[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]T[/bra_dropcaps]his year we’re looking at integrating Burner Bios into the ticketing process. This means that everyone who buys a ticket would need to trip their merry way through a series of fun FAQ questions and then share some very basic details to set up a Bio. And we want to talk to you about it.
Why create Burner Bios?
We had a large number of newbies rock up to our fast-growing patch of paddock of Paradise last year. Of course, we love us a newb and we love watching them blow their minds (and hearts) at their first Burn. But with participation our paradisical fuel, we need to make sure that everybody is aboard the self-reliance, leave-no-trace, all-the-ten-principles train.
And despite the large amount of info available last year, there were many reports of first-timers not knowing their fun from their FAQS – MOOPing, issues with consent, Participation and self-reliance? Never heard of it, to name but a few. “We need more education!” many of you also cried in the 2014 census.
So, we’ve been talking to other regionals about this wee problem that many of us are facing: Burns growing up very fast under the spotlight and cache of the Burning Man name, and at a time when the mothership is turning away tens of thousands of people from its dusty, pearly gates. It’s a time when the I’ve-alway-wanted-to-go-to-Burning Man newbie is king — or at least a large part of the coterie.
For regionals like AfrikaBurn, which now numbers around 10,000 this year and faces its own delicate balancing act of Burn vs desert rave (insert Doof for us), Burner profiles have proven a useful way to ensure that people actually engage with relevant Burner information.
How would Bios make a difference?
Everybody will have to pass through this Bio-making point to get their ticket, and that means everyone will need to engage with a certain level of information needed to create, maintain and take part in our Burnerverse.
For example, to set up your Bio you will need to answer a range of fun FAQ multiple-choice questions covering all the Burning Seed 101s: Did you know you gotta bring your own shit, owright? Yes, that means water too. And what does P stand for? Nooooo… it doesn’t mean just parrrrrrrrty. It stands for participate – and it stands for YOU.
Once your Bio is set up, you will also be required to download the Survival Guide as part of the process and be redirected to options for participating.
It won’t be a perfect system – ‘cause if you want to just tick, tick, tick to get through, there’s not much we can do about it. But we can ensure that many, many more people are made aware of the fact that a Burn is all up to YOU – and that means them too!
What information would Bios retain?
We will collect as little as possible and not much more than what you already share with the ticket company. We will ask your name – real or playa/paddock – your email address, your number of previous Burns, and the way you might want to participate. (This last question is less about info retention than redirection (aka gentle nudge) towards options for getting involved).
We take your privacy seriously, and are committed to keeping your information private and confidential. We will not share it with any third party.[bra_border_divider top=’20’ bottom=’20’]
So talk to us. We’d like to hear your thoughts too. Click here to write your own ideas or support the ones that other people have shared.
Banner pic thanks to Onur Ka