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All about P.E.E.R and why we need you

 

Ever wondered what a P.E.E.R Ranger does on a typical shift? Are you considering sharing your important skills but don't know what is expected? Fear that a shift could be too overwhelming or emotionally taxing on you? Ranger LadySparkles interviewed one of her team members from 2017 about their experience being a specialist Ranger and here's what she said….

What called you to be a P.E.E.R Ranger?

It felt like an obvious choice. I wanted to gift my time in a way that used my strongest skills and experience. I wanted to co-create a safe and respectful space for everyone, and emotionally support anyone who needed it.

How would you describe P.E.E.R Rangers?

PEERS are all qualified and trained professionals who work in the field. It was immensely reassuring knowing that trained people would be available on site, at any hour, purely to offer psychological support to anyone in need.

 

What was your experience of being a P.E.E.R Ranger like?

I was instantly part of a larger team, all of whom were generous individuals, driven to keep the community safe and protect the environment. My shifts were mostly focused on ranger duties like trying to find a lost child, and working with other rangers to ask a person without a wristband to leave. We all looked after each other and we received a great deal of respect and gratitude for our time. There is no doubt that being a PEER Ranger was an incredibly satisfying and rewarding experience.

Does this sound like you? Have Questions?

What does PEER stand for?

Psychological and Emotional Emergency Response. PEER Rangers provide emotional support on the Paddock for participants who are having an emotional, mental or psychological crisis that goes beyond the capacity of their friends, campmates and Red Earth Rangers.

What is expected of me?

As a PEER ranger you’ll be expected to do at least 2x4 hour shifts (or 1 graveyard shift). You’ll need to attend ranger training and PEER ranger training (both training sessions can be completed onsite) and wear the supplied uniform so you can be recognised. You may be called upon to respond to more serious incidents at the event such as assault, mental health concerns and large scale event emergencies. Although these are rare, they are possible and you must be prepared for events like these. Debriefing is available for any team member who requests it.

How will I be supported?

You will have access to an experienced and qualified Team Lead or 2ic for support with any critical incidents, and work closely with other teams such as experienced veteran rangers, dirt rangers,  sanctuary, medical and security. You’ll be provided with a dedicated team area with water, snacks and sunscreen and some extra perks for the graveyard shifts. Being a PEER ranger, you will develop your  crisis intervention skills, psychological risk assessment, responding to sexual assault and safety planning skills to your therapeutic tool kit.

What qualifications do I need?

Ideal crew members will have previous medical, mental health, psychological counselling or crisis intervention experience - although your role title will be a ‘Specialist Ranger’ or P.E.E.R Ranger. You will not be expected to operate as or even disclose your profession during your time on the paddock.  Experience in sexual assault services, telephone crisis lines, youth work, and emergency services or similar is also valuable. Get in touch to discuss your suitability.

What if this sounds like me but I didn't buy a ticket before the event sold out?

PEER Rangers have a small number of directed tickets available for people who are prepared to commit to the team. These need to be purchased by 12 September 2018 AT THE LATEST.

If you’re keen to put your skills to use, learn some new ones and help support an important and crucial team on the paddock, step up and claim your place on the PEER team here: http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/

 

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Constitution Building & the Future of Seed

 

We need your help! Get involved in our Restructure Committee as we continue into the ‘Constitution Building Phase’.

When you hear the words ‘Burning Seed’, what springs to mind? Is it governance structures? Legal entities? Committees? …. No?

Well believe it or not, there’s a team of people behind Burning Seed that *absolutely love* a good organisational spreadsheet or project plan, and they’re needing your assistance.

The Restructure Sub-Committee has spent the last year meeting, developing and delivering a Community Consultation Process (final report coming next month!). We are now looking at drafting a constitution for the new entity that will oversee Seed, and need some helpful hands!

Are you good at governance? Or at understanding the ins and outs of constitution building?  Passionate about change management? Do you know a lot about not-for-profits?

