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Future of Seed: Delivering Smokin’ Hot Background Papers to you!

One of the key pieces of feedback that we have heard as part of the restructure process is that people feel that they need more information about what they are being asked when we talk about what the future of Burning Seed looks like.

In response, the restructure committee has developed some documentation that we hope will be of assistance over the remainder of this process.

We’d like to share three documents with you;

  1. spreadsheet that highlights the differences between each of the legal models we are considering.
  2. research paper that discusses how other regional burns are structured.
  3. A PDF that provides a bit of background and history on the creation of the Burning Seed Event and the corporate structure of Red Earth City.

If you feel that you need more information or are having trouble accessing the documents, please send an email to futureofseed@burningseed.com.

A reminder as well that we are currently seeking written submissions via an online form. Prefer to talk with us in person? We are hosting additional face-to-face sessions in Melbourne (8-Apr-18), Sydney (15-Apr-18 TBC), Newcastle (22-Apr-18 TBC), Brisbane (29-Apr-18 TBC),  and Riverina/Matong (6-May-18 TBC) and launching an online questionnaire in April.

As always we’ll update our Future of Seed Web Page with up to date information, links and you can also sign up to our very low traffic email list.

Thanks everyone, we look forward to hearing more from you as we move through the community engagement process.

 

 

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Theme Design Callout for Ancient Future – Burning Seed 2018

Are you ready for the ANCIENT FUTURE at Burning Seed 2018? Are you inspired as to what the theme could look like? Are you an artist, designer, painter or even a serviette doodler? We’re hoping the answer to any of these questions is yes, because our EVENT THEME DESIGN submissions for the theme of ANCIENT FUTURE are now open.

Every year we select a unique theme to inspire the art of the paddock and other creative collateral at Burning Seed. We then call out to YOU the community to create the face of the design.

What does this actually mean?

We want you to interpret the theme Ancient Future for the Burning Seed Community and design a poster based on your interpretation. The winning design will become forever known as the image of Burning Seed 2018 and you will be famous! Well maybe not, but your artwork will be translated into all of our event collateral including our WWW guide, Survival Guide, wristbands, tickets, website banners, Facebook images, promotional materials/posters and more!

Wait, so I have to design all of those things?

No! We only need you to design the poster. If your design wins, our very talented Design Team will then work to incorporate your theme across the board! Easy as! 

OMG! I want to do it! What are the rules?

There are no rules! Apart from the specs of the submission, the rest is completely up to you. You are free to interpret the theme in whichever way you wish so let your imagination run wild. We have had some amazing submissions in the past and we really wanna see what you got! 

The Theme Design & Submission Process

The theme design is now open and you have 6 weeks to submit your design - but dont leave it to the last minute and miss out! We will be giving you a couple of reminders along the way. You can also submit more than one design if you wish - just use a separate application for each.

Here are the key dates you need to know:

  1. 23rd February (thats today!) - Theme Design Opens for 6 weeks
  2. 6th April - Theme Design Closes
  3. 13th April - Winning Theme Design Announced

What’s next?

Head on over to the Event Theme page of the Burning Seed website. There you will find some general info on the theme as well as design specs, FAQ's and instructions for the theme design submissions process.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with. Burn Bright!

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Protecting the Community

There have been a number of conversations recently in the Burner community about how Burning Seed handles sexual assault allegations. We wanted to clarify the policies and procedures we have in place as well as our initiatives in this very sensitive area.

All forms of sexual assault, harassment and/or violence are unacceptable and are not tolerated at Burning Seed. Burning Seed is committed to challenging and preventing sexual assault and violence by creating Australia's​ first sexual assault response team at any burn or festival. Burning Seed is committed to creating a safe environment for everyone during the annual event. Sexual Assault is unlawful and we will ensure that every report will be treated sensitively, promptly, seriously and confidentially. The victim’s well-being and safety is paramount.

