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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.

 

 

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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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Suggest a Theme for Burning Seed 2018

Seed may be over, but the legend of Deeper Space lives on!

While we are all in a lovely, warm and fuzzy space post-Seed and trying to fit back into the default world, its time to get the theme selection process for Burning Seed 2018 rolling!

So what do you think the theme should be for Burning Seed 2018?  Maybe you would like it to be rainbow themed, desert island themed, ocean themed - hell, even Nicholas Cage themed! Or maybe you want the theme to be more abstract, conceptual, meaningful, insightful. You are only limited by your own creativity, so whatever your ideas are - we want to hear them in the form below. Please note that any themes deemed as offensive - namely sexist, racist, misogynistic or homophobic, will not be included in the process.

Here are some key dates:

  • 23rd October (today!) - theme suggestions open
  • 10th November - theme suggestions close
  • 13th November - shortlist will be prepared and an online poll launched for you to vote on your favourites

The top 5 theme suggestions based on your votes will then be discussed and voted on at the Burning Seed Summit, and the theme will be picked for 2018! We will officially announce the theme before the holidays!

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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Your Rangers on the Paddock – Everything you need to know!

The Red Earth Rangers, FART Rangers and PEER Rangers will be pounding the Paddock in Deeper Space, helping the citizens of Red Earth City stay safe and sound in our biggest year yet!

What do the Rangers do? Essentially, they keep the people running smoothly. They are there to support anyone that needs a sober, calm and capable human when Radical Self-Reliance isn’t quite enough to resolve a challenge. They also provide a vital communication and observation link across the event. Rangers “Listen To Their Fucking Radios” at all times so if anything happens, Ranger HQ (aka Red 5) can alert the Event Manager, Site Manager, crew leads, security, medics and the whole shift of rangers to it…and we can all get on with having a good time.

When Burning Seed Deep Space 2016 was cancelled 40% of ticket holders were first-timers, or Burgins. There are so far 180 Red Earth Rangers watching out for us this year, with a hope of more signing up by the time the event begins (that means YOU! It's not too late!).
With so many people attending for the first time, who are new to the Principles, these capable and caring volunteers will need all of us to be Civically Responsible even when we are having stupid amounts of fun! If you see something wrong; tell someone and do something.

The six key instructions at Ranger training are

  1. You are never alone:
    Rangers always have a partner on duty with them, and work with several other pairs per shift.
  2. Do nothing:
    Sounds a bit counter-intuitive at first, but rangers are volunteers who observe the event and assist people in resolving their own situations. They can call for assistance on your behalf, will be kind to you in a negative situation, and can provide guidance towards a solution. But they are not security/police/your parent.
  3. Listen to your radio:
    At a busy event with patchy communication we can’t be radically self reliant all the time so the Rangers are essentially the keepers of the site comms. On a shift they need to be able to quickly manage things that could escalate to a real problem, like a lost child last seen near the dam, so listening is vital.
  4. Listen to your f*&!ing radio:
    Rangers also use their radios and tell each other where the best food is being gifted. 
  5. Keep Calm:
    Burning is hard to do and participants can (and do) get overwhelmed from time to time. Little things can feel big and it’s a great thing to have the cool and calm Red Earth Rangers cruising past; they don’t even have to say anything, they just ooze calm, and it’s contagious. But seriously it is a really special skill to just stay even-keeled while stuff gets sorted out.
  6. Rangers love DPI:
    DPI act all big and tough and badass and give Rangers a hard time for being all goody goody; but being goody goodies mean they just loooooove DPI anyway. “Stay hydrated DPi!!”

Beyond Rangers: FART & PEER Rangers

At Burning Seed there are two special divisions of Rangers: FART and PEER.

FART, the Fire Art Response Team are the flame masters. Every fire at Burning Seed needs a permit…every one. Yes, it’s a burn: No you can’t just burn stuff whenever or wherever you like. Rangers carry a map of permitted burn barrels and will follow the smoke signals to extinguish anything that is not on that map; If you burn somethign without a permit, you will probably get a sarcasm laden lecture and sideways stink eye for the rest of the event, and maybe for eternity. Don’t do it. You can burn your bad feelings about authority and oppression in the Temple on Sunday if you have a problem with this rule.

