Headmaster Janus wrote:Question: Are we hosting a Plug & Play camp?
For our 2012 Erection (BaalMart), MalMart needs approx $20K-$25K to rent scaffolding, speakers, projectors, lights, & moving trucks. ........Currently we have 22 total Core Mal-Mart members
That said, we 22 cant afford $1K+ each. We have to bring in non-core people to assist via camp dues and fundraisers. We are looking to charge $150-$200 in dues per person and seeking to get a total camp size of 100-149. In exchange for camp dues, people get a communal kitchen they can use to cook their own food, a patch of prime real estate to put up their tent, and a huge grey water evap pool. They also get the opportunity to participate daily with the Baal-Mart structure, events, and activities.
...The only 4 things we ask our non-core members is to bring a couple of handles of vodka to donate to the bar, to keep the kitchen clean, to perform daily Moop patrols of the camp, and to help with the breakdown of the structure. They still have to bring all of their own tents, food, water, costumes, bikes, RVs, etc.
So in that broad spectrum, what are we? Plug & Play? Pay To Play? Theme Camp? Where do you draw the line?.
It seems to me like you are selling spaces in your camp to raise funds for infrastructure that you cannot afford.
Call it fundraising, (people have been calling it that for a long time) ..but as you need to bring in 100+ people totally uninvolved in your camp,..of the streets, and ask them to pay $150-200 just to camp there.. yeah, you are turning the event into a commodity..
they get to camp in your camp because they paid money.. they are totally uninvolved with your camp beyond what you tell them to do... the only purpose to sell these spots and allow them there is to bring in money to build something that you guys cannot afford.
basically, you planned too much stuff, couldnt afford it, and realized 'HEY I KNOW HOW WE CAN GET MONEY.. BY CHARGING STRANGERS WHO ARENT PART OF OUR CAMP TO CAMP HERE'
you arent pooling resources in an organic way.. you are charging money to camp in your camp.. asking total strangers who arent devoted to your project and might just want to be in 'a camp' to camp there...
you are turning the event into a commodity.
you are selling a service to people for money.
whether or not youre making a big awesome participatory camp,.. youre selling spaces to people uninvolved in your project .. and their only value to you is their MONEY.
if you cant afford that huge infrastructure yourselves.. perhaps dont plan so big ?
...looking to the community to build up the warchest, through payments in exchange for services is turning the event into a commodity.
whether its for profit, or not.. whether its to fundraise for some awesome project you cannot afford or not..
you are basically fundraising ON THE PLAYA...
theres no problem with a traditional off-playa fundraiser, because the commodification of experiences remains solely outside of the burning man event, kickstartr, concerts.. etc thats fine.
but youre selling spots to your playa camp to fund that camp.. asking strangers to pay your way... to make your awesome plans that you cannot afford come to fruition
and in that, you are into the realm of a vendor camp, in that youre a plug & play for monetary gain camp.. and in that.. yer doin it wrong.
(edit: dont think that i am saying camps shouldnt pool resources in the form of camp dues.. ...they should, and usually.. they do so organically.. camp dues are paid by the members of that micro community, the friends and acquaintances in that social network pay it all... and they dont just start appealing to total strangers when they realize they cant afford to do what they want.... organic pooling of resources should be the norm....people shouldnt look to strangers whos only real place in the camp is as someone who paid money to fill in the gaps where the organic resrouce pooling failed.)