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Burning Seed Represents at the Global Leadership Conference!

Rhianna Hobbs & Madeline Snow

Each year, Burning Man hosts a Global Leadership Conference, this year its 11th, designed to bring Regional Contacts and Community Leaders together from around the globe. Over 630 burners attended the conference in April, to share and learn from each other under the theme ‘Sparking a new Citizenship’.

The theme for the conference was chosen carefully and strategically – a nod to the current times of political tension and upheaval not only in the States, but around the world. As such, there was a strong political thread that ran throughout the plenaries and breakout sessions. Even Donald Trump made an appearance*.

Interestingly, many burners tend to shy away from discussing politics. The principles of radical inclusion and radical expression can spur many heated discussions, and once politics is thrown into the mix it becomes a discussion that many will want to avoid. The conference confronted this head-on, and provided a platform for exploring the role of burners and Burning Man in these challenging times.

One presenter reminded us that Burning Man is now “mainstream”. As Burners, there is something about this that inherently makes us cringe. But she was right, and that’s ok – “mainstream” doesn’t have to be a dirty word. What Harley was referring to was that Burning Man now has social capital in the default world. As citizens of Burning Man – living by the 10 Principles and gathering together at regional burns around the world – we, as a community, have the power to influence social change and have a positive impact on the world and our communities. We are a global community of passionate, creative do-ers and problem solvers, and we can leverage this to make positive change. We met and listened to a number of people at the conference that introduce themselves as ‘activists’, who have leveraged burner culture to spark political change through events.

One such event is Catharsis on the Mall. This event, on a weekend in November, is held across the lawn from the White House, at the foot of the Washington Monument. Catharsis on the Mall was first put together in 2015 by a group of Burners seeking “a local experience that integrated the best of our Burner values with the immediate desire for political and cultural change”. In exercising their First Amendment right to hold a vigil, organisers have a permit to burn an effigy, as well as host art and mutant vehicles, run workshops, and dance until sunrise at the National mall. The best part is that the event is free and open to the public.

We also heard from Burners without Borders representatives, who spoke about the great work they are doing for international disaster relief and community initiatives around the world. BWB teamed up with the Permaculture Action Network for a project called Permaculture Action Days on the road to Burning Man. Last year, this event brought 200 burners together to plant trees, build composting systems and construct a butterfly and pollinator garden in a community garden. There’s even an Australian chapter of Burners without Borders, who have chapters in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. You can get involved with these groups by contact them via their Facebook page, or even setup your own chapter if one of these isn’t local to you.

We left the Global Leadership Conference feeling inspired and re-energised, and also with the understanding that Burning Seed is part of a truly global network of people using the 10 principles to make change. The GLC this year was a great reminder for us that as burners, we are part of something bigger, and collectively we have the power to effect real change - political, social, cultural, and spiritual.

It also reminded us that the most impactful places to be a Burner could actually be outside of Burning Seed, or the respective Burns that we attend every year. We saw that Burns across the world are a melting pot for ideas that can be turned into default world realities, bringing very real change to people who might never attend a Burn. Be the change you wish to see, be a Burner citizen.

*Ok, it was a life-size cardboard cut out.

 

Madeline Snow and Rhianna Hobbs, representing Burning Seed at 2017's Global Leadership Conference.

 

 

 

catharsis on the mall burner

Catharsis on the Mall

Image via catharsisonthemall.com

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Financials 2016!

Hey folks! So last year's Burning Seed was a wash-out (quite literally!) but there were still significant costs attached to the event - you can take a gander here at how our finances ended up.

