This is inspired by Compersia, a commune in Washington DC. you can find the original document here.
Vision/Vision Statement (most theoretical, grand principals)
We strive to create amongst ourselves and in the world around us a society of equals, each giving according to their ability and taking according to their need. We will govern ourselves cooperatively in a way that both respects our autonomy and acknowledges our interdependence. In this way we seek both to develop a model to be emulated and to actively engage in transforming the world around us. We are in the world to change the world. We know that this is a challenging and ambitious goal and so we require members who are well suited to this ambitious and difficult work.
There is nothing truly independent in the world and we commit to striving for the enrichment of all while we strive for our own enrichment. There is much suffering in the world and we feel bound by our compassion to strive to relieve it. It is not enough for us to turn inward and make a good life for ourselves only. Our work is to make a more totally awesome world for everyone, forever and ever and ever. Our method is to make sure that everyone, and all of life including animals, can be happy and free and that, as a society of whatever scale, we are caring for and being cared for by each other.
We are locating ourselves in Living Springs, a rural neighborhood which was originally intended to be a place where Christians demonstrated living heaven on earth. This vision, created by its founders in 1998, has fallen short, and the neighborhood could use a lot of positive energy.
By living here in a poor rural area, (Madison County is one of the poorest counties in Arkansas) we are also locating ourselves where our solutions are most applicable and opportunities to resist and undermine the structures of oppression are most numerous. The chance encounters of the neighborhood and surrounding areas cause us to engage with people who do not share our values or our culture, forcing us to examine and hone our ideas and challenging us to expand the inclusiveness of our vision. The beautiful nature that we are surrounded by are also incredible resources for our ambitious project of social transformation.
Mission (what are we trying to do)
To create a productive & expressive, non-violent, egalitarian, income-sharing, ecologically sustainable, sociocraticly governed community on 19 acres of land that holds an almost completed common house.
To make a common economy where we hold our land and property, labor and time, and the products of our labor in common to be distributed according to need. To have as a community and as members of that community, a commitment to interpersonal work and our relationships to each other.
To be always engaged, as a community, in the work of social transformation whether that be growing our own community, starting new communities, or supporting other cooperative & creative projects aligned with our mission. To make possible by our collectivity things that are not possible in isolation.
Goals (concrete measurable goals that we’re immediately headed towards)
• Create a residential rural community of 20 or more people.
• Devote at least 10% of our money and labor to good works.
• Be financially self sufficient including a pension fund and health care for our members.
• Be at or below a sustainable level of consumption of globally limited resources.
• Once established: Complete at least one large collective project a year in each of the following areas: Art & Art Grants, Improving the Community, Direct Neighborhood & Regional outreach, Global Impact
*Demonstrate vegan permaculture as a viable way to grow food
*invite people with various projects to join the community and utilize the resources to live their dreams
*Finish the Common House and get electricity
*Create cottage industries that help support us financially
*Build tiny houses and huts so people can have comfortable individual spaces.
*Revitalize the dwellings that can use some help including a YOME, trailer, and fallen down house.
*Help create a Vegan World by 2026
Aspirations (far future goals)
• Help start other communities in our neighborhood and elsewhere
• Inspire a gift economy that will be global