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TRADITIONAL DREAM FACTORY

The pink paper is an evolving document describing the internal functioning of the Traditional Dream Factory (TDF) - a coliving regenerative village in the process of being built that is located in Alentejo, Portugal. TDF is the first regenerative village within the Oasa network.

This document is our self-proclaimed constitution governing decision making, establishing common values, outlining processes, and detailing responsibilities. It is the foundation upon which our collective is built.

Join our all-hands call* to co-create it with us. Read the edit log at the end of this document to see the reasoning behind some of these, and to see changes elected by members.

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  1. VISION

  1. SHORT TERM
  2. MEDIUM TERM
  3. LONG TERM
  1. VALUES

  1. INCLUSION
  2. EMPOWERMENT / INTERDEPENDENCY
  3. RESPONSIBILITY / CARE / REGENERATION
  4. GIFTING
  5. CONSENT
  6. CURIOSITY
  1. PROCESS

  2. FUNDING

  1. TOKEN DEFINITION & RULES
  2. INSTALLMENT PLAN
  1. GOVERNANCE

  1. STAKEHOLDERS
  1. GUARDIANS / TOKEN HOLDERS
  2. MEMBERS
  3. STEWARDS
  4. CULTURAL CITIZENS
  5. GUESTS
  6. RESIDENTS
  7. CHILDREN & PETS
  1. DECISION MAKING
  1. PROPOSALS FLOW
  2. RESTING PERIOD
  3. IMMUTABLE DECISIONS
  4. TOKEN HOLDER AGREEMENT
  5. LIVING AGREEMENT
  1. CIRCLES
  1. ARCHITECTURE
  2. LAND MANAGEMENT
  3. WATER MANAGEMENT
  4. WASTE MANAGEMENT
  5. LEGAL & GOVERNANCE
  6. ENERGY
  7. EVENTS
  1. ON-BOARDING PROCESS
  2. OUT-BOARDING PROCESS
  1. DREAM FACTORING

  1. RESTAURANT & CAFE
  2. EVENTS
  3. FOOD TRANSFORMATION
  4. PRODUCT DESIGN
  1. CULTURAL PROGRAMS

  1. MONTHLY PROPOSALS
  2. THEMES
  1. EXPANSION

1. VISION (DREAM)

CREATIVITY - REGENERATION - SYSTEM THINKING  

1.1 SHORT TERM

We are pioneering a model for regenerative coliving while creating positive loops in all interactions between stakeholders including nature, all life, and future generations. The idea is to prove we can optimize resources while nurturing a creative and thriving community and at the same time leave a positive trace on the environment.

TRADITIONAL DREAM FACTORY (TDF) is manifested on an old poultry factory built in 1972. Located in Abela, a small Portuguese village with 400 inhabitants, the Factory is within:

Adjacent to the factory buildings, we have a 7 years lease for 4.6 ha of land with an option to buy  24.5 ha of land with beautiful hills and valleys, protected oak trees, a flowing river, an old rammed earth built farmhouse, and the old Abela’s community mill. Until purchase, we are free to use and regenerate (create a food forest, swells for collecting rainwater, natural ponds, etc) 4.6 ha of land right behind the factory.

In the initial phase, we are planning to revamp the old chicken factory into a coliving space that will be shared between 80-100 members. The space will be architected so that it offers mostly everything that one needs to live creatively, purposefully, and connected:

1.2 MEDIUM TERM

TDF is the first physical location built upon OASA’s principles. Oasa is a platform for building and researching regenerative ways of living and traveling together that envisions a global network of 12 locations with approximately 300 members that will re-invent together the living model.

Additionally, we aim to:

1.3 LONG TERM

Scale by having other future thinking communities replicate this model and move together towards REGENERATIVE living as a common planetary goal.

2. VALUES

2.1 INCLUSION

Inclusion means an environment in which all members, regardless of their abilities or non-abilities are treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute fully to the creation and nourishment of a thriving community. Inclusion also means thinking about all stakeholders when making a decision - including the unvoiced - such as Nature, the future generations.

