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Looking for Burning Man Regional Contacts based in Sydney

Hello Sydney Burners!

We are opening a call for Burning Man Regional Contacts (RC) in Sydney!

We’re undertaking the search at this time for a few reasons:

  • The Sydney Burner community is large and thriving...and needs more hands to do the work involved to keep it going.
  • The Sydney community is increasingly diverse and would benefit from diverse representation.
  • The current RC, Jarred Taylor (aka "Jayman"), is stepping down from this role as RC for health and family reasons, as well as having recently relocated outside of Sydney.

For these reasons, the new Regional Contacts will be working together in a somewhat new environment...all new faces, all new approaches, all to help foster the Burning Man community in Sydney. Could this be you?!

Regional Contacts volunteer year-round to empower and nurture community initiatives and facilitate communication with the global Burning Man Regional Network and between their various community groups. For more information about the Regional Contact role and the Network, visit the Burningman.org website:

https://regionals.burningman.org/about-the-regional-network/
https://regionals.burningman.org/becoming-a-regional-contact/
https://regionals.burningman.org/becoming-a-regional-contact/regional-leadership-criteria/

The Burning Man community in Sydney continues to grow and as such, we’re looking for leaders with a desire to help organize local community gatherings and support new members of the community. A history of engaged participation in local Burning Man and art events is also crucial; bonus points if you have skills in social media, communications, event logistics, and community outreach!

While we are ideally seeking candidates with the above characteristics, we are also open to hearing from those with other skills and experiences to offer the local community. If you'd like to apply to be the new Sydney Regional Contact, please complete BOTH of these steps:

- email your self-nomination letter to regional-network@burningman.org with "Sydney" in the subject line by Saturday, July 4th midnight Sydney (AEST).
- log into your Burner Profile (profiles.burningman.org) and complete the Volunteer Questionnaire. [Scroll down to ‘Volunteer’ > Volunteer Questionaire > Volunteer Teams section, check the ‘Regional Contacts’ box > fill out the ‘Regionals’ section > fill out ‘Yes, I’d like to answer questions about my skills and personal interests’ section.]

After our two week window to self-nominate closes, we'll send out a community feedback survey to gather your input and experiences with candidates. Official interviews will be held in - July and August. Search timeline includes:
- July 4th, 2020 - Self-nomination and application deadline
- July 20th, 2020 - Opportunity for community feedback on candidates closes
- August 7th, 2020  - Interviews with local interview team completed
- September 1st, 2020 - New Regional Contact selection announced and onboarding begins!

The team is looking forward to hearing from you!

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Tipping Point Theme Design Now Open

With the planning for Burning Seed 2020 well under way, it's time to launch the Burning Seed 2020 Event Theme Design. Whether you are a professional or amateur designer - if you have a design in mind that captures the essence of Burning Seed 2020: Tipping Point, we want to hear from you!


What is the Theme Design process?

Every year we select a unique theme to inspire the art, costumes and events you experience at Burning Seed. Once the theme is decided, we call out to you the community, to show us your design skills and bring the theme to life.

We want you to design a poster based on the theme Tipping Point. Entries will be open for just under four weeks and submissions will be voted on by the Burning Seed Facilitators and Team Leads. We will be looking for the design that truly captures the theme and as a reminder, here is the description of the Tiping Point theme for 2020:

“It has been ten years of Burning Seed, from its humble beginnings around a bonfire in Bellingen, to a sold-out 4,600 person event in our beloved Matong State Forest. We've grown up a lot and with it come successes and failures, but the one consistent thread weaving through the diverse landscape of Burning Seed is our communities desire to connect, both to earth and each other. We have heard the calls for sustainability, for a more ‘green’ burn, and most importantly for us to look at who we are as ‘burners in the larger scale of our human population. The signs of climate change are looming upon us and cannot be ignored. It is clear - we evolve or we die. How do we tip the scales in the opposite direction from the path of destruction? This is the tipping point. Who do we want to be? Where do we want to go from here? What can we do? We ask you to show us hope for our future."

The winning design will be used across all of our event collateral including the WWW Guide, Survival Guide, wristbands, tickets, stickers (returning for 2019!), website banners, Facebook images, promotional materials/posters and more!

Wait, do I have to design all of those things?

Nope! We only need you to design the poster based on the guidelines set out in the application process. If your design wins, our Design Team Lead will apply your design to all of the things, and work with you to ensure the design is able to be adjusted as necessary

How about the rules?

There are no rules! Apart from the specs of the submission, the rest is completely up to you. You are free to interpret the theme in whichever way you wish so let your imagination run wild. We have had some truly unique designs submitted in previous years and we can't wait to see what you come up with this year.

