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Thursday, May 27th, 2010
7:41 pm
[rotte_volf]
This summer in Sunland commune!

This summer in Sunland commune!So, Sunland project revives after a while. Many people advised us in due time that we had to buy some plot of land on the mainland to arrange experimental settlement, Sunland commune in testing regime. And now we can proudly say to all who are interested in Sunland project - Yes, we've done it! 

We became owners of 2 hectares (about 5 acres) in one of the most beautiful places of Nothern-West Russia - in the Luga's lakes area (it is about 130 km or 80 miles from Saint-Petersburg). We can set to work right now. Currently we already have the plan of development of the settlement. We plan to go in for farming. We plan to go in for farming to provide our commune total self-sufficiency. Some Russian Activist of the Sunland idea will go there in the next few days in order that start the practical work. Certainly, we are heartily inviting all our foreign supporters to participate in the cause. You might come to us for few days or few months or for the rest of the life... So, you can request more details via email

fogelfrei(dog)gmail.com 

http://new-libertalia.co.cc/

The photos of the area below: 
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
7:05 pm
[catbird]
Who are we?
Since we are 'restarting' this one we might as well get to know each other.

Who are you? Is there any particular reason you are here? What has your experience with co-ops been?
Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
9:59 am
[catbird]
Moderator Post
In the interest of trying to revive this community (and not have it sitting here as spam bait) hiroe and I have taken on modship.

hiroe has proposed some new rules hereCollapse )

I would also like to propose revising the community interests list. Read more...Collapse )

Comments, suggestions and discussions are encouraged. If anyone else would like modship please let us know. As moderators we will made final administrative decision for this community, please feel free to message me in community or privately should you disagree with them.

Edited: to get hiroe's name right... sorry!
Monday, August 3rd, 2009
8:59 am
[catbird]
Moderator
Is there anyone still moderating/adminning this list?
Sunday, August 2nd, 2009
2:05 pm
[rotte_volf]
Some words about Sunland economics.
SunlandSunland as one of the most ambitious projects of our time has many dimensions - spiritual, ethical, aesthetical and of course economic. It is about the Sunland economy we intend to say now at least briefly, although it should be clearly understood, that none of these aspects of Sunland community life can be separated from the others, all them fully linked.

All values in the world are creating by human labor. And the most efficient labor is a free labor. It's logically, that even under the conditions of a current economic system, which is questioned by many people; such enterprises have shown themselves as the most effective form of business, where the worker cooperates freely with the other equal workers, where parasitism of managers and capital owners is wiped out. We’re talking about production cooperatives and farming cooperatives, and also about service cooperatives.

We’ve already said in the context of Sunrise Plan adjustments about establishment of the agricultural communes. From an economic and partly from a legal point of view, these communes are the agricultural cooperatives.

However, if we will see at thing from the normal townsman's position, we realize that break with the habitual way of life (even if a person lives in a constant frustration) is a very serious step and not everyone venture to do so. To take decision, individual should really make sure that it works. And this opportunity may be given to him
Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
5:32 pm
[gregthrasher]
Berkeley summer student wants cooperative living with other Nerds
I am returning to UC after a Reed College escapade and will be studying Cognition and Politics. As anyone who's ever found themselves at Reed College, I am a nerd, not the stubborn fashionable kind, but a real nerd. I'm 21 and I'm a dude, though not very manly.
I arrive in the middle of June for classes starting on the 23rd and I potentially could crash around with some people if you don't have space until later. I'm going to stay at Berkeley through the Fall, but it's ok if I have to move somewhere else at the end of the summer. I only know a few people in who actually live in Berkeley and I don't necessarily want to live with them, so I'm going to *resort* to craigslist. I just want to find somewhere with incredibly decent people who start things and know things, and who I can have real conversations (you know, "rational" ones) with.