If so, then you can help the Restructure Sub-Committee work through the next phases to create the Future of Burning Seed including;

  • Selection of legal entity type (either a co-operative, company limited by guarantee, or incorporated association)
  • Constitution development
  • Developing a memorandum of understanding between Red Earth City and the new entity
  • Electing of founding board of directors

You can read the full position description here. We know positions descriptions can sound dry, but this is a real opportunity to be involved in how Seed looks for years and years to come.  Once you’ve read the position description and decided that you’re interested in joining the team, you can register here.  Registration closes Sunday August 26th. Interviews with the current Restructure Committee members will be hosted the following week.

For more information on what the Future of Seed process has looked like so far and who else is on the committee check out our info page.

 

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Let’s Talk About GIFTING!

Of the 10 Principles, Gifting is the one for me that really makes a Burn special. It’s the foundation of how the event is run, and the connections we make with each other. But it’s also the principle that I think is least understood by Burgins (First Time Burners).

So, what is Gifting? Well I’ll tell you what it’s not. It’s not Bartering. Bartering is the exchange of goods. “I’ll give you this thing in exchange for you giving me that thing”. Gifting, on the other hand, is the offer of a gift with no expectation of return. And I say “offer”, because there are two parts to gifting - giving and receiving. It’s one thing to give a gift, but if your gift is not wanted, that needs to be respected. Consent applies to Gifting too!

Let me tell a story to demonstrate. I was Rangering at Afrikaburn one year, and a gentleman (covered head to toe in gold glitter, but that’s for a separate post) came up to me and offered me a token of thanks for my volunteering. It was a little Eiffel Tower keychain, the ones you buy at the $2 store. I asked him the significance of the token, as I thought it may have some importance to him. But he had a pocketful of them as “gifts”. He wasn’t French, and it symbolised nothing except a factory in China staffed by underpaid workers distributing unnecessary plastic into the world. I politely declined his “gift”, and asked if he would like to offer me a high five and a thanks instead.

At the end of my shift, my Ranger partner offered me the wire necklace he’d been working on throughout our shift as a gift and memento of our time together - it was beautiful, handmade, and I still have it to this day.

Junk you’ve purchased from the $2 store is not a gift, it is junk that somebody probably doesn’t want and is too polite to say so. It represents the unnecessary commodification we’re trying to get away from in the default world, and if it doesn’t become MOOP, it will definitely end up in landfill. Before purchasing “gifts”, consider whether you would be genuinely grateful to receive them yourself.

The best gifts? Your time. Your offer of assistance to someone in need. Prepared some extra food? Offer it to your neighbours. Camp mate forgot their pillow? Offer them your spare. Stumbled across someone struggling through a challenging experience? Stop what you’re doing and help them over to Sanctuary.

If this is your first burn, I encourage you not to bring “stuff” to gift. Instead, gift your time to help your theme camp set up, pack down or run events. Or sign up for a community crew shift (shameless plug!) - Burning Seed is run solely by people gifting their time and it’s a great way to meet people as well. You can check out the roles available and apply online here, or come along to the Part!c!pat!on Station near Centre Camp to fill urgent vacancies during the event.

Rhianna “Phoenix” Hobbs
Crew Department Lead

 

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Theme Camps at Burning Seed 2018

We're excited to introduce all of the official theme camps for Burning Seed 2018! A big thank you for all who applied and got their applications looking fine and in on time! All camps are listed here and are available for you to approach, support and explore. We have no doubt that they will be spending the next two months up to their necks in tools, glitter and glue. Most are all linked to their Facebook page making it easy for you to keep in touch with their fundraising efforts, needs and events. So keep in touch and given them ya Likes.

