WHAT IS IT?

These principles are not strict rules but were designed as guidelines for the regional event network.

They are a reflection of the ethics and culture of the community as it has developed organically since the beginning of Burning Man.

RADICAL INCLUSION

Anyone may be a part of L’OsstidBurn. We welcome and respect oneself and the other one and their consent. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community

IMMEDIACY

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.

RADICAL SELF-RELIANCE

We encourage the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources. Everyone is responsible for their own needs while paying close attention to the others and those who will follow.

INVOLVEMENT

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.

GIFTING

Our community is deeply devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional, and gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value. Gifts can take many forms, and can sometimes be untangible, like a poem, an act of service, or an act of caring.

DECOMMODIFICATION

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. As so, money has no value during this event. We encourage individual experience over consomption.

RADICAL SELF-EXPRESSION

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. You are encouraged to come as you are in your one true self and become who you desire to.

CIVIC RESPONSABILITY

We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavour to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.

COMMUNAL EFFORT

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. This applies at the core of the camp but also at a larger scale, for example by volunteering to organize the event (which is in constant search for helpers!)

LEAVE 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 endeavour, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.