Billy Hunt's Scream-a-Tron, which captures the look on your face when you hit a certain decibel level.

Billy Hunt’s Scream-a-Tron, which captures the look on your face when you hit a certain decibel level.

“CC DIGs LPs that are Radical-IER.” (That is, more radical than all the other LPs.)

We were giving a talk the other night on applications of the 10 Principles, and I was worried that I’d forget one. Which is not actually a worry, but a likely outcome, based on my past experiences trying to recite them from memory!

So I decided that I needed a little mnemonic to help me along… the stupider the better (more stupid = more memorable, right?) As a result, to remember the 10 Principles, I picture a very hipster looking guy wearing a flannel shirt with an embroidered name patch that says “CC”. Because that’s his name. He really likes OLD RECORDS, so I picture him holding a few (he DIGs LPs). But he only likes the ones that are crazier than all the others (Radical-IER) so the cover art I see is 3D psychelic with programmable LEDs (or something).

  • CC – Which 2 principles start with C? Answer: Communal Effort and Civic Responsibility
  • DIGs – Which principles start with D, I, & G? Answer: Decommodification, Immediacy, and Gifting
  • LPs – Which principles start with L and P? Answer: Leave No Trace, and Participation
  • Radical-IER – There are 3 principles that start with the word “Radical” – a Radical I, a Radical E, and a Radical R (hence Radical-IER). What’s the Radical I? Radical Inclusion, of course. What’s the Radical E? That’s Radical Self-Expression. What’s the Radical R? That would be Radical Self-Reliance.

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