Thu 26 Mar 2020 11:42AM

Corona Dreams

D Daisy Public Seen by 135

Beloved KiezBurn family, 

Summary: Let’s create a Dreams platform to fund & find volunteers for Corona initiatives!


We are facing radical challenges. As individuals, as community, as society, as humanity.We are being called to pause and rethink. Let go of the attachment to reliability towards creatively co-creating a new way. KiezBurn is not just a physical space. To “burn” is a state of mind.

Kiez Burn amid change

KiezBurn has not been canceled - It has transformed and it is up to us how we will shape it to respond. How are we going to lead us through  this change?How can we use this to bring us closer together and make us stronger? How to harness that uniquely human paradox in living more empowered lives in even the most vulnerable-making circumstances?

Dreams and Art are very special elements of our lives and KiezBurn, where we co-create a supportive environment for Self Expression of Art that provides connecting opportunities...and during these times we need that more than ever. 

The initiative

We would like to create a Dreams Platform for dreams and projects  that connect during these times. That brings us closer together. That express our being artistically. From funding to skills, we want to enable a way :)

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there's something stronger – something better, pushing right back.” Cammus


  • A treasure hunt through the city for one person at a time - €€€ needed for materials: 50€

  • A digital unconference but €€€ needed for good servers: 100€

  • Grocery shopping for vulnerable groups - volunteers needed

  • Love letters! I will send 100 letters/postcards - €€ for stamps

  • Care packages for the doctors and nurses  - volunteers needed

  • Letters to people hospitalized - 

  • Zoom subscription for workshops - €€€ needed

  • DIY Seed Bombs, which we can throw from out windows and in our walks to the ground so they grow peacefully while we are inside 

  • Documentary ?

Open Questions

  • How do we set up the platform so people can easily donate to the different causes? (there was the idea to build in a donate button for every dream)

  • Is the Dreams Platform best suited for people to volunteer in helping out others’ Dreams? (there is the button to “volunteer now”, but probably could be placed in a better place)

  • What is the criteria for dreams to be uploaded?

  • How can we ensure transparency?

“...We need the courage to create ourselves daily, to be bodacious enough to create ourselves daily — as Christians, as Jews, as Muslims, as thinking, caring, laughing, loving human beings. I think that the courage to confront evil and turn it by dint of will into something applicable to the development of our evolution, individually and collectively, is exciting, honorable…” Maya Angelou

“ It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.” Darwin


walto Sun 29 Mar 2020 2:02PM

Regarding the application process, I believe these principles stand out:

  • no commerce & gifting: people donate money, but the gift that is enabled is unconditional and does not give something in return to the gift

  • Self expression: it is not "just" about helping people, but for people to search and find in themselves their own authentic and unique gifts

  • participation & community: we encourage sustainable connections between people, either through co-volunteering or shared experiences

Something to consider: do we have a geographical focus or even limit? Suggestion: focus on Berlin, but not exclusive


walto Sun 29 Mar 2020 2:04PM

I love the quarantaenehelden and it is so encouraging to see there are so many more helpers than there are needs. I believe the added value we could bring with something like the Dreams platform, is to bring art, performance and self-expression back into the game.

As humans, we have base needs, but desire connection and "something more". I hope the Corona Dreams (we need to find a better name!) could do just that.


Daisy Mon 30 Mar 2020 11:07AM

thank you Flo!!! :) How was fast!
I am writing the text now and I will send it by tonight/tomorrow morning.

I have no idea about the image, maybe i could reach out to the visual artist of the community?
And regarding the input requirements.. I am not sure. Contact information? Location? How they connect/engage with the KB community?


Daisy Mon 30 Mar 2020 11:08AM

thank you Flo!!! :) How was fast!
I am writing the text now and I will send it by tonight/tomorrow morning.

I have no idea about the image, maybe i could reach out to the visual artist of the community?
And regarding the input requirements.. I am not sure. Contact information? Location? How they connect/engage with the KB community?


Franzi Wed 1 Apr 2020 1:53PM

I love it! it would be such a great outlet for all the creative energy floating around we could really combine it with leave a better trace and civic responsibilities <3


walto Tue 31 Mar 2020 1:32PM

@Tiny let's keep this thread open for now ;)


Flo Mon 30 Mar 2020 7:54AM

Buenas Dias Burning Activists!

I removed the kiezburn form validations and skimmed the dreams form down to a few form inputs.

A couple of things we still need for the platform

  • It still pretty much looks like the old website. A convincing image that shows what we intend to do with this platform would

  • Text for the front page

  • Form input requirements. What kind of data do we need from our burner activists?


Daisy Sun 29 Mar 2020 12:47PM

<3 wujuuuu co-creation time!


Daisy Sun 29 Mar 2020 12:47PM

Thank you everyone for the feedback and great points you've made, I agree with all of them.

I will start a google doc with the guidelines, welcome text, FAQ and support links. I will share it after for review.