Here's a bit of commentary to help you navigate 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 out of pocket expenses for doing so, such as stationary, fuel, phone, etc. There are also bank fees and other office expenses.  Last year we ended up spending additional accounting fees than we expected as a result of dealing with the cancellation. We've also included a line on ticketing fees from last year - this wouldn't normally show up as an individual line on the financials because it would usually be included as a net cost of achieving revenue - but of course we didn't make any revenue last year...
SAFETY AND REGULATORY SERVICES: We want to give everyone a safe and wonderful experience, so we engage a team of professional medics and security guards to look out for you. We also have to comply with all the regulatory requirements so this also comprises all of the company fees and accounting costs. There were insurance and other non-refundable costs incurred last year.

DPI HEAVY EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS: Heavy equipment and materials are  forklifts, generators, moving equipment, etc—all coordinated by DPI and used for the various infrastructure needs of Seed, the biggest of which is the provision of central services, such as Centre Camp, Effigy and the Temple, as well as all of the other Art and occasionally desperate Theme Camps! 

PERMITS, FEES AND OTHER VENUE COSTS (EXCL. TOILETS): As we are on NSW Foresty land, we have to pay a fee per participant for every beautiful participant on the site. There are also significant other venue costs to run a safe and smooth event.

TOILETS: The true cost of transporting toilets to site, rental, pumping them out and getting them back off site is generally over $60k (not last year of course, only a few were required for crew on site), but we feel that its worth every penny spent to make sure you can spend a penny in a pleasant environment…. And we are sure you do too! 

VEHICLE HIRE AND FUEL: We are pretty far away from every where so we need to utilise vehicles to transport materials to and from site. We have also saved costs here from the wonderful people who let us use their vehicles for free. 

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT: We (generally) build a beautiful city from scratch and we need power tools to do that, so this represents all of the capital equipment that we use and reuse in future years. 

TRAVEL AND SUMMIT CONFERENCE: The Annual Seed Summit brings together all the organising teams to assess the event and talk about how to make it even more amazing next year - even though we didn't run an event last year there were still lessons to learn and plans to make for 2017. This represents the cost of venue hire for the meeting and budget travel and accommodation for those travelling from far afield. 

ART AND THEME CAMP GRANTS: We award grants to artists and theme camps to bring their amazing, weird and wonderful offerings to Seed, as well as the stunning fire art work that you see every year (apart from last year) at Seed. Artists and Theme Camps received all the grant money that they submitted receipts for, as they were out of pocket for money we had promised them.  In the case of artists in particular, we had contracts with them promising that they would receive that money. So even though the event was cancelled, a lot of the stuff that would have gone into having an event was actually done already and needed paying for. We hope to see the art that was planned for Deep Space last year at DEEPER SPACE this year!!!

DONATIONS: Your ice money matters! We donate each year to three local fire services to thank them for keeping us all safe at the Burn and we support the Red Earth Ecology replanting project. 

CIVIC SERVICES: This is the cost of building Centre Camp, the Effigy and the Temple and will encompass the new Sanctuary in 2017, as well as the PEER ranger team, for your safety and wellbeing.  In 2016 the costs came from the build of the Effigy on site and other non-refundable costs from hire etc. Last year our first crew arrived on site 4 September and started building.  Forestry gave us the cancellation notice mid September, and our build crew and effigy crew were optimistically building all the way up to that point.  The temple had been mostly prefabricated off site, so while it never made it to Matong, it was essentially already built before we received the cancellation notice. After the notice was received from Forestry, the build crew had to then pack away everything (a monumental task given weather conditions), and remained on site until 27 Sept.

IT COSTS: Unfortunately as much as we try to disconnect and connect personally, we still need to use things like email, internet and online conferencing to communicate all year round to collaborate and create the best event possible. 

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 (they were there until late September last year despite no event). The kitchen does an amazing job feeding each person for less than $16 a day and we provide some basic appreciation. Essential training is also provided for the operation of heavy equipment (mainly WHS training, first aid, whitecard, etc).

PUBLICATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS: Where would you be without the What Where When guide, survival guide, Burning Seed blog and website?  This is the printing and publication costs of bringing all that lovely knowledge and information to you. The What Where When guides for Deep Space were printed in September and ready for your pocket - these will now be collectors items for the Burn that never was!!

