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Humans of Seed — meet the 2015 team

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]B[/bra_dropcaps]ehind the Burning Seed scenes, the year is off and running. Team Leads kicked off the year in January with the first of their monthly meetings, where they have been talking task-lists, timelines (and a whole lotta shit) together. Team Leads and 2ICs are community members who gift their time year round to collaborate, create and maintain the systems and infrastructure that support the event and help our culture flourish beyond the Paddock.

However, they often beaver away behind the scenes without many realising who they are — or what they do. So let’s put the face to the function and the people back in the picture by meeting some of the Team Leads and their trusty 2ICS (that’s Mr or Mz second-in-command to you) for 2015.

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Miriam Fathalla (aka Norm)
Greeters Team Lead
Year on team: second

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Gummy candy
Describe your signature look at Seed Half cocked
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? Wow, I used to worry about things that really don’t need to be worried about. And I’m really glad we eventually found Grant, but should we take him to see his grandmother (as he is insisting) with his face painted like that?
Why are you involved with Seed? Because i wholeheartedly believe in our responsibilities to one another and to be as bright and illuminating as possible.[bra_border_divider top=’5′ bottom=’10’]Sparks - Centre Camp Team lead_150dpi x 150px x 150px_round

Moltenmetal Sparks
Centre Camp Team Lead
Year on team: First

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Copious quantities of Hugs!
Describe your signature look at Seed Industrial steampunk
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? These are my kind of humans!
Why are you involved with Seed? To inspire others to be the best they can be![bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]Victoria Vickery_DPI

Victoria Vickery (aka Tech Support)
Department of Planning and Infrastructure Co-Team Lead
Year on team: second

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Socks and spare shoes
Describe your signature look at Seed Ridiculous
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? That was a lot of work
Why are you involved with Seed? The rewards for giving are beyond measure.  The happiest moments of my life have involved watching others enjoy what I created for them. [bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]Rusty - effigy team lead_150dpi x 150px x 150px_round

Rusty Kilpatrick
Effigy Team Lead
Year on team: sixth

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Portaloos
Describe your signature look at Seed Mostly some sort of work clothes, maybe with some of the punk style I have been wearing for 40 years.
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? This is almost up to the same level of community care and participation and art of the Earth Dream events (SA), which I worked on for three years from 2000.
Why are you involved with Seed? The ethics are the closest I have found to mine outside of any event just supporting social justice and environmental protests. Plus it is a great social experiment that I am very interested in seeing how far it can go and what useful things we can get out of it to make this a better world to live in.[bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]Carly Truscott - Crew Wranglers

Carly Truscott
Crew Wrangling Co-Team Lead
Year on team: second

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Hugs. Lots of hugs.
Describe your signature look at Seed Still in gestation
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn?  I saw my place in the world differently, my priorities shifted and I wanted to keep that feeling of peace. I found my tribe.
Why are you involved with Seed?  I’m just in it for the hugs. I also love this community and want to facilitate the growth of burner culture in any way I can.[bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]James Maddock Leave No Trace_150dpi x 150px x 150px_round


James Maddock (aka MoopDaddy)

Leave No Trace Team Lead
Year on team: second

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? My fake snakeskin vest. It’s a trademark
Describe your signature look at Seed. Matrix Mad Max crossover thing
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? Wait… what happened?
Why are you involved with Seed? I love watching people take ideas most people would call crazy and turning them into what Burners would revel in calling normal. I love my normal![bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]Rangers - Ninja Rick_150dpi x 150px x 150px_round
Richard Chong (aka Ninja Rick)
Rangers 2IC
Year on team: third

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? My torch and walking stick
Describe your signature look at Seed? Easy sunday morning in my PJs
What were some of your first thoughts after your first Burn?  Wow when is the next one and how do I get involved??
Why are you involved with Seed? Because Seed is a world of possibilities waiting to happen

 

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Jane Lyons (aka Lioness)
Comms Team Lead
Year on team: fifth

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? My Kamp Krew, parasols and skelecat bag
Describe your signature look at Seed vintage vamp goes bush, with a dash of circus quirk
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? I’m in love. Who knew people could be so authentic, audacious and generally fuckin’ amazing? I’m gonna get me some more of that.
Why are you involved with Seed? Because I believe in the power of one and the power of the collective to make a difference in both individual lives and the world at large.[bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]jayman_theme camp team lead_150dpi x 150px x 150px_round

Jarred Taylor (aka Jayman)
Theme Camp Co-Team Lead
Year on team: second

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Unicorns, bunnies and sparkle ponies
Describe your signature look at Seed Homeless tramp
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? Wow! Everyone I ever wanted to hang out with is all in one place!
Why are you involved with Seed? I drank too much kool aid and Larry told me to do it. [bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]Sabina Crew Wranglers_150dpi x 150px x 150px_round

