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Superstar Secretary required for Summit and Beyond!

The dust has settled, your costumes are laundered, you're feeling inspired, and perhaps you're even thinking to yourself... how I can get involved with this crazy magic? How can I HELP?

Could you be Burning Seed’s next SECRETARY?

If….

  • you’re organised, you’re reliable, you have great attention to detail and excellent time management
  • you type quickly and you’re familiar with computers
  • you’re a strong communicator, particularly in an online environment, and
  • you want to be involved in Burning Seed with a relatively low time commitment

… you could be our new secretary!

The Burning Seed secretary pushes the paper, does the organising and creates the scaffolding on which the dreamers, artists and planners build Burning Seed. It’s a crucial role in our organisation, scheduling and taking minutes at all high-level meetings, and delivering those meetings to all appropriate parties afterward. In short, you would be the grease in everyone’s wheels. The time commitment is about 10 hours a month throughout the year.

All meetings are held online, so as long as you have a good internet connection, this role is location independent. It's a great way of getting all the inside info on what goes on behind the scenes, and would be a great stepping stone if you want to transition into another role down the track.

If this sounds like something you’d be keen to do, or if you have any questions, send us an email at jointhecrew@burningseed.com!

We're looking for someone urgently, who will be able to join us at Summit on the last weekend of November!

 

 

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FART SEEKS FIRE SAFETY CREW

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

And where there’s fire, there’s a bunch of smokin’ hot firefighters. And one of them could be you!

The Fire Art Response Team is still seeking 20 more crew members for Burning Seed 2019.

It’s no secret we love to burn shit, and in order to burn shit it’s crucial we have a competent team of burners who will be prepared to show up and be on the ready should any emergencies occur. You don’t even need experience… you’ll get all the training you need on site, and if you’re a novice, you’ll be paired with a veteran at all times. Your protective gear will be provided, and you’ll get to dress up like the sexy kitten-rescuing calendar stripper you’ve always wanted to be.

Meow!

You’ll do one non-burn shift where you’ll be responsible for raising fire safety awareness, as well as patrolling two of the three burns during the event. Sobriety for your shifts and your own safety boots are the only prerequisites.

We need at least 20 crew members, and you’ll be greeted with particular enthusiasm if you’ve got firefighting experience or you’ve FARTed at Burns past.  If you’re keen, feel free to head straight over to the website and apply.  

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

If you’ve got any questions, drop Rusty a line at rusty@burningseed.com.

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Your Participation Station needs YOU!

The Participation Station is a crucial part of the Burning Seed operation, and over the past two years it has become a functional work of art unto itself. Located next to Centre Camp, this is where lost and found is collected and sorted, the schedule of events is updated and accessed, and you can sign up and change your crew shifts.

We currently need 22 more crew members to make the Participation Station happen! This is a great role if you…

  • love helping!
  • are a social butterfly and want to do your crewing in the middle of the action
  • want to be embraced enthusiastically every time you reunite someone with their precious drink bottle / favourite hat / missing earring
  • like telling people where to go
  • prefer to sit down for your crew shift rather than stand up or walk around
  • like to do your shifts during the day so you have your nights free
  • have kids and need a shift you can do with your littles

If any of this sounds like you, head on over to the website, fill out the application form and select ‘participation station’ checkbox, and you will be warmly welcomed and enthusiastically appreciated!

We are also in great need of a couple of people to stay back post-event and help sort the lost and found. If you’re able to do this, make a note on your application. We’ll even fuel you up with a delicious breakfast from the amazing Burning Seed kitchen each day you help!

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Do you have what it takes to be a MOOP ZOMBIE?

You’re probably seen those images and videos on Facebook showing the aftermath of some mainstream festivals – rubbish flying everywhere, broken tents abandoned, cigarette butts and sequins as far as the eye can see. And if you’ve been to even one burn, you may have watched it smugly in the knowledge that we’re just that little bit better than other people.

But our immaculately left paddock doesn’t happen by accident. As well as a general consciousness around MOOP and Leaving no Trace, we also have an amazing team who comb the paddock after it’s all over, removing the debris that has been overlooked so we can truly leave Matong as we found it.