The Role of P.E.E.R Rangers

At Burning Seed, our P.E.E.R Rangers are available 24 hours per day to support victims of emotional and/or psychological distress. All P.E.E.R Rangers are highly qualified​, trained and experienced in managing and responding to these incidents. ​Burning ​Seed has every confidence in the team to act in a professional and ethical manner at all times.

As their work is focused on victim support, P.E.E.R Rangers are not responsible for ejecting or banning anyone from the event​. In the event of an incident​(s) where an ejection might be required for the safety of participants, the decision is made by the on-duty Rangers Lead and Site Manager on the day of the report​.

As well as dealing with any issues that occur at Burning Seed, our P.E.E.R Rangers are also committed to onsite community education and awareness of respectful relationships and achieve this via Porta-a-Loo posters, badges displaying positive messages and creatively engaging the community at the Gate and Greeters stations through information dissemination to participants.

The scope of their work does not extend beyond the event - ​this includes​ private fundraising parties. However, outside of the event the P.E.E.R Rangers have chosen to have an​ educational​ role and provide up to date info and awareness​ to the ​Burning Seed community regarding positive relationships, respectful interactions, ​bystander intervention strategies and addressing harmful attitudes. This is achieved through regular blog posts to the official Burning Seed website and the official Burning Seed Facebook page as well as detailed info in our Survival Guide and What, Where, When (WWW) Guide.

The reporting line and chain of accountability is such that P.E.E.R team members report directly to the Team Lead of P.E.E.R, who reports to the Site Safety Facilitator, who reports to the Event Coordinator.

​All​ retroactive incident​ reports or incident reports from off-site events should be directed to the local police for further follow up. Upon request the P.E.E.R. team will continue to provide support and/or counselling details to victims​.​ They will also continue to use retroactive reports to gather data on the trends of the behaviour of our community onsite, to help with ongoing training of P.E.E.R Rangers and to assist with education and awareness campaigns for the wider community.

Disclosures and Reporting of Sexual Assault:

All reports of sexual assault made to Burning Seed will be responded to in a non-judgmental, supportive, positive and empathic manner regardless of gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, cultural identity, religion, disability, age or any other protected characteristic.

In the event that a participant reports sexual assault, harassment or violence during the event, a Ranger and/or P.E.E.R Ranger must be contacted. The Burning Seed Emergency Response Protocol will then be enacted and followed by relevant Lead ​Rangers, Event Coordinators and Site Managers. P.E.E.R Rangers and/or Senior Rangers​ will then follow the Red Earth Ranger Standard Operating Procedure document.​ All incidents are recorded on an official Incident Report form.

What happens next:

  • If the victim decides to make a report​ to NSW Police, they will be supported to do so without judgment or influence of Burning Seed.
  • The victim has the right to withdraw the report at any time throughout the process without consequence. The victim has the right to choose not to be a part of any police investigation that may occur.
  • If Burning Seed believes that the ​immediate ​safety of others is at risk, Burning Seed has the right to eject participants. At least one participant was ejected at the 2015 event after a report of harassment was made to P.E.E.R Rangers.
  • Burning Seed may still inform law enforcement if we believe that participant safety is at risk, ​even if the victim has exercised their right to withdraw a complaint. ​The confidentiality and anonymity of the person(s) affected will be prioritised in these circumstances.

All reports to Rangers must be made by the person​ affected​. No third party reports will be accepted, however a third party can support the victim to make a report.

​I​f a report is withdrawn by the original reporter, the matter is deemed resolved and closed and no further action is taken (except in cases whereby Burning Seed believes that the immediate safety of other participants is at risk).  If the reporter and Burning Seed ​arrive at a mutually​ acceptable outcome, then the matter is deemed resolved​ and the matter is closed.

Burning Seed Commitment

Burning Seed aims to help keep participants safe at all times and alongside our dedicated team of P.E.E.R rangers is the support of paid contracted onsite services. This includes First Aid (Medics) and Event Security who are onsite for the duration of the event. NSW Police are available upon request for urgent matters and make regular visits to the site during the event.