The Theme Design & Submission Process

The theme design is now open and you have just under 4 weeks to submit your design. As always, we will be giving you a couple of reminders along the way. You can also submit more than one design if you wish - just use a separate application for each.

Here are the key dates you need to know:

  1. 9th March - Theme Design Opens
  2. 3rd April - Theme Design Closes
  3. 6th April - Winning Theme Design Announced

What’s next?

Head on over to the Event Theme page of the Burning Seed website. There you will find some general info on the theme and the instructions for how to submit.

We're looking forward to your submissions.

Burn Bright!

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Required urgently: Operations Facilitator!

Operations is the umbrella department that coordinates all the onsite infrastructure including DPI, Effigy, Temple, Friday burn, Kitchen, Sanitation, Leave No Trace, Town Planning and Pack Down crews. To say this department is important is an understatement!

We are currently in need of someone to take charge of this department and captain it into Burning Seed 2020, ensuring that all the departments listed run smoothly, making sure work is being done and assisting as needed. The Operations Facilitator is basically in charge of problem solving and project management – if things go wrong, you find out and you fix it. They also review the budgets for each team, make sure receipts are accounted for, act as site manager on-site during the build and attend facilitator meetings once a month to liaise with other teams.

Ideally we need someone with DPI experience to take the helm of this department, and you’ll receive guidance and mentoring from the outgoing Ops Facilitator as well as being supported by other facilitators.

This is a really important role moving forward, and we hope to get someone into it as soon as possible so we have the whole year to get them onboarded and trained into the role. It will also give the new facilitator plenty of time to assemble an awesome crew before the Burn happens!

If you’re interested or want to find out more, check out the position description or email jointhecrew@burningseed.com!

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Theme Camps Update for 2019

Happy new year everyone from the theme camp team! We hope that you are as excited as we are for Burning Seed 2019. Theme camps always have and always will be a major source for creativity, interactivity, community and good times out there on the paddock. We cannot wait to see what you will bring and we will assist you in making the theme camp experience for everyone involved better than ever.

First some important points:

  • Theme Camp Applications open 1st of March and close 31st of May.
  • Memorandum of Understanding, LNT Plan and risk assessment or Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) paperwork must be completed and submitted as part of your initial camp application.

Team Update

There have been several changes to the Theme Camp Team this year. First off we would like to thank Nty for his many years in the Theme Camp Team Lead position. Nty has spent many hours behind and in front of the scenes supporting Burning Seed and he continues to do so with oversight and guidance as the Curation Arts & Culture (CAC) Co-Facilitator. For that we thank him and look forward to collaborating with him this year.

To fill his shoes, Aidan McCarthy and Sam Clemens are the new co-leads of Theme Camps . We have tried to pull together the best team possible to move theme camps forward this year. We have Shane Kilcullen filling the 2IC role, Lisa Dyer-Randall as the Early Entry Coordinator and Rowan Kos returning as the Placements Coordinator. We are immensely grateful to have such an experienced and passionate group of people available to assist all theme camps getting to Burning Seed this year.

Theme Camp Applications

After each Burning Seed, the Theme Camp Team looks at what they can do as a team to improve the experience for everyone involved. In 2018 we saw delays in submissions of important and necessary documentation from participating theme camps. This resulted in several issues including town planning delays, map availability and increased workload chasing up camps.

In 2019 we're aiming to alleviate this by moving the opening and closing dates for theme camp registration forward one month. Theme camp registrations will officially open on 1st March and close on 31st May. Moving the theme camp registration dates forward a month will allow us to have more time to identify and solve any issues that may arise before the event, and give us more time to place and assist theme camps in being the best they can be.

To make the theme camp registration process as smooth as possible, we’re also making changes to the due date for the necessary paperwork required. Crews wishing to apply as a theme camp in 2019 will be required to submit a completed Memorandum of Understanding, risk assessment or Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) and LNT plan as part of their initial theme camp application. Only once we have received the required documents will the theme camp application be considered. The Theme Camp Team are available and happy to assist in the application process to those who request advice or information. We are here to help!

Grants

Theme camps are a central part of the experiences made at Burning Seed. We will always make the case for continued and greater support from the Burning Seed Organisation. To reflect this, Theme Camp Grants will be receiving a greater proportion of revenue in 2019. As a result in addition to the regular returning theme camp grant, we will introduce larger grants to theme camps or villages that apply for them.

These grants aim to encourage the talented people involved in theme camps to generate art, encourage interactivity, increase cooperation and to enable the growth of new camps. This new funding model was created through community feedback to create a funding model that reflects community and Seed Org goals into the future. We look forward to giving you more information in future blogs once a grants framework has been put in place and we have a clearer picture of the funding available.