2.2 EMPOWERMENT / INTERDEPENDENCY

Empowerment is a multi-dimensional social process that helps people gain control over their own lives. It is a process that fosters the capacity to implement (ideas, values, etc) in people, for use in their own lives, their communities, and in their society, by acting on issues that they define as important to them.

2.3 RESPONSIBILITY / CARE / REGENERATION

Taking responsibility for our life, our community, and our society and the changes or improvements we want to see at each level means being proactive.  If there are areas that are unsatisfactory or where there’s room for leaving a positive trace, each individual can do something about it. The situation won’t change as a result of wishful thinking. Taking responsibility means taking action.

2.4 GIFTING

We foster a gifting culture where valuables, knowledge, skills, and experiences are not traded or sold, but rather given without an explicit agreement for immediate or future rewards. It creates experiences of abundance and gratitude.

2.5 CONSENT

Consent is permission for something to happen or agreement to do something. Apart from verbal, explicit consent, it’s also important to be sensitive to signals that can express certain boundaries.

2.6  CURIOSITY

Creating a white space for serendipity. Letting the creative flow emerge. Curiosity comes from purpose. Foster one’s purpose and curiosity.

3. PROCESS

4. FUNDING

4.1 TOKEN DEFINITION & RULES

A¬†$TDF¬†is a¬†coin and represents the ‚Äúright of use‚Ä̬†of the TDF property and facilities.

4.2 INSTALLMENT PLAN FOR TOKENS

$TDF can be bought on credit with 6% APR. The TOKEN price is calculated at the current funding round price and the length of the loan is determined by the current phase. All loans must be paid off in full including interest by the GO LIVE event (2023/2024).

Example:

You are committed to buying 90 $TDF  right off the bat in the first funding round, but only have funds for 60, you can finance 30 $TDF for 2 years. If the token costs 199.07 you will pay:

(the finance charge is 380.38 Eur)

In case of non-payment, the right to purchase $TDF at the price of that round is forfeited along with any balance on non-accrued $TDF. All $TDF that have been paid off remain in possession of the member.

5. GOVERNANCE

The governance model is structured in different layers according to the type of involvement and financial contributions.

5.1 STAKEHOLDERS

5.1.1 TOKEN HOLDERS

5.1.2 MEMBERS

5.1.3  DAO CONTRIBUTORS

5.1.4  CO-CREATORS

Co-creators are Stewards and Circle members that are committed to make TDF go live. Operations are run based on principles of decentralised decision-making, agile governance and Sociocracy 3.0 (and probably many more). TDF social design has been crafted as we build and iterated as we learn.

5.1.4.1. STEWARDS

5.1.4.2. CIRCLES

5.1.5 GUESTS

5.1.6 RESIDENTS

5.1.7 VOLUNTEERS

5.1.8 CHILDREN & PETS

5.2 DECISION MAKING

5.2.1 PROPOSALS FLOW

Our favored modus operandi is do-ocracy. Any member should feel empowered to take action at TDF, building out their own and the community's dreams. However, this do-ocratic model limits its scope to any action that does not have a significant impact on other members, on the ecology, or the economy of TDF and its surroundings.

A member should describe their desired action in a proposal. The proposal should clearly establish if and how it affects the masterplan (see maps linked below), as well as proactively do a holistic impact evaluation to see how it affects the project on an economical, social and ecological level

The proposal flow goes like this:

  1. A member has an idea/dream they would like to implement.
  2. The member describes that idea and evaluates its potential impact on the above TDF stakeholders.
  3. After the proposal is submitted on the platform a resting period proportional to the scope of the impact & its permanence is initiated (on average around 1-2 weeks). If the scope is large, the proposal should be publicized during an all-hands meeting (see resting period formula below).
  4. During the resting period, all other members of the community are encouraged to review the impact evaluation and add their concerns & potential strategies to improve the proposal.
  5. Once the resting period is over, the proposal is automatically approved unless there are open concerns.
  6. If there are still open concerns, the proposal would be submitted to vote by token holders, with the requirements of 66% approval & 20% quorum.