I guess my personality is peaceful-ish (I feel overstimulated pretty often and think peace a fundamental necessity before anything can get done), but I also love Science and deliberately bringing up contradictory viewpoints (including ones that contradict the western industrialist invention of Science itself), so I'm not sure my personality is really classifiable. I like being outside anytime it's sunny, I like quiet music all the time. I sort of like talking about computer theoretical stuff and people are pretty interesting (why I'm studying cognition). I've done a good amount of thinking about human computer interaction so if you're into that feel free to ask me about it. I've made money mostly doing little programming gigs but I don't really like programming. I just like thinking about the potential of computers and the way people use them.

I'm told I can be really spacey and also be really normal: you never know when.
Thursday, April 10th, 2008
12:21 pm
[awokendreamer]
TONIGHT!!
Kalamazoo Collective Housing and the Students for a Sustainable Earth Present...

The Reuse-a-Ball!!

Featuring the music of...

Earthwork Collective's
Luke Winslow-King
Susan Fawcett
Darlene
Head and Toe
for more info see http://www.earthworksmusic.com

Also Featuring the music of Kalamazoo's own...

The Touch-Me-Nots(Kalamazoo Cuteness)

The Skin Tones (African Drum and Dance)
drummercarolyn.com
http://www.myspace.com/dunuyadrumanddance

Formal attire that is reused, remade, recycled, or homemade encouraged. Prizes will be given out for most creative, Best homemade, etc.

There will also be a Silent Auction being held, filled with products sold at local stores to support the SSE.

April 10th(TONIGHT!), Starts at 7pm @ The Star Building(aka the building previously known as Kraftbrau) 402 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007.

$5-$15 Donation, All Proceeds go to help the Kalamazoo Collective Housing!

Tell your Friends!

BYOB

For more information on The Kalamazoo Collective Housing, http://www.kzoocoop.org
For more information on The Students for a Sustainable Earth, http://www.ssewmu.org

Current Mood: excited
Wednesday, April 9th, 2008
1:43 pm
[awokendreamer]
TOMORROW NIGHT at Kalamazoo, MI!!
Kalamazoo Collective Housing and the Students for a Sustainable Earth Present...

The Reuse-a-Ball!!

Featuring the music of...

Earthwork Collective's
Luke Winslow-King
Susan Fawcett
Darlene
Head and Toe
for more info see http://www.earthworksmusic.com

Also Featuring the music of Kalamazoo's own...

The Touch-Me-Nots(Kalamazoo Cuteness)

The Skin Tones (African Drum and Dance)
drummercarolyn.com
http://www.myspace.com/dunuyadrumanddance

Formal attire that is reused, remade, recycled, or homemade encouraged. Prizes will be given out for most creative, Best homemade, etc.

There will also be a Silent Auction being held, filled with products sold at local stores to support the SSE.

April 10th(TOMORROW!), Starts at 7pm @ The Star Building(aka the building previously known as Kraftbrau) 402 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007.

$5-$15 Donation, All Proceeds go to help the Kalamazoo Collective Housing!

Tell your Friends!

BYOB

For more information on The Kalamazoo Collective Housing, http://www.kzoocoop.org
For more information on The Students for a Sustainable Earth, http://www.ssewmu.org
Sunday, March 2nd, 2008
7:26 pm
[mistergoat]
Summer sublets available in Ann Arbor co-op!
Rooms to sublet this summer in Heiwa House, a seven-person progressive independent co-op. Summer sublet dates are flexible and more than one room will be available.

Each housemate pays at total of $540 per month that covers "everything": $400 for rent, plus $40 for utilities (wireless internet, phone, free laundry, gas/electric, and water), and $100 for food (we share food bought from local community farms, the Peoples' Food Co-op, and in bulk). Our outdoor common space includes veggie gardens, a bike shed, parking, and a sauna. The co-op is located on a bus line and within easy walking or biking distance to Ann Arbor downtown, University of Michigan campus and medical center.

Heiwa was founded in 1985 by peace and justice activists. Our membership is environmentally conscious, politically active, and LGBT celebratory. We are a vegetarian, non-smoking household who enjoy sitting down to dinner together (though you do not need to be vegetarian or a non-smoker to live here). Our community includes working folks and grad students of all ages, as well as the two-child family next door and occasionally boarders.