The whole team is excited to see what this year will bring. If you wish to contact us, feel free to email themecamps@burningseed.com and make sure to join the Burning Seed Theme Camps Facebook page, to keep up to date on information or to access the amazing group of people who are part of Burning Seed Theme Camps.

 

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Required: A SuperStar Secretary

Oh hey, wasn’t it your new years commitment to GET MORE INVOLVED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY?

Could you be Burning Seed’s next SECRETARY?

If….

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

… you could be our new secretary!

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

If this sounds like something you’d be keen to do, pop on over to the community crew page below, fill out the form and select ‘Secretary’ from the roles listed.

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

 

 

 

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Burning Seed 2019 – Dates are locked in!

It may still be 2018, but planning is in full swing for Burning Seed 2019. After our annual summit last weekend, we have now finalised the dates for our event - Wednesday 25th September - Tuesday 1st October.

 

Why is Burning Seed not on the NSW public holiday weekend?

The Burning Seed event usually falls over the NSW public holiday weekend, however our dates each year are set on advice and recommendations from the NSW Forestry Corporation.

For 2019, NSW Forestry are expecting a total fire ban after September 30th. This means that any burning of structures, needs to happen before this date. As the NSW Public Holiday for 2019 falls on Monday 7th October (almost a week later than this year), it will not work to hold the event on that weekend.

While we know that this is not ideal for some of our community, Burning Seed would not be what it is without the burning of the Effigy and Temple.

What about school holidays?

As with the public holiday, we try where possible to ensure the event falls during school holidays. However, we are limited by the NSW Forestry Corporation recommendation.

When do we need to be off site?

This year saw our first Burning Seed closing ceremony and we added an extra day for participants to be off site. This worked fairly well in 2018, however adding an extra day does not mean an extra night of parties and events!

The closing ceremony will be held at 6pm on Monday 30th September with no scheduled events or amplified music to happen after that time. This means you can use Monday evening to relax, pack, hydrate and be well prepared for your drive home. Everyone must leave the paddock by midday on Tuesday 1st October.

When can I get my hands on a ticket?

Woah there! Tickets for Burning Seed usually go on sale between April and May. All info about tickets will be released closer to that time!

 

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Calling All Centre Camp Guardians

Won’t you help us create the most magical space?

Where burnfolk can gather in joyful embrace?

Where all beings are welcomed with learning and song,

A communal bliss-playground where all can belong?

The Burn’s beating heart, with enchantments astounding

With love flowing freely and laughter resounding

Could YOU help us actualise this divine dream

As a member of the Centre Camp Guardian team?

Centre Camp is a central space for the Burner community to gather and connect. Its welcoming magic takes place under a large stretch tent, and this year it will come alive with fun and uplifting activities, such as workshops, community events, and open mic nights.  Here, everyone is invited to share and receive their gifts, or simply rest weary bodies in preparation for future adventures.

As Centre Camp Guardian, you get to be a part of this magic.  You will help ensure all events run smoothly, and play a part in creating memories and experiences for all burners to enjoy.  You will be an active participant in making Centre Camp into a vibrant and inclusive community space, and in turn, magical memories of your own are guaranteed.*

As a Centre Camp Guardian, you are open, friendly and happy to engage with other burners.  A knowledge and understanding of the 10 principles is highly desirable, as well as a willingness to live them, model them and share them with others.

Another way you can contribute to Centre Camp is to bring your own personal gifts to the space.  We are still looking for people to run workshops, talks, yoga, discussion forums, dance offs, tea parties or any other kind of event or activity.  You are only limited by your own imagination. The space holds up to 100 people, and we can provide you with a sound system and a projector!

To join the team and contribute your own fairy dust to this hub of communal wonder, head over to http://burningseed.com/centre-camp/  and complete the form.  We look forward to welcoming you!

 

 

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Let’s Talk About GIFTING!

Of the 10 Principles, Gifting is the one for me that really makes a Burn special. It’s the foundation of how the event is run, and the connections we make with each other. But it’s also the principle that I think is least understood by Burgins (First Time Burners).

So, what is Gifting? Well I’ll tell you what it’s not. It’s not Bartering. Bartering is the exchange of goods. “I’ll give you this thing in exchange for you giving me that thing”. Gifting, on the other hand, is the offer of a gift with no expectation of return. And I say “offer”, because there are two parts to gifting - giving and receiving. It’s one thing to give a gift, but if your gift is not wanted, that needs to be respected. Consent applies to Gifting too!

