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Thoughts on Collaboration

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Services, Sales or Trade, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on July 16, 2016 by Drogo

When cooperating with a friend on a project, if they say that they cannot do something a certain way, you can try to negotiate or take time to understand what they are talking about; or else just let them do it their way, and try to be less egotistical about it in the end. Usually most people hold resentment, as though their vision incarnate in an alternate reality would have been better than the real result.

Relations are like tests, the way they are written and graded is at least as important as the way they are taken. When taking the test we may feel we are doing well or failing, but the final grade may be the opposite of what you thought it would be. This risk does not mean the test is not worth taking. Retests may be available, but are often optional. As many times as we take a test, higher scores may not be possible.

In the dance of relations, whether business or friends, find out what will work to facilitate trade, then do it with confident trust. Those that break faith, substantially determine the length of the dance. Less will-power, less dance. Too much egotistic selfishness and the dance will end badly, it takes balance to sustain the dance and desire to dance well.

Work with people that honestly love you AND what you bring to the project. If you get the sense that you appreciate their stuff more than they appreciate yours, be very cautious as they can turn on you due to selfish egotism. Confidence is arrogance when it ultimately ignores friendship for selfish pride. If their selfishness trumps their concern and interest of you, stop working with them asap*. Despite the popular saying “do not mix business and pleasure (friendship)”, and advice that goes along with it due to bad experiences, friends (I mean the best kind of friends) are actually the best people to have partnerships with, provided things are fairly equal or at least good-will based and more pleasure is had by the exchanges, than regret. Some of us prefer to work with ones that love us, because they understand and respect our limitations and gifts; and still want to include us in their lives and projects.

On Living and Working Together – (see main article)

When part of most days are spent doing things with each-other, we should realize it is a partner relationship, and it is very important to evaluate functionality and success whether the goal is just happiness or a project. You cannot really understand who people are, unless you have serious lengthy interactions; and if you cannot spend hours with each-other, pushing, pulling, and in silence, then just realize you do not really know them well enough for major partnership decisions. Even when you have lived with another, which is even harder than long distance, there are things about them which will not make sense to you. It is only through meditation on the shared living experiences and communications, comparing and contrasting ideas and results, words and actions, good and bad feelings, can we have a real basis for knowing if who they are works with who you are sustainably enough to live happily together. This is not to say that anyone is perfectly good to themselves or others all the time, but we can only know relative to our own experiences and wisdom. Desire to do something with partners cannot be so selfish it excludes them; we succeed or fail together with group projects.

Facebook has made it clear to me, that text messages (no matter how personal), are not a true substitute for the kind of testing that must be done in person eventually. However, less challenging communication you have, the less prepared you will be to handle each-other when the hardest tests come. The best indicator that you cannot work together, is if both people harbor more resentment than love consistently.

* ps – get at least one second opinion about what you think they are being selfish about, and if you can have a long personal conversation about it with your partner… DO IT!!! If it is clear that they really do not care about your feelings or they don’t care about your well-being, then take steps as soon as possible to end the relations and cease working on anything related to them. 

Schoenridge Sanctuary Cooperative, Missouri

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 7, 2014 by Drogo

“When we came here a quarter of a century ago we bought 80 acres and a caved in house. We raised the little German cottage from the dead, and began to build our dream of raising rare breeds of livestock that are on the endangered list. We began that dream with American Milking Devon Cows, now extinct in England; then added a few rare breeds of chickens. Well, as Buffy Saint Marie says in her song The Circle Game, our dreams had lost some grandeur coming true. Then came Tess, our grand-daughter who we adopted. I home-schooled her and she grew up knowing every rock and tree on Schoenridge. She learned how to save wildlife and birth calves. She rehabed wildlife for M’Shoogy’s (means Crazy in Yiddish)–look them up on the web, they’re right down the road from us. There have been raccoons, falcons, and deer. One deer still begs for treats at our kitchen door and walks in the woods with us. Tess trained a falcon to come to feed at the sound of her flute, even after she had released her. Now-days there are 70 animals living here…maybe more. We have three American Guinea Hogs going to the University of Minnesota next month. Tess has Silver Fox Rabbits coming from North Carolina on Sunday. She has Dexter Cattle and her fiance’ Ivan raises Chocolate Turkeys. They have quail, alpacas, horses, and goats. Drogo calls it our Sanctuary, this strange mixture of Humane farming and wildlife rehab. Well, it’s mostly Tess’s desire to take up the mantle and continue and improve what we can do in this little piece of the world. Downwardly mobile. That’s what we are. This is our purpose and our pleasure. We all need one.”

