Burning Man and Gift Manifesto

If you want to receive more gifts for your cause, tap into your 10 inner gifts.

1. The Gift of Listening: Listening is the first step to real rapport. Build an emotional connection with donors by making them feel seen and heard.
2. The Gift of Perspective: Know that fundraising is all about the relationship you build with those donors – not the transaction of giving.
3. The Gift of the Right Brain: Unlock right-brain thinking and tell emotional stories about your work.
4. The Gift of Impact: Focus on the impact your donors can have, not the need you have.
5. The Gift of Champions: Turn your donors into messengers. Third parties can be more persuasive than we are.
6. The Gift of Hope: Don’t make your donors feel their gift is a drop in the bucket. Speak of the lives they change rather than the ones they haven’t.
7. The Gift of Technology: Technology isn’t magic alone, but it can work magic on the right fundraising approach.
8. The Gift of Context: Create an environment for donors that’s more conducive to giving.
9. The Gift of Inclusion: Don’t let fundraisers be relegated to the sidelines of an organization – architect fundraising into the organization overall.
10. The Gift of Love: These nine gifts will yield a tenth: the gift of love for what you do. Giving makes people happy, and so you’re in the wonderful business of joy.

What is the real free market gift economy at Burning Man?

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

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Radical Self-reliance
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

Source: 10 reasons
Source: 10 principles
Source: Fastcompany

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