Heiwa's mission is to provide affordable cooperative housing for a diverse membership through cooperatively owned property, and communal living, while upholding principles of sustainability, peace, racial and economic justice, lifelong cooperative living, and involvement in local community.

Call us at (734) 669-8028 or email us at HeiwaHouseOnCraigsList@gmail.com. (Yes, we know this isn't Craig's List, but there wasn't much point in making another e-mail account for LJ.)

(Photo available on request--my free LJ account won't let me post it!)
Friday, August 31st, 2007
10:27 am
[xreekinghavocx]
anarcho-landlords of the world, discuss!
Hey all,

I just started a new LJ community (anarcholandlord) for anarchists (and other radical/leftist/progressive folk) who find themselves in the landlord business. I thought it would be really useful to have a forum for radicals who are also landlords to discuss common issues and strategies and theory and things like that.

This community is for anarchist/radical landlords, anarchists/radicals who are interested in or have experience with owning property, and staff of collective organizations that own property and have tenants. This includes anyone who legally owns a property and is providing a place to live for others, whether you have one tenant or one hundred, and whether or not you feel comfortable with the words "tenant" and "landlord" being applied to your situation. Folks who live in houses that are otherwise run completely collectively but whose names are on the property deed are encouraged to join, whether or not you have some kind of plan to become a land trust or other such thing.

I'd like to encourage any such people reading this to join.
Saturday, April 7th, 2007
9:47 pm
[mistergoat]
Openings in Boston Co-op
For those in ICC-Ann Arbor, this is the co-op that hosted the Co-op Spring Break crew in Boston. In general, please spread the word, and contact them if you're interested!
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Moving to Boston after graduation? Are you interested in living in a co-operative house?

The Seedpod Co-op, located in Field's Corner, part of Boston's Dorchester neighborhood,
has several rooms available starting June 1st and later in the summer.

Seedpod Co-op is an active, multi-generational community of 13 people:
musicians, dancers, techies, activists, bakers, thinkers, carpenters, and
more. We share, which means you get lots of extras! The house includes
tons of common space: a kitchen, a spacious dining room, two living rooms,
an office, and six porches. Rent will be $495-565 per month (depending on
your room size). $50/month in utilities gets you wireless internet,
telephone, and a free washing machine as well as the usual heat and
electricity. $135/month gets you a six prepared meals a week and a kitchen
that's always stocked with food.

We share vegetarian meals, purchase our food collectively, share household
chores, hold bi-weekly house meetings, and are dedicated to community &
social justice.

Our house is owned by Boston Community Cooperatives (BCC), a non-profit
organization formed to build community through cooperative living, member
education, neighborhood improvement and collective action. Members
participate in a no-equity model (meaning you don¹t make money off it) of
communally-owned, democratically controlled and affordable residential
co-operatives. Our first co-op house started 7 years ago around values of
vegetarianism, open communication, communal ownership, environmental
sustainability, creativity and social justice. The Seedpod Co-op opened in
the summer of 2005, so we¹re still relatively new and it's an exciting
time to get involved!

Please contact us to learn more:

www.bostoncoop.net/bcc/leroy
617-436-2965
bcchousing@bostoncoop.net
Friday, March 16th, 2007
2:32 pm
[shirad]
Newbie Introduction
Hi, Friends,

Just looking for ideas in how to start a co-op once I finish my PhD. Glad to meet you all.

Be Well,
Peace,
Shira D.

Current Mood: exhausted
Wednesday, March 14th, 2007
2:32 pm
[donteatgrandma]
looking for coops while abroad...
i'm in israel right now and will be in the uk within a few months time. does anyone know of any good coops in either country?
Sunday, March 11th, 2007
9:58 pm
[fandomfreak]
Any Co-ops in central Maine? The closer to Augusta, the better. :)
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007
10:20 pm
[xvenacavax]
Barack My World
Design and Sell Merchandise Online for Free

Hey everyone. So I created some images to show my support for Senator Obama in 2008 presidential election! That button is the link to some products that everyone should check out!

