Cooperation, Collaboration, and Community: The One Community Model

Community Contribution

One Community values “Contribution” because it:

Everything that is One Community is possible because “community contribution” is the source of building our infrastructure, staffing our fulfilled living model, maintaining our constant open source and free-sharing contribution, operating our Highest Good business models, and maintaining all elements of the One Community Highest Good society model.

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WHAT IS CONTRIBUTION*

community contribution, a new way of living, time as your only currency, transforming life as we know itFor One Community, contribution is a foundation of our culture as a global transformation organization. It is a cornerstone of our For The Highest Good of All philosophy and for creating One Community as a self-sufficient, comprehensively sustainable, and self-replicating teacher/demonstration hub. Right now we use a tangible contribution model for tracking and organizing contribution that involves a minimum of about 10 hours of community contribution.

On the property we will use an even more comprehensive contribution model. This model will include 20 hours of infrastructure expansion and basic community maintenance and 20 hours of contribution towards our open source strategy and social engagement programs. See the FAQ section below for more about this 20/20 choice.

These time allocations will allow One Community to:

By working together we holistically address all the foundations of physical sustainability (click icons for complete pages):

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As well as the foundations of societal sustainability (socioeconomic, emotional, and personal needs):

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  • USING CONTRIBUTION IN DECISION MAKING*

In decision making* at One Community, the core value of “Contribution” is applied by asking ourselves the following three key questions:

  • How can we make this more fun/easier/inviting so others want to contribute to it too?
  • How can this positively contribute even more to our local community AND our sustainability and global goals?
  • How can this maximize both my individual and our collective contribution efforts so that they positively affect the big picture even more?

* To ensure we are always aligned with our purpose, values, and mission, One Community uses the values as defined by our organization as the compass for all our decision making; we then factor in the diversity of individual perspectives and experiences. We highly recommend this approach because it saves us hundreds, if not thousands, of hours of collaborative decision making time. If you are considering our model as a template for your own creation, we especially recommend you apply this approach too and use, adapt, or completely change the values we’ve presented so you too can create a clear guidance system that aligns with your own organizational/group/individual needs.

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WHY A CONTRIBUTION MODEL

community contribution, a new way of living, time as your only currency, transforming life as we know itThe purpose of One Community’s community contribution model is to achieve our global change goals through a Highest Good of All approach to living that is more fulfilling, fun, and comprehensively sustainable. We also project this community contribution model, combined with our revenue streams and outreach program, will allow One Community to operate indefinitely as a place where no one will have to work a traditional job. People will be able to join through investing their time rather than money.

The following additional benefits will result from this contribution model:

We see this as having the predicable outcome to create the motivation and incentive necessary for others to make the model self-replicating so they can help change the world too. We will do this by demonstrating that this way of living provides significantly more individual free time than most people’s current work and living experience, and open source sharing both this contribution model and the enriched living experience it provides.

For a look into just one piece of the psychology that can drive a movement, creative contribution, and global change process like this (along with a positive nod for open source creation), take a look at this great overview of some of the research:

 

THE DETAILS OF THE
ONE COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION MODEL

Contribution like this will work because it creates more than it requires to function. Accounting for everything that needs to be done, almost every community task requires less input of energy/time from the community than adding an additional member to the community team will produce as community contribution output. The exception is housing.

Since building a house is the one task that really serves only one or two people at a time, it will require more input from the community than the output a new member requiring a house would initially provide. Whereas, one person building energy infrastructurefood infrastructure, operating the social architecturebusiness modelsstewardship elements, and almost every other task at One Community, it provides for more people than just that one person

This means that when we have the necessary housing and food, the more people involved in the community, the easier it is to distribute community responsibilities to meet community needs. This is important because the needs of the community will grow as we build the infrastructure to offer tourism and scholarship programs. This leads to growing the community contribution tasks list to attend to things like cleaning of rooms, eco-tours, community tours, etc.

KEEPING IT ALL RUNNING

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Designated project facilitators will log hours for larger projects requiring the contribution of many people. Smaller projects/tasks will be assigned a time value by consensus and logged by the individual doing the task, allowing people to complete these tasks at the time and speed of their choice. Additionally, whenever possible, tasks will be completed as teams to make them more fun and more efficient. People’s community contribution time will also be kept in an open log so people can generally work whenever they want, time-bank additional hours, and see everyone else’s log if there is ever any question about fairness or contribution. Click here for how we are already doing this.

