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Community Crew – it’s all about YOU YOU YOU!

Community Crew makes Seed happen

You. Yes YOU! (Photo: Onur Karaozbek)

by Neil Power aka Neillo

Righto, righto.

So you want to go to Burning Seed this year and are wondering what your gift will be? Well maybe start thinking along these lines – why not gift your time as Community Crew…?

To operate a successful (read: stress free and safe) Burning Seed, the organisers need to fill a whole swathe of crew positions during the event.

Do the Maths

With insufficient numbers volunteering,  for instance, for shifts at the Gate and with Rangers patrolling the Paddock making sure everyone and everything is cool, there can be only very limited growth in the number of tickets on sale for the event each year.

It really is that simple. More crew = more capacity to accommodate more people.

Last year only 8 per cent of Burning Seed participants that weren’t on the organisation team filled a crew shift  during the event.

That is an utterly unsustainable number. We need to AT LEAST double it in 2016. Are you up for it?

Burning Seed is a Do-Ocracy

Burning Seed can only operate with the boots-on-the-ground help of our community and in 2016 we need everyone please to step up and to do so well in advance of the event.

And look at this way, as part of the Community Crew you are signing up to spend a shift or two meeting some of the most awesome people on the planet. Bummer, eh?

So. Many. Options.

So here’s what I’d like you to consider:

1. (a) Find a mate. These experiences can be so much better shared, yeah? and (b) Do it on you own because your friends are usually worthless bastards that end up just letting you down.

2. Consider whether you are a ‘walk around the Paddock looking good in orange with a radio’ type person (Rangers) or a, ‘hmmmm, I’d like to stand in one spot and let the people come to me!’ dude or dudess (Gate, ice sales)

3. Email the awesome Crew Wrangler team on jointhecrew@burningseed.com with your offer to assist or to ask as to how otherwise you can help. (If you like getting your hands dirty, we’ve got some perfect gigs for you too).

4. Turn up! Oh, yeah, and about half the people that signed up for shifts last year didn’t front up. That’s pretty unhelpful too. This is serious people. A smooth Gate experience (and we need Gate people ALL the way through the event, not just for the first couple of days) and a safe Paddock environment are critical to the safe staging of Burning Seed and we simply need more people on site during the event helping out. And if we don’t have that help, the event can’t grow. It’s pretty binary.

So please start thinking about it and start getting in touch NOW!!! Help us stage a great event and allow as many people as possible enjoy the Burning Seed experience by putting your hand up to help.

How Will YOU Role?

We ALWAYS want to hear from people keen on Gate and Rangers shifts but over the next few weeks we are particularly keen to fill a couple of essential Burning Seed roles – we’ve drafted role descriptions so you can see exactly what’s involved and what skills are required for each role:

Check out the link for more information on Crewing and how it all works. www.burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/ or email the Crew Wranglers on jointhecrew@burningseed.com.

Thanks heaps! See you on the Paddock! – Neillo

 

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Out of AfriKa(Burn)

By Helena Sheridan

I got infatuated by the concept of Burning Man in 2012. At the time I had no idea it would lead me to experience Burns on three different continents.

I didn’t realize it would suck me so deep into a culture of people so diverse, yet so similar, that I would eventually draw a (small) salary from it and get to be involved all year round in creating spectacular events and experimental communities.

DPW in Tankwa Town.... (Photo credit: Adriaan V Zyl)

DPW in Tankwa Town…. (Photo credit: Adriaan V Zyl)

In 2015 my involvement as the Coordinator of AfrikaBurn’s Department of Public Works gave me an opportunity to travel to Australia and work with Red Earth City’s Department of Planning and Infrastructure.

The setting, the faces and the accents may change, but at its core the spirit of the people, who give so much of their time to put on an event of this nature, remains the same. This is my tribe.

Same / Same, but Same, but Different

To date I’ve been lucky enough to work at Nowhere, the European regional Burn in Spain (2012 and 2013) with around 1000-1200 participants and at AfrikaBurn, the world’s biggest regional, in the Tankwa Karoo of South Africa (2013 to 2015) with numbers in the range 8000 to 11,000.