As always - if you have questions please email feedback@burningseed.com and we'll do our level best to help!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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TICKET TIME!!! Pre-Sale / General Sale dates have LANDED!!

Need to know:

  • PRE-SALE for 2016 Ticket Holders goes live Friday 12 May from 7pm AEST
  • PRE-SALE ticket codes will be emailed to 2016 Ticket Holders (i.e. those who held tickets at time of last year's cancellation) by Wednesday 10 May
  • General Ticket sales open Friday 19 May from 7pm AEST
  • You need to have completed your Burner Profile to buy a ticket
  • Max 2 adult tickets per transaction (in General Ticket sales)
  • All ticket holders need a Burner Profile with a name that matches photo ID
  • Having a profile does not guarantee a ticket – there is a cap on tickets
  • Pricing for 2017 – Adult: $195 / Youth (16+17yo) $145 / Kids $10 (ex. booking fee)
  • No free or complimentary tickets – everyone buys a ticket

Are you ready to go DEEPER?! That’s right folks, Starship Burning Seed is hurtling through the ether from the oblivion of last year’s cancelled event towards a newer, drier, more shiny and spandex filled constellation… Burning Seed 2017: DEEPER SPACE from 27 September to 2 October!!

As a big thank you to everyone who showed such incredible kindness, patience and support while we dealt with the difficult task of organising insurance, refunds etc for last year, we’re delighted to announce that you folks will get FIRST OPTION on tickets for 2017.  

Yes, all 2016 Ticket Holders will be eligible for PRE-SALE tickets which will go live on Friday 12 May from 7pm AEST (put it in your diary NOW!). All 2016 Ticket Holders will receive an email with a code that unlocks the option to buy one ticket each. Quicket will email 2016 Ticket Holders a pre-sale code by Wednesday 10 May. Then General ticket sales will open 1 week later on Friday 19 May - until sold out it will be possible to buy two adult tickets per transaction in the general ticket sale but as before all Ticket Holders will need a Burner Profile.

Tickets and tiers

There are some important changes to ticketing in 2017:

  • If you bought a ticket in 2016 you can use the Burner Profile you set up last year.
  • If you don’t have a Burner Profile you need one to be eligible to buy a ticket - go complete your Profile!
  • ADULT tickets are priced at $195 (ex fees) for a five day, 120 hour, out-of-this-world Deep Space experience at Red Earth City in 2017.
  • This year we are also offering YOUTH (16 or 17 year olds) tickets at $145
  • A limited number of tickets (around 15% of the total number of adult tickets available) will be reserved for purchase by core event crew and essential crew at returning Theme Camps to reduce any risk to the basic infrastructure of the event.
  • There’s a maximum of 2 adult tickets per transaction.
  • We will be offering a STEP program in 2017 to further improve support and safety and to reduce incidence of scalping for ticket exchange

Why has the ticket price increased by $10 on last year?

We’ve always asked that people buy the most expensive ticket they could afford and raising the ticket price is never an easy thing to do. We do our best to keep the ticket as affordable as possible, balancing income against costs while allowing for contingencies and making sure this remains a sustainable event. This year above all we need to take a very prudent approach to pricing given last year’s non-event and the costs incurred as a result.

When we increased the ticket price last year we said we needed to build in reserves for unexpected costs or emergencies we cannot budget for – such as the flooding of the site. We’ve used most if not all of that reserve to cover refunds for last year while we wait for the remaining insurance monies. You can check the latest financials here to find out more about where the money gets spent. The price still compares well against other festivals and events with camping and of the same length (five days or less).

How will the STEP program work?

We’re expecting the event will again sell out this year and we’re always looking for ways we can prevent ticket scalping and make it easier for people to exchange tickets if they find they can’t attend for whatever reason. We’ll provide more info on STEP in the coming months but for those who’ve used similar schemes it will basically offer two options: "I want to sell my tickets" and "I'm looking for tickets".