If you are new to Seed this year or not affiliated with a camp but want to join, a lot of these camps have thrown open their borders and are welcoming in the new, the lost, even the polycamperous, and have registered to Adopt–A-Burgin. You can find the full list of camps here: http://burningseed.com/adopt-burgin/

If aren't looking to join a camp but think you might like to collaborate on an event or use a camps space, that might be possible too. Lots of camps are happy to host additional events during their down time. There’s a list of those camps here: http://burningseed.com/share-a-space/

Just a reminder to all camps:

  • Grant and placement allocations will be coming out very soon
  • Please get your MOU and safety forms into us ASAP and don't leave it to the last minute!
  • The What, Where, When guide event submissions are open for a few more weeks! Ensure you get your events in before the deadline. Start working with your neighbours to make your events shine. http://burningseed.com/guides-forms/

Thanks again to all the camps for their efforts, passion and creativity, and lets all get behind them all and fill their spaces with ya faces☺

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P.E.E.R 2iC Announcement

LadySparkles, P.E.E.R Team Lead is pleased to introduce and welcome James aka Rakkar to the role of P.E.E.R 2iC.

Rakkar stumbled across Burning Seed in 2014, and got himself a Seed tattoo a few days after getting back to Sydney from that first burn. 'How did they imagine and organise an event so packed with so much trashiness, camping, community, joy & creativity' - he pondered after his first event.  He decided he wanted to get more involved in creating the weird magic he witnessed a few years prior, so as the years rolled by he joined the Ranger Team, upped his gifting game, lent a hand to theme camps and nudged people in the default world - “Have you thought about coming to Seed? It isn’t a cult, but you should join us!” He is worried that this enthusiasm will one day result in his parents coming to Seed and he may have to be more selective in his displays of trashiness. Each one teach one -right?

In the default world Rakkar is a qualified Social Worker with a background in sexual health, substance use and general crisis work. He attempted to join P.E.E.R rangers in 2016, but we all remember how that Seed ended up. He was more successful in 2017 and in 2018 he will be supporting the P.E.E.R Rangers as 2iC - as well as the other dedicated volunteers who make the paddock as safe as can be. LadySparkles is excited to welcome Rakkar to the leadership team and is confident that his skills, passion and sense of humour will fit right in.

What is a Psychological and Emotional Emergency Response Ranger?

For those who don’t know - a P.E.E.R Ranger is a specialist branch of Red Earth Rangers who work alongside Rangers. They are trained and qualified to deal with more serious incidents at Burning Seed such as emotional and psychological crises. Whether it be attending to a distressed parent of a lost child, helping someone through an emotional situation or more infrequently responding to an assault, P.E.E.R Rangers are available to listen, support you and help you get your mind and spirit back to the event as quickly and safely as possible.

If you have skills and experience in counselling, crisis work, mental health or sexual assault response, the P.E.E.R Team encourage your application to join their team of rockstars. Training is onsite and shifts are only 4 hours. For more info or to apply please click on link below:

http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/

 

 

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Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP)

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

However if you left it too late, don't despair! Our Secure Ticket Exchange Program (STEP) going live at 6pm on August 3rd 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. 

What is STEP?

STEP is where people who want to sell their tickets are matched with people who want to buy tickets and the whole process is administered by Quicket. Sellers put their ticket up for sale on STEP (face value) and people who want to buy tickets register their details through STEP. Buyers are on a first come first serve basis - so the sooner you sign up for STEP, the sooner you could be matched with a ticket. Once a buyer is matched with a seller, they have 48 hours to complete the transaction before it is offered to the next buyer in line.

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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FART IS RECRUITING!

What's all this talk about FART? At Burning Seed we love a good acronym, but all childish jokes aside, FART is Burning Seed's Fire Art Response Team. In other words, the FART is Burning Seed's fire department. We patrol the site and assist external agencies should things not go right. And now, we are on the hunt for some humans wishing to join the team!

We are after two types of humans: Those with Fire Fighting experience and those without (but wishing to learn).

But really, what does FART actually do?
FART provides rapid first aid fire response to fires that may break out - either in the bush or malfunctioning equipment/installations. FART also provides rapid response attack/confine during major art burns.

What is involved?
FART shifts are 12 hours long, during which time you will be patrolling the site in our vehicles, checking on permitted burn barrels and art fires, and generally providing a state of readiness for the worst case scenario.

