September NorthBayNews

Dear North Bay Burners,

This year was one of the hottest I remember, I am still reeling from my trip to the desert. Re-entry has been hard, less decompressing and more processing of events. I’ve got a few things to tell you about, and some resources for anyone who is needing some extra love around this year.

Here is a request for art, some census news, and some helpful information about how to work through things. I hope your trip home was smooth, and you all had a great year. Until next time,

xoxo RLL

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From a local Burner, a request for art:

My son’s school, the Healdsburg School, hosts a community science day every fall and is looking to borrow a climbable or interactive burning man style art piece for this event for kids to play/create/think/be inspired. I can gather volunteers to assemble, disassemble, transport, whatever is needed. I can be reached:
Barbara Young
707-318-3839
badassbarb@gmail.com

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It’s census time! Go here to fill out the online portion
https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3592915/471f8fa0cb46

A MESSAGE FROM DV8, OUR CENSUS LEAD:

BRC Census collects data in two phases. Our first phase (the random sample) is over, and our second phase (the online survey) has just begun! We ask everyone to participate in the second phase, regardless of whether they were selected for random sampling when they arrived in BRC. Go to http://census.burningman.org to participate in the current phase!

If you’re curious about how the two phases work together, here’s the tl;dr version: on-playa, Census volunteers collect basic demographic data from a small percentage of the population as they enter BRC through the main Gate, through Airport, or via a Burner Express Bus. Those data are used to weight (or adjust) the online survey data once the survey closes. That way, the final data reported by BRC Census represents the entire population of BRC – not just the people who took the time to share their data with us directly.

BRC Census results are used by the Burning Man Organization in their negotiations and advocacy for Burning Man. You’ll also find Census data in academic publications and media reports. BRC Census also makes their findings public in the form of annual reports and regular blog posts, so curious Burners can learn more about their community. Please give us the gift of your data so that we can continue to achieve these goals!

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If you are having a hard time processing the events of the burn, and need someone to talk to, you have resources. There is an article on the Burning Blog that lists some off-playa options

https://journal.burningman.org/2017/09/news/brc-news/incident-during-saturday-burn/

If you find yourself acting as a source of counsel for those more affected than yourself here is a guide you may find helpful:

grief counseling resource guide:
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-E5yaFsUpybZDRXN1VEd3RYaFU

and finally here are some additional resources available any time:

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Their number is 1-800-273-8255.

The Crisis Call Center provides 24/7 free, safe, non-judgmental support for individuals in any type of crisis. Their number is 775-784-8090, or 1-800-273-8255

You are not alone, reach out. We are here.

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