It only allows the seller to enter full price tickets into the outbound queue. People looking for tickets request 1 or 2 tickets and get entered in the inbound queue. There is a matching system then that offers outbound tickets to those waiting in the queue. That offer is valid for 24 hours and if they don't buy in that time, they are automatically removed from the queue and the tickets are offered to the next person in line.

What about kids tickets?

Kids (<16) tickets are $10 and will be available for purchase when the General Ticket sales open on Friday 19 MayKids under 16 don’t need to complete a Profile – their tickets will be linked to the Profile of the responsible guardian attending with the child. Young people 16 & 17 need to purchase a Youth ticket ($145) and they will need their own Burner Profile.

What Next?

From 7pm AEST on Friday 12 May, if you were a 2016 Ticket Holder at the time the 2016 Seed was cancelled you can buy PRE-SALE ticket(s) using the link you will receive from Quicket by Wednesday 10 May. Any remaining tickets will then be offered for General Sale a week later on Friday 19 May. Any issues or questions drop us a line at ticketing@burningseed.com. We’ll issue another reminder or two beforehand but make sure your heavenly body is orbiting that ticket page on 12 May!

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2017 Deeper Space Theme Design – Enter Now!

Artists, designers, doodlers, finger painters…. It’s that time again where we throw the doors open on the EVENT THEME DESIGN, for the theme of DEEPER SPACE. Every year we select a unique theme to inspire the art of the paddock and other creative collateral at Burning Seed, and we want you to create the face of the design.

What's happening -

Working with the theme of Deeper Space, we ask you to interpret the theme for the Burning Seed Community and design a poster which will be translated across the event collateral such as WWW guide, wristbands, tickets and more. Apart from the specs of the submission, the rest is completely up to you, so let your imagination run wild. Last year we had an awesome response and it was fantastic to see so many amazing interpretations of the theme, so let’s do it again!

The process -

We are running the theme design submissions a lot later this year due to complications with ticket refunds, which means we only have a month for you to submit your artwork, so let’s get cracking! Submissions are in the form of an A3 poster and working file (check out the FAQ for all the details), and the final submissions will be voted on by the Burning Seed team leads with the winner being announced on or before June 2nd. If your work does not make the final selection it will still be acknowledged - we’ll share submitted poster designs with the community on our website as well as on our social media platforms. We also plan to share the designs on-site at the event via a gallery at Centre Camp.

To enter, submit an A3 PDF of your design, but emailing it to theme2017@burningseed.com by May 21st at 6pm, along with a short paragraph on what inspired your design. Note that if you work is selected, we'll also need a working file to be sent over. 

Keen to get involved? Check out the submission details right here.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with. If you have creative buddies, spread the word!

Thanks,

Burning Seed Design Team & Comms Team

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2017 Seed Art Blast Off!

2017 Burning Seed Art Blast Off!

Are you ready to go deeper? Have you strapped on your rocket booster pack? We hope so because now that we all know we’re heading to Deeper Space in 2017 it’s time to get the creative processes happening and the ARTery is here to help you make your vision blast off!

ART GRANT INFO NIGHTS & SAFETY FIST!

Earlier this year we hosted two ART GRANT INFO NIGHTS, one in Melbourne and another in Sydney. We loved engaging with the community in person (it was so nice to get off of facebook and into meatspace!) and talk about our processes, your processes, and get some fantastic feedback and suggestions from the artists and those who want to take the plunge. If you didn’t make it you can CHECK OUT THE POWERPOINT (filled with internet cats and great tips!) and email the ARTery if you have any questions. One of the big discussions that happened in both sessions was around safety and doing dangerous things and how we can expand what we do and how we do it. From this the SAFETY FI(r)ST Committee was started and we’ll be diving deep into our insurance policy, risk registers, regulations and WHS standards and sharing and discussing more with you as we get closer to the event and you tell us more about what you want to build.

