141 – Ageism and membership

How will age affect the process of entering the community? While in many entries there has been discussion of this there should be a clarity of what it means to 'enter' the community. In many communes, monastic groups around the world there are full-time members living in the community perpetually, there are transitionals (laypersons), novices, [...]

140 – Community Hierarchy

How will the hierarchy of the community be decided? There shouldn't be a huge hierarchy, any sufficiently complex hierarchy creates too many divisions between those elected and those not elected into positions of control. We are all different levels of our chosen disciplines. An elected official only holds power only within the purview of his [...]

138 – legal status of the community

How would the community be viewed by a government? Which, to clarify means as a charity, foundation, enterprise, a Higher Education Corporation etc. etc. Due to the intricate issues of law dependent on the country that the community resides this is not easy to answer. For example how would Islamic laws on finance affect savings [...]

137 – relationships and family

How should relationships and families be integrated into the community? The community, while sharing similarities with monastic orders has far more in common with a campus university or kibbutz. A working collaborative commune in which people will invariably fall in love, have families and of course disputes. Evidently, there should be no restrictions on what [...]

136 – Rule creation

How should rules be decided on? This has been discussed in part in e76 and normally after a founding document (constitution) being created by a random community of full time community members (advocates). Rules in such a document should be considered rules of conduct for the community itelf and should not clash or supersede with [...]

135 – Crime & Punishment

How should members be 'punished' if there is an infraction of the community rules? The rules in question here are the rules of conduct, within the walls of the community and are not to be confused with civil law, transgressions of civil law such as rape, assault or theft will be dealt with by the [...]

134 – Size of a community

How many people should be the maximum for a community? This question requires a large amount of speculation. There are so many contributing factors such as space constraints, economic constraints, a sufficient number of of educators, trainers, advocates or mentors, in history there are records of monastic communities in the thousands, with fields of grain, [...]

132 – Salaries and Savings

How much do members earn? At this point, this is very much an exercise in speculation. But some approximate values can be expressed based on current incomes for technically specialized people. In the UK for example, at time of writing, a graduate with 2 years experience can expect to receive anything from £20-30,000 depending on [...]