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VACATION TIME AND TIME BANKING

Highest Good society, fulfilled living, enriched life, enriching life, living to live, how to live an enriched life, keeping it all running, sustainable living, social architecture, fulfilled living, thriving, thrivability, emotional sustainability, the good life, a new way to liveIn addition to the weekly work schedule flexibility and more daily and weekly free time than traditional working models, this cooperative community contribution model will also provide more vacation flexibility. Starting after 6 months living on the property (delayed for the necessary amount of building required in the beginning stages of One Community), people will earn their first week of vacation time. Starting at this point, people will also be able to store/bank time by working additional hours so they can take time off when they want to. In the case of emergencies, people can also borrow time.

Once people are on the property for 1 year they will earn a second week of vacation. The 1-year point will also be when we will decide by consensus what to do for vacation and time-banking going forward. Time storage and borrowing for emergencies will always be an option with vacation time scheduled during the planning meetings for the upcoming month so completion of necessary tasks continues to run smoothly.

 

EXAMPLES OF POSSIBLE DAYS AT ONE COMMUNITY

The One Community experience is meant to provide unparalleled variety, diversity, flexibility, and opportunity for people to live a life that is rich and fulfilling. The following are a few examples of how diverse and different these days can actually be.

HERE IS A POSSIBLE TYPICAL DAY

6:00-7:00 AM Personal enrichment class from a diversity of choices (see the Fulfilled Living Page)
7:30-8:30 AM Skills or other class taught by you (could be anything, see the Social Architecture Page)
9:00-10:00 AM Home cooked breakfast at the Duplicable City Center
10:00-1:00 PM Pod 2 or Aquaponics design and implementation contribution
1:00-2:00 PM Home cooked lunch at the Duplicable City Center
2:00-3:00 PM After lunch working with open source team to share the Food Infrastructure evolutions
3:30-6:30 PM Building Pod 1 with the group – today’s focus: the vermiculture communal bathroom
6:30-7:30 PM Swim in the pond and then relax until dinner
7:30-9:30 PM Home cooked dinner at the Duplicable City Center with live music After dinner somebody hosts a movie night or bonfire Summary: took one class, ate three home cooked meals, enjoyed a couple hours of live music, and contributed 8 hours to the community (hosted 1 class, 1 hour open source contribution, 3 hours Pod 2 or Aquaponics design collaboration, 3 hours building Pod 1).

HERE IS A POSSIBLE DAY WITH MORE OF A FAMILY FOCUS

6:00-7:00 AM Family yoga class
7:30-8:30 AM Meditation class taught by you
9:00-10:00 AM Home cooked breakfast at the Duplicable City Center
10:00-1:00 PM  Gardening and landscaping
1:00-2:00 PM Home cooked lunch at the Duplicable City Center
2:00-3:00 PM After lunch story time for kids, led by you
3:30-6:30 PM Building the Earthbag Village with the group – today’s focus: flooring
6:30-7:30 PM You were going to take an art class but decided to just rest and relax until dinner instead
7:30-9:30 PM Home cooked dinner at the Duplicable City Center with live music. After dinner somebody hosts a dance party and a game night

Summary: took one class, ate three home cooked meals, enjoyed a couple hours of live music, and contributed 8 hours to the community (hosted 1 class, 1 hour child care, 3 hours gardening, 3 hours building the Earthbag Village).

CLICK HERE FOR THE COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION TIME ALLOCATION OUTLINE

HERE IS A POSSIBLE DAY FOR SOMEONE WHO PREFERS LESS STRUCTURE

7:30-8:30 AM Meditation Class Taught by You
8:30-2:00 PM Ate breakfast, relaxed, did 3 hours of gardening, then ate lunch
2:00-3:00 PM After lunch story time for kids, led by you
3:30-6:30 PM Building the Earthbag Village with the group – today’s focus: door framing and installation

Summary: Classes, story-time, and building Pod 1 were structured community contribution time equaling 5.5 hours. The other 3 hours of gardening could have been done at any time and were completed whenever this person wanted along with all the other activities.

HERE IS WHAT THE NEXT FULL DAY MIGHT LOOK LIKE

6:00-8:30 AM Got up early and put in 2.5 hours of open source contribution editing video and blogging
9:00-10:00 AM Home Cooked Breakfast at the Duplicable City Center
10:00-11:30 AM Relaxed with family and/or friends or by yourself
11:30-2:30 PM Home Cooked Lunch at the Duplicable City Center prepared and cleaned up after by you
3:00-6:00 PM Building the Earthbag Village with the group – today was mostly filling earthbags
6:00-7:30 PM Relaxed with family and/or friends or by yourself
7:30-9:30 PM Home Cooked Dinner at the Duplicable City Center with live music

After dinner there may be a community meeting, moonlight hike, bonfire, or maybe everyone is just relaxing around the Duplicable City Center or at home.

