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Burning Seed Census
2015
Thanks for the feedback.
We heard you, let’s get to it
Bubbles
Why we do it
• Engage and profile our community
• Seek feedback about event – refine, engage
• Understand the impact on pa...
How we use it
• Promotion - Facebook, website and newsletter
• Analysis by Bubbles
• Reporting
– To Seed organisers at Sum...
Your participation
• 600 responses (508 complete, 26 duplicates)
• Total of 574 participants = 17% attendees
• Voluntary, ...
We are
• 50% male, 48% female, 1% other
• Age:
– 15% : 19 – 25
– 45% : 26 – 35
– 29% : 36 – 45
– 7% : 46 – 55
– 3% : 56 - ...
We come from
41
2
42
1
2
1
4
7
NSW QLD
VIC WA
SA TAS
ACT NT
Overseas
How we found out about Seed
• 73% word of mouth
• 15% Burning Man
• 10% Regional communities across the globe
• 8% Faceboo...
Burgin’ing Burners
• 43% had not attended Seed before
• 48% have attended local BMA events
– 85% Theme camp fundraisers
– ...
How we travelled to Seed
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70 69
26
0
3
0 0
6
I drove my car, RV, truck
Someone gave me a lift
Train
Aer...
We came with
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
53
14
73
10
7
Theme camp
Family
Friends
Regional community
Other
Burner families
• 267 responses
– 57% partners
– 16% children
– 9% siblings
– 6% ‘adopted’
– 5% cousins etc
– 3% parents
0...
How we contributed
• 81% contributed, 18% sort of, 1% no, 5% other
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
23
76
31
47
22
8
22
Volunteer...
Why we contributed
“Because I saw a need…”
“To add to the incredible community we are creating”
“Because I have the abilit...
Your feedback about Seed
How was it?
• 83% awesome, 13% fun
• 4% ok, 1% didn’t enjoy
Would you come again?
• 90% Yes!
• 8%...
Your feedback about Seed
“ Wow! Shit got official!”
“ So impressed with the level of dedication and
commitment from the or...
Your feedback about Seed
“I've been to both Nevada and now Seed and I
preferred Seed. The size of the community was
awesom...
How you rated…
Topic Rating
Consent communications Very positive
10 principles communications Great but need more
Ticket p...
Some issues you raised
• Volunteering:
– Core crew burn out
– Community crew - understanding of commitment,
shift lengths
...
What you told us about them
“Being only my second burn, but with so many burgins this year,
I felt a little like I was try...
What you told us about them
• “I was not expecting the music to be that loud or to be non-
stop for the whole time. Not ha...
Crewing Seed
• 163 respondents volunteered:
– 61% beforehand
– 39% at event (63p)
• 232 respondents said it was:
– 212 awe...
Your crew experience
“The most professional bunch of rag tag misfits eva! The care
factor and pride in which vols operated...
Your crew experience
“It was good to be part of an in crowd inside such a big crowd. A
sense of security which allowed for...
Addressing issues raised
Photo credit: Nomakim Photograhy
Dealing with the issues you raised
• To ensure our core crew don’t burn out we have been
documenting processes, set up suc...
Dealing with the issues you raised
• The line at Gate on Day 1 was longer than we anticipated. We
are going to widen the l...
Dealing with the issues
• We love that you care about our environment. We do our
best to ensure everyone Leaves No Trace (...
Social impacts of Burning Seed
Photo credit: Ligne Claire
How Seed affected you
“It is amazing to be in a place with such freedom to explore yourself,
your own limits, your passion...
Burner communities beyond Seed
23
17
25
14
8
13
At least once a week
At least once a fortnight
At least once a month
At le...
Your advice for Burgins
“Just open your mind and your heart and your eyes and leave
your judgments at the gate.”
“Read, wa...
More about Census
Photo credit: Andy Flint
Room for improvement
• Consider new tool:
– Enter button skipped pages
– Display on various devices
• Questions:
– Refine ...
Opportunities
• We now have four years of data about our
community
• Preparing a poster for Centre Camp
• Larger community...
Thank you – from Bubbles
Thank you to everyone who participated. It’s an
honour and pleasure to hear your stories and
shar...
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Burning Seed Census 2015

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Each year we hold a census after Burning Seed. It’s a great chance for us all to check the pulse of our community and its experience of Burning Seed: its highs, its lows and its general trends. Your answers inform the direction and future of Burning Seed, as well as our community.