Ideally,¬†disagreements will be voiced around the ‚ÄúWHY‚ÄĚ not around the ‚ÄúHOW‚ÄĚ.¬†The How is up to those that propose something (the doers) and the why is about the community¬†and its values.


Proposals are reviewed against the master plan.

5.2.2 PROPOSALS RESTING PERIOD

Determination of the resting period:

MI = Members & local community impact score out of 10

NI = Nature & ecology impact score out of 10

EI = Economic impact score out of 10

D = Expected duration of the impact, in months, capped at 360

x = Resting period in days

5.2.3 IMMUTABLE DECISIONS

Some decisions (related to the use of land) are designed to be discussed outside of the governance described in this document.

The Principles of Regeneration and Land Stewardship ūüĆ≥¬†must be respected by the present agreement, as well as be put into practice on the ground by any members of TDF.

5.2.4 TOKEN HOLDER AGREEMENTS

5.2.5 LIVING AGREEMENT

5.3 MEMBER ONBOARDING PROCESS

Being a TDF Member means that TDF is one of your homes. That comes with many advantages and also certain duties and responsibilities. With great power, great responsibility.

A member is a person who has spent at least 14 days at TDF and has been vouched by other members to be a part of the community.  In order to become a TDF DAO contributor and participate in the governance, in addition to be a $TDF token holder, a membersheep is mandatory.

Check our Membersheep Agreement to see all details about membersheep here.

5.3.1 Getting a Membersheep

5.3.2 Membersheep Benefits

5.3.3 Membersheep Duties

5.4 OUTBOARDING PROCESS

In case of inappropriate behavior, a member can get ‚Äúreported‚ÄĚ, and admins can block their access.

In the event a member is not aligned with the values of the community, the members should engage in a conversation with the community curator. The Community Curator should attempt to mediate the situation and engage in constructive conversations and can ask the member to re-evaluate their behavior and propose a mitigation plan. If the plan is not followed through, an un-vouching process occurs - all members are informed and can vote on the outcome.

At the end of the outboarding process, a learning circle should collect feedback from the members and see how we can best improve the model.

Members who haven’t been present for 2 years or more are considered inactive and can lose their membership. Re-activating the membership requires a new vouching process.

6. DREAM FACTORING

Stewards and contributors, as involved members of the community, can vision, prototype, build and run their dreams (projects/businesses) from within TDF.

During the initial phases, they can access the facilities and tools (for as many hours corresponding to their level of membership)  and support networks to launch their ideas.

They can use the TDF services, accounting, and billing without having to open their own business (which in Portugal can be at times lengthy and bureaucratic). In return, a percentage (20% or custom agreement per case basis) of their revenue or a profit share in case of pop-up/ irregular projects will be retained by the TDF. They can also use the internal resources, material library, and human capital in a mutual credit system, so there’s the least amount of monetary transactions and encouraging in this way an internal economy. We

If after launch the business  requires the further use of facilities, space and tools beyond the hours allocated for their type of membership, rent will be determined on a case by case basis in addition to the percentage of revenue distributed to TDF.

6.1. RESTAURANT & CAFE

The restaurant and cafe will be fully equipped as an initial investment for TDF. The restaurant is staffed - there is a daily menu that reflects the season and the local produce available. Members can propose popup/experiential dinners and co-create them with the staff.

*** restaurant & cafe adds direct income to Traditional Dream Factory

*** the pop-up/experiential dinner organizers and TDF will share the profit (split to be determined)

6.2. EVENT SPACE

During the build time, the whole TDF can host a variety of events that fit with the current build phase of the space that will generate additional income streams for TDF.

