The Ten Principles of Burning Man
Anyone may be a part of a Burn. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for
participation in our community.
Burns are 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.
Burns encourage 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.
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.