If you can stay back a day or two, the Leave No Trace team would love to hear from you! MOOP sticks and equipment are provided, and you get breakfast and a hot shower to say thank you.

Help us leave Matong as we found it, and join the war against MOOP!

To register, hop on over to http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/ and tick ‘Leave No Trace’!

You can join LNT on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/LNTatBS/

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Looking for an on-site support human!

Anyone who has participated in a build will tell you what a special experience it is, raising the city from the dust, working together to build the structures and create the magic from the ground up. But it’s also intense – a group of people, on-site for weeks at a time, in each other’s pockets constantly and working to deadlines without many comforts of home. Tempers get frayed, emotions are raw, and conflicts occur. Welcome to being human, right?

For this reason, we’ve created a brand new and very exciting role: The DPI PEER Support Human.

Your main role is to be a sounding board, a listener, a dispute resolver and a mediator when required, so it would be amazing if you have some experience in this area. Beyond being available for that, you have the freedom to make what you want of this role.

You could learn some carpentry skills and get involved with the build.

You could set up a yoga studio, run some movement or meditation sessions, or create a space that will help with maintaining peace on the paddock.

You could use the time to catch up your reading, work on your Seed costumes, or do some crafting.

It’s up to you! The role is open to interpretation right now, and we want someone to run with it and make it their own.

For more information, check out the position description.

If this sounds up your alley, head on over to the crew site and let us know!

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Ten Reasons to Crew

So it’s ticket time again, and if you’ve got your hot little hands on a promise for Burning Seed 2019, you’ll no doubt be asking yourself the One Crucial Question.

“How can I best contribute to this magical journey of goodness and wonder?”

Alternatively, you may be asking “Why should I do stuff?”, but either way, I have your answers.

TOP TEN REASONS TO CREW AT BURNING SEED

  1. Someone has to! If nobody did it, there would be no Seed.  If not you, then who?
  2. Develop skills and try new things. If you want to expand your knowledge, get a new skillset, try something new, learn from awesome peeps, or get some volunteer work to add to your CV, a crew role at Seed is a brilliant way to do this.
  3. Meet excellent people. Crewing is a fabulous way to connect with other amazing burners. If you’re new to Seed, or just want to expand your connections beyond your usual crew, this is the way!
  4. It’s fun. Whether fun for you is dressing up and hugging new arrivals or putting together the perfect spreadsheet, we make a point of weaving the good times into every role.
  5. It’s part of a meaningful burn experience. Participation and being part of the whole shebang is what makes this different to a festival. Knowing you were one of the cogs in this incredible machine adds a delicious layer of meaningfulness that takes Burning Seed beyond ‘a fun time’.
  6. The awesome, awesome shwag. That’s right, every crew member gets a FABULOUS LIMITED EDITION GIFT that will remind you of the good times for years to come.
  7. It promotes well-being and self-esteem. I got that from the internet.  Probs true though.
  8. A chance to give back to the community that has probably given a whole lot to you through connections, experiences, memories, growth and good times. Reciprocity makes the world go round, yo!
  9. Helping other people boosts your serotonin. That’s science!  Can’t argue with science!
  10. <Insert reason here>. There are infinite reasons particular to your personality, your role, your needs, your contributions and your individual experience.  You can fill this gap for yourself after you’ve signed up, fulfilled your role, had the best time ever and you’re sitting at home post-Burn reflecting on your experience.

Check out what roles we have available by popping over to the website (http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/), and if you have any questions or need help finding your perfect crew, shoot your friendly Crew Wranglers team an email!  (jointhecrew@burningseed.com).

Because there are many I’s in PARTICIPATION, but no ‘U’ yet!

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Suggest a Theme for Burning Seed 2019

With the thoughts of Ancient Future still in our recent memories, it is time to launch the theme naming process for Burning Seed 2019.