Burning Seed 2015 was a fantastic middle ground in terms of participants (3,400 or so) and I really enjoyed the sense of community I found at Red Earth City.

....meet DPI at Red Earth City

….meet DPI at Red Earth City. What is it with this crew and containers??? (photo credit: Andy Flint)

Interestingly the concerns and issues that plague the membership and the Operations Team at AfrikaBurn HQ in Cape Town also resonate with the Burning Seed team in Australia.

The rapid growth of the events, the constant need to reinforce the message of consent, conflicts between the Ten Principles, keeping everyone happy in a radically expressive environment and burn-out amongst key team members seems to be all too evident both sides of the pond.

Meeting the Challenges of Event Growth

How does a decommodified event start to pay key crew-members? To what extend do we rely on volunteerism and how does involvement not become exclusive if only certain people can afford the time to work on the event? How do we keep growing our events while making sure the culture and Principles of the movement are not lost in the influx of virgins? And at what time can we expect big sound systems to shut up for a while so we can hear the sounds of the beautiful environments in which we find ourselves?

I certainly got new insight on some of these questions during my time at Seed 2015 and I hope I provided the crew on that side with some new perspectives too.

For one thing, I was really inspired by the amount of time, money and effort the citizens of Red Earth City put into theme camps (at AfrikaBurn there are no theme camp grants and there’s a lot more focus on mutant vehicles and big artwork).

With the rascals at the Grong Grong

Helena (centre) hanging out with the Red Earth rascals at the Matong local

It did me good also to see how the communities in Sydney and Melbourne hang out, get creative and take Burner culture back to the cities where they live. Seeing how involved people get in their camps or artworks allowed me valuable perspective as someone who has always just seen the practical, infrastructure side of such creative events.

Come say Aweh

I hope more of the core crew and participants from Seed can come visit us in South Africa to see how much we do with so little. The third world (and our location 3hrs from ANYthing) certainly makes us think outside a lot of boxes and a lot more ‘McGuyvering’ is implemented.

I think our two events can learn a lot from each other and together we can all take big bold steps into the future.

I want to thank everyone who hosted me, offered me a couch, a tent, a sleeping bag, a meal, a drink, a puff, a pill, a good time. I have much admiration for the crew putting on this spectacular event without a cent to compensate the time they put in and I have made a whole lot of fantastic new friends.

Come to Tankwa Town, I will look after you!
Yours in dust and deet…. Helena

AfrikaBurn takes place between 25 April and 1 May 2016 – at the time of writing, tickets are pretty close to selling out, so get in quick.

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Wanna be part of the Seed Crew? The Wranglers need a 2iC!!!!

Photo Credit: Onur Karaozbek DSvision.netA BIG THANK YOU to the just over 8 per cent of participants at Seed last year – around 280 souls – who supported the 2015 event as Community Crew. The good news? We’re gonna do it all again in 2016!!!

Every year, as the event grows, so does the need for more Community Crew to get involved and gift their time and skills. For many on Crew it’s a fantastic opportunity to learn something, make new friends and contribute to the community.

You know what’s holding Seed’s growth back? Crew. Crew. Crew. Too few people are signing up which has left us kinda understaffed over the last couple of years – remember the cap on tickets last year? Yep that’s cos we got too few people signing up for Crew…

[YOUR NAME HERE ], 2iC, Crew Wranglers = SWEEEEET!!

So we start the new year with a call-out for one of the key Crew leadership roles that helps to make it all happen – that’s right! There’s a Crew Wrangling leadership role available and it has YOUR name on it!

We’re seeking a 2iC (second in charge) Crew Wrangler to work with all Seed teams to help identify and fill crewing needs in 2016 and beyond. Check out the role description like now!

What IS Crew Wrangling??!

2016 Crew Wrangling Co-Lead Carly says Crew Wrangling is a hugely important, varied and rewarding role with Seed….

“The 2iC Crew Wrangler is really vital to the overall success of the event – both in terms of recruiting enough people, matching them to the right roles and making sure the whole thing is a win-win-win – for Seed, for the Team and for the individual. No pressure!”