ART REGISTRATION & FUNDING

For those of you who plan to build art you have two options;

  1. SELF FUNDED: you’ll still need to REGISTER ONLINE before JULY 15th, click here to go to the form, or come visit us on site to check-in and get a sweet spot on the paddock. Want to see what we ask you? Check out the general reg form questions here.
  2. GRANT FUNDING: we have two tiers of grants SMALL (under $1,000) and LARGE (between $1,001 and $5,000). Depending on how the budgets work out over the next few weeks we may also have a new larger grant of $7,500

Please go to our ART REGISTRATION PAGE for links to the application forms and the PDFs that list all the questions we ask you when you apply. You can also join our facbook events for reminders for the SMALL GRANTS, open until JUNE 25th 6pm, and LARGE GRANTS, open until MAY 28TH 6pm, deadlines.

 

TEMPLE ~ EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST NOW OPEN!

The ARTery is also managing the TEMPLE application process this year. Expressions of Interest are now open until May 14th. You can find all the details and a link to the application on our Temple Application Page, don’t forget to join our facebook event if you need a reminder to get that application in!

 

ART GRANT SELECTION COMMITTEE MEMBERS NEEDED

Lastly the ARTery could not function without amazing volunteers. Right now we are looking for another community member to join the ART GRANT SELECTION COMMITTEE (AGSC). This dedicated team are the folks who review all of the amazing applications and select the final recipients for the Art Grants and also short-list the top three Temple designs. Please CHECK OUT THE JOB DESCRIPTION and if you are keen to join our team please HEAD TO THIS FORM and tell us a little about yourself and we’ll be in contact. Applications close MAY 7th and informal interviews will happen the following week.

 

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We need your help! Get involved in our Restructure Committee

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.

It has been the dream of the directors of Red Earth City* that Burning Seed become a nonprofit run by a group of community members; however we’re not referring to the way we run the actual event, with awesome volunteers and on the ground involvement. That won’t change. What we’re referring to is the actual organisation behind Burning Seed; how the Burning Seed Org is structured, and how the management committee is selected.

Before any changes can be implemented, we need to take the pulse of the community to determine the best way forward.This ‘community pulse check’, will likely be an involved process, and will require a team of dedicated volunteers to assist with planning, executing and analysing the results.

Are you great at listening to community feedback? Interested in process analysis? Great at helping implement change and manage that process?

If so, then you can help Red Earth City Pty Ltd and the Burning Seed organisers consult the community by joining our volunteer group who will manage this consultation process.  We have heaps to learn about ourselves and each other, and we’re inviting you to be part of the process.  

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 21st April.

*More information on the Red Earth City organisation and how it relates to Burning Seed can be found here.

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Refunds update #6: 31 March 2017

Hey folks - we are so pleased to have some movement of funds at last! You've been so amazing! Thanks for sticking with us on this!!!

So... a significant, but by no means complete, amount of money has been returned to us from the insurance provider which means (and this is important to note) that by topping this amount up with our cash reserves, we can now begin the ticket refund process! (We promise we are not jumping the gun this time - it's really happening!)

So what's happening?

If you're in the majority of people who bought a ticket direct from the ticket provider (Quicket) you'll receive an email from Quicket in the next few days confirming the refund has been sent back to the account from which it came. As usual with electronic funds transfers, the refund will likely take 3-5 business days to land in your account, so please remain patient 🙂

'Unconventional' refunds

Approximately 5-10% of ticket holders will have circumstances that require manual processing i.e. you bought tickets from someone else (ticket transfer) or the bank account/credit card you purchased with has closed. We need to be rigorous in making sure we direct these manual refunds correctly so these will take a little longer and we will need you to work with us.

We are committed to clearing all refunds as quickly as possible and your patience is appreciated if you are in this group. We will contact anyone who we cannot refund directly.