Burning Seed is committed to:

  • Assisting those who have been affected by sexual assault and sexual violence by providing choices, information and support such as assisting victims to access medical care, legal options and information about counselling options.
  • Ensuring those who have been sexually assaulted are treated with dignity, respect and compassion and are supported throughout the event if they wish to make a disclosure to law enforcement.
  • Engaging the community in education and prevention campaigns including breaking myths surrounding sexual assault and addressing harmful attitudes towards sexual assault and harassment.
  • Ensuring that members of the P.E.E.R Ranger team are kept up to date with relevant policy and legislative changes that relate to sexual assault in NSW and that training guidelines are in accordance with the principles of the Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA).
  • Ensuring sensitive and identifying information regarding sexual assault is kept confidential at all times.

Burning Seed aims to exercise care to protect and respect the rights of the victim and alleged perpetrator(s) at all times. Burning Seed update and review their policies and procedures annually.

We thank you for taking the time to read this latest post and can’t wait to see you at Burning Seed 2018.

If you have been affected by sexual assault, harassment or violence and need someone to talk to, you can contact the National Sexual Assault, Family Domestic Violence Counselling Service on 1800 737 732 or visit their website by clicking here.

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The ARTery is the heART of Burning Seed

Hive Mind by Nigel Dobson-Keeffe : photo by Nigel Dobson-Keeffe (2017)

 

Creativity and self-expression define and shape our collective experience of Burning Seed. At the heart of it is the ART supported by the ARTery crew who work year round to support and facilitate art at Burning Seed and beyond. The ARTery wants you to get involved and create and to help you we’ve got a series of Info Sessions, a range of grants and we’re always available to answer your questions via email.

INFO SESSIONS

Join ARTery crew Stephanie and Naomi to find out about our new E.O.I, (Expression of Interest) starter grants, small art grants (under $1,000), large art grants ($1-5,000), Kids Camp and Riverina residents art grants, how to apply and what information you’ll need to include in your application. We’ll also cover general art registration. Previous grant recipients will also be attending and if we have time we’ll host a round table discussion about building art and creating community.

Melbourne: Monday February 12th 6pm-8:30m at the Great Northern Hotel, Carlton North, RSVP here

Sydney: Sunday February 25th 6-8:30pm, Venue TBD, RSVP here.

Fire Seed by Glenn Todd : photo by Philip Meadows (2017)

 

TEMPLE

Were you inspired by the stunning Temple of Crux lead by Bradley Ogden? Do you have an idea brewing and want to submit and Expression of Interest (E.O.I.) application? If so you must apply between February 12th and March 11th 2018 by 6 p.m. More information available on the process, requirements and the documents you’ll need to submit on the Temple Application Page. You can also RSVP to the Temple Application Event on Facebook if you need a reminder.

Temple of Crux by Bradley Ogden : photo by Philip Meadows (2017)

NEED FUNDING? 

The ARTery has a range of funding available to you including a new Expression of Interest grant that will give artists the opportunity to apply for up to $500 to explore an idea they want to turn into a full-fledged project. We also have large grants for projects needing up to $5,000 and smaller grants for projects $1,000 and under. You can find out more details on our Art Registration and Grants Page

Key dates are listed below and if you need a reminder via facebook you can RSVP for the Large Grant Submission Event or the Small Grant Submission Event.

 

 ARTery 2018 Key Dates
Type Open Closed Announcement
Expression of Interest 12-Feb-18 11-Mar-18 19-Mar-18
Large Grant 1-Mar-18 6-May-18 21-May-18
Small Grant 1-Mar-18 10-Jun-18 1-Jul-18
Temple EOI 12-Feb-18 11-Mar-18 19-Mar-18
Temple Final 3 20-Mar-18 15-Apr-18 25-Apr-18
General Registration 1-Mar-18 15-Jul-18 N/A
Kids Grant 1-Mar-18 15-Jul-18 23-Jul-18
Riverina Grant 1-Mar-18 15-Jul-18 23-Jul-18

 

 

The Reeds by Emrah Baki Ulas (L) Rocket Clock by Everyday People (M), Temple of Crux by Bradley Ogden (R) : photo by Patrick Meddows (2017).

