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The 10 Principles

Burning Man co-founder Larry Harvey wrote the 10 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 event’s inception.


ערך המיידיות של המידברן

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.

לא להשאיר עקבות

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.

We welcome and respect the stranger.

No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.​

הסתמכות עצמית מוחלטת

Radical Self-reliance

Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on their inner resources

ביטוי עצמי מוחלט

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.

Radical Inclusion

הכללה מוחלטת

Anyone may be a part of Burning Man.

We welcome and respect the stranger.

No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.​



Our community is founded upon active participation. We believe that transformation, whether personal or societal, can only occur through dedicated participation. We realize being through action. Everyone is invited to participate. Everyone can play.

הענקת מתנות


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.

מאמץ קהילתי

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.

אחריות אזרחית

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.

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