Summary: worked on the computer, spent 3 hours of quality time with your kids, did some building, enjoyed a couple hours of live music, and contributed 8.5 hours to the community (2.5 hours contributing to the open source model, 3 hours preparing and cleaning up after a meal for the community, 3 hours building the Earthbag Village).

CLICK HERE FOR THE COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION TIME ALLOCATION OUTLINE

HERE’S THE SAME DAY FOR SOMEONE WHO PREFERS LESS STRUCTURE
11:30-2:30 PM Home Cooked Lunch at the Duplicable City Center prepared and cleaned up after by you
3:00-6:00 PM Building the Earthbag Village with the group – today was mostly filling earthbags
Put in 2.5 hours of contribution to open source (creating and posting videos)

Summary: Structured time was preparing the meal and building the Earthbag Village. The rest was unstructured and completed based on the preference of the individual.

The point of all this is showing that, with a little planning, everything that needs to get done can be done with flexibility. The two example days are modeled on a traditional 8-hour day but a person will be able to structure and compact or spread out their weekly community contribution however they like because the structure of the model makes sure everything is getting done.

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RESOURCES

One Community has also created a Contribution Lesson Plan as part of the open source Highest Good Education component. This lesson plan is purposed to teach all subjects, to any learning level, in any environment using the central theme of “Contribution.” Here is the mind map for the lesson plan:

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Lesson Plan Mindmap for Contribution – Click to visit the complete lesson plan page

 

SUMMARY

Community contribution is about each community member putting in a set number of hours per week to complete tasks and achieve collective community goals. One Community’s higher levels of productivity, increased availability of free time, success, efficiency, and richer living experience are all made possible following a 40-hour per person weekly contribution model. This is part of our Highest Good society model and includes diverse and ongoing fulfilled living and personal growth components, building our infrastructure, maintaining One Community as a self-sustainable teacher/demonstration hub and eco-tourism destination, and open source sharing it all. The version of this that we are already using can be read about on our tangible contribution page.

 

FREQUENTLY ANSWERED QUESTIONS

Q: Where can I learn more about your other values and how you use each of them in your organization?

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Q: Where can I get more information about your philosophies for world change?

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Q: Could a community be run with less community contribution?

Yes, our projections show that once the infrastructure was completed, a community of 50-100 people could actually maintain self-sufficiency with as low as 10 hours a week per person if no revenue producing model was included. This could be accomplished with as low as 20 hours a week while still maintaining an eco-tourism resort.

Q: If it can be run on less, why is this system based on 40 hours of weekly contribution?

The One Community contribution model is based on a 40-hour week to maintain and evolve both our open source and global transformation goals and our culture of personal growth and enriched fulfilled living. Even with 40 hours, people will still have significantly more free time than is found in the standard American lifestyle. This is because we will have reduced (or completely eliminated) drive time due to the walking-distance proximity of food, recreation, socialization, and education, and because community contribution includes domestic duties like food preparation, laundry, and cleaning.

Q: Will the 40-hour work week model eventually become a lesser work-week model?

Due to One Community’s open sourceglobal transformation, and indefinite expansion goals, we do not expect to ever reduce the 40-hour community contribution expectation. For this reason, we desire to attract people to join our team who agree with us that building, sharing, hosting, making a global difference, and participating in ongoing creation and collaboration make for a very fun and enjoyable “work week” that does not need to be reduced.

Q: How will Community Contribution work as people age?

It will work the same for all ages. As people change, they will contribute to appropriate activities for their ability levels. As a person requires less-physical activities, alternatives could include reading to children, light gardening, cooking, teaching classes, etc. so that all people, no matter their age, feel their inclusion and importance in maintaining One Community.

Q: Does One Community have a retirement plan?

Yes, you can read about it on our retirees page. That said, everyone in our group considers the lifestyle we are creating as enjoyable and something they want to do for the rest of their lives. Ability-appropriate tasks will always be available and we seek people who want to live their entire life with active participation.

Q: Why can’t everyone just contribute what they want without accountability or consequences?

One Community began with a model like that and is was unsuccessful. From this experience we instead created the hands-off administrative policy we now use. This policy allows people to still be 100% at choice in their participation at One Community while also assuring that the team effort and everything we are relying upon each other for is accomplished.

Q: How will you keep participation ongoing and fair on the property? How will you assure everyone does their part?

We will use an adapted form of the hands-off administrative policy we’ve tested and proven successful over the last couple years. This policy maintains transparency, equal participation and fairness without the need for hierarchical leadership structures, and leads to removal of anyone who does not do their fair share.