10 (12) Principles of Burning Man

The 10 (12) Principles of Burning Man

Burning Man, wow, it is a world of its own and undoubtedly as a culture much needed in todays world, as it is revolutionary in its nature and paving the way forward to a planet where people can combine as one to Unite and Liberate. The beginnings of Burning Man saw the whole idea as a social experiment, now with 120 Regional Burning Man events around the globe its a culture that is fast spreading, literally Like Wildfire, and the very nature of what a “Burner” is, stems from 10 main principles and these principles simply explore how we can all live happily together and are the frame work for doing that in a very non resistant peaceful way.

Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey wrote the Ten Principles in 2004 as guidelines for the newly-formed Regional Network. These principles are exactly that PRINCIPLES, which means they can be adapted to any situation. This is fantastic as society has so much emphasis on rigid laws that are almost set in stone, YOU MUST OBEY, so to have principles which are not only adopted by the Burning Man Community, they also have created a culture of international burners that in my opinion are “The cream of the Crop” of our planets people, as they principles really become ingrained in a persons ethos the more they go to these Burning Man Events.

This is the List of the 1st 10 principles of Burning Man – 2 new ones are added  in below.


Radical Inclusion 

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.




Radical Self-reliance  

Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.




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.




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.




Civic 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 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





The 2 New Principles are


We value the transformative experience of sensual and consensual touch, play, and interaction. We believe that consent plays a vital part in our connectivity and community. Our vision is that all parties participate in a physical encounter from a place of enthusiasm and autonomy. Consent must be explicitly granted from an individual who is clearly in a state of mind to be able to grant it.




Each One – Teach One

“As a self-reliant community, we believe the responsibility of spreading our culture lies with each and every one of us. All of us are custodians of our culture – when the opportunity presents itself, we pass knowledge on”




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