A Question of Longevity

This is the next in a series that I’ve posting here on questions that have gone up on the Commune Life Facebook page. Here’s the first question we reposted and the second and the third and the fourth and finally the fifth and latest.

In early January, I posted this question on our Facebook page:

Here’s a sampling of the responses that I received:

My comment at the end of the thread is actually a response to Lucy Perry’s question at the beginning of it.

Honestly, I wish I knew a magic formula to guarantee longevity for communities. It is possible; look at Twin Oaks. But, as Julia points out, even longevity brings its problems.

A Question of Longevity

A Question of Hierarchies

We have been putting questions on our Facebook page and getting a lot of responses. I (Raven) am now putting them out as Friday reposts so that blog readers can see what we’ve been doing on Facebook and some of the comments that we have gotten. Here’s the first question we reposted and the second and the third and the fourth and most recent.

In this back and forth, Theresa raises the question of the place of hierarchies in egalitarian communities. Is this a paradox or an admission that a flat playing field isn’t completely possible, even in communities that struggle for it?

This got lots of responses, beginning with:

This led to a back and forth between Shari McRae and Gil Benmoshe (with contributions from Theresa and Nicole Bienfang:

This was where the dialogue ended, but the question is still open: in ‘egalitarian’ communities, how do we deal with the fact that some folks will always have more experience than others? Do we reward it, or try to contain it?

A Question of Hierarchies

A Question of Income Sharing

from the Commune Life Facebook page

We have been putting questions on our Facebook page and getting a lot of responses. I (Raven) am now putting them out as Friday reposts so that blog readers can see what we’ve been doing on Facebook and some of the comments that we have gotten. Here’s the first question we reposted and the second and the third.

Theresa asked this question at the end of December:

Here are some of the responses–including a couple of replies from Theresa:

I will add that I (Raven) choose to share my income because it’s a direct challenge to the capitalist system that values one person (and their labor) over another. I feel like when I am in an income sharing community, we are all working together, to support each other, instead of competing to get what we can.

A Question of Income Sharing

A Question of Consensus

from the Commune Life Facebook page

We have been putting questions on our Facebook page and getting a lot of responses. I (Raven) am now putting them out as Friday reposts so that blog readers can see what we’ve been doing on Facebook and some of the comments that we have gotten. Here’s the first question we reposted.

Maximus/Theresa asked this question back in November:

Again, there many (as in 22) comments. Here is a representative sample:

(Sadly, Susan Stoddard has passed away since this post. She was a sharp observer and a frequent commenter.)

Feel free to add your comments as to when consensus is appropriate and when it might not be.

A Question of Consensus

A Question of Diversity

from the Commune Life Facebook page

by Raven East Brook

I wrote this question to see what people thought:

As you can see we received 28 comments in reply. Here are a few of them.

(Unfortunately, Susan Stoddard, a long-time traveler within the communities, passed away in December.)

As much as I hate Facebook for what it is, it’s an amazing forum for people to add their thoughts. I will publish some more of the questions and comments that we have received from the Commune Life Facebook page in future Friday posts.

A Question of Diversity