Let me tell a story to demonstrate. I was Rangering at Afrikaburn one year, and a gentleman (covered head to toe in gold glitter, but that’s for a separate post) came up to me and offered me a token of thanks for my volunteering. It was a little Eiffel Tower keychain, the ones you buy at the $2 store. I asked him the significance of the token, as I thought it may have some importance to him. But he had a pocketful of them as “gifts”. He wasn’t French, and it symbolised nothing except a factory in China staffed by underpaid workers distributing unnecessary plastic into the world. I politely declined his “gift”, and asked if he would like to offer me a high five and a thanks instead.

At the end of my shift, my Ranger partner offered me the wire necklace he’d been working on throughout our shift as a gift and memento of our time together - it was beautiful, handmade, and I still have it to this day.

Junk you’ve purchased from the $2 store is not a gift, it is junk that somebody probably doesn’t want and is too polite to say so. It represents the unnecessary commodification we’re trying to get away from in the default world, and if it doesn’t become MOOP, it will definitely end up in landfill. Before purchasing “gifts”, consider whether you would be genuinely grateful to receive them yourself.

The best gifts? Your time. Your offer of assistance to someone in need. Prepared some extra food? Offer it to your neighbours. Camp mate forgot their pillow? Offer them your spare. Stumbled across someone struggling through a challenging experience? Stop what you’re doing and help them over to Sanctuary.

If this is your first burn, I encourage you not to bring “stuff” to gift. Instead, gift your time to help your theme camp set up, pack down or run events. Or sign up for a community crew shift (shameless plug!) - Burning Seed is run solely by people gifting their time and it’s a great way to meet people as well. You can check out the roles available and apply online here, or come along to the Part!c!pat!on Station near Centre Camp to fill urgent vacancies during the event.

Phoenix
Crew Department Lead

 

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Winner of the Burning Seed Theme Design

After receiving a number of amazing submissions and having a very difficult decision to make, we are happy to announce that the winning theme design for Burning Seed 2018: Ancient Future goes to Sarah Barber. Sarah's design work was used for both Deep Space 2016 and Deeper Space 2017 making Ancient Future 2018 a nice little hat trick!

The winner each year is chosen by Burning Seed Team Leads and Facilitators. To make it fair, they don't know who made the submissions and are simply given the posters to vote on.

Here are Sarah's words about her inspiration for this years design:

"The concept behind this shows various elements montaged together relating to ancient future. The focal point is a Scarab beetle which represents transformation, renewal & creation in Egyptian mythology. The Circle encompassing it is is of Mars which was the most commonly worshipped god among roman ancestors and also a possible future colony for humanity. I've tried to capture the idea further by juxtaposing ancient ruins alongside clean modern shapes (yet ironically also a pyramid) filled with modern cities with an overarching steampunk feel. In the background is a dissected watch which could be looked at as a way to time travel or perhaps we have broken time which is how we ended up in this little sanctuary we call 'Home'. In the ancient future only the weird will survive. To boldly go where we have gone before. Where lizard gods may roam the earth and time stands still - for on the paddock we are neither in the past nor future but the present Ancient Future."

What happens now?

Our talented design team will now work with Sarah to translate this design across all of the things! You'll soon be seeing Sarah's design on the website and Facebook pages and of course on our wristbands and publications for Burning Seed 2018. In the meantime, check out Sarah's awesome design below.

 

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Protecting the Community

There have been a number of conversations recently in the Burner community about how Burning Seed handles sexual assault allegations. We wanted to clarify the policies and procedures we have in place as well as our initiatives in this very sensitive area.

All forms of sexual assault, harassment and/or violence are unacceptable and are not tolerated at Burning Seed. Burning Seed is committed to challenging and preventing sexual assault and violence by creating Australia's​ first sexual assault response team at any burn or festival. Burning Seed is committed to creating a safe environment for everyone during the annual event. Sexual Assault is unlawful and we will ensure that every report will be treated sensitively, promptly, seriously and confidentially. The victim’s well-being and safety is paramount.

The Role of P.E.E.R Rangers

At Burning Seed, our P.E.E.R Rangers are available 24 hours per day to support victims of emotional and/or psychological distress. All P.E.E.R Rangers are highly qualified​, trained and experienced in managing and responding to these incidents. ​Burning ​Seed has every confidence in the team to act in a professional and ethical manner at all times.

As their work is focused on victim support, P.E.E.R Rangers are not responsible for ejecting or banning anyone from the event​. In the event of an incident​(s) where an ejection might be required for the safety of participants, the decision is made by the on-duty Rangers Lead and Site Manager on the day of the report​.