If this sounds like something you can do/would like to do then apply via this link (even if you are a returning volunteer): https://www.volcor.net/TakeSurvey2.aspx?s=2276_burningseedregistration2018

We look forward to having you on our team!
Rusty & Hot Wire

Photo by Shaan R. Ali

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Meet our new Burning Seed Town Councillor

Recently we announced a vacancy on the Burning Seed Town Council (BSTC) following the resignation of  ‘Prince’ Ali Mohammad Shams Ahmadi. The BSTC is in place as an interim group to support the Burning Seed event Team Leads and facilitate the process for a new stand-alone Burning Seed legal entity.

The BSTC plays a complementary role alongside the Team Leads and we consider all the wonderful volunteers involved in making Burning Seed happen each year as playing an equally important role in creating an extraordinary event for us. The BSTC acts as a bridge between the strategic and operational sides of the event.

The process involved the applicants submitting their nomination with background and experience, interviews with the candidates and then a final assessment and decision by the existing Burning Seed Town Council members.

We were really impressed by the qualities of the three candidates who nominated. It is wonderful to see the broad skill sets and varied passions of the Burner community who are looking to increase their participation.

After consideration, we are pleased to announce our new Burning Seed Town Councillor.

Lisa Dyer-Randall (aka Minty Miss America)

Lisa was a member of the Mint Country Club theme camp since her first Burn in 2014, taking on the Team Lead position for Mint in 2017. This year will see her at the helm of a new theme camp, Hoi Polloi. Lisa has also been a Ranger since 2015 and previously served as Treasurer for Melburners.

Lisa brings kindness, pragmatism and a passionate community focus to the Town Councillor role. She has decades of  effective management and board experience, and the rare ability to be both goal and process focused.

We are all excited to begin her onboarding process and look forward to working alongside her.

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Burning Seed Financials – 2017 Event

Whilst things are very much in motion for Burning Seed 2018, our finance team have been busy dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s on the 2017 event. We entered last year in an unusual financial position due to the flooding and subsequent cancellation the year before. There were significant delays in us receiving half the insurance payout which meant that we used all our cash reserves to ensure that we could payout ticket refunds in a timely manner. This meant we had to instruct all our teams to work to very lean budgets, a task they undertook superbly. The final insurance money arrived just days before the event began and means that we are now well placed for 2018 and beyond.

Over on the right you can see the totals spent in each area, and here's a bit of detail of where the money went:

ADMIN: We have a whole army of people dedicating their time and experience to run Seed on a completely voluntary basis, and we cover many of pocket expenses for doing so, such as stationary, fuel, phone, etc. There are also bank fees and other office expenses. Finally we pay for external accountants to prepare our quarterly GST returns and assist with other financial services.

ART AND THEME CAMP GRANTS: We award grants to artists and theme camps to bring their amazing, weird and wonderful offerings to Seed. What makes a burn different to other festivals is the spectacular and creative art along with the huge variety of theme camps. We have already significantly increased the art budget for 2018 and as the event grows, so will the art.

CIVIC SERVICES: This is the cost of building the major installations onsite; Centre Camp, the Effigy and the Temple. It also includes the budgets for many of our teams including Gate, Greeters, Sanctuary, and PEER Rangers, who are all critical in ensuring our city runs smoothly.

CREW COSTS AND TRAINING: For over five weeks before the event a dedicated team are onsite full time, living and breathing the creation of our city on the Paddock. Our crew numbers swell during the event to ensure everything runs smoothly and safely. We feed the build crews (our kitchen team are amazing) and provide some basic appreciation to everyone who volunteers. Essential training is also provided, including WHS, heavy machinery accreditations, first aid, and whitecards.

DONATIONS: All the profits from ice sales get donated to the local Matong Primary School. It’s one of the many ways we say thank you to the local community who support us so well. We also provide money to Red Earth Ecology for the wonderful work they do on regeneration and landcare projects in the areas surrounding Red Earth City.