Orbit – Chaos pendulum by Casnard &     Maybolt : photo by Lih Chong (2017).

Astral Arbor by THINGkers Collective : photo Darby Bicheno (2017)

Cenotaph of Arcturus by Chelsea Brown Tremain : photo by Lih Chong (2017)

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Creating the Future of Seed *an update*

Thanks to everyone who attended the two consultation sessions in Melbourne and Sydney, held at the end of November 2017, as part of the Burning Seed restructure process. It was really great to hear everyone’s views on the future of the Burning Seed organisation, and their key concerns for the new entity.

We wanted to take a moment to briefly summarise what we have heard so far; this is included below. Before we do, we just wanted to highlight a couple of things. First, as everyone in the community commits to engaging in this process we learn from each other and we will continue to incorporate key learnings into the process evolving as we go. We are also pleased to share a Statement of Intent from the Red Earth City Directors that outlines their hopes and commitment to this process, you can read that here. Lastly, if you want to find out more about the people behind the names doing the work to deliver this process please check out the bios for the Restructure Sub-Committee and the Town Council with bios coming soon from the REC Directors.

And now back to the summary …

Town Hall: What did we hear?

We had some really helpful feedback, and would like to share with you some of the main points.

First, it was very clear that the Seed community want transparency in the new entity. This was a very strong theme emerging from the consultation process, and several people provided very useful insights here. At the same time, there was recognition that the precise way in which this occurs still needs to be thought through. We will look to continuing the conversation about transparency through the remaining consultations.

Burners would also like to see consultation on key issues facing the new entity. These were described by some as relating to ‘big ticket’ items, including moving the site, and major financial decisions. Again, this issue is something we can tease out over the remaining consultations.

We also heard that some people would like more background information on the kinds of entities that are available, and the pros and cons of each. We are currently finalising some documentation that outlines local options, and we will release it once all the information has been cross-verified as accurate.

Appointment of directors to the new entity was also discussed at the sessions. Several people suggested that there should be a nomination process that was transparent and accountable to the community.

What happens from here?

This feedback will be used to inform the kinds of questions we will ask at the future consultation sessions. It will also support the analysis and discussion contained in the final report, which is currently scheduled to be released around July 2018.

We would also like to inform everyone that the restructure committee has reviewed the current timelines in response to community feedback. We have now expanded the process to (a) make it longer; and (b) include more face-to-face consultation sessions. Given this, additional consultations will happen over March and April 2018 in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Newcastle, and the Riverina/Matong area. We will also hold an online session (pending interest and availability).

An online questionnaire will also be released around March/April 2018, so please look out for that. In addition, we are now accepting written submissions via this form.

Where can I found out more?

Please email futureofseed@burningseed.com if you have any specific queries. You can sign up to our email list here and lastly, general information and updates can be found on our Future of Seed web page, and also on the Burning Seed Facebook page.

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Burning Seed Critical Vacancies in 2018

WE NEED YOU!

Still basking in the afterglow from the ‘Best. Seed. Ever’? Hit up the Decompressions and feeling re-energised and inspired to get more involved? Awesome, because we have a bunch of roles to fill for 2018! At the Summit a few weeks ago we farewelled a number of the amazing peeps that work on Seed year-round, which means in order for the next Seed to be the ‘Bestest. Seed. Ever’ we need YOU to step up and help us do the thing.

Below is a list of the critical vacancies that we really, really, really need to fill as soon as possible so we can get off to a cracking start on the 2018 event. Click the links to check out the position descriptions to learn more about the requirements of each role.

To apply for a role, or enquire for further information, get in touch with the Crew Wranglers at jointhecrew@burningseed.com and tell us a little bit about yourself and why you’d be good for the role. Want to get involved but not sure which role? Have a chat with us and we’ll figure it out together!

