Our Guiding Principles
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.
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.
We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavour to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with national and local laws.
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.
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.
We are devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return.
LEAVE NO TRASH
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 endeavour, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.
Anyone may be a part of Aftermath. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community. This means that anyone can partake.
Aftermath 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.
EACH ONE TEACH ONE
As a self-reliant community, we believe the responsibility of spreading our culture lies with each and every one of us. All of us are custodians of our culture – when the opportunity presents itself, we pass knowledge on.
DALA WHAT YOU MUST
If you get this, you get Aftermath. "Dala what you must" is a colloquial way of saying "Do what you must." That is the spirit of this event. Express yourself with honesty and integrity. Be true to yourself, the community and to what drives you. This is the space for that. Do what you feel is right, do what you feel needs to be done, as long as you keep the above principles in mind and view your actions through that lens.
Credit for the principles go to Afrikaburn, under the wing of Burning Man. Original principles are viewable here.