Key Ideas & Goals
Our four major goals for the community (in no particular order)
- Social - We want people around
to watch movies with, to go to the beach with, to comfort us
when we are sad, to tell us when we are being foolish, and to
make our lives richer, and we don't want to have to get in a
car just to see them.
- Network - We want the synergy
of living near lots of interesting, competent people who have
a wide variety of skills and interests. There should always be
someone who says "I'd love to help you build a trebuchet",
or "Maybe I can help, I know a bit of hungarian."
- Trust & Safety - We want
to be able to leave things outside when we aren't around, to
leave our doors unlocked when we go for walks, and to trust our
neighbors to watch our safety as they watch their own. We want
a safe place to live, to grow, and eventually, to raise children.
- Efficiency - We don't want
to each buy our own circular saws. We don't want to have a huge
TV in each of our apartments that sits unused 95% of the day.
We want a jacuzzi, a pool table, and a T1 (and it would be neat
if we could use them all at once!)
Some of our key principles for the community are:
- Independent & Trustworthy Citizens - Because we
have a small community of like-minded individuals, we trust them
to act within the interests of themselves and the community.
The "honor system" will be used whenever practical.
- Reality - While trusting in our community, we also
acknowledge the realities of human nature. An example: At our
college, there was a coffee cart, which supplied juice, bagels,
and legal stimulants to students between classes. For a while,
payment for this cart operated on an honor system, with a list
of prices and a basket for bills and coins. Our college had a
strong sense of community and many things operated on the honor
system, but this one did not work. Whether because of outsiders,
because it was too easy to say "I'll pay tomorrow"
and then forget, or because people simply didn't feel like being
honorable about thirty-five cents, the experiment was a failure.
That is Reality.
- Expandability - Our IC may start with as few as 4
people. Ideally, it will peak at 50-100. Thus we need a flexible
physical and organizational structure that allows us to grow
as the years progress.
- Distributed- We believe that decentralizing authority
and responsibility is an important part of forming a community
- Efficiency and Economies of Scale - By sharing the
costs of group facilities, they become cheaper and available
to all. When each individual owns a computer, it often goes unused.
When shared, fewer are needed per capita, thus reducing the cost
to all. Facilities such as jacuzzi's are rarely practical for
individuals, but are practically required for a community.
- Simplicity - We will attempt to keep guidelines simple,
trusting in our community to interpret and obey the spirit of
the rules correctly in individual cases. For example, a community
pool might only be open until midnight on weekdays, because its
noise disturbs those who live in the single nearby building.
If the inhabitants of that residence are out of town for the
week, there would be no reason to limit swimming hours.
Some things which are not goals of our community, although
they are important to other IC's, are:
- Spiritual Enlightenment
- Zero-Impact Environmentalism
- Complete Independence From Society
- Communal Property and Income
To learn about some of our governmental and organizational
issues, continue on to the next section.
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last modified August 4, 1999.