Nosefish Social Contract

This is our social contract — we agree to take responsibility individually and as a group to to our best to follow the social contract.

  1. Above all, communication among camp members should be civil and constructive and people should endeavor to work together peacefully and respectfully.
  2. Camp members exist in groups (pods) of typically 2 or 3 people who collectively function as a unit and who collectively share responsibility and credit for their pod’s contribution. Pods are a reflection of what already is, not a requirement.  People can be in a pod of one, or any other combination they mutually choose.
  3. Each day each camp member will be in the camp during the event they accrue 2 hours of obligation toward the camp, some of which could possibly be spent on sanctioned camp activities before or after the event.
  4. If a camp member receives an early arrival pass, each day they are on the playa before the event opens they accrue 4 hours of obligation to the camp.  We often don’t need that many. Unused hours do not carry forward to the next day.
  5. Each person accrues 10 hours of obligated time for sanctioned pre-event and/or post-event camp activities.  Each pod takes responsibility for its members finding a way to contribute to these activities by coordinating with the camp leader.  You may convert off-playa hours into on-playa hours, and vice versa, so long as it is for a sanctioned project and the camp leader agrees.
  6. Projects are scaled and planned so that they do not exceed the obligated hours people have accrued during their stay within NoseFish.  Projects should fail if they are poorly planned.
  7. Time spent on LNT is exclusive of your obligated hours — you are required to follow LNT practices at all times within our camp in addition to your obligated time.  The only exception is time spent on LNT-enabling activities by the LNT guru.
  8. Camp members are asked to consider whether or how much of a financial contribution toward sanctioned projects they can afford to make.  Contributions are optional.  Projects are scaled to the available funds.
  9. Camp members are allowed to work more hours if that is what they love to do, but that does not create any kind of expectation that anyone else will work that hard.  The accrued obligated hours are the sum total of all the time that is required to be a fully-appreciated camp member.
  10. Pods are indivisible units of obligation and credit for effort. Pods are responsible for the sum total of their member’s obligated time and agreed upon responsibilities.  It is inappropriate for people outside the pod to interfere with how the pod divides its work or its time.
  11.  Only a pod can bring in a new person to the camp and in doing so they take responsibility for teaching them the social contract and for their compliance.
  12. Camp members agree to speak up promptly when there is a problem that affects the camp or its sanctioned projects.  In particular, if you recognize that a project is in jeopardy, you are obliged to bring it to the attention of its project leader or the camp leader as soon as you become aware of the problem.  For example, if you anticipate that there won’t be enough person-hours available to operate a project, or it is missing a critical component, etc.
  13. Camp members agree not to spend any more time on sanctioned projects or pre/post activities than their cumulative obligation unless working only that amount of time would diminish their experience.  In other words, if you don’t love to work, then don’t exceed your obligated hours.  Notify someone from the project leader’s pod or the camp leader and then let the project fail after ensuring that such failure would not create an immediate safety or LNT hazard.
  14. Projects shall not be rescued by requiring anyone to work beyond their obligated hours.  It is better that a project should fail than be rescued at the cost of anyone’s enjoyment.
  15. Project plans must be presented to the camp leader no later than 30 days before the close of the Theme Camp application window to be considered for whether it might be a sanctioned project or not.  Space, time, cost and risk estimates as well as a drawing are required pre-requisites for a meeting with the camp leader (at least) to consider whether the camp can afford the resources to sanction the project.  However, there is no requirement that the camp leader be the first person to know about the project — socialize the idea among the camp to see if there is interest before bothering to determine if there are resources.  Unsanctioned projects must either be outside the camp or be quiet, small and safe to be allowed inside the camp.
  16. Each member is responsible for finding a way to fulfill their commitment to the social contract — nobody is doing the accounting to make sure each person does their share.
  17. Pods are responsible for their own food, water and other supplies, as well as for their own bikes and camping gear and other supplies.  They are to be contained so they do not become moop and organized so they are not a tripping hazard.  Pods are responsible for minimizing risks associated with their equipment.
  18. The camp members shall collectively decide which day shall the camp infrastructure shall be broken down. All camp members present on that day agree to participate in breakdown to the greatest extent practical for them.
  19. Sanctioned projects may have a project leader and team members from separate pods.  In such cases the uninvolved members of the pod’s main responsibility toward their own pod is to relay information but not necessarily to take direct action or assist.  This is a subtlety and not an exception to the indivisible pod.  Pod members ensure that the right member of their pod gets the message to fulfill their portion of their pod’s obligation.  The project member fulfills the rest of their pod’s obligation toward the sanctioned project.  In this way project teams can be distributed across pods without obligating all members of a pod to participate (more than a little) in a given project.  This respects the fact that people have different interests even if they are in the same pod.


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