As well as dealing with any issues that occur at Burning Seed, our P.E.E.R Rangers are also committed to onsite community education and awareness of respectful relationships and achieve this via Porta-a-Loo posters, badges displaying positive messages and creatively engaging the community at the Gate and Greeters stations through information dissemination to participants.

The scope of their work does not extend beyond the event - ​this includes​ private fundraising parties. However, outside of the event the P.E.E.R Rangers have chosen to have an​ educational​ role and provide up to date info and awareness​ to the ​Burning Seed community regarding positive relationships, respectful interactions, ​bystander intervention strategies and addressing harmful attitudes. This is achieved through regular blog posts to the official Burning Seed website and the official Burning Seed Facebook page as well as detailed info in our Survival Guide and What, Where, When (WWW) Guide.

The reporting line and chain of accountability is such that P.E.E.R team members report directly to the Team Lead of P.E.E.R, who reports to the Site Safety Facilitator, who reports to the Event Coordinator.

​All​ retroactive incident​ reports or incident reports from off-site events should be directed to the local police for further follow up. Upon request the P.E.E.R. team will continue to provide support and/or counselling details to victims​.​ They will also continue to use retroactive reports to gather data on the trends of the behaviour of our community onsite, to help with ongoing training of P.E.E.R Rangers and to assist with education and awareness campaigns for the wider community.

Disclosures and Reporting of Sexual Assault:

All reports of sexual assault made to Burning Seed will be responded to in a non-judgmental, supportive, positive and empathic manner regardless of gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, cultural identity, religion, disability, age or any other protected characteristic.

In the event that a participant reports sexual assault, harassment or violence during the event, a Ranger and/or P.E.E.R Ranger must be contacted. The Burning Seed Emergency Response Protocol will then be enacted and followed by relevant Lead ​Rangers, Event Coordinators and Site Managers. P.E.E.R Rangers and/or Senior Rangers​ will then follow the Red Earth Ranger Standard Operating Procedure document.​ All incidents are recorded on an official Incident Report form.

What happens next:

  • If the victim decides to make a report​ to NSW Police, they will be supported to do so without judgment or influence of Burning Seed.
  • The victim has the right to withdraw the report at any time throughout the process without consequence. The victim has the right to choose not to be a part of any police investigation that may occur.
  • If Burning Seed believes that the ​immediate ​safety of others is at risk, Burning Seed has the right to eject participants. At least one participant was ejected at the 2015 event after a report of harassment was made to P.E.E.R Rangers.
  • Burning Seed may still inform law enforcement if we believe that participant safety is at risk, ​even if the victim has exercised their right to withdraw a complaint. ​The confidentiality and anonymity of the person(s) affected will be prioritised in these circumstances.

All reports to Rangers must be made by the person​ affected​. No third party reports will be accepted, however a third party can support the victim to make a report.

​I​f a report is withdrawn by the original reporter, the matter is deemed resolved and closed and no further action is taken (except in cases whereby Burning Seed believes that the immediate safety of other participants is at risk).  If the reporter and Burning Seed ​arrive at a mutually​ acceptable outcome, then the matter is deemed resolved​ and the matter is closed.

Burning Seed Commitment

Burning Seed aims to help keep participants safe at all times and alongside our dedicated team of P.E.E.R rangers is the support of paid contracted onsite services. This includes First Aid (Medics) and Event Security who are onsite for the duration of the event. NSW Police are available upon request for urgent matters and make regular visits to the site during the event.

Burning Seed is committed to:

  • Assisting those who have been affected by sexual assault and sexual violence by providing choices, information and support such as assisting victims to access medical care, legal options and information about counselling options.
  • Ensuring those who have been sexually assaulted are treated with dignity, respect and compassion and are supported throughout the event if they wish to make a disclosure to law enforcement.
  • Engaging the community in education and prevention campaigns including breaking myths surrounding sexual assault and addressing harmful attitudes towards sexual assault and harassment.
  • Ensuring that members of the P.E.E.R Ranger team are kept up to date with relevant policy and legislative changes that relate to sexual assault in NSW and that training guidelines are in accordance with the principles of the Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA).
  • Ensuring sensitive and identifying information regarding sexual assault is kept confidential at all times.

Burning Seed aims to exercise care to protect and respect the rights of the victim and alleged perpetrator(s) at all times. Burning Seed update and review their policies and procedures annually.

We thank you for taking the time to read this latest post and can’t wait to see you at Burning Seed 2018.

If you have been affected by sexual assault, harassment or violence and need someone to talk to, you can contact the National Sexual Assault, Family Domestic Violence Counselling Service on 1800 737 732 or visit their website by clicking here.