THE 10 CORE Principles

Nowhere is based on 10 core principles which are inspired from the core principles of Burning Man.

COMMUNITY
COOPERATION
GIFTING
IMMEDIACY
INCLUSION​
LEAVE NO TRACE​
NO COMMERCE​
PARTICIPATION​
SELF EXPRESSION​
SELF RELIANCE​
Other principles that we find important:
CONSENT

COMMUNITY

A family of individuals, we look after each other

A family of individuals, we look after each other. A diverse group of separate self-reliant beings, we are united in our need to be part of something larger than ourselves. Community, others, self – united by tolerance and joy.

Find out what we build to improve our community on the community page!

COOPERATION

Together we are stronger

From how we work together to how we communicate, co-operation is at Nowhere’s core. If we can make life easier, we will. If we can make life better, we will. Together we are stronger.

GIFTING

We give our time, effort and gifts freely

We give to help others and because it makes us feel good. From a cold beer to digging out a tent pole to a small badge, our gifts are from our heart.

IMMEDIACY

Make now count

Be now here, be nowhere. Make now count. All this will soon be gone, so enjoy now. Experience, participate, be. This is all there is, so enjoy it!

INCLUSION

Everyone is welcome to be a Nobody

We welcome everyone for their unique contribution to our community. Include others as you want to be included, with respect, consideration and tolerance.

LEAVE NO TRACE

From dust to dust, we leave only footprints

We care for the environment, and we take care of our home. We clean up after ourselves; we leave nothing behind; we leave no trace we were there. From dust to dust, we leave only footprints.

NO COMMERCE

Forget about money – there’s nothing to buy

By removing commerce from our community, we create co-operation and participation. We plan ahead and work together. We live without money to remind us of what’s really important.

PARTICIPATION

Get involved – Nowhere is what we make it

The more you do, the more you get back. When you join others in play and in work, you are part of Nowhere. Your contribution is more valuable than you realise.

SELF EXPRESSION

The freedom to be yourself

Be the person you are. Be the person you want to be. We respect and value you, and expect the same from you. You have the freedom to be yourself. Become who you are.

SELF RELIANCE

You are responsible for you, mentally and physically

From food and water to a hug or quiet, you need to take care of yourself in Nowhere’s challenging environment. Give yourself what you need – and ask others for help when you need it.

Other principles that we find important

CONSENT

Give only what's appreciated, take only what's offered.

At Nowhere, we are free to express ourselves, to share, to co-create, to be in the moment: but when our actions directly alter someone else’s experience, we need to get their consent.

As a community with diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and communication styles, it’s best to use clear verbal communication to make sure everyone’s boundaries are understood and respected.

Because respecting each other is a value held above any other within our community, and facts show that not everyone understands how to respect themself and others.

Because ANYTHING wonderful can be terrible if given without consent. This includes sex experiences, food, any form of touch, a picture taken… Even a cool spray of water!

Because what feels great for you right now could be exactly what another person does NOT want, or what you would not appreciate for yourself, in a different setting.

Because it is horrible to realize that what you gave with good intentions may have been experienced in pain. Just take the extra step and check.

We promise you will find people who want and appreciate what you have to offer, or want to offer what you want to receive.

Find them, talk with them, and have fun!

How Can You Find Them If You Don’t Ask?

Don’t settle for anything less than ”hell, yes!”

You deserve it! (more tips on Wiki!!)

The community may decide at some point to make it a principle. Ultimately, whether it is a principle or not doesn’t change the fact that we value consent and remain dedicated to creating an event in which everyone’s boundaries are respected.

Please report it to a Nomad during the event, or email consent@goingnowhere.org if you need to report an incident after the event is over.

If you’d like to learn more, we have a detailed wiki page with tips and additional resources.