Guiding Principles Continued: Radical Inclusion

Jan 9, 2023

This one is pretty easy to grasp:

“Anyone may be a part of (The Burn). We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.”

Sweet as. There is no entrance exam or training camp to make it onto the Paddock. Seems pretty straightforward. This principle is easy to uphold once we have all assembled, too. Theme Camps welcoming people to their events, different camps uniting to create gigantic FrankenCamps, and strangers forming lifelong friendships are all common sights during the Burn.

But on a larger scale, how can we push and embody this principle so that we can continue to grow in a way that represents all humans?

There’s a great blog by Ann Addley back from 2020 titled “When you know better, you do better” which touches on some really great points for this. One example she raises is accessibility. Getting all the way to the Paddock, setting up your camp and then getting around can be a real mission for someone with mobility issues. It’s up to us to make sure that every community has as equal access as possible to be a part of the Burn. You may recall the temple at Black Rock this year didn’t have a wheelchair ramp, excluding some Burners as a result. If we think about Radical Inclusion as a community, we can make the Paddock radically welcoming to all. 

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