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PSA: Everyone Loves Rangers!

With training coming up for our Red Earth City Rangers in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra, what better time is there to sign up to ranger at Burning Seed? In case you need a reminder why rangering is so fantastic...

You can sign up to Ranger right here.

And remember, everyone loves Rangers! 

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A Message from your PEER Rangers: Don’t stand by, stand up!

At Burning Seed, you will experience a range of sights, sounds, smells (patchouli infused bacon anyone?) and touch. Some of these will be familiar to you and some may be challenging to you or push your boundaries.

Burning Seed encourages radical respectful interactions at all times. We also believe that everyone should be looking out for everyone's safety to ensure that Burning Seed is a safe event for everyone to radically express themselves. If you see something that you believe is not okay, you can say something. Calling this behaviour out in a simple way, can prevent something more serious from happening. It can also make it easier for other people to call this behaviour out in the future.

The P.E.E.R Rangers have compiled a list of six tips for anyone at Seed who notices that something or someone is not okay. It could be someone being catcalled while walking past a theme camp, or that creepy burner who is dancing too close to that unicorn on the dance floor. We can look out for each-others safety on the paddock. Intervening may give the person you’re concerned about, a chance to get to a safe place and leave the situation. You don't need any special training to help someone out of a difficult situation and by doing so, you could have an impact on the situation and potentially change the outcome.

Here’s how: 

Tip 1: The Fake Friend

An effective and safe way of intervening in any harassment situation is to become a ‘fake friend’. However, make sure you ‘check in’ with your friend before you intervene, to make sure if your friend actually needs assistance. You may ask your ‘friend’ if they need a drink, or remind them that they needed to meet your other ‘friend’ back at camp. If you are unsure if they need assistance, do not leave them alone.

Tip 2: Call out the harasser

Most people stop once their behaviour has been acknowledged and scrutinized. Use these three simple “I” statements to call out perpetrators -

1) State your feelings: This is making me uncomfortable.

2) Name the behaviour: The way you’re talking to this person doesn’t seem ok to me.

3) State how you want the person to respond: Could you please change how you’re behaving?

Remember to focus on your feelings rather than criticising the other person.

Tip 3: Make Your Presence Felt

Let the harasser know that you can see, recognise and condemn their behaviour. Remember, you don’t have to speak to communicate. Sometimes a disapproving look or stare can be far more powerful than words. Also spilling your kool aid in front of the harasser, asking them for directions to a theme camp can work wonders in letting them know you’re aware of how they’re behaving.

Tip 4: Check In With The Target

One question alone can deter a harasser who believes no one will intervene. By doing this, the target then knows you have their back, creating a safer environment.

Some questions you can ask are:

  • “Are you okay?”
  • “Do you need any help?”
  • “Is that person bothering you?”  

Tip 5: For Bystanders

Become the distraction! Use humour if you can, as humour reduces the tension of an intervention and makes it easier for the person to hear you. Try intervening between the target and the harasser, or create some form of commotion to allow the target to leave the situation. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this on your own - enlist the help of other burners around you.

There is safety and power in numbers - group intervention!

Tip 6: Be A Role Model

This  is the most effective tip to end harassment. If you treat others with radical respect and look out for fellow beings, this will start the motion of a positive cycle set for your burner family and paddock friends.

In cases where you have tried all of the above, or if the situation has become too dangerous to intervene - you can always call for a Ranger to help. You can do this by asking another bystander to find a ranger on duty (they will be roaming in pairs wearing orange vests with radios), or for more serious cases of harassment or sexual assault, the victim can seek the emotional support of our P.E.E.R Rangers (wearing purple armbands and trained to deal with distressing situations). Rangers are available 24 hours every day of the event.

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Step Up to Support Our Community & Safety Services

With reports of the tragic event at Burning Man coming in, it highlights for us at Burning Seed how important our support services are to us as organisers and, more importantly, as community members. Throughout the year we create and update safety policies and procedures, to help us to best serve our community and ensure we all enjoy a safe event.

But we really can’t do this without you.

Currently we are looking for approximately 100 people to step up and participate in four key community safety and support crews. They are:

 

PEER Rangers

PEER Rangers provide support on the Paddock for participants who are having an emotional, mental or psychological crisis that goes beyond the capacity of their local Burner community and Red Earth City Rangers to manage, but that does not yet need medical services.

They provide immediate emotional, psychological and peer support to participants of all ages, who may require a safe space to process their experiences and to regain a more balanced outlook.

A more detailed role description can be found here.

 

Sanctuary

Sanctuary exists to provide participants a chill out space for when they are having difficulty adjusting to the stimuli at Seed. Some participants may need to take time out from their immediate environment in order to be reintegrated back into the event safely.

We are seeking volunteers who are empathetic, compassionate listeners, and who can remain calm under pressure, to help run Sanctuary as Sitters.