Please see the ticket refund FAQ for full details and instructions on how we need to handle these refunds.

What are the “cash reserves”?

OK this is really important. Some of you may be asking "What? Reserve cash? Why didn't you pay us out of that before?"

Well, Burning Seed has been been working hard to put away a small amount of money each year to allow for pre-production costs that grow as the event grows, as well for unforeseeable circumstances like the proverbial “very rainy day”...

The cash we had in reserve alone wouldn't have been anywhere near enough for us to pay everyone back their refunds immediately. So we're using the portion of the insurance that has been returned to us together with what we have saved over the years to cover the cost of the refund. It's cleaned us out folks!

We're banking on the rest of the insurance monies coming in soon and of course we are banking on YOU wanting to come back to Seed in 2017!!

Using the savings was no small decision to make. We've thought long and hard about this. We considered staggering the refund process - that is, somehow prioritising refunds with what money we had received from the insurers.

But honestly this would have been an incredibly messy and potentially divisive approach. How would we choose who got refunded first? Too messy - that's why we've been pushing so hard for the insurance monies.

Everyone is a priority and we feel the right thing to do is what we've done - to wait until we had enough in the bank from the insurance to refund everyone's ticket.

But don't you need the reserves?

Well, yes of course we do. But with the portion of the insurance we've received and the reserves we have we're able (just) to cover the cost of all ticket refunds and we feel that's the priority right now.

It will mean that we cannot make any purchases until we have the rest of the insurance money in, and until we open ticket sales for 2017 (look out for this soon).

Another really important reason why we are using the reserve cash is to do with tax. Our tax year ends 31 March- like TODAY! Although we haven't received all the insurance money, there is a significant sum sitting in our account and if it stays there we could be liable for a pretty massive tax bill which would put us even further behind.

It's a no brainer. It's a much bigger risk for Seed to bear these tax costs and wait for the remainder of the insurance monies before we start the refunds than it is to deplete the cash reserve and get the payments to you underway. However, this is still a risk and it does leave us in a pretty precarious financial position.

How much has been returned and how much used from the reserve cash?

We'll break it all down for you in the regular annual financial statement which will be published in the next month or so once we've finalised the refunds and had time to do the work to complete the accounts.

More questions?

OK we know you have more questions - check out the ticket refund FAQ we have prepared which should hopefully answer most of them - if not then please email ticketing@burningseed.com and we'll do our best to help.

Once again folks - thank you so much for being such a cool crew. This kind of stuff can test any community in terms of their resolve, resilience and willingness to stick together and just wow did you pass with all the colours. We really love you for that.

Burn Bright!

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Refunds update #5: 10 March 2017

OK folks - so it does look like we may have jumped the gun a little with our last update at the end of January... Throughout this process of trying to get the refunds sorted, we've been mindful to be super careful about raising any expectations.... but we've also had to balance that with the need to let you know about any movement in the process.

Positive Signals

When we got positive and clear signals in January that the funds were indeed moving, and moving quickly, we just had to let you know. It's been 6 weeks now since we got that news and, if it wasn't already clear, we need to let you know now that there's been an unexpected delay. We're really, really sorry. This is a crazy complex issue and the TL:DR version is that there's a dispute within Lloyd’s of London, our insurer, as to the share of liability between two of their syndicate partners. We've been in touch with our broker almost daily and each time the message is that we're expecting this to be resolved soon.

Blue Chip Dispute

Now Lloyd’s of London is no bucket shop - it's a blue chip global insurer with a reputation they fiercely maintain. They're now addressing this partner dispute directly after our broker made an official complaint about the delay in payment. It is clear - and we can confidently say - that our broker, our underwriter and Lloyd’s of London all agree our claim is proper, documented and valid and needs to be paid. All these parties are confident full payment will happen - it just relies on when an agreement can be reached between these two syndicate partners at Lloyd’s of London.

