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Summit: Team Leads rock ‘n review

Another Seed season is drawing to a close as Team Leads slave over their team AfterBurn reports and prepare to gather on 27/28 November to go over the good, the bad, the ugly of this year’s event.

The Summit is an annual two-day meeting where Team Leads, 2ICs and project leads gather to review what worked and what didn’t work at the recent Burning Seed and to discuss solutions for the following year. It is also the chance to address some of the key issues raised by the community via the census. Sydney will host this year’s Summit.

Each team AfterBurn report will also be available on our website, alongside the Burning Seed AfterBurn report. This publication summarises each team’s successes, problems and solutions, and gives the community an overview of the event and its organisation. Its publication is part of our commitment as an official regional Burn.

You can check out last year’s Burning Seed and team AfterBurn reports here.

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Join the Crew!

Photo credit: Adam B Taylor

Participation is the lifeblood of Burning Seed. Photo credit: Adam B Taylor.

So there you are, still basking in the afterglow of your Burn, compulsively reading all the stories on Facebook, and reliving those beautiful and fun memories of Seed 2015.

The good news is that you can maintain that glow ALL YEAR ROUND by joining the crew!!!

Pulling this Seed thing off is a huge, huge effort and we always need more hands, hearts and minds to get involved.

Crewing is an awesome gift to the community, and it doesn’t matter whether you can spare an hour or 100 hours a week (joking!!). It all really helps.

Find out more by checking out the website or talking it over with friends who are already involved.

We’ll be checking in with the community throughout the year for different community crew needs, but for the moment we’re keen to find people for a couple of areas:

We need a new Crew Wrangler!

Yes! We are super keen for a new year-round Crew Wrangler! Crew Wranglers really are Seed Superpeople! They make the magic happen by working with team leads to identify where the skill needs are and connecting with the community to fill them. They’re also amazing troubleshooters and total nerds when it comes to managing crew rosters. If you have got what it takes, then give it up and get on board!

We need Communications people!

Comms is always, always, ALWAYS on the look out for amazing people to help us crew this 365-day joint – if you’re an web developer, IT graphic designer, a writer, a publisher, a project manager, a curator, a photo/videographer, a media/issues management specialist, a social media maven or just so goddam mustard keen to crew with Comms, get your freak on and fizz it up with that motherhugger!

To express your interest or to find out more, contact the Crew Wranglers at jointhecrew@burningseed.com

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Bring Home the Burn

by Tristen Tan

Coming back from a Burn is a feeling like no other, right? This is particularly the case for a lot of first-time burners – you’re still processing the energy, the connections, the enriching experiencesBeneficent Burners you had in a temporary city built by the passions of thousands. Where do you go from there? What do you do with that energy? Well here’s what you do – you bring the Burn home…

On returning from my first Burn I realised I had found a community who were doing things differently. I wanted to do the things I wanted to do differently with these people and that’s where Beneficent Burners began.

We want to harness the energy we create together at a Burn. We bring together like-minded and inspired Burners and also anyone with similar intent who wants to channel their passion, intelligence and creativity into projects that will bring light into our community and the World.

One of the biggest takeaways I had from Seed this year was validation that there is a need for Beneficent Burners in our community to make the bridge between Seed, the values and principles and the real World. For example some of the projects we’re currently into include local environmental clean-ups, community events, social efforts like helping older Australians stay active and socially engaged, and educational work to encourage kids to free up their minds and create stuff.

Beneficent BurnersWe’re also into more guerilla-type projects – we love giving out homework assignments at our meet-ups! For example, we encourage people to get out there and GIFT – to friends, family and to strangers – and to bring their stories back to share.

Over the next few months we want to develop and evolve the Beneficent Burners website, get a regular newsletter going, recruit people to help create content, run their own regular meet-ups, create and collaborate on new projects, support fundraising efforts and get these engaged people to help steer the direction of this cause.

For more information and to get involved, please check out our website www.beneficentburners.com or join Beneficent Burners Australia or Beneficent Burners Sydney on Facebook.

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Health update — Burning Seed 2015

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Photo by Jorgenn

Hey folks,

If you’ve spent any time on Facebook since leaving the Paddock, you might have seen a few posts from people not feeling so great health-wise after Burning Seed.

We had a big boost in population this year to around 3500 souls, and as Seed grows, the risk of contracting something nasty increases too. This includes colds, flus, tummy bugs etc.

To support good communal hygiene and community health, the following measures were put in place this year:

  • twice-daily toilet cleaning
  • hand sanitation
  • advice in the guides
  • a 24-hr medical crew.

However, every participant has a responsibility for ensuring that our Burn remains healthy and safe.

This includes following hygiene rules around the storage, cooking and sharing of food; making sure that you limit exposure to other participants if you are sick; checking in with others if you have doubts about their health and are sharing food, drinks, smooches or more; and making sure that the water you drink or swim in is clean.

If you have any further ideas for improving health and hygiene on the Paddock, please contact us and get involved. jointhecrew@burningseed.com

Meningococcal update

Keep calm and carry onThe one confirmed meningococcal case at Burning Seed 2015 is doing well, and all their campmates have tested negative.

Post-event, another participant was identified with the meningococcal antibody but did not have any symptoms. The doctors said there was no risk of this participant having infected others at the event, and there was no further cause for concern.

At this stage there is only one confirmed, isolated case of meningococcal and one person who was asymptomatic. There is no ‘outbreak’ or ‘deadly scare’.

