophemisms on the back!)

The Pillars of the Guardians is one of 21 art pieces supported by ARTery art grants this year. You can find out more about how to apply for an art grant here [http://burningseed.com/art/] or the ARTery concierge on the paddock.

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The Rangers are looking for some awesome people

If you've been to Seed before, you may have seen people walking around in orange. They're not just burners in costume - they're our rangers, and they're a vital part of Burning Seed.
Rangers have a very important role on site and contribute to the smooth running fo the event. They are not the police, they're participants like yourself who have decided to be sober and responsible for a few hours and walk around to help out other community members. With access to walkie talkies, training and a kick-ass cadre of seasoned veteran burners supporting them, Rangers volunteer their time to make sure that people are empowered when their radical self reliance runs out. This doesn't mean that they stop people from having fun; rather, they might point out the ways that that spiky bar could hurt you, and then call the medics if your long jump doesn't go as planned. You'll often see them dancing their butts off to a great set at a theme camp, but they'll also check in to make sure that person in the corner is choosing to sleep instead of passing out.
If you're in trouble on the paddock, the Rangers are a great first resource - they're good for helping find lost children, they can help mediate disputes and many are very good huggers if they're asked to provide one. Consent is still required though, so please don't just go jumping on them expecting they'll love it!
Ranger Training
Rangers learn to be so awesome through their training which happens pre-burn off-paddock, or on the first day of Seed for people who don't live in major cities or missed out on the pre-burn events. Training covers what to do in a variety of situations and returning rangers often help mentor newer rangers to provide even more range of experience. At training you will learn how to use radio protocols, how to approach a situation without inflaming it and also get the opportunity to hold the perimeter during burns. Burns can't happen without a safe perimeter, so rangers are CRUCIAL for one of the most fun and important parts of the event!
Burning Seed has one of the highest ratios of participants that have gone through ranger training of any burn in the world, which is something to be proud of. Ranger training is useful both for Seed and outside of Seed, and many participants have reported that their ranger training helped them out in sticky situations in the default world as well.
Why and how to get involved!
Are you interested in volunteering your time as a ranger? We would absolutely LOVE to have you on board. You'll get to experience Burning Seed from a whole new perspective and build some great relationships along the way.
You can get involved with Rangers in two easy steps!
  1. Register with the Crew Wranglers first. To do this, follow the link to complete a simple sign up procedure: https://www.volcor.net/TakeSurvey2.aspx?s=2404_CrewReg
  2. Sign up for the training onsite. Training will happen on September 25th @2pm. Follow the link to our Facebook event to sign up and get all of the latest news and information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2313762232224044/
PERKS! 
If you need to get to the paddock early to get settled in before training, there's a link to Early Entry on the FB invite so that you can let us know when you plan to arrive.  If you think you can make the paddock better by donning the orange, step up, come volunteer and be a part of a crucial, awesome team!

 

 

 

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FART SEEKS FIRE SAFETY CREW

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

And where there’s fire, there’s a bunch of smokin’ hot firefighters. And one of them could be you!

The Fire Art Response Team is still seeking 20 more crew members for Burning Seed 2019.

It’s no secret we love to burn shit, and in order to burn shit it’s crucial we have a competent team of burners who will be prepared to show up and be on the ready should any emergencies occur. You don’t even need experience… you’ll get all the training you need on site, and if you’re a novice, you’ll be paired with a veteran at all times. Your protective gear will be provided, and you’ll get to dress up like the sexy kitten-rescuing calendar stripper you’ve always wanted to be.

Meow!

You’ll do one non-burn shift where you’ll be responsible for raising fire safety awareness, as well as patrolling two of the three burns during the event. Sobriety for your shifts and your own safety boots are the only prerequisites.

We need at least 20 crew members, and you’ll be greeted with particular enthusiasm if you’ve got firefighting experience or you’ve FARTed at Burns past.  If you’re keen, feel free to head straight over to the website and apply.  

http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/

If you’ve got any questions, drop Rusty a line at rusty@burningseed.com.

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Your Participation Station needs YOU!

The Participation Station is a crucial part of the Burning Seed operation, and over the past two years it has become a functional work of art unto itself. Located next to Centre Camp, this is where lost and found is collected and sorted, the schedule of events is updated and accessed, and you can sign up and change your crew shifts.

We currently need 22 more crew members to make the Participation Station happen! This is a great role if you…

  • love helping!
  • are a social butterfly and want to do your crewing in the middle of the action
  • want to be embraced enthusiastically every time you reunite someone with their precious drink bottle / favourite hat / missing earring
  • like telling people where to go
  • prefer to sit down for your crew shift rather than stand up or walk around
  • like to do your shifts during the day so you have your nights free
  • have kids and need a shift you can do with your littles

If any of this sounds like you, head on over to the website, fill out the application form and select ‘participation station’ checkbox, and you will be warmly welcomed and enthusiastically appreciated!

We are also in great need of a couple of people to stay back post-event and help sort the lost and found. If you’re able to do this, make a note on your application. We’ll even fuel you up with a delicious breakfast from the amazing Burning Seed kitchen each day you help!

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Do you have what it takes to be a MOOP ZOMBIE?

You’re probably seen those images and videos on Facebook showing the aftermath of some mainstream festivals – rubbish flying everywhere, broken tents abandoned, cigarette butts and sequins as far as the eye can see. And if you’ve been to even one burn, you may have watched it smugly in the knowledge that we’re just that little bit better than other people.

But our immaculately left paddock doesn’t happen by accident. As well as a general consciousness around MOOP and Leaving no Trace, we also have an amazing team who comb the paddock after it’s all over, removing the debris that has been overlooked so we can truly leave Matong as we found it.

If you can stay back a day or two, the Leave No Trace team would love to hear from you! MOOP sticks and equipment are provided, and you get breakfast and a hot shower to say thank you.

Help us leave Matong as we found it, and join the war against MOOP!

To register, hop on over to http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/ and tick ‘Leave No Trace’!

You can join LNT on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/LNTatBS/

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Looking for an on-site support human!

Anyone who has participated in a build will tell you what a special experience it is, raising the city from the dust, working together to build the structures and create the magic from the ground up. But it’s also intense – a group of people, on-site for weeks at a time, in each other’s pockets constantly and working to deadlines without many comforts of home. Tempers get frayed, emotions are raw, and conflicts occur. Welcome to being human, right?

For this reason, we’ve created a brand new and very exciting role: The DPI PEER Support Human.

Your main role is to be a sounding board, a listener, a dispute resolver and a mediator when required, so it would be amazing if you have some experience in this area. Beyond being available for that, you have the freedom to make what you want of this role.

You could learn some carpentry skills and get involved with the build.

You could set up a yoga studio, run some movement or meditation sessions, or create a space that will help with maintaining peace on the paddock.

You could use the time to catch up your reading, work on your Seed costumes, or do some crafting.

It’s up to you! The role is open to interpretation right now, and we want someone to run with it and make it their own.

For more information, check out the position description.

If this sounds up your alley, head on over to the crew site and let us know!