Teams Leads, 2ICs and leads-to-be gathered at the Summit in Sydney on November 27-28 to chew the fat over this year’s event and tackle some of the big questions for next year and beyond.
It was also an opportunity for a changing of the guard (sob) and the introduction of a new council that will be the vanguard of Burning Seed’s future.
But back to that meeting….
Over two (very) full days at St Peter’s Tortuga Studios, 32 people gathered to hear each Team Lead give a brief presentation on the highs, the lows and the so-sos of their area this year.
It was also an opportunity for everyone to ask questions about each Team’s AfterBurn report, a more detailed overview that is prepared before the Summit and which every organiser is expected (ahem) to pore over.
But the big questions were a family affair, with the group throwing around a few hot agenda potatoes together. These included:
- 2016 Burning Seed dates (soon, my lovelies, soon!)
- Ticket sales: Now that Seed is selling out, the dynamic of how we sell and price tickets will need to change. Much discussion has led to the formation of a ticketing subcommittee to investigate and propose solutions and direction.
- Community Crew numbers: Recruitment was an issue across all the teams, with only 8 per cent of Burning Seed participants signed up as Community Crew.
- Event capacity & ticket caps: Issues with recruitment and infrastructure limit our rate of growth.
- Paid positions: With the event growing rapidly and many key people gifting the equivalent of full-time or part-time jobs, the question of pay is raising its head.
- Proposed new teams or initiatives: These include a Civic Services Department, which will help organise our new teams – Indigenous Affairs, Fun Police, Temple Guardians and Sanctuary (harm-reduction chill space). Other initiatives include a Ceremony Coordinator and a Burning Seed Archivist.
- Effigy design: While the community can still contribute conceptual ideas, the design of the Effigy has come back in house.
Wanna be more than a fly on the Summit wall? A Burning Seed AfterBurn report will be available online in the new year, giving you an overview of each team area.
For those who nerd out with numbers, details and facts, the Summit minutes will soon be available along with each team’s AfterBurn report. These give a more detailed account (aka long) of what worked, what didn’t work and recommendations for each team.