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Important changes to early site access for 2022

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They say that the early bird catches the worm…. but what about the early bird that builds Nest? This year it catches a WAP (Work Access Pass).

And we love a spot of bird watching so all types of early birds are welcome and encouraged. If you have been to Nest before then you might need to know that there are some changes this year for early entry. Since we are now a licenced event and have even more of our friends coming this year, we have to be a bit stricter when it comes to early access. That’s why this year there is a WAP system (Working Access Passes).

During build week and right up until gate opens at 8am on Monday 30th May the site is a working site and you will only be permitted on site if you have a pre-arranged WAP with us. WAPs are only granted for legitimate work reasons. These are – joining DPW to come for build (and strike), building a Theme Camp, building an Art project, deliveries, and early key volunteers (rangers, gate, welfare).

DPW build dates: 23rd May – 29th May
Theme Camp build dates: 27th May – 29th May
Key volunteers: 29th May
Gate opens: 8am, 30th May

And while changes and new systems sound scary and difficult, please know, that the introduction of the WAP system is not a way of excluding, it is in fact an invitation, nay… a challenge even….. to sign up for DPW and come and do build, get as many of your Theme Camp mates doing build, and sign up for those early gate / ranger/ welfare shifts. You never know, you might even have fun doing it.

Got another legitimate reason to come early and need a WAP?
Please email: DPW@burningnest.co.uk

Volunteers needed for build and strike!

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Want to be part of the best crew at Burning Nest? Want to do something crucial for the event and give back to your community? Nest Department of Public Works (DPW) needs you!

Nest is an event unlike any other. It’s not a festival, it’s a social experiment in temporary community. The Department of Public Works (DPW) is one of the cornerstones in that community, building our infrastructure and taking it down again (and having a ton of fun along the way). DPW is responsible for running power, lights, co-ordinating toilets and overseeing waste removal (via Leave A Better Trace), as well as organising Rangers and Welfare. They also create and place signage, work with the Arts team to place installations, and help with parking.

No experience needed for most roles, there’s space for everyone on the crew, as long as you have a willingness to graft, learn, can work in a team with loads of new friends in a field in the sunshine (we hope).

We have some specialist roles still to fill too: we need people urgently for Lighting, Workshop & General Build and Kitchen (aka Fluffers).

If you have any questions at all, or want to volunteer, please get in touch!

Co-lead for Welfare Enough needed!

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We are searching for a co-lead to help produce Welfare Enough for Burning Nest 2022. Welfare Enough is a critical part of our event, providing support to Nestlings in need (with the full help of our on-site medic and security team) as well as helping organise Ranger shifts.

Key responsibilities

  • Liaising with, preparing and scheduling volunteers before the event via email & spreadsheets
  • Maintaining the rota before and during the event to ensure full staffing
  • Contributing to volunteer training
  • Acting as “Super” on call/on radio during 24 hour periods during the event (Meaning being largely sober every 24 hours, then taking 24 hours off. Sleeping, eating, swimming, dancing and frolicking during these periods is all well and great)
  • Supporting and debriefing volunteer sitters while acting as Super
  • Medical and ranger liaison in acute circumstances on site while acting as Super
  • Liaising with DPW and production team for build, strike and maintenance of the Welfare site while acting as Super
  • General site & volunteer herding, including stepping in for shift no-shows as needed
  • If possible, arriving on site Monday 30th May and leaving the next Monday 6th June

Skills needed

  • Experience sitting & being sat with
  • Good with rotas/admin/logistics
  • Can-do attitude
  • Committed to non-judgement as a core value
  • Open and collaborative
  • Works well in a team and event ecosystem
  • Medical, crisis or social worker, or has experience producing harm reduction or emergency services at burns or festivals a huge plus

If this sounds like you, or if you have any other questions, please get in touch!

It’s all about the money, honey…

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Are you a whizz with numbers? We’re looking for someone to support our fantastic Finance Lead in their role – someone with experience, enthusiasm, and a deep love of spreadsheets.

The Finance Circle oversees the Burning Nest budget, as well as planning for next year’s event. They pay our vendors, determine the amounts available for Art Grants, and make sure all the numbers add up at the end!

If this soundsl ike your cup of tea, please fill in our volunteering form!

Join the Edge of Chaos!

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Edge of Chaos (Health & Safety/Licensing / Legal & ops) Needs YOU!?!

Seeking Gods/ Goddesses and general Heavenly beings of co-ordination to help keep us all legal and compliant during the Nest event this year.

Do you know your booze licensing from liability? Insurance from Indemnity? Want to help us insure an effigy burn (seriously, this IS a thing)? Fancy helping us chat to the council, medical folk and assorted ‘grown-up official type folk’ to allow us all play (safely) this Summer?

It may seem an oxymoron in multiple of multiple ways, yet we need organised burners to help us organise to disorganise!

We have an experienced Edge of Chaos team, ready to show you the ropes and pass on their knowledge – so you’ll be supported every step of the way.

If all this sounds interesting, please get in touch!

Join the big volunteer family!

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We may make it look like this event of ours runs smoothly and without any hitches whatsoever (cough), but we couldn’t do it without our various teams (we call them Circles) of devoted volunteers. They work before, during and after the event to make sure it all runs smoothly, collaborating every step of the way to share their talents as needed. 

This year, we have a few vacancies we’d like to fill as soon as possible:

Arts: Handling the all-important Art Grants, beautifying our site, designing the handbook, and lending their arty skills to newsletter and website design too.

