Calling all campers! I REPEAT, CALLING ALL CAMPERS!
by Anthony Ohler and Sally Lindenbaum
We are less than a week away from one of the most hyped micro-fests in the country! Dirtybird Campout is finally here! It’s about that time to head to Modesto with your favorite flock of friends and family for the most incredible, adult summer camp. Summer isn’t over just yet, so let’s get ready for a wild one. Whether you’re a Dirtybird Campout veteran, or attending for the first time this October, the following festival is ready to welcome you with open wings. My flock (along with myself) have attended Campout for the past 4 years and each year has slightly been better than the last.
Below, you will find artist recommendations, activities to attend, Camp Commandments and a camper’s guide to survival while you are out in the wilderness. Be sure to prepare for rain (even if the forecast says otherwise), cold nights, and dusty days.
Projected score: 10/10
Other absolute must sees: Justin Martin (DUH), Walker and Royce, Black V Neck, Steve Darko, Holt 88, Josh Wink, Sacha Robotti, Christian Martin (hopefully we get that DnB), RYBO, Mija
Events and Activities
The specific activities and events are what make Dirtybird Campout so different from all the other festivals out there. Community is a huge key to making this festival a welcoming, happy, exciting, and comfortable experience so the idea of being a communal human encompasses the general motivation behind the production of this festival. All are encouraged to attend the festival’s activities.
Personally, my favorite activities to watch and join in on are:
Before I get into preparation, I want to express some easy commandments to live by. Burning Man has been a successful festival for so many years due to the fact that attendees follow the Burning Man Commandments/Principles—I cannot stress this enough, FOLLOW THESE COMMANDMENTS and everything will be fine. If we want Campout to continue, we should be held responsible for our actions and how we conduct ourselves during this intimate experience. So please, remember to lead by example and don’t be a fk boi.
1. Radical Inclusion – DB is open to everyone and no prerequisites exist for participation in the community. Even though we have ideas of who we want to include, a brand these days isn’t created, it’s co-created and celebrated by those whom align with and promote its purpose and value.
2. Gifting – DB is devoted to acts of gift giving and the value of a gift is unconditional. It does not warrant a return or an exchange. Reciprocity is something special to earn never to expect.
3. Decommodification – The DB community creates social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions or advertising. It resists the substitution of consumption for participatory experience. A philosophy of no exploitation preserves the spirit of gifting.
4. Radical Self-reliance – Burning Man encourages individuals to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources to contribute to the experiences of others as well as their own. Empower people to reinforce and expand the mission.
5. Radical Self-expression – Each person offers their own unique gifts. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its platform, message or voice. Respect people, and their rights and liberties, for expression is a gift from someone to someone else. Silence, passive aggressiveness and lying only erodes promise and purpose.
6. Communal Effort – Community values, creative cooperation and collaboration is the spirit of people standing and working with other people under a common cause. Burning Man produces, promotes and protects social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction. This again isn’t something that’s created, it’s co-created and that’s the true spirit of community.
7. Civic Responsibility – Civil society is highly valued and prioritized at Burning Man. Community members who organize events 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. The experience is only as wonderful as experienced by everyone. You have to develop of culture where people feel accountability. They have to want to take responsibility and also take the lead in the caring and nurturing of culture and the people who define it.
8. Leaving No Trace – I especially love this one. Dirtybird Campout without a doubt respects the environment and is committed to leaving no physical trace of any activities wherever they gather. Burners clean up after themselves and even strive to leave such places in a better state and so should we. Imagine if your organization only thought this way. I still visit companies, restaurants and resorts where recycling and composting have yet to become the working standard.
9. Participation – Radical participation is a primary construct of its ethic. Burning Man believes that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. As an introvert, I appreciate those who include me even though I try my best to step outside of my comfort zone to join in the celebration or cause with others. This can only be done by doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play.
10. Immediacy – Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in the Campout culture. Participating now with purpose overcomes 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. Experience is indeed everything.
Culture and community are the constructs of any human-centered organization. But principles can only verbalize how any company can bring people together to accomplish great things. Words mean nothing without leadership practice, empowerment and commitment.
The 10 Principles of Burning Man should inspire you to think about the new 4P’s and how rethinking People, Promise, Purpose and Principles can inspire a new genre of community. If we take anything away from Burning Man, it’s that investing in the 4P’s yields tangible ROI with additional benefits measured in engagement, loyalty and the reach of those who experience the Burning Man ethos first hand or through the shared experiences of others.
Community is much more than belonging to something; it’s about doing something together that makes belonging matter. That’s your foundation to a meaningful, productive and human-centered culture.
Credits to ‘The 10 Principles of Burning Man and the New P’s of Culture and Community‘ by Brian Solis
If you haven’t started prepping yet, don’t fear—Amazon is everyone’s best friend. Here is a list of everything you may or may not need for the jam-packed weekend of equal parts fun and debauchery:
Advice from Veterans
Well, there you have it, folks. The experience is what you make it. Be kind, spread love, be ridiculous, and never stop dancing. Cheers to a new year of camping! <3
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