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Lubricate Yourselves for Entry Into Deeper Space

Dear Burning Seed Participant,

Hi, we’re your Entry Crew. You haven’t really met us before. We’ve been around, had different names, thrown a lot of shade each other's way, but now we’ve come together to make sure that your re-entry experience is smooth, painless and more than a little exhilarating.

So who are we?

Quite possibly the first people you’ll see at Seed when you arrive this year are the Fluffers. You may remember talk about the Fun Police last year, but they didn’t survive the floods and so out of that the Fluffers were born. When you’re stuck in a queue on Wednesday they’ll be there entertaining and educating you and making sure that you have everything ready for gate. When things are less busy you’ll find them at Greeters, probably wanting hugs and shit too.

Gate Crew: Of course you know and love the Gate Crew! Just remember they aren’t as fond of you. Their job is to get you onto the Paddock as quickly and easily as possible. As your resident ‘Shrugs, Not Hugs’ entry crew, they’ll be doing their standard surly thing, maybe shouting at you through a megaphone, getting grumpy at you for not having enough water (or cold beer for them - do note, your grumpy gate crew can be easily appeased), throwing a few What Where Whens in the car, and, once that’s all done, scanning your ticket. Try not to let them see you cry, it only makes them stronger.

After that experience you may need a welcoming face and a hug, luckily Greeters are here for you. The Greeting Experience, especially for any Burgins (virgin burners), can be quite powerful, heck even the odd experienced and jaded burner has been known to moisten up at the experience. The Greeters will assist with leaving behind the troubles of the default world and getting you ripe and ready for the wonder of Burning Seed.

Lastly, and certainly not least, are Traffic & Camping, the newest kids on the block. When you’re exhausted from the drive (and the slight levels of trauma at Gate) all you want to do is find a spot to pitch your tent (not a euphemism) and these guys will help make sure it’s not in the middle of the paddock under the shade of the effigy. Look out for them in their green hi-vis and make sure to listen to their instructions. The only thing worse that setting up camp is having to do it twice as you are in the wrong spot. #DontBeThatCamp

 

You can be one of us!

Now you’ve met us all we have a favour to ask; we need a few more of you intrepid explorers, especially in the outer reaches of Deeper Space on the Gate and Traffic teams. So if you have a ticket, and want to get your Communal Effort on then head over to the Burning Seed website and sign up now!

And no matter whether you’re being fluffed, scanned, greeted or directed we love you all and can’t wait to see you very soon.

 

Love,

Entry Crew

 

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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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PSA: Everyone Loves Rangers!

With training coming up for our Red Earth City Rangers in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra, what better time is there to sign up to ranger at Burning Seed? In case you need a reminder why rangering is so fantastic...

You can sign up to Ranger right here.

And remember, everyone loves Rangers! 

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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.

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Gate Keepers Looking for Gate Helpers!

YOU SHALL NOT PASS!... unless we get enough crew for the gate.

First impressions last. You CAN get in with those shoes! Use your power for good and stick your hand up to be the first face seen by burners exiting the default world and entering Burning Seed. You’ll join an amazing crew who collectively work their sexy arses off to make sure everyone is happy and (mostly) behaving while entering. You’ll meet huge numbers of people super excited to be arriving and you’ll bathe in their collective excitement. Time flies when you’re holding a scanning gun.

No experience necessary, all training provided. Please fill in the online form to express your interest for Gate Keepers RIGHT HERE.

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Leave No Trace Crew- You won’t be MOOP for the post festival scoop!

Does the Burn always end a little too soon for you? Are you passionate about the Leave No Trace Principles? Do you have an eye for detail and a passionate dislike for glitter? Let the festival roll on with three meals a day and hot showers, while you go on the treasure hunt of a lifetime!

If you’d like to join a committed group of greenies who scour the earth finding all the remaining MOOP, we’d love to hear from you! Register your interest for the post-event Sweeps Team with the Leave No Trace Crew, right here: http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/

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Red Earth Rangers need you!

There are a number of roles that available for those who want to be part of the Ranger Team for 2017. One of the most beautiful experiences as a ranger is the genuine gratitude that is received from participants who find themselves in need of help.

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.

Rangers must be aged 18 and over.

An inspirational poem about Rangers written by our crew!

The Paddock is a place for all to play,
Be a Ranger with us to help guide the way.
When things fall apart or direction’s not clear,
Rangers, your friends, will always be near.

If you are drunk or if you are sober,
A ranger will guide you to safety you know sir!
But they need volunteers - so put your hand up,
The roles are filled from the community’s cup.

What do I get in return, because you know, default world stuff

Perks! For your dedication to the cause, you will receive a plethora of thanks including incentives such as: free training in Sydney, Canberra or Melbourne, early entry, and sexy shwag bling!

Every one of you that steps forward lightens the load for the entire Ranger community and makes our event safer and more fun for everyone!

Which roles are available and how do I sign up?

