🌟 North Star Principles

In order to help orient how we prioritize our resources & activities, we have these North Star Principles.

Shared Living 👥

When shared passions unite, there is enough intelligence, strength, & resolve present to meet our deepest challenges. By producing what we need to survive as close to where we are as possible, and by collectivizing our efforts and sharing our resources, we free ourselves up from centralized networks that are prone to data hacking, profit extraction, bandwidth throttling, unethical surveillance, & blatant corruption. When we can rely more on our small networks of care, than on giant centralizing networks that are inherently depersonalizing & largely metastatic, than we gain more leverage in changing the cultures and systems we're embedded within.

Open Source 💓

We seek a liberation from the current capitalist world-system, so that we can contribute to and receive from our shared collaborative commons, as the growing heart of human economic activity. We will openly share everything we possibly can, about what this journey is like, what we're learning, and what we're teaching, so that others can learn from our mistakes, copy us when it makes sense, improve upon us, and ultimately leave us behind. Practically speaking, this means that all learning material recorded for this project will be released under an open license as free cultural works. It also means we will adopt open source solutions ourselves whenever feasible.

Necessary Subtraction

By making our living situation hyper-affordable through practicing demonitization we enable a necessary subtraction from the capitalist world-system, and a chance to re-imagine what humans might be. By living simply, of our own volition, we reduce dependencies, while increasingly joy & appreciation for "the simple things." This contemplative stepping back is a retrieval of old monastic modes of living, of "being on retreat," of voluntary simplicity.