The 10 Symbols of Burning Man

Illustrated geometric icons inspired by the ten principles of Burning Man.

This article was originally posted at jameswickham.com.

The ten principles of Burning Man have a great deal of meaning to us who identify as Burners. I’ve designed ten symbols inspired by these principals, which I’d encourage you to share and use yourself as visual inspiration in your life.

I’ve designed these symbols with a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license which allows you to copy, distribute, and adapt the designs for non-commercial purposes, as long as you credit the original sources. I’d love to see what you do with these symbols, so please get in touch.

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So which symbol represents each of the 10 principles of Burning Man?

Radical Inclusion

Radical Inclusion

Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.


Gifting

Gifting

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.


Decommodification

Decommodification

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.


Radical Self-Expression

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.


Communal Effort

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.


Civic Responsibility

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.


Leaving No Trace

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.


Participation

Participation

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.


Immediacy

Immediacy

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.


“The Ten Symbols” by Wick is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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“Burning Man” is a registered trademark of the Burning Man Project.

“Burning Man” is a registered trademark of the Burning Man Project.