*adapted from Anat Agamon’s original post
We all feel the rapid increase in the number of Midburn participants, the increase in media attention after Midburn 2015 and the ever-buzzing interest in official community events.
As a result, thousands of ‘Virgin Midburners’ have joined the community, and we welcome each and every one of them.
However, questions arise about how we can maintain our unique culture and spirit as a community. How do we introduce our values to newcomers? How do we hold on to our principles?
Even Afrikaburn, the regional burn in Africa, experienced a similar challenge: rapid growth threatened to disrupt the community and dilute its unique character.
Their solution was to add principle XI: Each One Teach One
They explain: “As a self-reliant community, we believe the responsibility of spreading our culture lies with each and every one of us. All of us are custodians of our culture – when the opportunity presents itself, we pass knowledge on.”
This value has some thick historical and cultural roots. The phrase originated in the US, during slavery when African slaves were denied access to education, including literacy. To undermine this, whenever a slave was taught to read, it became his duty to teach it to another, leading to the birth of “each one teach one”.
EOTO was also applied in the work of Frank Lauback(1884-1970) developed the “Each One Teach One” literacy program to help teach about 60 million people around the world to read in their own language.
So, what about us?
1. If you’ve been to Midburn before and want to help guide Virgin Burners, teach them about the 10 Principles, and help them find a way to get involved, you can volunteer to Adopt A Burner!
Wait, YOU’RE a Virgin? Sign up to be Adopted!
2. Join our Midburn International Facebook Group and share your knowledge with others, or ask the burning questions you as a Virgin have been dying to ask!
3. Find your own way to connect with other Burners who you can reach out to and teach – whether that be through your theme camp, your art project or your own unique initiative!
We all take part in spreading the magic and principles of the community together! It’s very simple: Each One Teach One!