“We need crew pre-event, on-site and post-event, who can commit to anything from a few hours a day to dozens of hours during the year, and with skillsets ranging from finance to construction, medical to catering. But it doesn’t stop there – we’re keen to talk to anyone who wants to contribute!!!

“People love the opportunity to crew – we did a crewing survey last year and the satisfaction rates were through the roof – people said they really loved the experience and that they’d not only come back next time but also recommend it to their friends.”

Curious? Up for the challenge? Get into it!

The 2iC Crew Wrangler will work with the Crew Wrangler Team Co-Leads to reach out into the community and act as magical crewing matchmakers, linking individual skills, interests and capabilities with Seed’s crewing needs.

C’mon… you’re curious right? So check out the 2iC role description, get busy with your email to the Wranglers to register your interest and to find out more. If you interested in something that’s not this Crew Wrangling opportunity take a gander at the other Crew roles on the website and/or register your interest in crewing with the Crew Wranglers.

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So long and thanks for everything!

Written by Neil Power (Neillo)

At the recent Team Leads’ Summit, a number of key contributors to the success of Burning Seed stepped down after busting several guts over several years to help deliver our little forest gathering….

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Bear: When Seed needed someone to take the Rangers team by the horns, we had no idea of the gift that was Bear was coming our way. Ranger Mammoth to his mum, Bear brought the experience and enthusiasm we needed to take Rangers from the “it’s getting there” to “it’s bloody here and it’s great” status. Bear leaves us with arguably the most helpful and critical Paddock team ready to roll for many years to come. Almost everyone has a Bear story and we should all consider ourselves lucky for that.

Jodi

 

Jodi York: Our now former Mistress of Finance since almost year dot is also taking time out to smell some roses. Jodi ran the Finance team with such diligence and focus that Burning Seed started to look like a grown-up event far earlier than we possibly deserved . She could crack a whip with such grace that you almost made mistakes deliberately just to be on the receiving end of it. Jodi also did some time on Town Council.

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Jane Lyons: The heart and soul of the Comms team since waaay back is taking time away from the coal-face. Jane has driven Seed’s engagement with the community and greater public for the other 51 weeks of the year, and has worked tirelessly to ensure delivery of everything from the Flaming Galah and the Seed website to the What Where When guide, Info Centre and media on-site, and so much more besides. Her efforts to inform and educate the community have been critical to the development of the event we see today.

Jayman

 

Jayman:Jayman steps down this year as co-lead of the Theme Camps team. Nice one brother, but no glowing praise for you yet as we still have to deal with you now you’re on Town Council. (You know, it might get awkward.) Theme Camps – the most visible and physical manifestation of participation on Paddock – have thrived under Jay’s guidance in the last couple of years. Things are bigger and brighter than ever on the Paddock, thanks to Dr J and his merry mob of co-leads and minions. Just bring your own cup.

Sabina

 

Sabina Nowak: Co-Lead of the Crew Wranglers is stepping back after two years revolutionising how we make sure we have enough hands on deck to make this event work. We’ve never had the crew we have now, and that’s thanks in no small part to Sabina’s incredible efforts as part of our Crew Wrangling Team.

 

The Captain

 

Justin McGhee: The Captain of all sorts has contributed to Seed with Team Lead stints at Theme Camps, DPI, Artery and Event Coordination as well as three years thinking big-picture stuff at Town Council (truck full of medals backing up shortly). As happy with a hose in a filthy dunnie as he is dealing with an art submission, Skip has been everywhere. He got on with stuff and for the most part got it done. Burn passion personified.

None of these folks are going too far and we’ll be seeing them again in the future… but, for now, some well deserved time off beckons. Thank you, guys and girls. Thank you very much indeed.

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Join the Crew!

Photo credit: Adam B Taylor

Participation is the lifeblood of Burning Seed. Photo credit: Adam B Taylor.

So there you are, still basking in the afterglow of your Burn, compulsively reading all the stories on Facebook, and reliving those beautiful and fun memories of Seed 2015.

The good news is that you can maintain that glow ALL YEAR ROUND by joining the crew!!!

Pulling this Seed thing off is a huge, huge effort and we always need more hands, hearts and minds to get involved.

Crewing is an awesome gift to the community, and it doesn’t matter whether you can spare an hour or 100 hours a week (joking!!). It all really helps.

