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MOOP map is live!

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MOOP troupers go free-range.

The 2015 MOOP map is now available!

Scratching your head over the term MOOP map? Each year our crack team of MOOP troupers spend days scouring the Paddock after the event finishes, recording information about where and how much MOOP is left behind and who is responsible. All this information goes on to a colour-coded map that is shared with the community.

And for those of you still scratching their head over MOOP – what Burning Seed rock have you been hiding under?! Make sure you get up close and personal with the ten principles that guide our event.

This year, the map is an interactive web-based Google map. You can zoom in and out; click on areas or icons to expand speech bubbles and read more detailed info about theme camps, art works, public camping and infrastructure; and look at related photos and videos. There is also an overview by MoopDaddy, our Burning Seed Leave No Trace Team Lead.  

Check out the 2015 MOOP map here. If you want to get down and dirty with the raw data, you  can check that out here.

Got some feedback? Wanna get involved? You can contact the Leave No Trace team at lnt@burningseed.com

 

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Vote for 2016 theme

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Revolution may be over but there’s still so much more to come. Help set the theme, tone and talk for Burning Seed 2016 by making a theme suggestion or voting on an existing suggestion below. Voting ends on 27 November 2015. Team Leads will vote on the shortlist at the annual Summit on November 27/28. The results will be announced shortly afterwards.

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Pic by Noma Kim

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Burning Seed 2015: the wrap, the good rap and the year ahead

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DPI doing it in style. Pic by Andy Flint

On Monday, 12 October, the last of the Burning Seed crew left the Paddock and closed the gate on this year’s EPIC event.

The DPI crew had slogged through a week of packdown after the frenzy of dancing, dreaming and doing had dry humped the Paddock goodbye.

There were marquees to be dismantled; community spaces to be cleared of art and furniture; tools to be ticked off; inventories to be created; radios to be logged; shipping containers to be packed; MOOP sweeps to be done; and five weeks’ worth of support infrastructure to be dismantled.

For some it was the end of a loooooooong stint on the Paddock. So when they finally closed the Paddock gate, there was a collective sigh of relief as they turned their vehicles for Melbourne.

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The magic of Sunset Island. Pic by Noma Kim

But there’s no closing the gate on the incredible energy, inspiration, excitement, love and ideas that this year’s event has generated (despite finding ourselves back in the bearpit of Facebook and its poor facsimile of Paddock togetherness. One more round of the cultural appropriation debate, anyone?)

You felt it. The Team Leads felt it. We all felt. Burning Seed jumped to a whole new level.

Why?

Well, we could talk nerd and spout numbers about tickets, people, art and stuff. Or we could flash theme camps a thumbs-up for the game they brought and the next levels they jumped too. We could point to the increased flame effects and spontaneous combustions of creativity around the paddock. Or did the Effigy and Temple tip it over the edge for you, too?

But the wherefore-art-thou of Seed’s success was found in the spaces between. It was felt in the synaptic energy that lept from person to person and across the circuitry of our community, emerging in stories like these. 

It continues to pulse through a plethora of post-Seed events great and small, from the micro-community love-ins of theme camps and camp mates to organised picnics, beach parties, bar nights and Decompressions in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Adelaide. 

Soooooo long and thanks for all the fish

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Awh, we love you too, Rangers. Pic by Andy Flint

For the Team Leads, it has been an epic year too. We have all pushed ourselves as organisers and people, expanding our reserves, resolve and comfort zones to meet team, community and personal challenges; to weather and learn from community criticism; and to give more of ourselves than we ever thought possible.

For those of us who have been involved from the beginning of Seed, we’ve experienced a particular blend of pleasure, pain and pride in witnessing the evolution of this year’s Revolution. It has been a long birth of collective and accumulative efforts to create and hold a space where our Seedling event and community can grow.

It’s a collective effort that includes you too, with many of us bound together on a six-year journey for this thing we share, care and squabble over; that we opine and obsess over; fight for and can’t wait for.

And so we say thank you.

Thank you to every single person who has built, brought, created, cleaned, cared, designed, dreamed, filmed, gifted, greeted, performed, played, photographed, posted, published, rangered, shared, talked, worked, wrangled, written and more. Whether it was this year or last year or the year before that. Thank you.

Next Seed steps

So now the lovefest is over, what does the rest of the year hold for Burning Seed?

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Info, info, info. Pic by Nigel Dobson-Keeffee

Next on the agenda: MOOP map. Our crack team of MOOP troupers spent days scouring the Paddock after the event finished, recording information about where and how much MOOP (Matter Out of Place) was left behind and who was responsible. All this information goes on to a colour-coded MOOP map, which will be released soon.

This year, the map will be an interactive web-based Google map. You will be able to zoom in and out; expand speech bubbles to read more detailed info about theme camps, art works, public camping, and infrastructure areas; and look at related photos and videos.

Meanwhile, all the Team Leads are slaving over their own AfterBurn reports in time for the Summit at the end of this month. You can find out more about AfterBurns and the summit here

You also have your own homework to do, with the census running until November 14 and voting for next year’s theme ready to rock next week – keep your eyes peeled on the website.

And by the time Summit is done and dusted, it’ll be time to launch the next Seed season all over again with the release of next year’s theme and dates, and the launch of Community Design Labs

Numbers numbers numbers

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We love a self-reliant newbie. Pic by Andy Flint

Still want to talk nerd? Here are some figures for this year:

  • Adult tickets sold: 3342
  • Kids tickets sold: 232
  • Theme camps: 47
  • Artworks: 42
  • Days on site: 38
  • People who signed up as Community Crew: 298

And, finally, a confession, of sorts.

The ticketing quiz

There has been much talk about newbie numbers following the ticketing quiz we introduced this year, with a 75% figure floating around social media.

Unfortunately, we missed the opportunity to really understand how many fresh-flesh Burgins we had this year. In the quiz we asked whether people had previously been to Burning Seed, rather than asking whether they had been to a Burn – a much better question to ask.

According to the quiz, 1667 had never been to Burning Seed, while 754 had been to Burning Seed. People buy multiple tickets and only the purchaser takes the quiz, so there are 921 people for whom we just don’t know… *scratches head*.

With a large number of people having been to other Burns but enjoying their first Burning Seed, the Burner to Burgin ratio is likely to be closer to 1.5 to 1 or 1 to 1.

Next year, folks: bigger, brighter and more Burgin than ever before. And better stats. In the meantime, get amongst it. Burning Seed is not just a once-a-year event but a year-round community.

 

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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!

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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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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.

Meningococcal fact sheet

 

 

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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?!!