3. Align with Group Agreements and Governance

  • 3. Align with Group Agreements and Governance

    Posted by Oscar Regen Tribe 🔺 on May 10, 2023 at 6:43 pm

    Social Outlook

    This is one of the four dimensions of sustainability, and it is important to examine your project’s choices in social sustainability. Take a look at the considerations you should be making below. Replace this block of text with your own short statement on how you want to approach social sustainability (equity, inclusivity, etc.), then fill out the subsections below.

    Personal Regeneration

    The inner work required to bravely reimagine life in a regenerative community is an intense undertaking. There is a risk of unconsciously repeating some of the same societal patterns you seek to restructure. A healthy community requires healthy individuals. Likewise, community commitment to personal growth is essential for community longevity.

    For healthy individuals that can communicate maturely within community, it is important to have practices from each category:

    Self-Reflection

    Healing / Emotional Processing

    Chosen frameworks for self assessment and growth:

    Resources:

    ARC Prosocial Framework

    Relationships

    In governance, your first duty is to cultivate human relationships. Before you can create agreements, solid rapport or bonding needs to occur so that

    Relationship building activities:

    Community Rules

    Decide what you can and cannot do on the land.

    Onboarding Process

    What ways you can bring diversity into your community while maintaining alignment with its core essence?

    Communities often have formal approaches, and at the same time they just feel it out. Individuals experience a gradual welcoming into deeper roles and responsibilities based on how much they show up and invest in the community’s maintenance and growth.

    Example Onboarding Processes:

    Visits – length of minimum stay determined by community

    Work Trades or Internships

    Community Interviews the Individual*

    Community Vote

    Membership fees/initial investment

    Your onboarding process:

    Do you want to include a formal review process of new members? How often?

    Your review process:

    Resources:

    Offboarding Process

    What rights does the community have over members who do not keep their side of agreements?

    Example Onboarding Processes:

    Work Trades or Internships

    Community Interviews the Individual*

    Community Vote

    Membership fees/initial investment

    How to say goodbye to people:

    Have clear rules about what behavior will cause you to be dismissed from the community.

    (Optional) Enact a warning system.

    Make sure it is a community consensus and involve community residents in the decision process.

    Call a meeting to discuss the possibility. Give the person a chance to express their side.

    Have an “exit interview” to gather information about what the community might do better in the future, and suggestions for the individual’s growth.

    Activities that merit a goodbye:

    Old age, mental health, or inability to participate

    Death and bankruptcy

    Legacy – Children and relatives that don’t align with the community values

    Legal Structures

    What legal structure will you choose for your community? Consider organizing your project into multiple legal entities.

    Land Holding

    Land can be owned privately or collectively

    Development Entity

    An entity to handle your finances, development, reinvestment. The business side of your community.

    Operations Entity

    An entity to run your community operations. The community side of your community

    Possible Legal Structures:

    Limited Liability Company (LLC)

    Foundation

    Association

    Church (508c in USA)

    Cooperative

    FairShares Commons

    Land Trust

    Tenancy in Common (TIC)

    Country/Municipaity

    Read the resources below to figure out which structure is best for you.

    Legal structure(s) of choice:

    Legal Structures for Intentional Communities in the US

    “Legal Systems Very Different From Ours”

    Legal Approach

    Your lawyer

    Resources to find lawyers outside the system?

    Resources:

    Governance Structure of Choice

    How we set our agreements:

    How we change our agreements:

    Who gets to participate in the decision making process?

    Ways someone could earn decision-making power:

    Being a (co)founder

    Community Membership

    Fees or Contributions

    Financial Investment

    Sweat equity – doing work

    “Showing up” – being consistently present/engaged

    Proof of stake in the project

    How does someone earn decision-making power in your community?

    Here are some alternative governance methods to explore so that you can choose the most appropriate and inclusive approach. Write your group’s thoughts about each method, and perhaps research each one to pick one to consider for the next section.

    Holocracy

    Sociocracy

    Consensus-building

    DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization)

    Liquid Delegation

    Quadratic Voting

    How will the group make decisions?

    Communication & Conflict Resolution Methods of Choice

    What is the general philosophy for how your community addresses conflict?

    Here are some conflict resolution strategies to be aware of that are widely practiced in successful ecovillages and community projects. Fill out your group’s thoughts about each of these strategies. Is there one that you need to research more on? Select at least 2 methods of conflict resolution you plan to use in your community process.

    Way of Council

    Nonviolent Communication

    Understand the Thomas Kilmann Model

    Circle

    Peer Mediation

    Consensus Building

    Meta Agreements

    https://github.com/targetteal/o2-pt/blob/master/EN/meta-agreements.md

    Facilitation Methods

    Resources: liberating structures, sessionlab

    Inclusivity Agreements

    Use this space to create a manifesto of sorts about your community’s accessibility and inclusivity. How will you consider these aspects when planning your community? Replace this block of text with your summary statement of your group’s general beliefs about inclusivity, then collectively answer the following questions.

    How do you make your space inclusive to all people? Consider the attitudes – and the specific practices that uphold them – to include people of differing age, physical/mental ability, race, income level, gender nonconformity, and neurodiversity.