Find out more by checking out the website or talking it over with friends who are already involved.

We’ll be checking in with the community throughout the year for different community crew needs, but for the moment we’re keen to find people for a couple of areas:

We need a new Crew Wrangler!

Yes! We are super keen for a new year-round Crew Wrangler! Crew Wranglers really are Seed Superpeople! They make the magic happen by working with team leads to identify where the skill needs are and connecting with the community to fill them. They’re also amazing troubleshooters and total nerds when it comes to managing crew rosters. If you have got what it takes, then give it up and get on board!

We need Communications people!

Comms is always, always, ALWAYS on the look out for amazing people to help us crew this 365-day joint – if you’re an web developer, IT graphic designer, a writer, a publisher, a project manager, a curator, a photo/videographer, a media/issues management specialist, a social media maven or just so goddam mustard keen to crew with Comms, get your freak on and fizz it up with that motherhugger!

To express your interest or to find out more, contact the Crew Wranglers at jointhecrew@burningseed.com

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Join your PEERs and support our community on the Paddock

 

This year, we will see a new breed of Rangers at Red Earth City. The P.E.E.R. Rangers are Psychological & Emotional Emergency Response (P.E.E.R.) Rangers. They will be identified by a purple-coloured arm band as well as the usual orange Ranger CostuForm. 

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PEER Rangers will 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 will 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.

This may involve attending to someone who is experiencing an intense emotional response resulting from:

  • a violation of their personal space
  • altered states of consciousness
  • interpersonal issues.

This role has been developed to better deal with consent and psychological issues after some people experienced these at last year’s event.

Knowledge and experience

 The PEER Rangers will undergo some specialist training as well as the usual Red Earth City Ranger training throughout the year and leading up to the event.

Ideal Community Crew will have previous medical, mental health, and/or psychological counselling experience (eg. psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists) or harm reduction. We are also looking for individuals who have broader qualifications or experience in telephone crisis lines, life coaching, peer education, foreign aid, health or emergency services.

This list is not exhaustive and all of these skills are not mandatory. If you believe that you have valuable skills and experience that are not listed here, please get in touch with the REC Rangers via the Facebook Page to discuss your suitability.

To sign up, rock on over here.

 

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Rangers just got hotter

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[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]T[/bra_dropcaps]hose super-heroes and super-heroines of Seed are back and sexier than ever. Rejoice in the orange glory of our Rangers new ‘Costuforms’. High visibility – check. High swag – check. UV50+ protective – check. Flame retardant – check. Yes! You read that right – EFFING FLAME RETARDANT!!

From the recruitment team at Outpost Oodnawoopwoop:

The Red Earth Rangers are regular Burners who take their Civic Responsibility seriously and Gift their time by walking the weird in Orange. Rangers are regular Participants – like YOU – just with a two-way radio and some training about who to ask for on the other end of it.

We roam in pairs and serve in a guardianship role as the eyes and ears of the community and help to keep participants safe. We are occasionally also called upon to act as an objective voice of reason and assist participants in resolving conflicts and situations that they can’t handle themselves.

Rangers also play a critical role in managing the perimeter for the Effigy and Temple burns, and are the first point-of-contact in the event of fire or medical situations. Presence of mind (ie sobriety) and an ability to keep a cool head in an intense situation are the only prerequisites.

It’s a cruisy, fun, engaging, and [mostly] laid-back gig that is a great way to meet people and see parts of Red Earth City that you otherwise might not. It’s also leads to getting more hugs of appreciation than you ever thought possible!

Even if you’re a first-time Burner, you can join the hi-vis ranks of the Rangers this year at Burning Seed! Ranger operations run for the duration of the event and operate 24-hours. Training sessions will be held pre-event in both Sydney and Melbourne in September, as well as on site at the event.

Wanna sign up as a Ranger? Check our recent Community Crewsday call out or sign up under the Participate tab on the Burning Seed website.

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Build it and they’ll actually come — the making of an info booth


[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]Y[/bra_dropcaps]ou could have knocked Scarlett over with a feather — or the merest tickle of a tutu. 
Our resident Centre Camp artist had been struggling to build our whizz-bang new info centre booth with very limited help. But then our trusty Crew Wrangling Team had it’s wicked way with her, and suddenly a dreary Melbourne Saturday morning became a hub of collaborative kickarse know-how. 