Department of Public Works: On-site logistics, theme camp placements, power and lighting, toilets… these are just a few of the tasks handled by the DPW team!

Edge of Chaos: If you feel a deep kinship with Hermes Conrad, and know how to bridge the gap between Burner chaos and Council bureaucracy, we want you! EOC deals with licensing, sound management and insurance before the event, as well as overseeing Rangers, medical and security teams at the event.

Leave A Better Trace: Going one better than “Leave No Trace”, we want to leave our site in a better state than when we found it. For this we need some dedicated volunteers both before and during the event, to help with our environmental goals.

Memberships/ticketing: Whatever you want to call them, we need someone to help us manage our memberships! Answering queries, processing refunds, and liaising with our Gate Team to help co-ordinate people on-site.

If you’d like to know more about any of these roles, please contact us via this form.

We need you for 2022!

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We have a number of roles available this year, some more active at the event itself, and some that require commitment outside of the event dates too. Each role operates as part of a supportive team (we call them Circles), and is open to people with experience and people without – if you’ve always wanted to try something, now might be the perfect time! The teams we’re looking to recruit for in 2022 are:

  • Edge of Chaos: the navigators of bureaucracy, helping us secure all-important permits, organise logistical miracles and wrangle security and volunteers on site
  • Community: supporting community meetups, the glorious and welcoming gate greeters, and helping out with accessibility and family organisation
  • Arts: incorporating everything visually gorgeous about Nest, from decor to art grants, temple and effigy
  • Technology: looking after our website, solving membership issues, as well as solving technical problems in the great outdoors
  • Leave A Better Trace: a new circle created this year to leave our site better than when we found it, and explore how we can be more eco-conscious in 2022 and beyond
  • Cat Wrangling: someone has to connect all the dots, onboard and organise new recruits – could it be you? 

We are also looking for new members to join our board of trustees, as part of a major reworking of our constitution.

See more information about these roles, and apply, here: https://airtable.com/shrXwpr1kRAMAfiJd?fbclid=IwAR3pSIdLXMkpHjZYK-u1h7DjbWChXCxdL9X5Qf2CpZRh5Jluf6VcT7PL9nk

Advice Processes and Ways of Working

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Hey Nestlings!

As I assume you are all aware of the sad news that Burning Nest 2020 won’t be happening. I know this is devastating for a lot of members in our community but with the state of the world today it was the most sensible way forward!

But, work for Nest is still afoot! There are some exciting changes coming and we are looking for people who want to get involved and help make it happen! Burning Nest is co-created through the principle of Consensual Do-ocracy in conjunction with the 11 principles taken from Burning Man and extended with Each One Teach Oone

There are 2 big changes that we are currently working on to help enable us to co create through Consensual Do-ocracy! One is the Advice Process and the other is a new Circle (used to be teams) currently called WOW (Ways of Working) but we are open to other names so if you have some ideas we’d love to hear them! 

Some of the goals for the changes are:

  • Enable Decentralization
  • Increase Transparency
  • Work smarter not harder
  • Reduce Burnout

The Advice Process is a way to collect sufficient information and engage those affected plus put it out to the wider community to reach better decisions. This is a powerful tools to help support all of the goals. It is new to Nest but exists in similar form in some other burns such as Borderlands and Kiez Burn. 

The WOW Circle will look at how we work together and what we use to do it to support the Goals. This will cover things like what tools we use, processes we need to help, where we need structure and what they are responsible for and how they interact (board, circles, community etc). We are looking for a range of people with different skills to get directly involved and will also be creating a lot of Advice Processes to get feedback from the Community. If you are keen to get involved fill out this form: https://airtable.com/shrsF6kzfPoC3SdMw

Also keep an eye on Facebook, our website and email newsletters for some other Nest related things that will be happening in the near future!

Join us at Build and Strike!

By | Nest 2020, Volunteering | No Comments

The Build and Strike teams are the handy-dandy do-it-yourself stars of each Burning Nest. They arrive before everyone else and help create our paradise, and leave after everyone has finished partying, taking the decorations down and turning the lights off.

There’s something special about these teams, and the sense of camaraderie shared by everyone is palpable. Are you good with a saw, a drill or planning decor in a large space? Do you yearn to express your inner artist through the medium of string lighting? Or do you want to provide for people who have been grafting all day, by feeding and watering them lovingly?

If any of this sounds like fun, and you are able to either arrive before the event, or stay after it’s finished (or both!), take a gander at our form, and sign up to help!

There are a couple of slightly more responsibility-heavy roles to fill too:

– ON-SITE kitchen co-ordinator for build and/or strike
– Strike Co-ordinator

If you’re planning on just turning up, please let us know so we can feed you! x

This could be you!

Introducing the Edge of Chaos Team

By | Nest 2020, Volunteering | No Comments

You may have heard your fellow nestlings talking about the Edge of Chaos team. But what is it, and what do they do?

Edge of Chaos (or EOC) are the Nestlings who ensure that our great plans, for structures, activities or workshops, are safe and comply with local rules. While the Burn is a great opportunity to do new and exciting things, we still have to operate in the default world – and as such, EOC ensure we’re kept safe and sound.

If this sounds like something you might like to join in with, lucky for you! The EOC are currently looking for new volunteers! Check out this document for more in-depth details, and email vols@burningnest.co.uk to sign up, or for more information!