    Age

    Example practice

    Physical Ability

    Example practice

    Mental Ability

    Example practice

    Race

    Example practice

    Income Level

    Example practice

    Gender Nonconformity

    Example practice

    Neurodiversity

    Example practice

    How do you identify blind spots when it comes to creating true inclusivity? What processes will you put in place to uphold inclusivity?

    Resources:

    Write about other agreements that ensure social equity within the community, i.e. anti-hierarchical structures.

    Resources:

    How does your community respect the local indigenous communities (past and present), honor their existence, and include them in community participation?

    Resources:

    Intergenerational Care

    How does your community care for its elders?

    How does your community train and apprentice young people to be empowered to carry on the community vision?

    Education

    Views on education

    Education for kids

    Education for adults

    What kind of education is available within your community?

    Will higher education be available inside your community?

    Use of Technology

    How does your community relate to and integrate technology into its daily life?

    Community Stipulations

    What happens if the community closes?

    What happens when a community member wants to sell their share or lot?

    Ecological Outlook

    Ecological Belief System

    Write the overarching philosophies your community members share about how to coexist with nature. How does your community view the local environment and the global ecosystem? Why does your community choose to live in ecologically mindful ways?

    Ecological Practices

    What general ecological practices will your community use?

    Permaculture Design

    How would you like to incorporate this practice into your community?

    Resources:

    Green Building Methods

    How would you like to incorporate this practice into your community?

    Resources:

    Renewable Energy

    How would you like to incorporate this practice into your community?

    Resources:

    Water Management

    How would you like to incorporate this practice into your community?

    Resources:

    Waste Management / Reduction

    How would you like to incorporate this practice into your community?

    Resources:

    Regenerative Agriculture & Food Security

    How would you like to incorporate this practice into your community?

    Resources:

    Indigenous Worldview

    How would you like to incorporate this practice into your community?

    Resources:

    Generational Impact Assessment

    How would you like to incorporate this practice into your community?

    Resources:

    Commitments to Conservation

    What are your community’s commitments to conservation over development?

    Resiliency & Solutions to Climate Emergencies

    What climate emergencies is your community susceptible to?

    How will you design your community to mitigate these climate threats?

    Economic Beliefs & Practices

    Economic Belief Systems

    What does your community believe in when it comes to economic systems?

    Does your community have an alternative mission for the economic interactions of its inhabitants, both within the community and outside of the community?

    How does your community plan to relate to the established economic system?

    How does your community plan to help the current economic system evolve?

    Cultivating Abundance

    Define abundance

    How your community will cultivate abundance

    “8 Forms of Capital”

    How much material capital will your community share?

    Economic Practices Within the Community

    How expenses are shared

    How work is shared

    How participation is rewarded

    Money

    Gifts

    Privileges and Special Access

    Tokens

    Status or Influence

    Are you familiar with these, or know anyone who is? How would you like to incorporate these economic concepts into your community?

    Alternative Economic Systems to be aware of:

    Gift Economies – Economies based on reciprocity and “paying it forward or back” in the mindset of shared abundance and frequent sharing and gifting.

    How would you like to incorporate this practice into your community?

    Resources:

    Local Currency Creation – Creating a new currency within the community to stabilize your own economics, symbolically disconnect from other global currencies, and/or create value that can only be circulated within the community.

    How would you like to incorporate this practice into your community?

    Resources:

    Shared Income Models – All roles in the community (income earning or not) are compensated, and streams of community income are shared. Private income streams can also be shared in a communal pot that improves the quality of life of all community members.

    How would you like to incorporate this practice into your community?

    Resources:

    Cryptocurrency – Use of crypto, blockchain-based currencies within a community and accepting certain forms of crypto as payment.

    How would you like to incorporate this practice into your community?

    Resources:

    Barter – Trading goods in place of currency.

    How would you like to incorporate this practice into your community?

    Resources:

    Work Trade or Time Bank models – Accepting time as a currency, irrespective of where the time was invested, as long as it was invested somewhere in the community model. Accepting work/time/labor in exchange for valuable services or goods within the community, or simply in exchange for accommodations and food.

    How would you like to incorporate this practice into your community?

    Resources:

    A Commons –

    Open Value Network?

    Community-based insurance

    Community-based pensions

    Community-funded UBI (use Circles)

    Resource-based economy

    Community Care

    UBI/Community Member Stipends

    Insurance and Pensions

    Worldview

    Shared Community Outlook on Life

    What beliefs unite your community? These beliefs include personal shared interests and hobbies (art, herbalism, technology, surfing etc.), lifestyle choices (diet, off-grid homesteading, etc.), and fundamental shared values such as spirituality and politics. What are the primary qualities that community members are looking to share with each other? What will be the daily life of your community?

    Include shared beliefs of intolerance of certain things, like a zero tolerance of drugs or a no-waste lifestyle that avoids all plastic.

    Make a list of key activities, and/or write paragraphs describing the community’s shared life outlook and activities.

    Unshared Community Outlook on Life

    What diversity of opinion do you respect? While it is certainly very healthy to welcome a variety of people, it is also perfectly acceptable for a community to define, for example, that they are a vegan community and would therefore prefer all-vegan members. If that is so, include those aspects above, in the shared community outlook. Here, you may write about what the community is open and tolerant about, such as different spiritual beliefs, political outlooks, and lifestyle practices.

    Resources

    Connection to Nature

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