What should our application process be? I agree with Alex that it should be open to the everyone, but I would like to use our principles as a framework.Any suggestions on this?

@Flo I super agree with your approach, if you could make those changes would be very happy. I talked to Saskia and she gaved her consent.


Flo Sun 29 Mar 2020 12:12PM

Thank you for the initiative @Daisy, I think it's a great idea to transform the dreamers platform into a covid-19-crisis dreamers platform. The Points you listed are great ideas.

There are already other websites sprouting up. One that I found interesting was which helps to connect people who need help and who want to help.

In order to turn the dreamers website into a sort of a listing platform for covid19 projects some things would have to be changed:

  • the forms of the dream creation

  • disable most of the validations that are in place

  • A dream would not be connected with the kiezburn event anymore and would have different requirements with different guidelines. These would have to be worked out.

  • As said earlier to fund the projects I'd say a link to a paypal pool or a gofoundme page would be good.

  • Some texts would need to be changed as well :
    - FAQ, rewrite it or just leave the whole FAQ page out
    - Front page - welcome text

If you agree with this approach, I could set the dreams website up shortly in a way that I believe would work.
But regarding texts and guidelines I'd need your help to align the text and the vision according to your ideas.


walto Sat 28 Mar 2020 9:39PM

I really like this initiative. Who knows what kind of fun ways we could find to connect during these days? I think for example of Bruno's Bamory, that could send people on the street on an individual audio journey while still feeling connected through distant interactions (e.g. "now wave to the person across the river who is also hearing the same now on their audio journey")

The changes I would see desired to the Dreams platform:

  • do away with the whole voting thing

  • the application form needs to be simplified massively

  • we do need some guidelines, I think, on what we want to see here (e.g. is "donate to person X who cannot do live performances anymore" enough or do we want something like "donate for a live performance that will stream then"?)

  • Integration with existing platforms would be super cool. For example in the application form, people could indicate a way that people can support them, this could be Paypal, gofundme,.... and then, when people insert a link to that platform, it would automatically appear in the Dream as a button-link

Very happy to co-create on this!

toedeloe and much distant love


Tiny Sat 28 Mar 2020 11:41AM

I got zoom pro, too💞 offering. Also, join our burning man festival online today starting at 4pm, see my Facebook page for link. Still a few event slots available. And we'll burn the temple


Alex Kaos Sat 28 Mar 2020 11:40AM

I think it's a wonderful idea. It shouldn't be too hard to set up and get rolling, but I think that needs the opinion of our Dream Platform Robot Meister @Flo !

  • As far as I could tell, only the application questions and guidelines needs to be changed in order to technically have the dreams platform running for this.

  • The guidelines to support Dreamers to set everything up would need to be set-up. I would think that the best thing would be to collect video tutorials on - "How to set up a gofundme, kickstarter etc", as well as "setting up a paypal money-pool". These videos can be easily found and don't need to be made, just put in a place where the dreamers can easily find it.

  • I have found out that money earned from crowdfunding of this kind technically counts as income. Which means that the Dreamers would theoretically need to keep their receipts and managed their bookeeping in order in order to prove that there was no 'net' income, so as to avoid having to pay income tax on the money. (Just like freelancers, small business owners and Kiez burn have to do). This is only necessary if the Finanzamt perform an individual audit, which is highly unlikely with low-income bracket persons. Still, good practice pays off if you ever want to not be in the low-income bracket.

  • I would personally be resistant to restricting who can upload a dream. In my opinion part of the beauty of the Dreams Platform is that the Gifter can make their own decision as to whether the Dreamer is reliable and trustworthy enough to fulfill their Dream without being audited by other members of the community. This also minimizes the amount of work volunteers need to do.

I would love to help out with this in some way, as it resonates with a proposal I was considering for KB2019 anyways, and I would like to support experimenting with this method of Direct-Art-Grants (DAGs).

For the time being I would offer to make a video to help explain to Dreamers how to handle their expenses on their side (how to organize receipts, what to be mindful of, best practices etc). This I believe to both be legally responsible and also personally empowering, as taking control of your finances can be the final crutch in experiencing the next level of Freedom.


Sven Dudink Sat 28 Mar 2020 9:43AM

Just throwing out, if anyone needs zoom pro, just write me a pm or whatsapp/telegram 01738346578 and ill share my login with you

you where also searching for a server, we still have a unused server from strato (model V40) if there is any interest from someone to configure a unconference, its payed up till the end of the year and fully unsused


Mareike Fri 27 Mar 2020 7:46AM

Love the idea @Daisy ! unfortunately I can't really help setting this up technically. But if we find someone who can I could help with communicating, texts, design or something similar. Love to keep dreams alive in a way we wouldn't have thought a few weeks ago.


Daisy Thu 26 Mar 2020 11:44AM

@waldo @Franzi @Alexxx @Remy Schneider @Cris @Alina, also known as Milda! @Erin Jeavons-Fellows @Mareike @Saskia (The Fuzzy Facilitator) @Bee @Robot Ministry's Helper Bot