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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. 

SCOD Economic Theory

Posted in Economics, Organic Development, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2016 by Drogo

Imagine for a minute that Capitalism was not ‘the only economic system that works’, as popular opinion believes; but instead that Capitalism is a failed system by humanitarian standards, that greedy people perpetuate so that no government can ever serve its’ citizens democratically. Most conservative capitalists would rather see church morality imposed on the masses, because that is their only response to the failings of Capitalism. When homeless get no government support, the capitalists will say “if they are too lazy to work, then they should find a church to take pity on them.” When a crazy person wants to exercise their amendment rights, rather than recommending they get help or take free medicine, the capitalists will say “they need to commit a crime so that we can put them in prison”. What if instead of trying to cover up for the failings of a selfish individualist economic system, we instead worked hard to practice an economic system that is for the common good, with its own built-in ethical code? SCOD economic theory is a combination of trade-barter and spiritual morality*. SCOD theory uses a sensible code of economic ethics* to foster transactions.

Offer only as much as you can spare, do not gamble all that you have. The higher your price is, the less you want to exchange it. Before finalizing a trade, consider how the transaction will affect the other party; if that trade will hurt them and they are ethical traders, then cut them a bonus break-deal. A bonus break-deal is when you give them MORE than they asked for, because you appreciate them as an ethical individual.

Mutual trade with ethical responsibility and humanitarian benefit.

*morality is more to do with religious dogma of reward and punishment, and ethics is more about common sense and having social respect for the good of the whole community.

SCOD Food Cooperative Concept

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Economics, Organic Agriculture & Horticulture, Organic Gardens, Services, Sales or Trade, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2014 by Drogo

SCOD Food Cooperative ideas by JF & JT based on our post-bubble recession economic reality and independent personal finances:

“I have been exploring the idea of a virtual cooperative for the trade of services, labor, skills, and instruction similar to a cross between Ebay, Bit-Coin, and Linked-in with maybe a little bit of a D&D style.

I’m thinking it would work something like this:

A merchant would setup a standard merchant style account showcasing their skills, wares etc… in an online profile where they could search other merchant profiles. This account can be further refined as membership evolves to the trade guild level. Services or wares can be brokered directly or they can go into a bidding pool.Services or offering could be bid upon by others to determine a fair market exchange for labor, goods, and services as well as establishing a found for a virtual economic system.

Every account starts out with 100 ‘trust point’ credits to purchase the service, etc… from another merchant offering a different service and some other desirable arrangement. Once the transaction is completed by the service provider, the receipt of the service transfers a previously agreed upon amount of credits to the service providers account. Problems or disagreements will be mediated by guild leaders.

The virtual cooperative only works if people continuously participate to retain credits in their account.No money ever changes hands and credit cannot be bought directly through the web application. Every member is initially set up in the ‘commons’ until they have acquired enough proficiency to join a guild. Prospectus must be invited and approved by members of the guild they are seeking membership from. Guilds will be broken down into the various subtypes Artisan, Teacher, etc…”

 – JF


We aren’t really left with any options. It’s at the point if we want health in our lives, we have to work for it. What we need to do is sit down and figure out the dietary needs of everyone who wants to be involved, plot out who will be in charge of what, and figure out an effective timeline that will keep everyone fed through the winter months. I’ll set up a wiki and link it to the SCOD group.

I’ll be hunting a fair bit this season. I can work to provide deer and turkey at the least. I’m good for beans and corn as well. the more the merrier. I’m going to create this as a private wiki, so I just need email addresses for those to be added.

So who (around here) would like to buckle down with me in a cooperative to feed all our families on organic, home-grown, locally raised, or locally hunted food? We’ll need to cover all areas – protein (meat and non-meat sources), eggs, fruits, vegetables, and grains. Mushroom growers are also welcome!”

– JT


(see modern economic theory article – Post-Bubble Recession Economics)

Post-Bubble Recession Economics

Posted in Crafts, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Economics, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2014 by Drogo

This article has presumptions based on post-911 and post-2007-recession data and experiences gathered by SCOD members.

1. Most of the money is being horded by 1% of the population (ultra-rich).

2. Upper-Middle Class are not hiring or spending as much as they should locally.

3. Monsanto and other Mega-Companies have monopolies that we can only break by collaborating on cooperative projects like eco-villages, organic gardening, gathering, hunting, home-made crafts, repairing reused items, etc….

Here is ‘real-talk’ about post-bubble economics…. people are lagging.  Instead of paying strangers to do things and buying products from companies, we need to intensively correspond about buying products and services from each-other; that is how we transition for real. Granted some companies are better than others, and some people are more talented or skilled than others. Regardless of flaws, the transition must take place.