Some people are suffering the effects of working and playing hard, and sharing and caring together. The flu always sucks, and taking care of yourself is a priority. That includes checking in with your doctor if you are concerned in any way.

However, at this post-event stage, and given the relatively short incubation cycle of meningococcal, the possibility of another case is very low.

According to the Meningitis Centre of Australia: “The incubation period (the time it takes to develop the first symptoms of a disease from when a person was first exposed to an organism) for meningococcal disease is usually between two and ten days.”

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Meningococcal case at Burning Seed

A gentle heads up, Burners!

A participant at this year’s Burning Seed was confirmed to have meningococcal disease. The NSW Public Health Unit has given us fantastic support by identifying all the person’s close contacts and undertaking the relevant checks. There is a low risk for other participants, but if you begin to feel unwell and experience any of the symptoms listed on the attached fact sheet, please go to to your nearest hospital for further help.

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Join the discussion about our shared Seed future

After six happy and successful years, it’s time for Burning Seed to look to the future.

To do this, Burning Seed organisers are exploring a new legal structure for Seed, one that will better reflect our community and the nature of our event. And we want you to join us for that discussion at The Future Forum at Centre Camp this Friday at 2pm.

Red Earth City Pty Ltd is the current legal entity behind Burning Seed. It has been an amazing incubator, providing the organisers and the community with the protection and structure needed to kickstart, stage and grow the Burn.

But now we need to plan the next steps in our Burning Seed story, and we want and need your input. Please join us at the Future Forum.

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Gatecrashers, security and gate — a message from Rangers

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Don’t poke the Bear – our beloved Ranger Team Lead has a serious message for everybody about gatecrashing and security.

Your friendly Rangers have a message about Gatecrashing: 

Non-ticketed people found at the event are Gatecrashers. They are not participants in our community, and will not be extended the same courtesies.

Anyone found on-site without a wristband will be:

A) fined for trespassing by Forestry Corporation of NSW
B) escorted out of the event
C) have their ID recorded and be ineligible to buy a ticket for the 2016 event
D) subject to indecencies arrived upon by DPI (and ooooo are they an indecent bunch!)

Rangers will be checking for wristbands. Rangers are participants just like you, and having to ask another participant to show a wristband is not the best part of the job, to say the least. Please cooperate enthusiastically in showing your wristband and make it much easier on us lot.

Ensure that ALL PASSENGERS IN YOUR CAR have their ticket before they get in the car. The entire car will be turned away at Gate if even one person does not have a ticket.

At the Gate…

Other awesome volunteer participants have another not-so-fun duty of inspecting your vehicle for stowaways and sufficient supplies (food/water). You WILL be turned away if you have more people than you should and/or less supplies than you should. If you are harbouring a stowaway, all ticket holders must watch their tickets be ripped up in front of them!

Security and Rangers will be patrolling the surrounding forest area and forestry roads. Any illegal camping or vehicles will be cited through the Forestry service.

Trust us, we hate this bit. It’s a love/hate kinda thing though. We must do this to maintain the longevity of the event.

See you all out there real soon, ya hear?!!

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The 2015 What Where When guide is here!

Got your tickle trunks, tutus and ‘tude at the ready? The 2015 What Where When — your guide to the most fantabulous creative juices ever released on the Paddock  — is ready for you to pore over with your sweaty little mitts.

The What Where When is your pocket-rocket roadmap to all the events at Burning Seed, and is handed out to every participant at the gate. Everything in this guide has been created by a participant like you — orgasmic yoga? Check. Bunny march? Check. Slayer sessions and hot chocolate? Check?

All manner of tastes are accounted for in the WWW but times can be.. shall we say… flexy. Find yourself rocking up for a workshop session only to discover it’s more like a snooze session for camp mates? Embrace immediacy and either join in or find some other amazing experience on the Paddock. There’s much to explore, and the Seed adventure is less like clockwork than creative, connective and continually full of surprises.

We have two versions of the 2015 What Where When available for download: one with spreads (recommended for printing) and one with single pages (recommended for viewing on your computer or mobile device).

 

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Message from your Gate crew

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Nick, our illustrious Gate Team Lead.

Written by Nick Westcott, Gate Team Lead.

The last few days have been tough. It has made us sit back and take a long hard look at a number of procedures we have in place for running gate at Seed this year. It has made us get on many phone calls, answer many emails, monitor Facebook and Gumtree, and drink many bottles of wine. It has made us have too many serious conversations with other teams about what this all means. It has made us sad.

Most of all it has stopped us doing the important things we need to do to get ready for Burning Seed 2015.

We’re not going to get into a discussion about the pros and cons of ticket limits. About the impacts on crewing, permits, insurance and the quality of event we deliver. All we on gate want to say is that once you get to the site PLEASE do what you can to make our lives easy.

Have your ticket ready. Have your ID ready. If you’ve bought a ticket from someone, else have a copy of their ID ready. Let us search your car. Listen to the crew and give them the respect they deserve.

We are people like you. We are doing our absolute best to get everyone into the event as quickly and as safely as we can.

We cannot wait to see you.

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Burning Seed now on the map

The site map for this year’s Burning Seed is now available. A copy of this map will also be handed to every participant when they arrive at the Gate. Can’t wait until then for your own copy? You can download it here.

And if you’re wondering why you didn’t notice that large lake in the middle of the Paddock last year, never fear. You’re not going crazy. This year’s beautiful map also indicates the water-logged land that was kindly gifted by the capricious weather gods and the rains at the end of August.

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