Each year, Burning Seed has a unique theme which helps guide the artwork, inspiration, theme camps, events and costumes you see on The Paddock. Sometimes the theme is abstract or conceptual as with Imagine Nation (2015), Revolution (2017) and Ancient Future (2018). At other times they are a little more specific such as with Deep Space in 2016 (aka the burn that we must not speak of) and Deeper Space in 2017.

So now it's your turn. We want to hear what you think the theme should be for Burning Seed 2019. It could be something that represents the uniqueness of the land we hold our event on or something that brings inspiration to your costumes - you are only limited by your creativity!

It should be obvious, but we will say this anyway - any themes deemed as offensive - namely sexist, racist, misogynistic, transphobic, vulgar or homophobic, will not be included in the process.

Here are the dates you need to know:

  • 29th October (today!) - theme suggestions open
  • 11th November - theme suggestions close
  • 12th November - shortlist will be released with an online poll you to vote on your favourites
  • 22nd November - poll closes

The top 5 theme suggestions based on your votes will then be discussed and voted on at the Burning Seed Summit on 24th November, and the theme will be picked for 2019! We will officially announce the theme shortly afterwards!

So what are you waiting for? To suggest your theme - click here! For some inspiration, check out the images below for previous Burning Seed themes.

Burn Bright )'(

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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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Burning Seed Town Councillor Role Available

Burning Seed needs you!

Do you have bright ideas, burning desires and a bit of time and effort to spare? Would you like to assist in the strategic governance of Burning Seed?

Last week Ali ‘Prince’ Mohammad Shams Ahmadi resigned from the Burning Seed Town Council after two and a half years of service to our community. As a result of Ali’s resignation, our Town Council of seven has a vacancy, and we need your help to fill it with somebody awesome!

Ali has been burning since 2012 and has made great contributions to the Melbourne Decom events and the establishment of the Melburners organisation. Ali joined the Town Council in 2016 - what ended up being a very difficult year with the cancellation of Burning Seed, and we are indebted to his hard work and dedication since then. Ali is leaving his Town Council position to focus on new challenges in his work life, Melburners and his theme camp - Middle Eastern Mafia.

On behalf of all Burning Seed participants we take this opportunity to thank Ali for his dedication over the years and now, for making room for another participant to provide leadership to our community.

What does it all mean?

The Town Council is drawn from the community that participates in the event each year and discusses, deliberates and makes key decisions on its future direction. This ensures that Burning Seed will burn brighter than ever for generations to come. If you have experience in events or project management you’d make a great candidate. For those without such experience - good communication skills, working well with others and a dash of leadership experience would put you in good stead.

Commitment required:

  • TWICE MONTHLY meetings (currently the 2nd Wednesday and 3rd Tuesday of each month), with infrequent emergency meetings when needed
  • a FEW HOURS each month dedicated to doing some Burning Seed homework

If your interest is piqued please find out more here about the issues you need to consider before standing for Burning Seed Town Council (see page 3 of the 2016 application form). Then, if you’re happy with that, fill in an application

Applications close on Tuesday May 29, 2018.  

The application process

There is a 3 week application window after which the current Town Council will need a week to review applications before contacting you with further information. Those who pass the first round will have an interview with current Town Councillors before final selections are made. The following week, applicants will be informed of the Town Council’s choices before the successful new Town Councillor will be announced to the broader burn community!

Where does the Town Council come from?

Red Earth City Pty Ltd (REC Pty Ltd) has been the legal entity behind Burning Seed since 2010. Until 2015 the Red Earth City Town Council oversaw the Burning Seed event and supported other burner initiatives under the banner of Burning Man Australia, all on behalf of the Red Earth City Board of Directors.

In November 2015, Directors of REC Pty Ltd decided on governance changes before important issues related to the event's sustainability and growth could be addressed. The Burning Seed Town Council (BSTC) was formed to focus on the Burning Seed event, in order to free up the Directors to focus on the wider Burner culture in Australia.

Now, BSTC reports to the Directors of REC Pty Ltd, and acts as the piece of the puzzle between the strategic and operational sides of the event.

