THE TEN PRINCIPLES OF BURNING MAN
In 2004, Burning Man co-founder, Larry Harvey, wrote ten principles that reflected what his festival's culture had come to be. The world might be better if more of us followed these "rules".
Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the
stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.
Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is
unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for
something of equal value.
In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to
create social environments that are unmediated by commercial
sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect
our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of
consumption for participatory experience.
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual.
No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine
its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the
giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.
Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive
to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of
art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.
We value civil society. Community members who organize events should
assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate
civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume
responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and
Leaving No Trace
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no
physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after
ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a
better state than when we found them.
Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We
believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in
society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal
participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to
work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through
actions that open the heart.
Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of
value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us
and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us,
participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding
human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.
Everyone that attends the festival (it begins in ten days) is asked to follow these rules. It'll be something to see the world through Burning Man's eyes.