Applications for onsite community crew roles open with ticket sales in 2018.

 

Critical vacancies for 2018 crew are as follows:

ENGINE ROOM

CREW DEPARTMENT

ENTRY DEPARTMENT

COMMS DEPARTMENT

  • COMMS 2IC
  • WEB DEVELOPER (PD to come)
  • WEB CONTENT/DESIGN LEAD (PD to come)

The Web content/design lead will be responsible for:

    • Design and content for the web page
    • Making the site more accessible for new burners (better info)
    • Creative projects
    • Media galleries
  • PUBLICATIONS LEAD (PD to come)

The Publications team is responsible for

  • Liaising with facilitators, leads and design team to review and update the Survival Guide
  • Designing the event submission process for the WWW guide
  • Updating info in the WWW guide
  • Preparing the AfterBurn report to go out after Summit each year
  • Any other publications as required

SITE SAFETY

  • RED MV TEAM LEAD & 2IC
  • RANGERS 2IC
  • SANCTUARY 2IC (PD to come)
    • We're going to be needing a 2IC to help run Sanctuary in 2018. Ideally you will have experience in harm reduction and altered states, including but not limited to drug harm reduction work at festivals or professionally (including with organisations like DanceWize), ranger duty at Burning Man events, and many types of health or care work.

OPERATIONS

LOST PROPERTY

We also need someone or a couple of people to manage the Lost Property booth/Red Earth Info Centre. Get in touch with us if you’re keen and we’ll discuss and develop the role with you!

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A Recap of the 2017 Burning Seed Summit

We know that many of you are still glowing from the awesomeness that was Burning Seed 2017 (dare we say best Seed ever?). That hasn’t stopped our committed crew of event organisers from beginning the task of planning for 2018. The effigy burns in less than 10 months so someone better get onto it right?

Each year the Burning Seed Summit is an opportunity for our Team Leads, Facilitators, Town Councillors and Directors to get together to run a fine tooth comb over our last Burn and more importantly start to shape out what things will look like for next year. On the 24th and 25th of November around 30 of our event leads headed to Commonground, around an hour north of Melbourne, for two days of great discussions, lively debates, collaboration, learning, and bonding.

One important thing to remember is that most people present had already volunteered hundreds of hours in the lead up to and during the event to make Deeper Space a reality. They are the people who were onsite weeks before the event building the infrastructure for our city, making sure the toilets were going to be awesome, answering your emails throughout the year, applying for our permits and insurance, liaising with local emergency services, ensuring you can buy a ticket, engaging with our artists and theme camps, paying the bills, and so very much more. Then after the event they come together, gifting more of their time to our community, to ensure that we learn, grow, and make the next Burn the best yet.

Much of the time spent at Summit is reviewing operational activities and looking at what improvements can be made, no matter how small they may seem to our participants. We also acknowledge and thank those leads who are stepping down and vote in any new Facilitators and Team Leads who ready to go. Don’t think for one second though that we don’t have any positions available for keen Burners looking to get involved. Many critical leadership positions are still open. You can find a list of them on our website, and look out for a blog from our Crew Wranglers in the next week highlighting some of these key vacancies.

Your Burning Seed Crew at the 2017 Summit

There are, of course, also some bigger decisions to be made that affect everyone attending Seed. These include our theme, which was announced last week (Ancient Futures for those that missed it), our location, which we are very happy to say we again plan to be Matong State Forest, and the event dates. Burning Seed 2018 will run from midday Wednesday 26th September, to midday Tuesday October 2nd. That’s right kids, we are going an extra day in 2018 and all participants will have until midday Tuesday to leave the site.

One very exciting aspect of the extra day is that we will have the first ever closing ceremony at dusk on Monday. This will serve as wonderful conclusion to our time in Red Earth City and more details will come to light as planning begins in the new year. There won’t be any scheduled events or music after sunset on Monday in order to ensure that everyone is ready for the drive home on Tuesday. As always, theme camps, artists, and critical crew will have extra time to pack down and leave and this will be communicated to them closer to the event.

