All SOAK volunteers & participants are required to agree to the following Code of Conduct. This code will be shared with attendees, and organizers will enforce this code throughout the event and during related gatherings before and after the event. We value all participants, and believe that radical self-expression flourishes in an environment where mutual dignity and respect are upheld.
tl;dr: Be excellent with each other.
We are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. Harassment includes (but is not limited to) unwelcome offensive verbal comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, and religion. It also includes (but is not limited to) deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender and/or expelling them from the event.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of event staff immediately. Event staff can be identified as they’ll be wearing branded t-shirts and/or laminated badges, and carrying radios. Event staff will be happy to help participants contact event security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event.
Our Core Values
Participation • Accountability • Responsibility • Respect
Derived from the 10 Principles of Burning Man, these are the 10 Principles of SOAK
Anyone may be a part of SOAK. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.
SOAK 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.
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.
SOAK encourages the individual to discover, exercise, and rely on their inner resources.
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.
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.
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.
Leaving No Trace
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.
Our community is committed to a 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.
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.