Extended FAQs – Twin Oaks and Personal Possessions
i want to extend the Twin Oaks website FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions). i am choosing existing entries i am interested in and re-posting them in my blog and then extending them. Here is the FAQ on personal possessions.
The community provides for all our basic needs–food, clothing, housing, health care, etc. Each member has their own private bedroom. The community will provide furniture (bed, lamp, dresser, etc.) or members can bring their own. Members bring their own clothing when they move here, and we also have Community Clothes aka “Commie Clothes” which provides additional clothing as members need it over time. Members can bring personal possessions with them (e.g. books, musical instrument, camera, stereo, CD’s, computer, etc.) and whatever they keep in their room remains theirs. Other personal possessions can either be stored elsewhere (usually at family/friend’s house), donated to the community, or lent to the community for the duration of the person’s membership. Please also see our Property Code for more information.
What is missing from this description is that you are also allowed to bring a personal bike that you can store outside your room. Though for egalitarian reasons, technically you can’t ride your personal bike around campus as if it were a community bike., tho some members ignore this perhaps archaic rule. Additionally, by becoming a member you can supplement your personal wardrobe with the collective clothes library, called commie clothes.
But what is more important generally, is that we are striving to avoid members feeling envious of materials things that other members have. And in my evaluation this mostly works. The culture of the community discourages people from showing off expensive presents they have received. And this cultural norm has not (for example) eliminated the envy experienced by some members when others go on long trips away from the community. This is not possible for many communards, because travel and lodging is expensive.
And even more importantly, from my perspective, the sharing techniques used by Twin Oaks and Acorn are models the rest of the world should embrace. Americans hate sharing, but i am banking on them hating climate disruption more than they hate sharing. It might turn out that entire planet depends on this assumption being right.
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