Applying Pressure

Our underwriter is now putting pressure on the lead syndicate partner to pay us in full and then sort out the issue with the other syndicate partner. They say this is a highly unusual situation and that everyone all the way to Lloyd’s of London is doing what they can to resolve this dispute between the partners.

The Man, The Irony

It is kind of ironic that our little Burn is being pushed and pulled around the desks of City financiers on the other side of the world but there it is.  As mentioned, our broker is in touch with us almost daily on this and when we have any more concrete information to pass on we'll do that. For the time being, we're so, so grateful for your patience and understanding. We've never had to deal with an issue like this and while we're learning on the (volunteer) job, we're realising much of the solution lies outside of our control. We've done and we are doing all we can to get that cash back in your pocket.

Seed 2017 - a question for you

The delay with the refund is actually impacting Seed more deeply than we might have expected. We've been super conscious of getting the refund situation resolved and behind us before kicking off shenanigans for 2017, but we're getting to the point now where we have some critical dates we need to meet - so we have a question for you.... How do you feel about us pushing on with plans for Burning Seed 2017 in parallel with the refunds process? Does that feel OK?

Planning for Seed

We don't feel we can hold on for much longer - we have some key announcements and decisions to make around art, theme, tickets and new ideas on insurance (which will be tougher to get now) for 2017.

As a community we know we all want to start getting excited, getting involved and making plans for this year's event - as much as we can with this still hanging over us. One of the most urgent things we need to do is recruit, recruit, recruit for some lead positions on the core organising team. Whatever your skills, interests, experiences or preferences, we're looking for people to crew some of our team leadership positions including at Centre Camp, Comms, Kitchen, PEER, Rangers, Traffic and Mutant Vehicles! - if you're keen to get involved or find out more visit the website TODAY!

So let us know what you think. We'll keep posting updates on the refunds and we'll try and do that as regularly as makes sense.  Again, thank you folks for your incredible patience and understanding.

Burn Bright!

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SOME GOOD NEWS ON REFUNDS

Hey folks - some good news? Some GREAT news!! Our insurance refund is imminent! Huge, massive, colossal THANKS for your patience all the way through this difficult process!! 

Seriously - you've all been amazing - this was never going to be an easy thing for the (volunteer) crew to deal with but as a community you've been just incredible with your understanding and support.

Complex

As we've indicated in previous updates, the fact we had to cancel last year's event so close to the intended start date made submitting our claim quite complex and Christmas didn't help either - yeah thanks for nothing Santa...!

During the process, the insurance underwriters have had to review more than 1000 expenses across 80 separate categories, and they've been in constant contact with our finance and legal teams since the cancellation, back and forth to qualify, quantify and finalise the claim.

Finally!

We just got the news that we've ALL been waiting for - we have been informed that the underwriter has now finalised our claim, and we expect to have the funds in the Burning Seed bank account within  a couple of weeks to be able to start the refunds process.

Now, before we get too excited, this will still be a mammoth task and we want to get it 100% right first time - we've all waited this long so please, please, please maintain your patience and understanding for a couple more weeks.

What Happens Next?

OK so we wanted to let you know as soon as we knew - and now you know! We will be pushing out more information soon including a detailed outline of how the refund will come back to you together with a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document to help navigate any issues that might come up along the way.

What we can say now is that for the majority of people the process will be quick and painless - a direct refund to the card/account from which you paid. For others (for instance those relatively few who transferred tickets) it's a bit more tricky and it could take a little bit longer to finalise. We want to get it 100% right so please bear with us.

Once we've closed off the refund process we'll be able to finalise accounts for the year and get on with releasing the financial summary for 2016 (the year that never was) so we can start fresh for 2017  (the year that will be twice as good).

Questions?

OK, we're more than happy to answer questions now but we would ask that you hold fire until we get more information out to you. If you have a seriously burning question that cannot wait until we push out more comms in the next few weeks then please email: feedback@burningseed.com

Burn Bright!

