MoonRavens Point A report
Since the beginning of the year, i have been blessed with help from MoonRaven. He has dared to venture into my convoluted tasks lists, disaster grammar blog posts and fantastically under organized NYC trips. And it has been fantastically useful that he has.
Some interesting things happened on the way to having a handler. The first thing which happened is a whole bunch of time sensitive, critical path tasks did not get forgotten and deadlines did not get missed – this was hugely useful. Moon Raven would gather various tasks, resolve some himself (like decoding my silly travel schedule by acquiring tickets, maps and time tables), sequencing and prioritizing others, nagging me strategically and sending me long structured emails about the various aspects of my life which were not quite out of control.
Sadly, it has not reduced the number of mistakes i make. i just get a lot more done, and the mistakes bite me less. Independently, Moon Raven produces a blog. Below is his interpretation of the history of the Point A project.
Point A Report
The plot began with a discussion about this between Paxus and GPaul, both of whom were living at Acorn. One thing that they realized is that, while rural communes were growing in Virginia and Missouri, more and more people are living in the cities. They decided that this was where they should put their community building efforts. Although there are two urban communities in the Federation of Egalitarian Communities (the Emma Goldman Finishing School in Seattle and the Midden in Columbus, Ohio) there isn’t any urban egalitarian communes on the east coast of the US and hasn’t been since the community that I helped build (Common Threads) folded in the year 2000. (For more about some of this, see my post on Issues in Community: Urban and/or Rural) They decided to try to grow communes in various east coast cities, starting with Washington, DC, and New York City.
They started off secretly with a few collaborators. Paxus, who a couple of years ago was working to create another rural commune in Virginia, decided to abandon it to work on urban communes. (I’ve written about Chubby Squirrels and the Louisa County and northeast Missouri communities several time in this blog–most notably in my post on Communities of Communities.) They began working on a mission statement which culminated in a proposal. Then the hard work began.
They connected with The Keep in Washington and began holding workshops in New York. What they found out was that DC wasn’t that difficult (although GPaul and folks from the Keep are still working on the final stages). On the other hand, NYC is proving to be quite difficult.
So why am I writing about all this and what am I doing back in Virginia (bouncing “back and forth between Twin Oaks and Acorn” as Paxus put it to me in an early email before I came here)? As I wrote in my post on Building Urban Communities, I’m down here ‘to be part of the Point A project’. I’ve already been part of one whirlwind tour that stop briefly at The Keep in DC, before going on to spending a few days at Ganas in NYC and then a few more days at the Baltimore Free Farm which, of course, is in Baltimore (Maryland). Even now I’m planning our next trip up to New York.And I’m on the waiting list to get into Ganas (and have been accepted for residency on May 1st!) –which will allow me to do Point A work on NYC, from NYC. Eventually, if we can succeed in starting a commune in New York, I hope we can work on creating a Point A urban commune in the Boston area–which is my home area. As I said to people when I left Boston, I was going to Virginia to get to New York so I could come back to Boston. It’s certainly the long way around, but given how long I’ve struggled in the Boston area to build something like the community that I loved disappeared in 2000, the long way may be the only way to go. It feels like with Point A, at least I’ve got support in building community.
Quote of the Day: ” …the rural commune is a model that is pretty thoroughly explored and proven. … We’re taking on a big project not only in training ourselves to cooperate well and in maintaining this protective bubble, but in transforming all of society to more cooperative, democratic, egalitarian forms.” – from the Point A website