–  Karen Boe, Steward of Schoenridge

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Advice, Partners, Cooperation, & Dedication

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Critical Commentary of Civilization with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2013 by Drogo

Regarding Life Long Goals and Dreams…

It is fine to say ‘just do it’ or ‘let’s do it’, and that works fine for simple choices. However, for long term complicated projects, the phrase ‘get ‘er done’ is more easily said than done. It is also true that it can be easier to give advice, than to actually take the same advice. ‘One cannot take one’s own medicine’, as the saying goes. If one were serious about a life long goal, then one would constantly do whatever they could to advance that goal; any chance they got, they would go for it over the years. For partners to invest in a project, they should show commitment by planning to meet for a series of weeks in order to accomplish business tasks: plans, financing, purchases, and contracts for starters. To say you do not have the time to seriously attempt an epic dream, is obviously to not take the dream seriously. In order to achieve difficult goals, large amounts of sacrifice, production, experiences, and resources are needed that are relative to the goal. Major specific investments are needed also, such as committing quality time and effort on the appropriate scale. We can work on our own projects and skills as individuals, but in order to achieve large goals with partners you have to spend many hours working on many issues; over and over again until you arrive at conclusions regarding mutual decisions and principles. If a partner says they are dedicated, but cannot make time for any substantial meetings over the course of several years; it is fair to say they may not actually be dedicated; whether they are conscious of their own failings or not. When such problems occur in a partnership, it is up to at least one of the partners to point out the issues; then if nothing can be done, at least there was an attempt (or attempts) to reconcile. Only individuals can decide for themselves, what they are willing to do to see the project through; and what they are not willing to do. As much as we may want someone else to follow through with what they said they would like to do, we cannot make them do anything; for if they are forced to do something against their will, then all parties will regret it. When people achieve something together because they wanted to do it, then that is the best way. Do not let the ideal of a project, blind you to the flaws of individuals in partners. Many people will not follow through on much, despite what we may see as their potential. People are rarely reliable for anything – this an important flaw in the concept of cooperation. Therefore it is safest to only try to organize short term projects, if you have to include others in your life. If you do not find any reliable partners, not even one, that is ok; it is often best to just do your own thing.

If you do happen to find a reliable partner that shares your dreams, no matter how temporary, good luck going for it and have as much fun as you can.

SCOD related links

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2012 by Drogo

These internet links often have nothing to do with SCOD officially, but are related by subject matter and common interest.

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Greenhouse Effect, the definition

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenhouse_effect

People 4 Social Sustainability (P.S.S.), Where do we stand?

http://www.sustainablecoop.org/westand.html

Homesteading and Survivalism Store

http://homesteadingsurvivalism.myshopify.com/

Natural Remedies

http://www.naturalremedies.org/

Circle Sanctuary

http://www.circlesanctuary.org/ministries/interfaith/

Claymont Society, Property, and Community

http://www.claymontseminars.com/

Earth Architecture

http://www.eartharchitecture.org/index.php?%2Fcategories%2F52-United-States%2FP2.html

Earth First!

http://www.earthfirst.org/

Rainbow Gatherings

http://welcomehome.org/rainbow/

Bushcraft USA  http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/forum.php

Society for Creative Anachronism

http://www.sca.org/

Witch’s Bookshop

http://witchbookstore.blogspot.com/

Green Guide

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SCOD Fallout 2020 Film

http://sites.google.com/site/stowellgalleries/scodgreenhouse/scodfallout

SCOD Members

http://sites.google.com/site/stowellgalleries/scodmembers

 

SCOD Greenhood videos

http://www.youtube.com/user/SCODgreenhood

SCOD Virtual Vault

http://sites.google.com/site/stowellgalleries/libraryvault

SCOD Architecture Thesis

http://sites.google.com/site/stowellgalleries/thesisintro

SCOD Homepage

http://www.scodpub.com

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more will be added later…. ongoing collection….

Buck Flowens Interview

Posted in Arts (Design & Performance), Interviews, Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2010 by Drogo

1.Why did you start making music as “Buck Flowens”?:

I’ve always loved hiphop…and rapping and really wanted to put out an album of strictly that. The name Buck Flowens is a play on an old country singer named Buck Owens….he hosted Hee Haw. But in this way, it means the Flowings into the MIC are gonna be Buck…wild, gritty and raw.

2. Give some advice for anyone wanting to do what you have done:

Basically nowadays if you have a passion for music and a computer you can make the music that you want. I’ve been experimenting with it for quite some time now so I know how to get the sound that I want. It’s just trial and error…let your soul be the divining rod

3. How do you view “Order” vs “Chaos” in what you do?

I think all the random flowing of the mind can be pretty chaotic…but the feeling that’s underneath brings the order into it and turns those feelings and ideas into something cohesive. Once I pick up that pen and that pad…or sit down with the guitar…all that chaos that would normally just float away forgotten, gets turned into something more permanent.

4. What is your opinion of “Cooperative Communities”?

I love cooperative communities. I grew up in a small town with a real sense of community and a lot of the citizens consider each other an extended family. The world is developing so quickly now that this is kind of a rarity. It’s definitely smart and healthier to take it back to your locality…Eating fresh farmed food and supporting your neighbors.