We are currently in the middle of a restructure process, as mandated in the REC Pty Ltd constitution, which will deliver recommendations to the REC Directors on the creation of a new entity outside of REC Pty Ltd to guide and develop the Burning Seed event in the future.

 

Current Town Councillors

 

Phil ‘Sherpa’ Smart

Phil’s first burn was Burning Man in 2001, after many years of being hassled by friends in San Francisco. It was there that he finally felt at home, like he'd found what I was looking for. He burns due to shared values of community, art and self expression; dependable people, who are smart, funny, crazy and creative and who make the world a better place to live in.

Phil is on the BSTC to play a part in fostering the community and helping to steward it as it grows. Phil has a vision not only for Seed, but for the wider Australian burner community, to evolve and further develop its own unique identity. For the future Phil would like to see Burning Seed continue to grow at a pace that is sustainable. He would like to see more spin off projects that take burner culture out into the default world - initiatives like Burners Without Borders and Black Rock Solar in the states, as well as an art foundation to get burner art into off-paddock locations. These days it’s about so much more than Seed, with other burns springing up like Blazing Swan and Modyfire, and strong regional communities around the country.

Phil believes Burning Seed can push the boundaries of radical self governance, pioneering concepts such as direct democracy and liquid democracy in the way the community organizes itself and makes decisions. The dream of Burning Seed (or even the Australian burner community collectively) owning its own piece of land someday, to continue the experiment in a new way, is close to his heart.

On the last day of the very first Seed, there was a small closing ceremony down by the river where ash was released into the stream. Phil said that he couldn’t help but shed some tears of joy and relief at the fact that there was finally a community of incredible burners in his homeland who embodied fully the spirit of the playa.

 

Shaye ‘The President’ Harty

Born in the most American of all families in Modesto, California in 1979, Shaye had heard of Burning Man in her college years but didn't have any friends that she could go with. It wasn't until she moved to Humboldt County and became the ‘Rutabaga Queen’ that she was gifted a ticket to BM by a mysterious woman that she didn't even know! Her very first Burning Man was in 2005 as part of KazBus camp and she hasn’t missed one since!

This crazy woman has been to 13 Burning Man, 4 Burning Seed, 4 Afrika Burn and 4 Blazing Swan events…. so far, with no plan to slow down anytime soon! Speaking of experience and skills, Shaye has been the Outside Services Manager at Burning Man, Event Manager at Blazing Swan, Site Manager at Afrikaburn Burn, and former Admin Team Lead, former Event Coordinator, current Site Safety Facilitator and site manager at Burning Seed. Shaye's dream is to be able to live in Melbourne for 9 months working on Art and Events, and then live our winter months in America since it is summer there, traveling around working on events and visiting her family back home.

Next time you think about fighting her and pushing her out of your way to get a drink at one of the bars on the paddock remember she has a brown belt in Judo and she is pretty good with a lasso!

 

Victoria ‘Tech Support’ Vickery

A native Californian, Victoria first heard of Burning Man at the age of 12, and finally made the pilgrimage for the first time in 2010 as co-lead for the Connexus theme camp village (which included the notable Heart Deco bus). To date, she has been to 8 burns across 3 continents.  After migrating to Australia in late 2013, she jumped into the local burner scene with both feet, attending her first Burning Seed as the 2nd In Command for the Department of Planning and Infrastructure (DPI).

Over the past four years she has grown with the organisation as Co-Lead of DPI, Engine Room Facilitator, Admin Team Lead, Site Manager, Event Coordinator and member of the Restructure Committee. And of course, she also serves on the Burning Seed Town Council.

Her favourite thing about attending burns has been how much she has been able to learn: about herself, about others, about working together and social dynamics and about how to kick major ass.  She is now a dynamo with both a power tool and a spreadsheet and has gained a lot of experience managing people and projects. She is currently applying these skills to her day job.

 

Jason ‘Pondage’ Bond

Jason has been burning since 2014, at which point he jumped head first into the fun and excitement. He has taken on several roles within the organisation as well as being President of Melburners and a member of the Town Council since 2017. His love of a backyard gathering led him to found “The Yard” theme camp for Burning Seed in 2017. His favourite thing about burning is seeing the incredible scale of people’s imagination and what is possible when people share ideas and work together.