A more detailed role description can be found here.

 

Rangers

The Red Earth City Rangers are our on-the-ground team of experienced Burners who roam the site making sure that all is well. Rangers are usually the first to attend to an emergency on site, and work in close collaboration with the Medical, Fire Safety and Security teams. They also help manage safety during key Seed events like the Effigy and Temple burns, so a sharp focus, cool head and the ability to respond appropriately to a developing situation is required.

Ranger operations run for the duration of the event and operate 24-hours. No experience is necessary and full training will be provided for first timers.

A more detailed role description can be found here.

 

RedMV

During the event, REDMV works shifts to ensure the safe operation of mutant vehicles and prevents use of unlicensed vehicles during the event.

A more detailed role description can be found here.

If you can commit to 1 shift or 5, we would love to welcome you to the Burning Seed crew. Together we can create a safe (and Fun!) environment for everyone.

To join the Burning Seed crew, please follow this link to the Burning Seed Crew Registration form to register.

Keen to join one of these crews, but don’t have a ticket? We *may* be able to help you with that. Complete the Burning Seed Crew Registration form linked above and we will be in touch.

 

If you or anyone you know needs help:

Lifeline on 13 11 14

Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800

MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978

Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467

Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36

Headspace on 1800 650 890

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Tickets to Burning Seed: Deeper Space 2017 have SOLD OUT!

That's right folks, there are no longer any adult tickets available to Burning Seed: Deeper Space on Quicket. 

However if you left it too late, don't despair! We have the Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP) going live at midday on September 6th to resell tickets and purchase any if you missed out. And yes, you still need to have a Burner Profile complete to purchase a ticket via STEP. 

SOME THINGS TO NOTE:

  • If you are buying through STEP you have 48 hours to complete the purchase once you are allocated a ticket
  • If you are selling through STEP you will be refunded the face value of the ticket ($195) but not the booking fee
  • Only adult tickets are bought and sold through STEP. Kids and youth tickets are still available on the main Quicket page right here.

 

If you have any questions, don't forget you can email ticketing@burningseed.com for help. 

See you on The Paddock! 

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Traffic Rovers Ahoy! We need you for traffic & placement

There's a brand new team on the Paddock this year, and they need some helping hands! You can be part of the first team (and create the first memories) for Traffic Rovers - read on to learn more. 

So what does a traffic rover do?

Traffic Rovers are all about making sure traffic flows smoothly and safely, while helping people find the best camping spots. They're also about making sure people don't camp where they're not supposed to.

What are the perks?
It's a brilliant team to be part of.  Being a pilot team, the shift requirements will be minimal - just one or two shifts at 3-4 hours max.  You get a license to rove and will meet heaps of fascinating people as they enter the event, while helping participants at the beginning of their Seed journey. You'll also get a radio and a vest and will look all official  😉 
 
It's a great way to contribute to the event without making a huge investment.  Just rock-up, help a few people out, have some good chats and you're done. You also get early entry!
 
Keen to become a Traffic Rover? Check out the role description and register here.

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Gate Keepers Looking for Gate Helpers!

YOU SHALL NOT PASS!... unless we get enough crew for the gate.

First impressions last. You CAN get in with those shoes! Use your power for good and stick your hand up to be the first face seen by burners exiting the default world and entering Burning Seed. You’ll join an amazing crew who collectively work their sexy arses off to make sure everyone is happy and (mostly) behaving while entering. You’ll meet huge numbers of people super excited to be arriving and you’ll bathe in their collective excitement. Time flies when you’re holding a scanning gun.

No experience necessary, all training provided. Please fill in the online form to express your interest for Gate Keepers RIGHT HERE.

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Leave No Trace Crew- You won’t be MOOP for the post festival scoop!

Does the Burn always end a little too soon for you? Are you passionate about the Leave No Trace Principles? Do you have an eye for detail and a passionate dislike for glitter? Let the festival roll on with three meals a day and hot showers, while you go on the treasure hunt of a lifetime!

If you’d like to join a committed group of greenies who scour the earth finding all the remaining MOOP, we’d love to hear from you! Register your interest for the post-event Sweeps Team with the Leave No Trace Crew, right here: http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/

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Red Earth Rangers need you!

There are a number of roles that available for those who want to be part of the Ranger Team for 2017. One of the most beautiful experiences as a ranger is the genuine gratitude that is received from participants who find themselves in need of help.

Rangers?

The Red Earth City Rangers are our on-the-ground team of experienced Burners who roam the site making sure that all is well. Rangers are usually the first to attend to an emergency on site, and work in close collaboration with the Medical, Fire Safety and Security teams. They also help manage safety during key Seed events like the Effigy and Temple burns, so a sharp focus, cool head and the ability to respond appropriately to a developing situation is required.

Ranger operations run for the duration of the event and operate 24-hours. No experience is necessary and full training will be provided for first timers.