There are various leadership roles and as well regular ranger roles available.  You’ll find them listed under the ‘Critical Vacancies 2017’ and the ‘Community Crew Roles’ headings here: http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/

If you would like to sign up, please use the ‘Register Here’ button at the top of the community crew page (at the link above). We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

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Burning Seed Fluffers Need You!

By Rhys Jaconly 

Oh hai there. I didn't see you there, separated as you are by your screen through distance and time. And how could I, really? But this introduction is a useful frame to induce a tone of warmth and intimacy, which you are no doubt feeling in gooey waves right now.

I'd like to introduce myself - I'm one of burning seeds first-ever Fluffers!

What is a Fluffer you ask? Loosely conceptualised as the bastard half-child of Rangers and Greeters, a Fluffer is the very first sparkle that people will see as they prepare to enter the cascade of figurative fireworks that is Burning Seed. We are active on Wednesday and Thursday, and are explicitly focussed on the lines of people in their cars all eagerly waiting to get in. 2015 saw people waiting in line for as long as 3 HOURS. We'll keep them company, providing support to gate crew for speedy ticket processing and giving entrants a heads up about what they are getting themselves into.

So what does a Fluffer do, exactly?
Fluffers are about fun, education and safety, in that order. While Greeters already do a stellar job of indoctrinating *ahem* I mean enculturating participants into the 10 principles + associated  expectations (consent, people) we can help them do an even better job by getting all up amongst the captive audience that is the entry line. If your spidey-senses are tingling at the incongruity of the words 'consent' and 'captive audience' – congratulations! You may just have the nuanced appreciation for principled behaviour that Fluffer's will soon be known for.

As a secondary role, we will be monitoring line length, prepping people for entry (IDs, tickets ready etc) and catching potentially tricky situations before they eventuate so that the gate crew have as smooth and speedy a process as is possible, taking into account all the scheduled beatings that are currently a feature of Gate disciplinary practice.

Basically, you get to dress up in whatever attire you want and embody whatever character pleases you, and we will love you for it.

You get to be part of that monumental moment when people have *finally*arrived at Burning Seed, and will likely to be extremely happy to see you.  You also get to offer some alleviation to that moment when they realize there’s a 3 hour wait.

You can sing, dance, or bring whatever skills and performances you’ve always wanted to bring to the world, for people who actually can’t get away and must appreciate you.

And um, BOOK NOW BECAUSE SPACES ARE LIMITED!!!!!!!!

What say you?

Check out the Fluffer role on our community page and fill out the Volunteer Registration Form. We would love to have you on our team!

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We want you for Team Finance!

Keen to get involved with Seed without getting your hands too dirty? Our fabulous finance team is looking to fill one of the most important roles in the organisation - Finance Officer. This role oversees the financial operations of the organisation and is responsible for maintaining financial records. This is a critical role and we need to fill it asap so the current Finance Officer can train you up! 

If you're interested, check out the position description right here, and read on to hear more about the role from our current finance officer, Caroline.

- How did you join find your way to joining the Burning Seed Leadership crew?
I accidentally fell into my first burning seed without really realising it... totally down the rabbit hole?! My outlook was completely changed and when I got back I put my hand up to help with some of the finances - I had seen the call out before I went to Seed but I was too scared. Afterwards I had the confidence and the drive to help out.
 
- What do you do in real life?
For my sins, I am an accountant, but I recently left my long term finance role at a non-profit to set up my own accounting and tax business for creatives and non-profits. 
 
- What did your Burning Seed role entail?
The finance team manages all the finances working with Team Leads, Facilitators and Town Council, from budgeting to reporting, paying invoices, herding cats 😉 and everything in between.  
 
 
- How many hours per week (on average) did you put in?
This is hard to estimate! I'd say with a solid rounded team (as we are building now) the finance role should be done in a couple of hours per week per person - many hands make light work. If it's left to one or two people it can be a bit overwhelming. 
 
- What projects did you champion?
Well - it's finance so it's not sexy, but Brian (Finance 2ic) and I have worked hard to get all teams familiar with Xero and trained to do some of the invoice and expense functions - some of our crew probably never thought they would know how to code invoices and calculate GST and I'm proud of them! 🙂 Everyone learns new skills volunteering for Seed, such as learning how to manage their budget and invoicing. 
 
- Which projects are you most proud of and why?
As is often in life, the most challenging times are some times the most rewarding, and dealing with the insurance claim, the insurers and proving our numbers to them was tough, but I'm proud that I did it and contributed towards us getting the best outcome. 
 
- What has been the most challenging aspect of performing your role?
When you volunteer in a Finance role, you can be working alone quite a lot in front of your screen, so you have to remember to get out to the events and in the community to be able to reap the rewards of the amazing project that you are working on. 
 
- What has been the most rewarding aspect/s of performing your role?
Contributing towards putting on such an amazing and transformational event. 
 
- What does the future hold for you?
I have bought a van, which I'll be bringing to Seed and straight after I'll be travelling the length and breadth of the country, working, surfing, connecting with the land and being a Nomad Finance Nerd. I can't wait!