Burning Man

What is Burning Man? Ask fifty people and you will get fifty answers. Ask those who have been there and you will get a completely different response than you will get from those that have never attended. Rumor has it....


Burning Man Project’s mission is to produce the annual event known as Burning Man and to guide, nurture and protect the more permanent community created by its culture. Our intention is to generate society that connects each individual to his or her creative powers, to participation in community, to the larger realm of civic life, and to the even greater world of nature that exists beyond society.

We believe that the experience of Burning Man can produce positive spiritual change in the world. To this end, it is equally important that we communicate with one another, with the citizens of Black Rock City and with the community of Burning Man wherever it may arise. Burning Man is radically inclusive, and its meaning is potentially accessible to anyone.

The touchstone of value in our culture will always be immediacy: experience before theory, moral relationships before politics, survival before services, roles before jobs, embodied support before sponsorship. Finally, in order to accomplish these ends, Burning Man must endure as a self-supporting enterprise that is capable of sustaining the lives of those who dedicate themselves to its work. From this devotion spring those duties that we owe to one another.

We will always burn the Man.


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The 10 Principles of Burning Man

The 10 Principles of Burning Man

1. Radical Inclusion
Nobody gets left out. Anyone can be part of Burning Man.

2. Gifting
Burning Man is committed to the act of gifting. The value of a gift is unconditional so even bartering is prohibited.

3. Decommodification
In order to preserve the spirit of a gifting society, our community seeks to create a community unmediated by commercial sponsorship, transactions, or advertising. Our intent is to substitute participation for consumption.

4. Radical Self-Reliance
Each participant is encouraged to discover, exercise, and rely on their inner resources.

5. Radical Self-Expression
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. It is offered as a gift to the community. In this spirit, the giver also respects the rights and liberties of the recipient.

6. Communal Effort
Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration.

7. Civic Responsibility
We value a civil society. The community assumes the responsibility for public welfare.

8. Leave No Trace
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities. We will leave the playa cleaner than when we found it.

9. Participation
Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change can occur only through active personal participation. We achieve being by doing.

10. Immediacy
Immediate experience is 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.