Principles & Policies

10 Principles of Burning Man

  1. Radical inclusion
    Anyone may be a part of our community. We welcome and respect strangers. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.

  2. Gifting
    We’re 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Radical self-reliance
    We encourage each individual to discover, exercise and rely on their inner resources.

  5. Radical self-expression
    Expressing oneself freely 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.

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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 try, whenever possible, to use campsite rules: leave spaces in a better state than when we found them.

  9. Participation
    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. We aim for a DOocracy.

  10. Immediacy
    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.

Kindle Arts SPARC values

Self-expression

We encourage the articulation of one’s unique inner self through art and play. To create art is to affirm one’s existence. Art does not belong to an elite group with special abilities, skills, training, or social access. Artistic expression is essential to human happiness, and self-expression is the very fabric of human life.

Participation

Everyone is welcomed with the opportunity to participate and contribute. There is no audience. Everyone is a participant. We welcome the stranger, embrace newcomers, and actively pursue hospitality. Ours is a gifting culture in which participants freely contribute without the expectation of reward or payment. Our gifts take many forms.

Our community is a DO-ocracy: if you see a need – fill it. If there is a job to be done – do it. If you don’t like how something is done – volunteer to do it better.

Accountability

We are responsible for our own actions, emotions, and experiences – and are committed to being accountable for them. We strive to minimize our impact on others by ensuring that our own emotional, spiritual, and physical needs are met. We recognize our limitations and commit within them. We take advantage of our own resources before seeking community support.

Respect

We embrace diversity in all of its forms, including but not limited to: class, wealth, religion, race, sexuality, gender, sex, age, physical ability, place of origin and more. We seek to create an environment of tolerance and mutual support where we all have a sense of involvement and belonging.

We treat each other with equality, tolerance and respect – even when we disagree. We respect each other’s autonomy and strive to help each other to meet our potential.

Consent

We hold ourselves to high standards of respect for others and respect everyone’s right to bodily autonomy. We are mindful of everyone’s right to say YES or NO to any activity. In order to create a space where everyone feels safe to express themselves artistically and, where appropriate, sexually, we consciously develop a culture of consent.

Consent is an agreement between two or more people to engage or not engage in specific activities together. Consent occurs when people voluntarily agree to the proposal or desires of the other. Expressed consent is clearly and unmistakably stated, rather than implied. It may be given in writing, by speech or non-verbally. In order for consent to be valid, it is given freely and continuously by a person with the capacity to do so. Consent is not just about sex; it’s needed before acting on any desire involving others. 

SPARC values in full here.

Policies

Risk & safety

While a certain amount of risk is accepted by participants at our events, it is important to make sure all projects do not present an unreasonable hazard. Keep in mind that participants may interact with your art in unexpected ways, including climbing on it, moving it, or altering it. Any structure that could reasonably be expected to have people on it must be designed and constructed to the applicable standards required for the intended function. Stages and elevated structures must be to code and must be safe.

Fire

Whether or not there is a fire ban, there are NO personal campfires permitted at Otherworld. Propane fire pits are allowed. Use fire only in a safe manner and only when authorized. All fire performance and fire art must be authorized by the designated Fire Safety Lead and venue owners. You can find info including the Fire Performance Manual and Flame Effects guidelines on the Kindle Arts website: https://kindlearts.ca/publications/

Mutant vehicles

The safe operation of a Mutant Vehicle or Art Car at Otherworld is the registrant’s responsibility. Depending on the size and style of your vehicle, some or all of the following may apply:

  • Vehicle must be able to maintain a steady speed of five kilometers per hour or less
  • Brakes must be in good working order
  • Vehicle should have sturdy side railings and stair railings
  • No sharp or protruding objects.
  • etc.

 

The Department of Mutant Vehicles (DMV) may decline a license to a vehicle if there is a demonstrable safety concern such as sharp objects that protrude from a vehicle or some other dangerous aspect to the vehicle.

If you want to drive at night, there are two additional safety requirements.

  • Get lit: The vehicle must include front head lights and the front, rear, AND sides must be lit. First and foremost, people need to be able to see you and you need to be able to see them. All vehicle extremities, including trailer hitches, must be lit. Anywhere someone would walk, step, or climb on your vehicle should be lit, especially stairs and ladders.

  • Radical illumination: The visual presentation of your vehicle should be at least as stimulating at night as it is during the day, if not even more so.

Germs

Otherworld will continue to operate in accordance with all current federal, provincial and local health guidelines and recommendations. We understand that every person has different comfort levels regarding health and safety. We also recognize that it is impossible to eliminate risks entirely. We respect the importance of individual choice and precaution for all to feel safe.

If you’re sick, please stay home — it was better next year anyway.

We empower theme camps leads and leads of communal areas to create and communicate the health and safety guidelines that make them feel most comfortable. Any theme camps, in their space, may choose to require masks or other measures.

We expect all participants to follow the rules theme camps may have around their spaces. Refusal to follow the health and safety rules of theme camps may result in removal from the event. It is absolutely fundamental to our community values to respect boundaries and consent.