Ethos - Lightning In A Bottle

Ethos

Lightning In A Bottle is designed, built and curated based on a core ethos centered on sustainability, harm reduction, cultural respect, and most of all, creating an environment for extraordinary experiences. These principles guide LIB’s vision and its team’s decision-making every step of the way.

Sustainability Mission

Renewable Energy

LIB reduces as much energy use as possible through energy management initiatives. These include investing in LED stage lighting as much as possible, and using compact fluorescent bulbs in all other areas. Where possible, we also use solar lights.

Free Water

Since 2006 we have been giving away free water and are happy to see other festivals around the world pick up on that trend. This initiative creates zero waste, zero shipping, zero fuel, and eliminates plastic packaging and toxic chemicals leaching into the water.

Green Team

LIB’s Green Team tirelessly works to keep the event green and clean. The Green Team educates attendees on recycling, composting, and keeping the grounds clean for a greater festival experience.

LIB is a drug-free event. That’s the law of the land. But we know that despite this, people will choose to use drugs, just as they do in larger society. Harm Reduction is a set of practical strategies where the goal is reducing the negative consequences of drug use. We want to keep people alive, happy and out of the Medical tent, so we work with several partner organizations to make sure our attendees stay safe and informed.

LIB Rangers & Medical Team

You’ll see the LIB Rangers walking around, wearing khaki t-shirts and a radio. They are skilled in conflict resolution and calling for any help needed. The Medical Team can provide all of the best festival medical care needed at the Med Tent.

MAPS Zendo Project

If you’re having a difficult experience, whether drug-related or not, you can visit the Zendo Project, located next to the Medical Tents. Volunteers will help provide a safe space until you are ready to rejoin the festival. We’ve had Zendo Project on-site since 2013.

DanceSafe

Got a question about drugs, or just need a pair of free earplugs? Stop by the DanceSafe booth – since 1998, this organization has been promoting health and safety within the nightlife and festival community. We’ve had DanceSafe onsite since 2013.

Drug Policy Alliance #SaferPartying Campaign

We’re happy to be recognized by this organization as the leader among US festivals in taking a Harm Reduction approach to drug use. Check out this program if you want to help encourage other festivals to do the same or support campaigns to change drug policy.

Read More

LIB’s Zero Tolerance Sexual Harassment Policy and the Safety Teams That Support It

 

Since its inception, we at Lightning In A Bottle have worked hard to create a safe and caring space where everyone can feel free to celebrate and express themselves without fear. The recent reports of sexual harassment and assault at festivals breaks our hearts and remind us all to remain vigilant around the issue of consent.

 

To be clear, LIB is a space with zero tolerance for any form of harassment or assault!

 

It is our responsibility as a community to foster a safe space for everyone in attendance at LIB. Festival’s are dynamic environments where it is easy for signals to get scrambled. Only yes means yes and enthusiastic consent must be obtained for any type of physical touch or sexual encounter.

 

If you, or someone you know, experiences harassment at any time please immediately reach out to our medical, security, ranger, and/or harm reduction staff (our Safety Teams). If you see anyone being harassed or a vulnerable person in danger of being assaulted find the nearest ranger (dressed in khaki and wearing a radio) and alert them to the situation. If there are no rangers nearby find any staff member with a radio, calmly explain the situation to them, and wait for assistance. Please respect the privacy of all involved and practice discretion and confidentiality when reporting an incident.

 

LIB’s Safety Teams are available day and night to ensure that you are safe, comfortable, and thriving at LIB throughout the entire weekend. The rangers and medical team are trained and ready to support you and ensure confidentiality to the highest extent possible in any situation of harassment or assault, so please make use of this valuable resource if you feel unsafe or hurt in any way.

 

The above goes for any type of situation you experience or observe that may be dangerous, harmful, or threatening. Our Safety Teams are here to help and support. Please rely on them.

 

Thank you for keeping our community a place where people can escape the worries of everyday life to gather, create, and inspire those around them. With each individual positive action, we take a step closer to changing the world.

LIB champions cultural respect of all kinds. We focus special attention on music festival culture and its relations to Native cultures. Embracing the current tribal trends does not assert individuality, rather it situates oneself comfortably among a culture of power that continues to oppress Native peoples.

Sporting a headdress or other imitation accessories that were not received through cultural rights or permission, and the understanding that comes with it, means being a walking representative of 500+ years of colonialism and racism.

Native peoples are still here, fighting for basic human & religious rights, and for respect. The realities they face often remain invisible because the majority of society learns about Native cultures in textbooks, cartoons, and movies. At Halloween, Indian costumes are sold alongside Spiderman, mermaids, and fictional characters. Many people grow up playing “cowboys and indians” or watching sports that have Indian mascots. These experiences support the entitlement of non-native people to perpetuate stereotypes (noble savage, warriors, pristine environmentalists, shamans or magic indians).