The PEER (Psychological Emotional Emergency Response) team has specialists Rangers for incidents that involve emotional distress. PEER Rangers are there to help restore emotional balance if things have gotten out of hand for a participant, but they are not security or the police. If something happens to you, like an assault of any kind or if you witness something you find distressing, PEER will bring their skills to help return you safely back into the event. If the situation is serious and you require the assistance of security or the Police, then a PEER Ranger can help support you. Remember to ASK before touching anyone.

We have an incredible security company on site this year to handle anything a bit too real. Rangers call in to Red 5, Red 5 calls the Site Manager and they call Security. No vigilantes required!

Wear your wristbands! 

DON’T FORGET! We all need to make sure we keep our Deeper Space bracelets on. Rangers scan for naked wrists and it is a waste of your Paddock time to be stopped and escorted home to put it on. You are allowed to be naked any time you like (except at Kids’ Camp if you are over 10) but wear that pretty bracelet or you’ll be frogmarched to Gate and nobody wants to meet the wrath of Gate over a poor outfit choice*. We ALL pay to play, even those that work for the whole event, and that bracelet is your passport, no exceptions.
(*Stylist tip; trimming the tails stops them from tightening and causing unsightly bulging and catastrophic circulation loss to the hand).

Sanctuary at Seed:

Another AMAZING new feature at Seed this year is the Sanctuary; a safe place for anyone who goes a bit too deep into space. Some otherwise good experiences can lead to scary times so these legends have volunteered to de-escalate difficulties, like talking spiders in your flight suit for example, and to make sure you don’t go for lift off once your flight suit is cleared of poetic vermin. Try not to end up there, it’s not a day spa as the name suggests. Nor is it a drunk tank, that is called the sofa at Trash Mansion.

Want to help out at Sanctuary this year?? Sign up here!

By Madeline Fountain

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A Message from your PEER Rangers: Don’t stand by, stand up!

At Burning Seed, you will experience a range of sights, sounds, smells (patchouli infused bacon anyone?) and touch. Some of these will be familiar to you and some may be challenging to you or push your boundaries.

Burning Seed encourages radical respectful interactions at all times. We also believe that everyone should be looking out for everyone's safety to ensure that Burning Seed is a safe event for everyone to radically express themselves. If you see something that you believe is not okay, you can say something. Calling this behaviour out in a simple way, can prevent something more serious from happening. It can also make it easier for other people to call this behaviour out in the future.

The P.E.E.R Rangers have compiled a list of six tips for anyone at Seed who notices that something or someone is not okay. It could be someone being catcalled while walking past a theme camp, or that creepy burner who is dancing too close to that unicorn on the dance floor. We can look out for each-others safety on the paddock. Intervening may give the person you’re concerned about, a chance to get to a safe place and leave the situation. You don't need any special training to help someone out of a difficult situation and by doing so, you could have an impact on the situation and potentially change the outcome.

Here’s how: 

Tip 1: The Fake Friend

An effective and safe way of intervening in any harassment situation is to become a ‘fake friend’. However, make sure you ‘check in’ with your friend before you intervene, to make sure if your friend actually needs assistance. You may ask your ‘friend’ if they need a drink, or remind them that they needed to meet your other ‘friend’ back at camp. If you are unsure if they need assistance, do not leave them alone.

Tip 2: Call out the harasser

Most people stop once their behaviour has been acknowledged and scrutinized. Use these three simple “I” statements to call out perpetrators -

1) State your feelings: This is making me uncomfortable.

2) Name the behaviour: The way you’re talking to this person doesn’t seem ok to me.

3) State how you want the person to respond: Could you please change how you’re behaving?

Remember to focus on your feelings rather than criticising the other person.

Tip 3: Make Your Presence Felt

Let the harasser know that you can see, recognise and condemn their behaviour. Remember, you don’t have to speak to communicate. Sometimes a disapproving look or stare can be far more powerful than words. Also spilling your kool aid in front of the harasser, asking them for directions to a theme camp can work wonders in letting them know you’re aware of how they’re behaving.

Tip 4: Check In With The Target

One question alone can deter a harasser who believes no one will intervene. By doing this, the target then knows you have their back, creating a safer environment.

Some questions you can ask are:

  • “Are you okay?”
  • “Do you need any help?”
  • “Is that person bothering you?”  