5. How important is “Organic” design in your life, as opposed to factory produced mechanical design? For example in the food you eat, buildings you live in, work you do, music, etc…

Organic design is very important to me….I get a lot of inspiration from nature and the way it twists and turns. I like organic food too, all natural with no pesticides and all that jazz…But I’m also a fan of manmade factory produced products..Not the food so much though. I’ve always thought that Humanity was just another animal and all the things we produce are just an offsping of nature itself.

6. Do you have any plans for future musical “Development”?

I’m always working on music and do indeed have another album coming out in the late spring/early summer. It’s a collaborative effort with a new title but that’s a secret at the moment. But this one is going to be higher fidelity….Warm weather music to bump in your canoe

Maintenance of a Boarding House

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Organic Architecture, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2009 by Drogo

Maintenance of a Boarding House requires a minimum of weekly tasks all year round, dependent on the quality and quantity of existing structures and grounds. The principle structure is often a Mansion, or Manor House.  The house itself is complex, as it has inner needs as well as outer needs. Outside the exterior of the building must keep the unwanted elements out, while allowing access safely to the tenants. Inside, the interior of the building should have functioning utilities and furniture, all of which are subject to the condition of the exterior. Leaks can damage the interior decor as well as the exterior and interior structural strength of the house.

Tenants of the Boarding House pay Rent, which is used to repair the house, make improvements, and pay bills for the property. Bills include Utilities, Taxes, and Mortgages. Utilities include electric, water, sewer, garbage, and others. Rent may be on a Daily, Monthly, or Lease agreement. The term “boarding” originally meant “meals served on a board” (as in “room and board”), in which Boarding Houses would be more like a long stay B&B (Bed and Breakfast), with the emphasis more on dinner meals.

It is an important task of the Landlord to keep tenants that pay rent on time. If rent is paid regularly, then bills should be paid and the architectural condition of the building should be maintained. The Landlord is to then appropriately utilize the funds provided by rent. This in turn keeps renters interested in paying rent to live there. Communal tasks, events, or meals are secondary to the function of affording the shelter.

While the Landlord often owns the property, the owner may delegate responsibilities to a custodian or relative who acts as the Landlord. Boarding Houses often hire local workers, but do not usually have estate staff like a Hotel or traditional Manor House. The Landlord may do most of the work themselves to maintain the property. If the Landlord has family, often they share in the duties, or work elsewhere to supplement family funds to various degrees.

The amount of rent paid cumulatively by all the tenants, should be relative to overall costs of maintaining and improving the properties of the House. Although high rent can provide better facilities, the reality is that many renters can not afford to pay high rent. Therefore a balanced Boarding House will have rooms of all sizes and features, lesser rooms for less rent, and more room and amenities for more rent. Slum Houses held by Slumlords, are usually the result of poor incomes only able to afford small rooms and cheap expenses, and rich incomes produce Manor Houses, with poor income renters as the servants.

It is generally the floor plan of the building that determines whether it is called a Boarding House, or an Apartment House (or Tenement House). Boarding Houses are functionally closer to family households, because those who live there share more of the architectural features and costs of utilities. Boarding Houses have common rooms, including Kitchens and Dining Rooms, that are more “house like”. Apartment Houses are usually partitioned into more independent clusters of rooms, for more private divisions of renting. Apartment Houses share common rooms that are more utilitarian, and the Apartment Buildings themselves are usually located in the city, and therefore not usually “houses” at all, but rather Townhouses. Terms that better describe urban multistory apartment complexes and their function, are “apartment buildings” or Townhouse Apartment Buildings.

SCOD Community Network List

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 23, 2009 by Drogo

Home Base: (Origin) East Coast, USA

Project Bases: West Virginia, Wisconsin, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Colorado, California, Montana

Network Bases: USA and various other Countries

Network Communities are not publicly exhibited as a list, to protect them from exploitation. SCOD functions to study, archive, and actively communicate with communities; not to make them vulnerable to outside commercial forces.

See also:  Fellowship for Intentional Community

Network Communities by Location / Type (Public):

West Virginia, Spiritual Education

Virginia, Alternative

North Carolina, Alternative Arts

Maryland, Organic Farm

Virginia, Organic Farm

West Virginia, Organic Farm

Shepherdstown, Alternative

Harpers Ferry, Historic

National Park Service

Shenandoah River, Alternative

Florida, Art Farm

Colorado, Alternative Architecture

Wisconsin, Pagan

Yosemite, Miwok Tribe

Yellowstone, Lakota Tribe

Crater Lake, Klamouth Tribe

Wisconsin, Sword Arts

Georgia, Visual Arts

Texas, Military Pagan

Arizona, Alternative Architecture

Montana, Wolf Ranch

Ohio, Alternative Education

Ruigoord, Amsterdam

Rinky Dink Sound System, UK

(not a complete list, to be continued…)