The core principles, as written by Burning Man founder Larry Harvey, helped to form the
cornerstone of its culture. As Burning Man is not inherently a sustainable culture, we must
envision as a community how those principles could be carried into all aspects of our lives and
how they foster collective community. We begin the discussion with how we at AlmaBurn view the ten principles:
We all share this experience. We welcome and respect the stranger, then lose or gain
respect as our story together progresses.
We cherish 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.
Therefore, we stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We seek spaces in
which exchange comes in the hands of the individual or collectives within the community. We
resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.
We encourage the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.
A self-empowered individual empowers the collective.
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 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 on a practical level. This facilitates interaction beyond the Burn.
We value civil society. Community members should remain aware of their responsibilities to public welfare and endeavor to communicate those responsibilities to other participants. Individuals must assume personal responsibility for behaving in accordance with community standards, as well as local, state, and federal laws to maintain the integrity of the collective community.
Leaving it Better Than You Found It.
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 our endeavor and whenever possible, leave spaces in a better state than when we found them.
Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that
transformation, 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.
While principals are steadfast clear clear tenants of a burn, our values are the relative behaviors we treasure within the community. There are a wealth of ways to demonstrate these and AlmaBurn is the place to explore and celebrate them.
Consent is a knowing, voluntary, and mutual decision among all participants to engage in an activity. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create clear permission regarding willingness to engage in the activity. Silence or lack of resistance, in and of itself, does not demonstrate consent. Consent itself is a status that may be freely revoked at any moment by any participant as a matter of free will.
Gratitude is a natural feeling that rises up within us when we experience something pleasing that appears in our world. It is the internal “WoW!” that escapes our lips and spills into the world as an expression of wonder. It is warm and from the heart. It is a natural expression of our true nature when we look beyond the confines of our thinking about the world. When we truly see the world as it is:
we cannot help but express gratitude.
Respect is an essential aspect of relating with others and can be earned or lost. It is a way of feeling
and acting towards an individual, entity or yourself, when you perceive admirable qualities from them, on a personal level. It acts almost as a social currency and exemplifies why you relate to people the way you do. When expressed on a collective level, it acts as a means of communicating how people view one another. General respect for another individual, comes from a recognition a shared Human Experience. The measure for respect is often reflected in the golden rule of
“Treat others as you wish to be treated.”
Crafted by The Ambassador