This is clearly not the crowd to do a reality show with. Perhaps 15 of the 19 people assembled thought the values or impact of a reality television production crew filming was not worth whatever we might get paid.
This group of prospective urban communards were also into living with children and somehow under this topic pets got snuck into the conversation, lots of dog and cat lovers in this group as well.
We did spend several minutes talking about governance models including:
- Dictatorship of the proletariat
- Responsible Anarchy
- Self selected troika
The dictatorship of the proletariat was a joking Marx reference. The self selecting troika was poking fun at Rez, GPaul and myself as initial organizers. We did not really have anyone advocating for democracy, as in voting systems. There is some level of broad cultural agreement between these participants that consensus was the way to go. Many had experienced C. T. Butler’s conventional consensus. I pitched my favorite pieces of sociocracy (quick reaction rounds and the desirability candidate selection models) which basically includes consensus. But really, for an item as powerful as decision making the group seemed broadly satisfied with some flavor of everyone agrees or stands aside plus advanced communication tools.
We worked for 5 hours, touched on a myriad of topics from food to income engines to community projects and space needs and group fun. We broke within minutes of our agreed completion time. Most people seemed quite satisfied with the meeting, and research and networking next steps were agreed on before our next planned February meeting.
And as is often the case at these meetings some of the most important conversations took place after the meeting. Jas talked about his work on climate disruption and we ran fantasies of a Point A incarnation that was running multiple styles of campaigns on sustainable electricity generation and carbon abatement. The advantage of selecting climate disruption as the issue (“climate change” is way out, in that it is a deceptively soothing name for a jarring problem) is there are so many handles to grab it with. Everything from cargo bikes, to urban wind and solar stations, to working on broader campaigns against specific dirty facilities or in favor of a carbon tax.
And while this talk was exciting and inspiring, the most important of all perhaps was with Steve at 4 AM. He wants to start scouting. I talked about Can Masdeu in Barcelona, where they searched for a year until they finally found an abandoned hospital, which they squatted and still control now a decade later. Steve and i were in agreement that we wanted to come through the front door (be legal and present as we are) but Steve and i both started getting excited about an abandoned hospital in DC which is right near a metro station.
Zero net carbon footprint low cost housing anyone?
[Edited by Judy Youngquest]