The 10 Principles of Burning Man
1. Radical Inclusion
Nobody gets left out. Anyone can be part of Burning Man.
Burning Man is committed to the act of gifting. The value of a gift is
unconditional so even bartering is prohibited.
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
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
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.
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.
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.