Once the monthly Cultural Programs are set up, the event space will be reserved for those events pertaining to the Programs with events created for the internal community during the month and an OPEN HOUSE weekend. During the weekend the TIPIs can be used for additional accommodation and the cultural citizen can book vacant spaces for weekend visitors.

Additionally, POP-UP events can be proposed and voted on by the community. The organizers bear all costs (in credits or money).

Retreats & festivals can also be proposed and will be voted on by the community.

*** a reasonable rent amount will be determined for the use of space

*** the pop-up event & TDF will share profit (split to be determined)

6.3. FOOD TRANSFORMATION

Products can be transformed in the industrial kitchen & lab and sold within the TDF store or other venues. If the transformation is done within the limits of allocated use per facility, rent is not necessary. If more time and/or storage space (including walk-in fridge) is required,a rent agreement is negotiated.

*** a reasonable rent amount will be determined for the use of the space & tools (if necessary)

*** a percentage of the revenue will be distributed to TDF

*** examples: Hum(b)us, Kimchi & fermented products, Honey, Kombucha, Hot sauce, etc

6.4.  PRODUCT DESIGN

New products can come to life in the Dream Factory! Whether it is a physical product or a digital product, you will have access to the atelier, tools, and machinery, co-working space, a network of various skilled people that you can also hire by paying internal credits, and a physical store to show & sell your products. If products are produced in the atelier, using tools and machinery within the limit of use allocation/ facility per membership, rent is not necessary. If more time is required and/or storage space is used, rent can be added.

*** a reasonable rent amount will be determined for the use of the space & tools (if necessary)

*** a percentage of the revenue will be distributed to TDF

*** examples: Dream Neon, Digital agency, etc

7. CULTURAL PROGRAMS

7.1 MONTHLY PROPOSALS

After the GO LIVE event, TDF members can apply for monthly cultural citizenships on the community digital platform.  At this point, cultural citizenship is tied to the cultural program that they want to bring to TDF. A proposal for becoming a cultural citizen should be accompanied by a full proposal for a cultural activity for the month that the member applies for.

E.G. Arturo can submit a proposal over the OASA platform to become the cultural citizen¬†for the month of August 2022. The program submitted is: ‚ÄúBlockchain technology & cryptocurrencies‚ÄĚ. ¬†

A cultural citizen position is rewarded in credits, equity & other currencies. The reward amount and methods will change over time according to the project’s evolution.

7.2 THEMES

Cultural programs are month-long programs submitted by cultural citizens. Proposals and schedules will be voted by the members. When creating a proposal, cultural citizens should consider a holistic impact evaluation: members, TDF, local community & nature (see more: decision-making article).

Cultural programs should evaluate which of our Impact KPIs can benefit from its implementation.

Examples:

Mycology

Local craftsmanship: tapestry, ceramics…

Film festival

Digital month: creating digital products at TDF

Cultural citizens can invite guest artists and/or experts to add value, bring knowledge or expertise during a cultural program. 10% of the occupancy is reserved for that purpose.

During the month, activities, workshops, and other events related to the monthly theme are created for the internal community (whoever is present at TDF during this month).

Events pertaining to the Programs can make use of all common spaces and events can be added to the calendar beforehand that will lock those spaces and resources needed.

8. EXPANSION

After GO LIVE, TDF can follow two different paths. Either an expanding economy or a retracting economy, depending on the constellation of members, the desired way of living and sharing resources, and other hard-to-predict factors.

If adopting an expanding economy:

In case of a retracting economy:

Edit log

v0.1.x - 2020

Created by Ani & Sam.

v0.2.1 - 2021-06-06

Attendees: Ani, Sam, Livia, Alexandra, Ale, Florence, Benoit (...?)

Changes:

v0.2.2 - 2021-07-04

Attendees: Ani, Sam, Alexandra, Vincent, Freddie

Changes / proposals:

V 0.3 - 2021- 11-17

 

V 0.4 - 2021-12-29

V 0.5 - 2022-04-10

V 0.6 - 2022-08-11