Tip 5: For Bystanders

Become the distraction! Use humour if you can, as humour reduces the tension of an intervention and makes it easier for the person to hear you. Try intervening between the target and the harasser, or create some form of commotion to allow the target to leave the situation. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this on your own - enlist the help of other burners around you.

There is safety and power in numbers - group intervention!

Tip 6: Be A Role Model

This  is the most effective tip to end harassment. If you treat others with radical respect and look out for fellow beings, this will start the motion of a positive cycle set for your burner family and paddock friends.

In cases where you have tried all of the above, or if the situation has become too dangerous to intervene - you can always call for a Ranger to help. You can do this by asking another bystander to find a ranger on duty (they will be roaming in pairs wearing orange vests with radios), or for more serious cases of harassment or sexual assault, the victim can seek the emotional support of our P.E.E.R Rangers (wearing purple armbands and trained to deal with distressing situations). Rangers are available 24 hours every day of the event.

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Step Up to Support Our Community & Safety Services

With reports of the tragic event at Burning Man coming in, it highlights for us at Burning Seed how important our support services are to us as organisers and, more importantly, as community members. Throughout the year we create and update safety policies and procedures, to help us to best serve our community and ensure we all enjoy a safe event.

But we really can’t do this without you.

Currently we are looking for approximately 100 people to step up and participate in four key community safety and support crews. They are:

 

PEER Rangers

PEER Rangers provide support on the Paddock for participants who are having an emotional, mental or psychological crisis that goes beyond the capacity of their local Burner community and Red Earth City Rangers to manage, but that does not yet need medical services.

They provide immediate emotional, psychological and peer support to participants of all ages, who may require a safe space to process their experiences and to regain a more balanced outlook.

A more detailed role description can be found here.

 

Sanctuary

Sanctuary exists to provide participants a chill out space for when they are having difficulty adjusting to the stimuli at Seed. Some participants may need to take time out from their immediate environment in order to be reintegrated back into the event safely.

We are seeking volunteers who are empathetic, compassionate listeners, and who can remain calm under pressure, to help run Sanctuary as Sitters.

A more detailed role description can be found here.

 

Rangers

The Red Earth City Rangers are our on-the-ground team of experienced Burners who roam the site making sure that all is well. Rangers are usually the first to attend to an emergency on site, and work in close collaboration with the Medical, Fire Safety and Security teams. They also help manage safety during key Seed events like the Effigy and Temple burns, so a sharp focus, cool head and the ability to respond appropriately to a developing situation is required.

Ranger operations run for the duration of the event and operate 24-hours. No experience is necessary and full training will be provided for first timers.

A more detailed role description can be found here.

 

RedMV

During the event, REDMV works shifts to ensure the safe operation of mutant vehicles and prevents use of unlicensed vehicles during the event.

A more detailed role description can be found here.

If you can commit to 1 shift or 5, we would love to welcome you to the Burning Seed crew. Together we can create a safe (and Fun!) environment for everyone.

To join the Burning Seed crew, please follow this link to the Burning Seed Crew Registration form to register.

Keen to join one of these crews, but don’t have a ticket? We *may* be able to help you with that. Complete the Burning Seed Crew Registration form linked above and we will be in touch.

 

If you or anyone you know needs help:

Lifeline on 13 11 14

Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800

MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978

Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467

Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36

Headspace on 1800 650 890

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Traffic Rovers Ahoy! We need you for traffic & placement

There's a brand new team on the Paddock this year, and they need some helping hands! You can be part of the first team (and create the first memories) for Traffic Rovers - read on to learn more. 

So what does a traffic rover do?

Traffic Rovers are all about making sure traffic flows smoothly and safely, while helping people find the best camping spots. They're also about making sure people don't camp where they're not supposed to.

What are the perks?
It's a brilliant team to be part of.  Being a pilot team, the shift requirements will be minimal - just one or two shifts at 3-4 hours max.  You get a license to rove and will meet heaps of fascinating people as they enter the event, while helping participants at the beginning of their Seed journey. You'll also get a radio and a vest and will look all official  😉 
 
It's a great way to contribute to the event without making a huge investment.  Just rock-up, help a few people out, have some good chats and you're done. You also get early entry!
 
Keen to become a Traffic Rover? Check out the role description and register here.