We with SCOD are doing it, but I rarely find mundane people willing to seek out ways to give back. I am lucky enough to find some, and those I will stay in touch with. Even the most poor of us, can give back in their own ways when given gifts. Post-bubble recession economics, trade-for-trade with friends. Communicate, negotiate, exchange…. work it out. If someone does not pay you enough for your goods or services, tell them. If you think people are acting odd because they won’t talk to you about an issue of commodity, challenge them on it.

Work with those willing to work, and ditch those that will not participate. Enthusiasm and follow through, that is what we need. Do it people, do it. If someone calls you that you can trust, you better fricking call them back asap to get things done.

* SCOD FOOD COOPERATIVE:  Concept, Webpage

Banks are very selfish, because at all times they will always only give what benefits them more. That is because they function on basic Capitalist profit driven values. Even when they always make much more than they need, they NEVER return much of those profits back to the most poor who barely have enough money to put in an account. This is why interest rates from banks will be non-existent if they can help it (as we experience now).

Why are bank account interest rates are lower than they used to be?
Banks get money from the Fed at 0.75%
So the banks don’t need our money as much as they did before the Great Recession and Housing Bubble Collapse.  Also they make more on mortgages, and as long as interest stays low on mortgages, they do not want to raise our interest on accounts, even if it would entice us to invest more with them; they simply do not need our money, they make their own with the Fed.

Trade As Existence in Reality

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Philosophy, SCOD Thesis with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2012 by Drogo

To exist we must trade one thing for another, constantly.

Life is lost in trade (substitution) for Death;

Life is gained from consuming Dead things.

Even the kindest person giving a gift, can be understood to be making a trade,

even though there may be no “expected immediate return”.

Always consider it a trade, even if it only ends up a gift.

This is not to say that we should be cruel in punishing slackers;

as there will always be those that do not want to give back in return.

In fact it may not be worth our time to continue dealing with such people,

so the best trade in that case is to avoid dealing with them.

This philosophical theory of the Universality of trade,

is in accordance with the idea of reciprocal gift giving;

even if the gifts are not exchanged simultaneously.

Even when we get something for free as a gift,

we owe a debt to good fortune; and more specifically to a person,

if indeed it was a person that gave the gift to us.

We always have something to give back in trade;

whether the trade is translated into goodwill, or a different media.

Also we should know that many people do not understand life in this way,

so we must be prepared to stop wasting time and effort trying to get them to accept the same law of nature that we do, in the same way that we do.

We cannot expect anything in return from some, because they will continue to accept gift after gift without trying to return the favors;

or they may refuse to be part of the trade process completely, and simply refuse all gifts.

Those people that will not participate in trading, or have trouble giving back in some form, should be avoided. Sometimes effort can be taken to understand how some people give back in ways that are not easy to realize, but in some cases it is not worth it.

If we feel things are too one sided, we know something must be done about it;

unless our gauge for such things is malfunctioning.

Often it is not worth arguing about;

simply give gifts, drop the subject, and accept the loss;

because trade is usually mutually beneficial;

therefore lack of trade is a mutual loss.

All gifts are a type of debt or credit.

Even good will or kindness is positive credit;

just as ill will or cruelty is a negative credit.

We that follow this rule, believe in giving to people that give to us.

Semantics can be confusing to some however,

especially if they want to see gifts separate from trade;

just remember it is really usually a difference in terminology,

despite the underlying behavior and actions being the same.

Another allowance should be that people may believe in this principle,

but factors will not presently allow for a trade, despite intentions.


“A Favor for a Favor”

If we want help, we have to be willing to give in return;

No matter if we are poor or rich.

if we only take without giving back to the one who gave;

it is a one sided relationship.

But by seeking equal or proportional trade, the relationship can be mutual.

Friendship should not be one-sided, unless it is between care-giver and cripple.

Accepting a gift, we should eventually return the favor for each gift, or sum total.

The sooner trade happens, the better; as it is a loan of good will.

Reciprocation of good will is a foundation of trust in a healthy community.

If you think you have nothing to give, think again; equal does not mean identical.

Time, money, talent, possessions… etc they can all be weighed in relation to eachother.

If we do not want to give, either we need to create more or stop accepting!

Even a poor family with mouths to feed,

has little excuse for not giving back to a person or community that gives.

It is by this criteria, that i judge who is a mutual friend, and who is not.

To lazy persons, who accept gifts without voluntarily soon giving in return,

I say “for frick’s sake! If you are not crippled, you should be.”

Harsh sometimes, but practical and kind over all.

This social contract, is a form of justice;

according to the Law of Reciprocal Maintenance.