Rangers must be aged 18 and over.

An inspirational poem about Rangers written by our crew!

The Paddock is a place for all to play,
Be a Ranger with us to help guide the way.
When things fall apart or direction’s not clear,
Rangers, your friends, will always be near.

If you are drunk or if you are sober,
A ranger will guide you to safety you know sir!
But they need volunteers - so put your hand up,
The roles are filled from the community’s cup.

What do I get in return, because you know, default world stuff

Perks! For your dedication to the cause, you will receive a plethora of thanks including incentives such as: free training in Sydney, Canberra or Melbourne, early entry, and sexy shwag bling!

Every one of you that steps forward lightens the load for the entire Ranger community and makes our event safer and more fun for everyone!

Which roles are available and how do I sign up?

There are various leadership roles and as well regular ranger roles available.  You’ll find them listed under the ‘Critical Vacancies 2017’ and the ‘Community Crew Roles’ headings here: http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/

If you would like to sign up, please use the ‘Register Here’ button at the top of the community crew page (at the link above). We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

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Ticketing Team Update

Many of the Burning Seed teams are pretty visible once you arrive on site for the Burn. It could be the entertaining and welcoming fluffers, the sarcastic but efficient Gate Keepers, the always happy to see you Greeters, or the ever present Rangers. However, one team has finished their work by the time gates open, and that’s our super hard working Ticketing team.

The small team of two start preparing months before tickets go on sale, working with our ticketing provider Quicket to ensure that the whole ticketing process goes smoothly and that as many people as possible get a ticket to one of the largest regional burns outside of the US. This year they’ve had the extra responsibility of refunding thousands of tickets to last year’s cancelled event, something that definitely wasn’t in the job description! Almost all tickets have now been refunded and the Ticketing team have made multiple attempts to reach out to the remaining few. If you haven’t received your refund then please email ticketing@burningseed.com

How many tickets have been sold?

Lots! Tickets are still on sale and the final tally will be made public in the annual Afterburn report. There are still some tickets left but don’t delay as they will most definitely sell out. For the last couple of events there have been many disappointed people who missed out on a ticket as they waited too long, don’t let that be you! Head to http://qkt.io/seed17 to secure your ticket now.

Kids tickets, however, don’t sell out as they aren’t part of our population cap. This is the same for the new category of Youth tickets. Introducing this type of ticket has allowed Burning Seed to reduce the price for our 16 and 17 year old Burners but they still need to attend with a parent or legal guardian. Kids and Youth tickets are sold online just like adult tickets.

Do I need to transfer my ticket if I can’t attend?

Yes, if it turns out you can’t attend and have a friend or family member that you want to transfer your ticket to then you must process this through the Quicket ticket transfer system. The name on the ticket must match the attendees photo ID when they arrive at gate otherwise they will be turned away. This helps stop scalping and also increases the security of the event as we know exactly who is attending and that they have gone through the process of creating a Burner Profile and learning about the 10 Principles. If you’d like to transfer your ticket then check out this super helpful FAQ post. The person you’re transferring to will need to create a Burner Profile before you are able to transfer your ticket to them.

I want to sell my ticket

This year we’re super excited to offer a Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP) which will allow people to sell and buy unwanted tickets without having to worry about scalping and fraud. The full details will be announced after the event sells out but essentially this works the same as other STEP programs such as the one used by Burning Man.

If you have a ticket you can no longer use, and don’t have any friends or family who want it, then you’ll be able to register this in STEP through our ticketing provider Quicket. People who are looking for a ticket will be able to add themselves to a waiting list and as tickets become available they’ll be notified and given 24 hours to complete the purchase. The buyer and seller don’t need to worry about exchanging banking details or transferring tickets, this is all handled automatically and reduces any chance of someone being ripped off.

If you have a ticket you’re looking to sell then keep an eye on the official Burning Seed Facebook Page for more details when the program is officially launched.

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Kitchen Crew Looking for a 2iC

Do you know your way around the kitchen? Do you want to be a part of the pre-event action? Do you feel like spending extended time in heaven (AKA the paddock)? This is an exciting opportunity for a 2iC to join the Yum Yums Crew in the Stockade Kitchen. The Yum Yums prepare meals add fuel to the fire of the souls who work tirelessly to build the Effigy, Temple, and prepare the site. Don’t worry though, they all do their own dishes!

What is involved?

This is a bigger time commitment than most roles as you will need to be on site some weeks before the event, but wouldn't that be amazing? For your hard work and dedication, you will rewarded with 3 meals a day, snacks and a tea/coffee station, one prepared meal per day during the event and access to kitchen food stores 24/7. Not to mention HOT SHOWERS and camping with an awesome crew.

If you can commit to 4.5 weeks to living the burn, we’d love to hear from you. Register your interest for Kitchen at http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/