IT COSTS: The Seed organisers are spread far and wide across this great brown land (and a couple live overseas too) which means we rely heavily on services such as email, cloud storage, video conferencing, and other collaboration tools to help plan the event. We also have a need for specific applications for tasks such as volunteer management and finance.

PERMITS, FEES AND OTHER VENUE COSTS (EXCL. TOILETS): As we are on NSW Forestry land, we have to pay a fee for every beautiful participant on the site. There are also significant other venue costs to run a safe and smooth event including roadworks, signage, and the cost of transporting our storage containers to and from site.

PUBLICATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Where would you be without the What Where When, Survival Guide, a very occasional email, and Burning Seed website? This is the printing and publication costs of bringing all that lovely knowledge and information to you.

SAFETY AND REGULATORY SERVICES: We want to give everyone a safe and wonderful experience, so we engage teams of professional medics and security guards to look out for you and support the wonderful work done by the Red Earth Rangers. As the event grows we have additional costs we need to cover to meet the requirements of the local emergency services, including having an ambulance pre-deployed on site at certain times. Then there are a variety of insurance policies required including public liability and the all important cancellation insurance!

TOILETS: If there is one area where you don’t want to skimp on quality, it’s toilets. Our Sanitation team does an amazing job of ensuring we all have somewhere nice to conduct our ‘business’. They also continue to examine ways to keep costs down whilst ensuring the toilets are pumped, cleaned, and restocked with dunny rolls on a regular basis. We think they’re amazing.

TOOLS, HEAVY EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS: Heavy equipment and materials are  scissor-lifts, telehandlers, generators etc—all coordinated by DPI and used for the various infrastructure needs of Seed, supporting the effigy and temple builds, as well as all of the other Art and occasionally desperate Theme Camps! DPI also require a wide variety of drills, hammers, saws and other tools. Probably some nails too.

TRAVEL AND SUMMIT CONFERENCE: The Annual Seed Summit in November is the only time outside the event that we are able to bring all the event leads together in the one place. The time is used to examine what went well and what needs to be improved from the event that was just held, and to begin planning for the following year. It’s a weekend that contributes massively to the continued success of Burning Seed.

VEHICLE HIRE AND FUEL: We are pretty far away from everywhere so need to utilise vehicles to transport materials to and from site. Once onsite we employ a variety of utes and buggies to assist with the work of the build crews and our site safety teams.

Click here to see a PDF version of the details on the right

As always - if you’d like further information on anything here, please reach out to feedback@burningseed.com and we will do our best to give A’s to your Q’s.

 

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Share your experiences of the Ten Principles

Dearest Burners,

Whether you’re an old flame or a fresh-faced burgin, we want to hear your voice!

The ten principles are a distillation of what separates a burn from being another music festival; transforming a movement into a community that can bring these concepts to the world and make positive change.

For newcomers and yet-to-burners, understanding the principles and how they end up playing out in real life can be a real challenge. There is often a huge gap between a burgin’s expectations and the reality of a burn, and Burning Seed is no exception.

So we need your voice!

Do you remember your discovery of the ten principles? Was it many eons ago, or more recently?

Some communities view “each one teach one” as an extended principle, and in that spirit we invite, solicit, urge and entreat you to share with us your experience of the Ten Principles.

Share with us, the community, and future burners what the Ten Principles mean to you. Are there stories you can share? An explanation of a principle that you think doesn’t get enough attention? Surprises you encountered? Tricks or tips you have that relate to a principle (or three)?

We’re opening this right up and there are no wrong answers; so let loose and write something you feel passionate about. But your creativity doesn’t need to stop there - shoot a video and link it to us! Write a song! However you can bring your experience to benefit the community is welcomed and celebrated.

Consider how you can participate in making this radically inclusive community more accessible and understood. We’ll digest your responses and look at ways we can bring this cultural knowledge to the community, starting with the website. All in the name of Participation and Communal Effort!

You’ll find a link to our submission form below. You can either type straight into the form, or upload a word document, PDF, media file or anything else you have prepared.

Click here to share your experiences!