The Burning Seed Summit is the first step in our long journey to Burning Seed 2018 - Ancient Futures. The event organisers are excited and ready to help make this happen. Now we need you, the participants of Burning Seed, to do your part.

What are you going to do in 2018? How will you be involved? Begin thinking about your art, your theme camp, your gifts, and most importantly how you will step-up as a volunteer and resident of Red Earth City.

Next year was better.

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The 2018 Burning Seed Theme is…

After a whole ton of suggestions and loads of votes, the Burning Seed Theme for 2018 is..... Ancient Future

Here's some of the deets about how Ancient Future became the Burning Seed Theme for 2018.

  • We opened our submission process which received a whopping 87 theme suggestions (including Alpaca related themes a number of times!)
  • These then went out to the community via our poll and after 375 votes we had our top 5 list (unfortunately Alpaca's did not make the top 5)
  • The top 5 themes were voted on at our annual Burning Seed Summit and the rest is history - or is that future?

What does Ancient Future mean to you? It could be ancient wisdoms and knowledge that have been passed down through aeons, bloom and regrowth, the turning of the wheel with an understanding that the past becomes the future, or maybe it conjures up ideas of time travel and magic. The beauty of Burning Seed is being able to interpret the theme however you want!

Next: Over the coming months we will open the Theme Design process for Ancient Future. This is where we get you to get all creative and submit your designs for the theme which will then be used on our website, Facebook pages, Survival Guide, WWW Guide and a whole bunch of other stuff. More info on this will be coming later.

Thanks Burners! We will see you in the future - or is that the past?
N.B. we are going to use this joke ^^ A LOT!

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Future of Seed – Upcoming Sydney Consultation

As we continue to engage with the community about the future of Burning Seed, we wanted to remind you of the upcoming Community Consultation meeting happening in Sydney on Thursday November 30th 2017. The meeting will run from 7pm for a 7:30 start at The Leela Centre, 2nd Floor, 113-115 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst NSW. https://www.facebook.com/events/312731982469211/

This session will be highly interactive and led by the facilitator Baron de Merxhausen, who will have you working in small groups and diving deep into conversations. Some of the topics up for discussion may include how you want to be consulted in the future; how directors should be appointed; and who should be a member. Please join us!

If you can’t make it, there will be more opportunities in the future to provide your feedback. This includes an online questionnaire and a written submission. We may also run another Sydney community consultation if we have strong demand (we are mindful many folks can't make this one due to Subsonic festival and other commitments).

Want to stay informed about future events and surveys? You can sign up to our email list: http://eepurl.com/c_mP3H


For more information on the Burning Seed Entity Restructure community consultation process visit - http://burningseed.com/about/future-of-seed/

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2017 Town Hall Summary & Upcoming Community Engagement Events

Did you venture into the Deeper Space of community with us at Burning Seed this year? If so thank you for showing up to Town Hall and contributing your thoughts to the process. If you missed it and want a recap you can check out the notes here.

We also wanted to share more about this process and the team with you. Creating a Community Engagement Process that will allow for many levels of contribution isn’t an easy task but we’ve been lucky to find several community members willing to attend at least two and sometimes four meetings a month that are at least two hours long if not more, spend many hours researching organisational structures, document many processes and develop project plans. Together the Restructure Committee have a diverse background of skills from leading community engagement processes like this for other groups and government organisations to being some of the core team members that help create Burning Seed, you can read more about the members here.

Every committee needs guidelines and the Restructure Committee is no different. You can check out our Terms of Reference here that outline the scope or the work we’re doing and read the blog post outlining our duties here.

Lastly, don’t forget that we have two more open consultations coming up in Melbourne and Sydney, please RSVP on the Facebook events for;

Melbourne: Thursday November 23rd 7:30-9:30pm

Sydney: Thursday November 30th 7:30-9:30pm