The 10 Principles of Burning Man

The Love Burn and our community ethos is built on the 10 Principles, a set of commonly understood values reflected in the Burning Man experience.

Radical InclusionRadical Inclusion: Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.

GiftingGifting: 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.

DecommodificationDecommodification: 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.

Radical Self RelianceRadical Self-reliance: Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise, and rely on his or her inner resources.

Radical Self ExpressionRadical 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.

Communal effortCommunal 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.

Civic ResponsibilityCivic Responsibility: 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 federal laws.

Leaving No TraceLeaving 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.

ParticipationParticipation: 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.

ImmediacyImmediacy: 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 innerselves, 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.

Plus Two More from Regional Burns

Gratitude: Always acknowledge those who contribute to the community. Give thanks more often. See every volunteer as a gift. It is vitally important to respect what has come before, to fit into the existing context, and to show gratitude to those who step up.

Consent! We value the transformative experience of sensual, scented and consensual touch, play and interaction. We believe that consent plays a vital part in our connectivity and community. Ensure all sides are mutually consensual prior to physical encounters, be they physically affectionate encounters (i.e. hugging, groping, spanking); be they scentual (i.e. smelly, oily or other substances applied to the skin); or be they sexual encounters. Consent must be clearly granted from an individual who is clearly in control of their faculties enough to grant it.