Dreamtime Festival
   

Sponsorships/Commerce/Gift Economy and
Maintaining the Integrity of the Vision

Dreamtime has expressed our common values: creativity, art, learning and education, ecological sustainability and our legacy to future generations, personal change and development, community and positive community building, and more.

Just to be clear, we want to promote authentic human interaction outside of money exchange.

In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that support participation, transformation, creative expression, collaboration, networking, and community and de-emphasize commerce. We stand ready to protect our culture from exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience or deeper, authentic interaction.

We are not advocating needless consumption, as this runs counter to the community and sustainability values that we hold. Our community is *not* inspired by events that focus on booths and vending, and are plastered with the soda symbols.

However, we live in a culture that includes commerce and the exchange of money (and many people are not about to move to a communal space and/or live in a cashless society or use alternative currencies - although these are interesting alternatives). We want the decommodification of our interactions, art and community. Yet if we are to fully express our inspirations through the event, in this culture, this includes supporting commerce that IS supporting art, healing, sustainability, activism, social change, and community. For we depend on commerce for all of the goods and services in our lives, including those at events like these.

Living in a world integrally tied to commerce we cannot ignore this aspect of our lives. We need to choose how we can approach it in a way that will support our common values. This means supporting commerce that IS supporting art, healing, sustainability, activism, social change, and community.

This is about walking the talk.

On a basic level outside of the event, we can choose to support those businesses that support the principals we share that inspire the event (basic consumer responsibility), and to educate others. This may mean choosing to purchase recycled lumber for an art project, buying organic foods, trying mate instead of coffee, investing in green companies, or choosing alternative fuels.

"Inside" the event, furthering these principals may include workshops on solar power, sustainable houses, community building, cohousing, healing and personal transformation,etc. And it may also tastefully include information about those groups, organizations and companies that support our common principals in a manner that is in line with the rest of our common values. And, there seems to be good reason to allow these companies to in turn support our values and support our community in a manner that does not detract from our experience, interactions, goals and principles.

What we ultimately need are criteria for supporting our common values, whether it comes to sponsorships or otherwise. The only sorts of businesses and organizations that we can invite to create a presence at the event include those with a common set of values, namely a commitment to social change, environmental stewardship, healthy living, personal development, sustainability, and community.

PLEASE NOTE THAT VENDING OR TRADING OUTSIDE OF DESIGNATED AREAS OF THE EVENT IS ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED, AND WILL WARRANT EVICTION FROM THE EVENT. RANGERS WILL BE CIRCULATING THE EVENT TO ENSURE THIS IS RESPECTED.

We strive to include conscious, socially and environmentally responsible commerce in a manner that in no way detracts from the authentic human exchange, culture, values and beauty of Dreamtime. Please help us protect the powerful and transformational experience of our participants. If you are interested in vending something at the event, please apply.

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