What a difference a community makes!

On 18 April, 12 people descended on Reclamation artists warehouse in Coburg to help Scarlett build a new circus-inspired booth for the Red Earth Info centre. They came. They sawed. They conquered! Oh, and they painted too.

A smaller gang of Centre Camp rockstars have since been working on the metalwork that will adorn the info booth.

Check out some of the pics below.

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Wanna tap into your inner Flashdance and help weld? Or are you gagging for a hit of sawdust? Jump on Centre Camp’s Facebook page or contact our Crew Wranglers via our Community Crew page.

 

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Show us da money — 2014 finance report now available

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]T[/bra_dropcaps]he 2014 Burning Seed finance report is now available for your reading pleasure — Burner bean counters unite! The report covers all the financial comings and goings of last year’s event and is developed by our money mavens, the Finance Team, with input from all the teams.

Over 100+ hours, every transaction is verified against physical receipts, performance against budget analysed and justified team-by-team so that we understand why our forecasts were inaccurate. All of this is found within the report, along with year-on-year comparisons, assessment of challenges and recommendations for improvement. This report is reviewed and approved by all six members of the REC town council prior to publication.

But wait but wait. There’s more… so much more than meets the eye to our Fabulous Finance Team. Wanna know what it takes to keep the finger on the financial pulse? Read on, McDuff

But who was that masked maven?

Finance works year-round behind the scenes to manage money, pay bills, file external paperwork, report on performance and generally take care of anything that features a dollar sign. Long before the event starts, the finance lead works with individual teams to cost their visions, then massages those components together into a coherent and balanced budget for approval by the Town Council.

Once the starting gun fires, finance is in ongoing communication with various teams about their expenditure, paying bills, putting out fires and re-budgeting around unexpected issues, while monitoring ticket sales (our main income) against forecasts so that everything is in place for the number of participants we will have.

On Paddock, finance manages the cash from ice sales and incidentals, but mostly takes a breather knowing that things are about to get very busy! Post-event, finance works double time to pay all outstanding bills, coordinate with teams to get financial reports and receipts, prepare the finance Afterburn report, and coordinate with the accountant to prepare final accounts and pay taxes.

Meet the faces of finance

For the last couple years, finance has been a solo performance by Jodi Rivet. This year she is joined by a very capable lieutenant and understudy: the lovely and talented Caroline Brosnan.

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Humans of Seed — meet the 2015 team

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]B[/bra_dropcaps]ehind the Burning Seed scenes, the year is off and running. Team Leads kicked off the year in January with the first of their monthly meetings, where they have been talking task-lists, timelines (and a whole lotta shit) together. Team Leads and 2ICs are community members who gift their time year round to collaborate, create and maintain the systems and infrastructure that support the event and help our culture flourish beyond the Paddock.

However, they often beaver away behind the scenes without many realising who they are — or what they do. So let’s put the face to the function and the people back in the picture by meeting some of the Team Leads and their trusty 2ICS (that’s Mr or Mz second-in-command to you) for 2015.

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Miriam Fathalla (aka Norm)
Greeters Team Lead
Year on team: second

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Gummy candy
Describe your signature look at Seed Half cocked
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? Wow, I used to worry about things that really don’t need to be worried about. And I’m really glad we eventually found Grant, but should we take him to see his grandmother (as he is insisting) with his face painted like that?
Why are you involved with Seed? Because i wholeheartedly believe in our responsibilities to one another and to be as bright and illuminating as possible.[bra_border_divider top=’5′ bottom=’10’]Sparks - Centre Camp Team lead_150dpi x 150px x 150px_round

Moltenmetal Sparks
Centre Camp Team Lead
Year on team: First

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Copious quantities of Hugs!
Describe your signature look at Seed Industrial steampunk
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? These are my kind of humans!
Why are you involved with Seed? To inspire others to be the best they can be![bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]Victoria Vickery_DPI

Victoria Vickery (aka Tech Support)
Department of Planning and Infrastructure Co-Team Lead
Year on team: second

