The Ten Principles of Burning Man
Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey wrote the Ten Principles in 2004
as guidelines for the newly-formed Regional Network. They were crafted
not as a dictate of how people should be and act, but as a reflection of
the community’s ethos and culture as it had organically developed since the
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.
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on
his or her inner resources.
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.
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.
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.