A Melbourne native, in the default world Jason runs an engineering business and enjoys traveling to the farthest reaches of the world while doing so. He enjoys carrying his trumpet around the paddock and sharing a tune with anyone.

 

Jo ‘Whisper’ Roberts

Jo is a Riverina local who jumped feet first into Burning, attending Seed in 2012 as the Team Lead for Kids Camp. Rapid growth saw Kids Camp swell from 20 to 85 people by 2014, at which point Jo guided the succession of a new leadership team which assumed the helm in 2015.

In 2013 she founded Red Earth Ecology, fueled by her love of and knowledge around the local ecosystems that make up the Nurrungdera lands that Seed is graciously welcomed onto. Red Earth Ecology conducts education and community outreach initiatives designed to increase knowledge and protection of the flora and fauna of Red Earth City, incorporate Indigenous land management techniques as well as bush regeneration by engaging in regular biodiversity offset plantings connecting Burners with local landholders in the Matong district.

Jo is an active member of the BWA (Burning Witches Association), a collective which aims to increase the visibility of and opportunities for women at Seed. One offshoot has been the formation of the successful LUNACHICKS coalition, whose all female DJ line-ups have been kicking arse, both at Seed and beyond the paddock. She has also participated in the Queensland Regional Burn, Modifyre, since 2014, where she holds no significant positions of responsibility and uses this time to connect with and foster her children’s love of Burning.

In 2017, Jo joined the Burning Seed Town Council - a position she still holds, and has enjoyed the detailed insight into the operational and administrative workings of the event. Jo continues to be inspired by the Burning Man Project, and its potential for translating the transformational aspects of the Burn into change in the default world.

 

Kuy ‘RaveDaddy’ Thurman

Kuy started burning in 2015 when he attended Burning Man, camping with Boosh! and then Burning Seed with Telekinetik Chair Repair just a few weeks later after returning to Australia. Kuy has increased his involvement with Telekinetik every year since, including the cancelled year of 2016 when Telekinetik took to the very muddy banks of The Murray River at Sideburn - the event that Kuy accidentally named.

In 2017 he joined the Town Council prior to Burning Seed and performed multiple Ranger shifts on the paddock with his seven week old daughter strapped to his chest. He’s sure that BabySparkles is certain to become a Junior Ranger in just a few years. It took him four burns before he was given his paddock name RaveDaddy. He was invited to the Jedi Council leadership team for Red Earth City Rangers after the 2017 burn and takes great pride in being a part one of the teams that helps keep all participants safe in the unique and often challenging environment of the paddock.

He believes that the 10 Principles of Burning Man should be extended to the default world as much as possible and that by participating in a burn we create space for each other to fulfil our potentials. Be sure to say hi when you next see him on the paddock or a dance floor.

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Be a part of the Ancient Future ARTery Team

Are you interested in supporting the growing art culture of Burning Seed? Are you a skilled blogger? Savvy on social media? Perhaps you’re interested in helping curate and select the pieces we fund. The ARTery department is looking for a couple of new volunteers to join our year-round team. Applications for both positions will be open from April 4th to the 16th.

Position 1: Art Grant Selection Committee Member

The Art Grant Selection Committee (AGSC) meet up to three times a year via conference calls to determine the budget and recipients of Burning Seeds art grants and to select the three finalists for the Temple. We need another community member to join our team before the end of April who will participate  in the selection process for the Large Art Grants which closes May 6th. Full position description and application information here

Position 2: Art Blogger & Social Media Manager

We’re looking for a new team member to take the ARTery to the next level, promoting and sharing the amazing art and artists of Burning Seed. The Art Blogger and Social Media manager will create new and engaging blog posts and manage the social media and web presence of the ARTery department, and will work closely with the ARTery Team Lead and Artist Liaison to learn about then promote artists that receive grants from the ARTery. Please check out the position description and application information here.