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Socks and spare shoes
Describe your signature look at Seed Ridiculous
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? That was a lot of work
Why are you involved with Seed? The rewards for giving are beyond measure.  The happiest moments of my life have involved watching others enjoy what I created for them. [bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]Rusty - effigy team lead_150dpi x 150px x 150px_round

Rusty Kilpatrick
Effigy Team Lead
Year on team: sixth

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Portaloos
Describe your signature look at Seed Mostly some sort of work clothes, maybe with some of the punk style I have been wearing for 40 years.
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? This is almost up to the same level of community care and participation and art of the Earth Dream events (SA), which I worked on for three years from 2000.
Why are you involved with Seed? The ethics are the closest I have found to mine outside of any event just supporting social justice and environmental protests. Plus it is a great social experiment that I am very interested in seeing how far it can go and what useful things we can get out of it to make this a better world to live in.[bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]Carly Truscott - Crew Wranglers

Carly Truscott
Crew Wrangling Co-Team Lead
Year on team: second

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Hugs. Lots of hugs.
Describe your signature look at Seed Still in gestation
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn?  I saw my place in the world differently, my priorities shifted and I wanted to keep that feeling of peace. I found my tribe.
Why are you involved with Seed?  I’m just in it for the hugs. I also love this community and want to facilitate the growth of burner culture in any way I can.[bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]James Maddock Leave No Trace_150dpi x 150px x 150px_round


James Maddock (aka MoopDaddy)

Leave No Trace Team Lead
Year on team: second

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? My fake snakeskin vest. It’s a trademark
Describe your signature look at Seed. Matrix Mad Max crossover thing
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? Wait… what happened?
Why are you involved with Seed? I love watching people take ideas most people would call crazy and turning them into what Burners would revel in calling normal. I love my normal![bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]Rangers - Ninja Rick_150dpi x 150px x 150px_round
Richard Chong (aka Ninja Rick)
Rangers 2IC
Year on team: third

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? My torch and walking stick
Describe your signature look at Seed? Easy sunday morning in my PJs
What were some of your first thoughts after your first Burn?  Wow when is the next one and how do I get involved??
Why are you involved with Seed? Because Seed is a world of possibilities waiting to happen

 

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Jane Lyons (aka Lioness)
Comms Team Lead
Year on team: fifth

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? My Kamp Krew, parasols and skelecat bag
Describe your signature look at Seed vintage vamp goes bush, with a dash of circus quirk
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? I’m in love. Who knew people could be so authentic, audacious and generally fuckin’ amazing? I’m gonna get me some more of that.
Why are you involved with Seed? Because I believe in the power of one and the power of the collective to make a difference in both individual lives and the world at large.[bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]jayman_theme camp team lead_150dpi x 150px x 150px_round

Jarred Taylor (aka Jayman)
Theme Camp Co-Team Lead
Year on team: second

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Unicorns, bunnies and sparkle ponies
Describe your signature look at Seed Homeless tramp
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? Wow! Everyone I ever wanted to hang out with is all in one place!
Why are you involved with Seed? I drank too much kool aid and Larry told me to do it. [bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]Sabina Crew Wranglers_150dpi x 150px x 150px_round

Sabina Nowak
Co Crew Wrangling Co-Team Lead
Year on team: second

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Antihistamines and insect repellent
Describe your signature look at Seed Comfortable-Chic
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? Feeling High on the love.  I arrived knowing one person and left with lots of new kindred spirits.
Why are you involved with Seed? I love the Principles, the sense of community and the love. [bra_border_divider top=’30’ bottom=’10’]

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Bear (aka Mark von Behrens)
Rangers Team Lead
Year on team: third

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? My badass/amazing team of Rangers who gift their time to this community to keep things safe and funning (sic) smoothly.  I treasure each and every one of these beautiful motherfuckers – even if I’m not great at showing it.
Describe your signature look at Seed  beardy and skirty.  Radios are the perfect accessory for every outfit.
What were your first thoughts after your very Burn? “My life will never be the same.”  And, “Fuck yeah I can dance!”
Why are you involved with Seed?  Promoting and growing the Burner ethos and culture is one of the best contributions I can make to society. And it’s fulfilling and fun as hell, too.[bra_border_divider top=’30’ bottom=’20’]Thomas Snow Theme Camps 2IC_150dpi x 150px x 150px_round