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CRITICAL VACANCIES: SEED 2017

Hey gang - it may seem like early days, and we still have many loose ends to tie on last year's waterlogged non-event (rest assured we're still working crazy hard to finalise the insurance and get the refunds process underway) but the annual march to Seed goes on and we need NOW to recruit for some critical vacancies - you keen?

You all make Burning Seed what it is - Seed is 100% participant driven and our collective effort and expression creates that magical few days in the forest that we know will be twice as good in 2017 right!? But it doesn't happen overnight - dozens of volunteers dedicate thousands of hours year round on the infrastructure that supports Seed - everything from finance, to training, to comms, to ticketing to making sure participants have a decent place to poop.

We're recruiting now urgently for some critical roles to ensure we get back to that Paddock in 2017 - please check out the role outlines below and consider joining one of our Seed Teams to help build and maintain the city and services we need!

There's more information on the website and there are team lead briefings happening soon including one this week in Melbourne on Thursday night if you want to talk to a face to find out more.

Rangers Leads

We are looking for veteran Rangers to step up and take on some extra responsibility to help lead the Rangers team this year. Have you been a Dirt Ranger for a few years but never taken the next step? Get in touch with us, we'd love to hear from you. We've got perks and a heap of support to help you on your way! We'll have a position description handy shortly, but in the meantime feel free to get in touch to express interest.

Finance officer

Are you a numbers nerd? The Finance Officer oversees the financial operations of the organisation and ensures timely and accurate financial reports and practices. You will have the support and mentorship of the existing Finance Officer to transition into the role smoothly. Check out the position description to see if this role is for you! We’re also looking for general numbers people/helpers so if you’ve got the skills let us know!

Ticketing co-lead

Want to contribute year round, then have no responsibility during the event so you can let your hair down? Then the Ticketing 2ic role might be for you! You will work closely with the current Ticketing lead to work through the Ticketing process. Check out the position description and if it works for you, register!

PEER 2IC

Psychological and Emotional Emergency Response (PEER) Rangers are a specialist arm of the Red Earth Ranger Team. PEERs aim to respond to and manage situations during the event that may require a specialised person with specialist skills and training. The PEER Rangers Lead is seeking a suitably qualified and experienced 2IC for this important team. Check out the role description on the website and register if you've got the skills and the will!

Leave No Trace 2IC

The Leave No Trace team returns the Paddock to its former glory and keeps a record of how well each theme camp upholds the LNT principle. They are passionate about educating our community on how we can leave no trace of our activities and festivities at Matong State Forest. In doing so the Leave No Trace team supports participants to practice self-reliance and civic responsibility.  We are looking for a Leave No Trace (LNT) 2iC to support the LNT lead in 2017. Position description will be up soon, holla if you think you’re right for the role!

Sanitation co-lead

The Sanitation Lead is seeking a Partner in Poo to help ensure our 80+ executive thrones around the Paddock are functional, full of water, clean and stocked with paper twice a day. Check out the role description on the website before assuming anything about this role - there are serious perks for Sanitation crew and you'll be the King/Queen of them all! 

 

Have you got the skills and drive to take on one of these roles? We need you! Fill out a registration form which can be found on the Burning Seed website here, and our Crew Wranglers will get in touch!

Not sure if a team lead role is right for you, but you’re interested to find out more? Come along to one of our Team Lead Information Sessions! We're running a Melbourne session on:

THURSDAY 19 JANUARY from 7-8pm at Brunswick Green, 313 Sydney Road, Brunswick, Victoria

and Sydney and Canberra sessions are being organized soon. Come along and meet current team leads to hear more about these critical roles.

See you there! Burn Bright x

 

 

Yes - it's the same graphic we use year after year after year... if you hate that, and you're a graphic designer, JOIN THE CREW!