Sabina Nowak
Co Crew Wrangling Co-Team Lead
Year on team: second

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Antihistamines and insect repellent
Describe your signature look at Seed Comfortable-Chic
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? Feeling High on the love.  I arrived knowing one person and left with lots of new kindred spirits.
Why are you involved with Seed? I love the Principles, the sense of community and the love. [bra_border_divider top=’30’ bottom=’10’]

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Bear (aka Mark von Behrens)
Rangers Team Lead
Year on team: third

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? My badass/amazing team of Rangers who gift their time to this community to keep things safe and funning (sic) smoothly.  I treasure each and every one of these beautiful motherfuckers – even if I’m not great at showing it.
Describe your signature look at Seed  beardy and skirty.  Radios are the perfect accessory for every outfit.
What were your first thoughts after your very Burn? “My life will never be the same.”  And, “Fuck yeah I can dance!”
Why are you involved with Seed?  Promoting and growing the Burner ethos and culture is one of the best contributions I can make to society. And it’s fulfilling and fun as hell, too.[bra_border_divider top=’30’ bottom=’20’]Thomas Snow Theme Camps 2IC_150dpi x 150px x 150px_round

 

Thomas Snow (aka Pretty boy)
Co-Theme Camp Team Lead
Year on team: second

What can’t you live without on the Paddock?  All the sparkly people
Describe your signature look at Seed  Show stopping
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn?  There is no way I’m ever going to get all this dust out of all those places
Why are you involved with Seed?  I enjoy contributing in a constructive and meaningful way to a global movement that has so inspired me. And for the unicorns. Definitely the unicorns.[bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]

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Jodi Rivet

Finance Team Lead
Year on team: fourth

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Comfy shoes, outrageous eyelashes, and my camelback full of random supplies
Describe your signature look at Seed conversation-starting.  I love it when they start with someone approaching saying ‘I could never…’ and end with someone walking away feeling empowered to do just that thing.
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? The scope of my imagination and sense of possibility was restored after so many years of ‘straight’ culture. I’ve been taking them back and inviting others to do the same since 2000.
Why are you involved with Seed? To enable art and transformation. [bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]

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Shaye Harty (aka President)
Admin Team Lead and event coordinator
Year on team: third

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? My faux fur jacket because it keeps me super warm and fancy at FreezingSeed.
Describe your signature look at Seed Costumiforms and smirks. Maybe a smize or two.
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? Holy shit, there’s a whole bunch of other people like me?!?
Why are you involved with Seed? Because I have been burning ever since 2005 when my mind was first blown in black rock city, and I think regionals are where the real magic happens these days.[bra_border_divider top=’5′ bottom=’5′]Justin McGhee_ARTery
Justin Mcghee (aka The Captain)
Department of Planning and Infrastructure Co-Team Lead
Year on team: fourth

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? My hip bag
Describe your signature look at Seed Smart but casual
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? Anything is possible
Why are you involved with Seed? Because i want to be a part of this magical experiment.[bra_border_divider top=’5′ bottom=’5′]Sir Andy - Comms 2ic_150dpi x 150px x 150px_round

Andy Parkinson (aka SirAndy)
Comms Team 2IC
Year on team: first

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Jenn, my sunglasses, my mug, Red Earth Radio, and Mint Country Club (of course).
Describe your signature look at Seed More Bin-Bag Babylon than Bean Bag, and less Trash Mansion more Trash Monsoon.
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? It will be better next year.
Why are you involved with Seed? I can neither imagine or remember not being involved.

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Phil Smart (aka Sherpa)
ARTery Co-Team Lead
Year on team: sixth

What can’t you live without on the Paddock?  My family, pewter mug and head torch. Oh, and it’s become apparent that a pushbike is also essential.
Describe your signature look at Seed Somewhat random.
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? I was thinking about what to do/bring the following year, and realising that my life would never be the same again.
Why are you involved with Seed?  I felt like the only Burner in the village, coming back to Oz after my first few Burns, as not too many people knew about Burning Man then. I just knew I wanted to be part of planting the seed here and believe that what we are doing is important and transformative, as well as lots of fun![bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’5′]Fiona Smart_ARTery
Fiona Smart (aka Paw Paw)
ARTery Co-Team Lead
Year on team: first

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Weed and ratchet straps
Describe your signature look at Seed. Stealth veteran burner
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? Amazed that the spirit of the playa was there. Excited about the future. Keen-ness to get the event to the Australian desert 
Why are you involved with Seed? My burn experience adds potency to the newbie event. The spirit of getting involved is at the core of BM.[bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]Rhianna Hobbs _Crew Wrangler2IC

Rhianna Hobbs
Crew Wrangling Team 2IC
Year on team: first

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Hugs
Describe your signature look at Seed. Shiny, sparkly and all things rainbow
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? “I have just discovered the reason I was put on this earth”, after my first Burning Man
Why are you involved with Seed? I have been burning for a number of years at Black Rock City and wanted to take my participation to the next level, closer to home [bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]

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