Our Ten Plinciples
We don’t just create furniture, artists, and more landfill space, we create social change
Playatech was founded to instigate change by immersing its participants in Burning Man’s 10 Principles. To transform yourself, just build something Playatech with some friends, and give another artist the gift of enabling their art by paying your royalty to Black Rock Arts Foundation. You’ll feel different when you’re done, because you'll have lived all 10 Principles.
Playatech’s 10 Plinciples below closely mirror those of Burning Man, which may be found at the Burning Man site. Only the names have been changed to protect the guilty. We hope no one minds our blatant copyright infringement; our informal 11th plinciple is “break all the rules of commerce in the name of art”.
Anyone may be a part of Playatech. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our factories.
Playatech 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. But hugs are always nice.
In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, Playatech seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising (except our own). We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for the participatory experience of making stuff.
Playatech encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources to avoid loss of fingers.
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, and customize their furniture.
Playatech 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.
Playatech values civil society. Playatech 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. No drinking while you saw!
Leaving No Trace
Playatech respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather, and leaving no furniture in landfills. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave places in a better state than when we found them.
Playatech 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 and provide the gift of green seating.
Immediate furniture 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 a Playatech experience.