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Burning Seed Census 2015

  1. 1. Burning Seed Census 2015 Thanks for the feedback. We heard you, let’s get to it Bubbles
  2. 2. Why we do it • Engage and profile our community • Seek feedback about event – refine, engage • Understand the impact on participants • Understand / support community development * More about Census process at the end of this presentation
  3. 3. How we use it • Promotion - Facebook, website and newsletter • Analysis by Bubbles • Reporting – To Seed organisers at Summit for response – Summary and response published (This!) – Raw data shared on website with themes – Feedback to team leads - Rangers, Greeters, Gate, DPI, Communications
  4. 4. Your participation • 600 responses (508 complete, 26 duplicates) • Total of 574 participants = 17% attendees • Voluntary, anonymous unless you added your details • Average time < 20mins – estimated 8mins
  5. 5. We are • 50% male, 48% female, 1% other • Age: – 15% : 19 – 25 – 45% : 26 – 35 – 29% : 36 – 45 – 7% : 46 – 55 – 3% : 56 - 65 5048 1 15 45 29 7 3
  6. 6. We come from 41 2 42 1 2 1 4 7 NSW QLD VIC WA SA TAS ACT NT Overseas
  7. 7. How we found out about Seed • 73% word of mouth • 15% Burning Man • 10% Regional communities across the globe • 8% Facebook • 6% website
  8. 8. Burgin’ing Burners • 43% had not attended Seed before • 48% have attended local BMA events – 85% Theme camp fundraisers – 68% Decompression – 22% Seed sessions, 26% Burning Beers – 25% Pot Lucks, 15% Crafting • 23% have been to Burning Man: 16% regionals
  9. 9. How we travelled to Seed 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 69 26 0 3 0 0 6 I drove my car, RV, truck Someone gave me a lift Train Aeroplane Bike I walked Other-required
  10. 10. We came with 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 53 14 73 10 7 Theme camp Family Friends Regional community Other
  11. 11. Burner families • 267 responses – 57% partners – 16% children – 9% siblings – 6% ‘adopted’ – 5% cousins etc – 3% parents 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 3 16 9 2 6 5 4 57 22 Parents Children Siblings In laws Adopted family members Aunts, uncles, cousins Further extended Partner Other
  12. 12. How we contributed • 81% contributed, 18% sort of, 1% no, 5% other 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 23 76 31 47 22 8 22 Volunteered for a community crew shift/role (Ranger, Greeter, Site Manager etc) Gifted something Built something Helped create a theme camp Performed
  13. 13. Why we contributed “Because I saw a need…” “To add to the incredible community we are creating” “Because I have the ability to, it's what the burn is about and I really wanted to” “Who knows? I must be mad, or a glutton for punishment.. I like seeing wonder on peoples faces when they see our setup.”
  14. 14. Your feedback about Seed How was it? • 83% awesome, 13% fun • 4% ok, 1% didn’t enjoy Would you come again? • 90% Yes! • 8% maybe, 1% no 83 13 4 1
  15. 15. Your feedback about Seed “ Wow! Shit got official!” “ So impressed with the level of dedication and commitment from the organisers and theme camps. Truly spectacular.” “Impressed. I somewhat knew I was in for something special, but approached the event with cynical open mind, and was proven right.”
  16. 16. Your feedback about Seed “I've been to both Nevada and now Seed and I preferred Seed. The size of the community was awesome as you'd meet new people and usually see most of those new friends the following day. This is impossible in Nevada. The environment was much easier to be in as there was shade and it was a bunch of relaxed Aussies hanging out.”
  17. 17. How you rated… Topic Rating Consent communications Very positive 10 principles communications Great but need more Ticket process Very positive Gate and greeters Very positive Toilets and sanitation Very positive Noise levels Mixed response Leave no Trace & MOOP Very positive Health and Safety Very positive Media processes Very positive
  18. 18. Some issues you raised • Volunteering: – Core crew burn out – Community crew - understanding of commitment, shift lengths • ‘Quiet’ area not quiet enough? • Gate and greeters process and queuing • Education about principles • Environmental factors
  19. 19. What you told us about them “Being only my second burn, but with so many burgins this year, I felt a little like I was trying to hold a space I still didn't quite understand myself. But assuming I didn't fuck that up too much, it was an intense, fantastic experience, which was exactly what I was looking for.” “My third burn. Increasing number of dicks who abuse the free aspect and take no responsibility for self or crap they bring with them. This is more evident with each burn. Sad really.”
