Tue 15 May 2018 10:45AM

GREETER MANUAL / Greeters Info Collection

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The greeters are going to point out important information to new arrivals. If your team wants something to be mentioned by the greeters, let us know here!

Greeters are going to welcome new arrivals, perform the virgin ritual, point people to their camps or possible free-camping spots if necessary as well as towards important structures (welfare, first aid...).

Greeters explain and in some cases demonstrate the principles for new arrivals, especially virgins.

We're looking for input especially from:
- The temple team, especially in absence of a guardian lead
- The ceremony team
- Welfare, Security & First Aid about MUST MENTIONS
- Volunteers / Arbeitsamt

The amount of information the greeters give is heavily dependent on the influx of people arriving at the gate. If you lifted some decision-work from our shoulders by pre-prioritizing your information, we'd be glad.
Possible prioritizing stages are:

  • Must mention for everyone
  • Should be mentioned to virgins
  • Super cool to mention but only if there's no time pressure (e.g. fun things that are also mentioned in the program but happen soon)

Google Doc for you to comment and add to


Saskia Wed 13 Jun 2018 12:02PM

Hei @karlowalz - Arbeitsamt is not the same as greeters. Maybe repost your question in the Arbeitsamt post. Arbeitsamt is just something that is pointed out by the greeters for people who wish to volunteer or sign up for a volunteer shift on side after arrival. I will link the Arbeitsamt post at the bottom of this comment, just click it :)

But in short: Be available to answer questions (hence a lot of people at arbeitsamt are involved in KBORG as they have been involved before and have a broad picture of everything that needs to be known). hand out food tokens for people who had a volunteer shifts, let people who want to volunteer spontaneously where help is needed.

@hannamaijahelvi correct me if I have said anything wrong here


Steffen Lepa Wed 13 Jun 2018 12:02PM

The manual is great, but I recommend adding page numbers!


Saskia Mon 11 Jun 2018 8:35AM

Edit: But I do all of the manual freiwillig, so well, you are invited to provide a perfect manual for me to implement if you're not happy with my job. :)


Hei Karlo,
the principles will be more balanced, this is a working document. all principles will be laid out & the greeters space will include information about them. We will not exclude any of them. Visual representation in form of signs, invitations to contemplate, talk and discuss other principles will be available in and around the space to encourage engagement with all the principles.

The emphasis on LNT & consent & participation is made because of the high number of free campers and virgins and because they are the principles very dear to me personally. Means: virgin ritual as well as greeter gifting are conversation hooks for those principles.
Additionally, in my POV - if someone is not able to follow the principle of immediacy, that is his/her personal problem. If someone is not aware of the principle of self-reliance it is almost too late at the gate to point them to it (except they can take a ride to Demmin and buy the food they forgot to bring there).
But not being aware of the importance of LNT, participation and consent will put reasonable problems of a number of (especially KBORG & mothership & welfare) shoulders at KB because it is inflicting others in a significant way.

So whereas I personally perceive every one of the principles to be equally important, I feel that a certain prioritization in the limited time the greeters have to greet is a valid approach.

If you have a good idea how to equally engage conversations about all principles in a balanced way without trapping arrivals in the greeter space for a too extended period of time and without it seeming too imbalanced, you are welcome to add them (using comments or here).

The language will be modified to represent advice and recommendations, except it is something that is actually a 'you must not (go into the lake with sunscreen on f.e.)' . Because there are must nots and they should be expressed as such.

I hope that helps. :)


Saskia Wed 16 May 2018 4:37PM

I will implement at least a couple of ways to encourage the greeters to interact with the guests & explain LNT in a fun and demonstrative way. Gifts as well as virgin ritual will give opportunities for this, if everything happens according to plan.