 

Thomas Snow (aka Pretty boy)
Co-Theme Camp Team Lead
Year on team: second

What can’t you live without on the Paddock?  All the sparkly people
Describe your signature look at Seed  Show stopping
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn?  There is no way I’m ever going to get all this dust out of all those places
Why are you involved with Seed?  I enjoy contributing in a constructive and meaningful way to a global movement that has so inspired me. And for the unicorns. Definitely the unicorns.[bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]

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Jodi Rivet

Finance Team Lead
Year on team: fourth

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Comfy shoes, outrageous eyelashes, and my camelback full of random supplies
Describe your signature look at Seed conversation-starting.  I love it when they start with someone approaching saying ‘I could never…’ and end with someone walking away feeling empowered to do just that thing.
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? The scope of my imagination and sense of possibility was restored after so many years of ‘straight’ culture. I’ve been taking them back and inviting others to do the same since 2000.
Why are you involved with Seed? To enable art and transformation. [bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]

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Shaye Harty (aka President)
Admin Team Lead and event coordinator
Year on team: third

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? My faux fur jacket because it keeps me super warm and fancy at FreezingSeed.
Describe your signature look at Seed Costumiforms and smirks. Maybe a smize or two.
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? Holy shit, there’s a whole bunch of other people like me?!?
Why are you involved with Seed? Because I have been burning ever since 2005 when my mind was first blown in black rock city, and I think regionals are where the real magic happens these days.[bra_border_divider top=’5′ bottom=’5′]Justin McGhee_ARTery
Justin Mcghee (aka The Captain)
Department of Planning and Infrastructure Co-Team Lead
Year on team: fourth

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? My hip bag
Describe your signature look at Seed Smart but casual
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? Anything is possible
Why are you involved with Seed? Because i want to be a part of this magical experiment.[bra_border_divider top=’5′ bottom=’5′]Sir Andy - Comms 2ic_150dpi x 150px x 150px_round

Andy Parkinson (aka SirAndy)
Comms Team 2IC
Year on team: first

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Jenn, my sunglasses, my mug, Red Earth Radio, and Mint Country Club (of course).
Describe your signature look at Seed More Bin-Bag Babylon than Bean Bag, and less Trash Mansion more Trash Monsoon.
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? It will be better next year.
Why are you involved with Seed? I can neither imagine or remember not being involved.

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Phil Smart (aka Sherpa)
ARTery Co-Team Lead
Year on team: sixth

What can’t you live without on the Paddock?  My family, pewter mug and head torch. Oh, and it’s become apparent that a pushbike is also essential.
Describe your signature look at Seed Somewhat random.
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? I was thinking about what to do/bring the following year, and realising that my life would never be the same again.
Why are you involved with Seed?  I felt like the only Burner in the village, coming back to Oz after my first few Burns, as not too many people knew about Burning Man then. I just knew I wanted to be part of planting the seed here and believe that what we are doing is important and transformative, as well as lots of fun![bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’5′]Fiona Smart_ARTery
Fiona Smart (aka Paw Paw)
ARTery Co-Team Lead
Year on team: first

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Weed and ratchet straps
Describe your signature look at Seed. Stealth veteran burner
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? Amazed that the spirit of the playa was there. Excited about the future. Keen-ness to get the event to the Australian desert 
Why are you involved with Seed? My burn experience adds potency to the newbie event. The spirit of getting involved is at the core of BM.[bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]Rhianna Hobbs _Crew Wrangler2IC

Rhianna Hobbs
Crew Wrangling Team 2IC
Year on team: first

What can’t you live without on the Paddock? Hugs
Describe your signature look at Seed. Shiny, sparkly and all things rainbow
What were your first thoughts after your first Burn? “I have just discovered the reason I was put on this earth”, after my first Burning Man
Why are you involved with Seed? I have been burning for a number of years at Black Rock City and wanted to take my participation to the next level, closer to home [bra_border_divider top=’10’ bottom=’10’]

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