Cross posted, and feel free to delete if not acceptable!
9:04 am
[velochicdunord]
Life on a Toronto Residential Co-ownership Co-op Board
This article ran in last month's Toronto Life:
http://www.torontolife.com/features/home-sweet-hellhole/

It has a bit of a snarky feel; that's the tone of a lot of their articles.

My building isn't as bad as the building described in the article, mainly because we're catching stuff sooner. (the new manual, of which I am the chief author, is helping _alot_) but the bitching level is about that high, and yes there was a two year period when I _dreaded_ being stopped in the hall over one matter or another. We're self-managed, which raises the workload further. We've got a property management company lined up, ready for the in-house Board stafing crisis which is going to blow by the spring. My building is half the size, of the same era, better built, and the main source of the acrimony has died. But this is life on a co-op Board in Toronto.....
Monday, November 13th, 2006
7:21 pm
[nibot]
Couchsurfing group
Do any other co-ops out there have profiles on Couchsurfing?

If so, I made a "Co-ops" group for us! http://www.couchsurfing.com/group.html?gid=4010
Thursday, November 9th, 2006
1:10 pm
[sirius_sun]
Black Elk
Black Elk, an amazing queer friendly vegetarian co-op in Ann Arbor, has spaces available this winter. For more information check out http://icc.coop/houses/elk.php. Let me know if you have any questions.
Wednesday, November 1st, 2006
8:39 am
[mistergoat]
ICC Education Committee Piece on NASCO
Hi, all. This was just written for U of Michigan's weekly co-op newsletter, but I thought I'd post it here too. it's largely aimed at the Ann Arbor folks, but relevant for others too. Hope to see a bunch of you at NASCO!

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When you hear the phrase “co-op movement,” what do you think of? Switching from one co-op to another? The slow progress of a resolution through the decision-making process?

In fact, the term refers to the larger constellation of cooperatives, of which the ICC is just one part. These include
--other student housing co-ops at schools throughout the world;
--community-based housing co-ops (great places to live once you graduate!);
--consumer co-ops, like the People’s Food Co-op in Kerrytown, whose members are the people who shop there;
--worker co-ops, which are owned and run by their employees;
--electrical co-ops, which are instrumental in providing affordable energy, particularly in rural areas;
--and much, much more! They are brought together by the general beliefs that people can work together to run the institutions they’re involved in, without being at the whim of a landlord, boss, or big business.

This weekend, representatives from the movement throughout the US and Canada will be on campus for the NASCO Institute. NASCO, the North American Students of Cooperation, is one of the key cooperative organizations in the US. The people attending will have a wide range of backgrounds and a wealth of experience.

You can draw on this expertise! If you feel like your meetings are pointless, your facilitation is flat, or your work system isn’t getting the work done, the folks coming to town this weekend have probably faced similar challenges. It’s still possible to register for the conference at http://www.nasco.coop/institute, where there will be workshops on everything from maintenance to meetings to activism. Conference-goers will also be staying in nearly every co-op in the ICC, so look for them Friday and Saturday nights! They’ll be pumped about co-ops, and would probably love to talk.

This weekend, Ann Arbor will be ground zero for the co-op movement. Take advatage of it!
Monday, October 30th, 2006
1:27 pm
[jlygrnmigt]
NASCO Institute
Sooo, is anyone coming to the NASCO institute in Ann Arbor this weekend? My house is hosting about 30 people.

Edit:
Ok, so we're hosting Ant Hill (7) in Rochester, NY, ACME House (4) in Athens, OH, Nickel City (8) in Buffalo, NY, Qumbya (4) in Chicago, IL, CLO (4) in Gainsville, FL and faculty members, Ahamad Zaky and Billie Lane.


I imagine a similar number of people were assigned to our sister house, Renaissance, which shares everything (including a building) with us. Ooooh this will be fun :)
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