10 Principes (we believe in)

Kinäs Kloster is run by a loosely tied together community of friends, colleagues, burners, and people from all walks of life, who want to create a place where we can give and receive things we feel our society today is lacking. To do this, we have borrowed the 10 principles from the world's largest participatory event: Burning Man, in Black Rock desert in Nevada. Their principles are half statement, half a way to describe how they have worked in order to make Burning Man such a special place. In other words, what we believe in, is not a religious dogma, but a way of thinking and acting that makes space for both individual, group and society to grow in new and creative ways. Where the principles originally say 'Burning Man' it is in our version replaced by 'Kinäs Kloster'. The principles are as follows:

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

Gifting Kinäs Kloster 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

How To Leave a Trace [This particular section differs considerably from BM’s principle] Our community respects the environment. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them. However, in contrast to Burning Man, Kinäs Kloster encourages that we leave positive contributions, ’traces’ in the form of art works and other projects on site, in order to grow organically.

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.

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.