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SolidIncome Sharing Across the PondPaulGPaul, communard of Acorn, instigating organizer of Point A DC, reports on his travels through Europe and the many wonderous urban income sharing egalitarian communes he found there. The talk begins with an introduction to and brief overview of the communes of the US based Federation of Egalitarian Communities and ends with a few questions to ponder.Audio Recording
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SolidAnarchism: Sure, It's a Good Idea In Theory... and It Will Totally Work In Practice!PaulA TED talk style presentation highlighting the three counter-intuitive facets of anarchist organizing that are easier than you think.Presentation
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SolidSeed SavingPaulVegetable seeds are a foundation of human life and civilization. Increasingly control over the seed supply has drifted out of the hands of farmers and gardeners and into the hands of multi-national chemical and biotech corporations. Learn the hows and whys of saving your own seeds. This presentation can be done in 30 min or 2 hrs and can focus on practical skills or the political and economic history of seeds.
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SolidCommunalism Now!: Why Wait For The Revolution? [We Can Do Better Than Capitalism]Paul/TelosThe revolution is closer than you think. Come explore tools and techniques for building a socialized economy and the deep solidarity and collective strength that can result. [aka The Income Sharing Workshop]How is this diff from income sharing across the pond? -WLT; This is tools and discussion, ISATP is straight up lecture and stories. - GPB
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SolidSharing as a Solution to Climate ChangePaul/Pax/TelosChanging the way we live can lead us toward sustainability, perhaps faster than green technology could ever hope to. Simply being willing to share our things with each other reduces our material need, and therefore our ecological footprint. This workshop touches on the many ways radical sharing can reduce a community's ecologial footprint.Presentation
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SolidIntro to the FECPaul/Pax/TelosThe Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC) is the union of several income-sharing communities in the US and Canada. This workshop goes over the history of the FEC and the systems of mutual support between FEC communities.
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SolidCommunity in CrisisPaul/PaxConflict is common in community, and somtimes it can threaten a community's stability. This workshop touches on tactics to diffuse conflict rather than escalate it, ways to rebuilt trust after conflict, asks what we can learn from conflict, and more. This work shop can be giving in 45 min or 3 hours and can be done lecture/story telling style or can work with crises experienced by participants in the workshop.Reader
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SolidThe Tiny Big Fix: Radical SharingPaxusThis workshop is on how radical sharing is the solution to everything from climate change to personal crisis. It revolves around the idea that collective trust building is the only way out of the jam we are in.
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SolidConsensusPaul/Pax/TelosConsensus decision making began with indigenous people and the quakers, then was popularized by feminists in the 1970's. This workship gives an introduction to the consenus process, and can be tailored to any group, offering consensus tools based on a group's needs.Fingerbook
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SolidTransparency ToolsPax/TelosThere are three levels that transparency tools operate on: Self Revelation, Empathy Building, Trust BuildingIntro to tools
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SolidPolyamory in CommunityPaxusWhat special considerations do poly folks need to think about when living in community?These two link to the same description
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SolidPolyamory 101Paul/PaxJealousy, introducing lovers, privacy vs honest, safe sex agreements, basic agreementsComing out as poly to non-poly people?
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SolidPolyamory 201PaxThis workshop compares notes on what approaches have helped people move past their jealousy and move to a place of being happy about their lovers other romances. We deconstruct jealousy by removing its clouding label and examining the oft unnamed emotions below it. We analyze and discuss how popular culture weaves acceptance of jealous and possessive behavior into the mainstream culture and how one can unhook from there effects.  This workshop looks at the politics of being a minority relationship model in an oft accepting world.  Using role plays and facilitated group discussion we will explore who to craft compersion (good will towards your lovers other lovers) by shifting expectations and taking responsibility for our fears and past scars.
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SolidPolyamory 301PaxPoly family and kids, brilliant break ups, building comperison, poly dating, daring agreements
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SolidHonest SeductionPaxHonest Seduction is the realization that we are attracted to people and we want to explore this possibility and that “classical” seduction techniques are frequently manipulative, degrading, and sexist. This workshop roleplays people sharing their disclosures and others discussing how these can be more transparent and self-healing.
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PossibleThe Good Kind of DeviancePax
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PossibleIt Takes a Village [children and caretaking in community]Pax
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SolidNuclear PowerPax
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SolidFunologyPax
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SolidFearless RomancePaxus/GryphonFearless Romance presumes that your most powerful intimates are your most potent allies and this workshop offers a toolbox to let you redesign your romance and enhance each other. This highly interactive workshop will include roles plays, work in small groups, love letter writing, and Q & A.
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PossibleFood ethics [needs better title]Veganism, dumpstering, waste reduction through efficiency-increasing systems (1 cooking for 30 people instead of each person cooking for 1)
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TrickyBuilding Multicultural CommunityEmanIn NYC only
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PossibleBridges to BurnersPaxusThis workshop explores how burners can bring more community into their lives as well as how communards can bring more of the best of the burning man culture into theirs.
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PossibleStorytelling - building bonds and institutional memoryPaxusWorkshop-y; crowdsourcing ideas on what makes storytelling effective; have audience/participants each tell a short story by the end and critique one another
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PossibleFeminism in CommunityWillow & Batmanmake note of socialist feminism's ideas on the socialization of care work: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/10/caring-in-the-city/
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PossibleCompatiblity of Anarchism and Nonviolence?
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PossibleEducation in Community?If not too much overlap with it takes a village
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?Squatting and SalvageBilly
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?How to Start an Eco VillageCatalonyianWhat are the important trade offs in designing an eco-village? What assistance programs are available to help finance forming eco-villages? What design principals and decision making systems have worked well?
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?Should Community Be Afraid of Artists?FF person (Gil?)A huge fraction of New Yorkers consider themselves artists. And many collective projects have collapsed because artists involved needed to extract themselves from the group effort to pursue their artistic vision. What at the possibilities for collaborative art? How can collectives embrace artists?
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?Swarms to Find Housing: Lessons From OccupyMPJBees and Ants have complex systems for finding or relocating hives. These models have useful lessons which were being investigated and modified for humans towards the end of the Occupy movement.
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In Development
Legal Entities, Tax Statuses, and Zoning Law for CommunesJenny (&GPaul)Neither the IRS, most states, or most municipalities have spent a lot of time thinking about how they can make it easier for communes to exist. Luckily we have! Get into the nitty gritty of how we can make our communal and cooperative vision mesh with the legal landscape.
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SolidThe Ins and Outs of Getting In and Out... of Dumpsters!Steve40% of food in America is wasted. Bringing that number down is a big and complex project but capturing and eating that waste and using it to help and to highlight food insecurity doesn't have to be.
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PossibleHow Not to Create CommunityRaven
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PossibleCo-ops to Communes--Making the LeapTelos/Raven
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PossibleCooperation from an Evolutionary Perspective MaximusThe challenges of living in community are complex and many. But these challenges are not unique to modernity, nor even to humanity. The evolutionary history of life can be seen as a long list of nature's solutions to the problems of cooperation. In this workshop we explore those evolutionary cooperation problems, their solutions, and how this deep history can inform our response to the challenges facing modern communities.
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PossibleEconomic Games as Models of Community Dynamics MaximusIn recent decades, anthropologists, sociologists, and economists of various flavors have used economic games to explore the nature cooperation and conflcit. In this interactive workshop, we will play a game called the Public Goods Game, and then discuss how this simple model paralles common social dynamics in community. http://ncase.me/trust/
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