  20. 20. What you told us about them • “I was not expecting the music to be that loud or to be non- stop for the whole time. Not having any possibility to escape it even for a brief time made me feel as though I was going insane.” • “Excessively loud sound for too long drowning out other opportunities.” • “Whilst I don't mind music going all night. I feel that night after night was really draining and over stimulating. A few hours break to receive the sounds of the bush and a sense of connective silence would have been good. Yes, I wore ear plugs but some nights were too much.”
  21. 21. Crewing Seed • 163 respondents volunteered: – 61% beforehand – 39% at event (63p) • 232 respondents said it was: – 212 awesome (137), good (75) – 20 not too bad (11), average (7), terrible (2) 1 3 5 32 59 Terrible Pretty average Not too bad Pretty good AWESOME
  22. 22. Your crew experience “The most professional bunch of rag tag misfits eva! The care factor and pride in which vols operated with was inspiring. The genuine authentic honour that the displayed for having the opportunity to perform their roles was a joy to witness. “ “great people involved, it was work, but good fun work!” “Learnt so much and had fun doing it”
  23. 23. Your crew experience “It was good to be part of an in crowd inside such a big crowd. A sense of security which allowed for greater letting go” “There is room for improvement in the structuring of shifts. We are still growing, always things to improve on.” ““I think some of the shifts could be shorter, even though it was great,2to 3hr shifts would be more practical”
  24. 24. Addressing issues raised Photo credit: Nomakim Photograhy
  25. 25. Dealing with the issues you raised • To ensure our core crew don’t burn out we have been documenting processes, set up succession plans for key roles / team leads and are ramping up recruitment. Want to join the crew? - jointhecrew@burningseed.com • We are refining the induction process for volunteers so those who sign up to work onsite fully understand the commitment they sign up for. • We try to create a quiet area and have a sound policy but this can be hard to enforce when well-meaning renegade (unregistered) theme camps set up outside of allocated areas. We’ll continue to do our best to create quieter areas and will introduce a ‘Sanctuary’ to Seed in 2016.
  26. 26. Dealing with the issues you raised • The line at Gate on Day 1 was longer than we anticipated. We are going to widen the lanes and move greeters closer to the Paddock to reduce the bottleneck but we need your help – please make sure you print your tickets before leaving home. • We had a lot of first timers this year. This makes education even more important, but this is everyone’s job. At AfrikaBurn there’s an 11th Principle: “Each one, teach one”. 43% of Census respondents told us they heard about Seed through word of mouth and 53% came with a theme camp. So when you’re talking about Seed, and when bringing friends, make sure to educate others about the Principles too.
  27. 27. Dealing with the issues • We love that you care about our environment. We do our best to ensure everyone Leaves No Trace (LNT) at Seed, but it’s up to all of us to take care of our MOOP (Matter Out Of Place). After Seed, our LNT team and MOOP Troupe scour the site and prepare a map showing where they found MOOP. This map is published online, affects Theme Camps grants and is used by those who manage our Red Earth Ecology program to help restore biodiversity onsite. Get involved! Promote LNT at and before Seed, join the LNT team and MOOP Troupe by emailing: jointhecrew@burningseed.com
  28. 28. Social impacts of Burning Seed Photo credit: Ligne Claire
  29. 29. How Seed affected you “It is amazing to be in a place with such freedom to explore yourself, your own limits, your passions, your interactions with others. You learn so much about yourself and what you are capable of. And I am always amazed and incredibly happy to see others finding themselves in new ways as well.” “I've made some great friends, had some interesting adventures and accomplished quite a lot of awesome things all associated with Burning Seed.” “I think it consumes an inordinate amount of time for a 6 day camping trip, but I choose to make it that way.. so no complaints.”
  30. 30. Burner communities beyond Seed 23 17 25 14 8 13 At least once a week At least once a fortnight At least once a month At least every three months At least every six months Just once a year, around Seed
  31. 31. Your advice for Burgins “Just open your mind and your heart and your eyes and leave your judgments at the gate.” “Read, watch, engulf, learn - and that’s all before the event - the more you learn the more you are prepared and the transition from burgin to burner is easier.” “To go with no expectations. Be prepared for anything. It will be whatever it will be for you, it's definitely not another "festival”.
  32. 32. More about Census Photo credit: Andy Flint
  33. 33. Room for improvement • Consider new tool: – Enter button skipped pages – Display on various devices • Questions: – Refine format of new question – Include demographics in ticket process to reduce time
  34. 34. Opportunities • We now have four years of data about our community • Preparing a poster for Centre Camp • Larger community = more participation / data, access to skills / bigger team • Can inform social impact assessment
  35. 35. Thank you – from Bubbles Thank you to everyone who participated. It’s an honour and pleasure to hear your stories and share your views with our community.

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