My Twin Oaks Clearness

Twin Oaks does not use the same clearness process that Acorn does.  At Acorn clearnesses are mandatory and common – you do one with every other member face to face at least twice per year.  At Twin Oaks years can go by without using this personal process tool which shares the same name but has a somewhat different function.

The Acorn clearness has two parts individual clearnesses followed by a group clearness.  Twin Oaks only does the collective clearness, and by missing the one-on-one versions the most important aspect (in my evaluation) is missing.

how do we connect with each other

how do we connect with each other?

Only one person with concerns came to my clearness today, lets call them Fuliano.  Fulianos concerns were:

  • Dual members are not really at either community
  • i already live outside the Twin Oaks property code, dual membership will worsen this
  • As planner i will want us to take on more, without dropping things
  • Fuliano struggles with my class and privilege
  • They dont want me to be recruiting more people like me

Parts of this are a quite a reasonable critique actually.  I have watched other dual members struggle with responsibilities at both communities splitting their time and attention and in some cases frustrating them and causing them to drop dual membership.

Members at Twin Oaks get $75 to $85 per month.  This does not typically afford the amount of traveling i do.  Fuliano looked at this and felt like it was not fair because it was not accessible to other members.  It is an egalitarian community after all, we are striving towards fairness and these privileges make me different from other members.  And while this is true, a perhaps a violation of the spirit of the property code.  The letter of the property code is that members can get gifts. The travel i do that is not for the community functions (college speaking tours, sales trips, Monsanto protests, etc) is often paid for by gift money.  The commune has a very liberal policy around accepting gifts and ultimately Fuliano was forced to admit that i was inside the letter of the policy.  Though they thought i was not inside the spirit of it.

One of the things i want to do as a planner is dust off the most recent long term planning survey and see what pieces of that brainstorm we should realize.  Fuliano is worried about this, because we are already over extended in commitments from the community and adding more plans on top of our existing demands will worsen things.  While i completely understand this argument.  It is in essence the argument for embracing the status quo, which i am not willing to do.

The class and privilege stuff i need to examine more.

i dont seem to find many people like me

i dont seem to find many people like me

Fortunately for Fuliano, i find very few people like me.  But there actual concern was that i would seek out others who looked for loopholes and wanted to live in community as i do.  Here again, this is not what i am seeking in new members.

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About paxus

a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

5 responses to “My Twin Oaks Clearness”

  1. Rambling says :

    I think the class and privilege thing is that you are white and a male. You did come from an upper white middle class family, right?

    • paxus says :

      It is more than white and male, tho these are certainly components. i travel far more than the average Oaker and have other costly experiences. And i come from an upper middle class background, which means my mother can take me on a week vacation to London, which creates envy amongst some i imagine.

      Paxus at Acorn

  2. pnc says :

    My sole reason for never pursuing an interest in being a member of a community like Twin Oaks is my reluctance to surrender 56 years worth of accumulated assets.

    If I gave it all to my adult children with an understanding that they would “gift me” any time I wanted theater tickets in Manhattan, roller coaster rides in Las Vegas or a month or two traveling around Europe … that would be cool?

    I don’t see it as an “envy” issue so much as I see it as incompatible to the definition of “egalitarian community”.

    • paxus says :

      pnc – to be clear Twin Oaks and Acorn are income sharing communities, not asset sharing, so you dont have to “surrender your assets”. You do need to agree to not use them while you are a member, which might well feel like the same thing.

      Were you to give you assets to your children and they then gifted you them during your vacation and time away it would be cool. It would be less cool if they were to send you expensive things which were present in your day to day membership. Exactly because they would be creating envy on the farm.

      None of my several critics have ever said this later type of envy generating on the farm property access is my failing. i have no room, i have very little stuff, i wear mostly commie clothes (which are available to everyone). In this sense i am well inside the property code.

      • pnc says :

        Thanks for your reply. My original post should have stated: ” … my reluctance to surrender *the income produced by* 56 years worth of accumulated assets”.

        With egalitarianism being defined as equal political, economic, social, and civil rights for all people, Fuliano’s uneasiness at one (or more) member(s) of the group having access to upper middle class travel and entertainment is easy for me to understand.

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