Columbus, Ohio, United States
- Last updated: July 12, 2016 (10 months ago)
- Listing created on: September 30, 2008
Egalitarian Urban Radical
We do it ourselves.
Capitalism and consumerism have detached us from our surroundings and each other; we choose to re-connect through stubborn ingenuity. Our days are lively and varied, filled with carpentry, impromptu cop watches, and adventures in foraging. We grow, process, and patch things together. We invent, make, and maintain our social, physical, and economic world.
Hierarchy and domination rule the day, but we don’t need to let them rule our lives. We practice horizontal decision-making to reach honest and compelling consensus. We recognize the interconnectedness of systems of privilege and oppression, and we are not content to leave their (broken, painful) effects alone. We train in self-defense, and deal directly with conflict rather than deferring to authorities. We work to create free and safe spaces. We practice communism, egalitarianism, active communication, and mutual aid. We disrupt the status quo. We queer stuff.
Responsible Use of Resources
We recognize that we live in a society that is based on infinite growth in a world with finite resources, so we use and reuse what we can. We choose to deepen and defend social and ecological diversity before pursuing our own financial interests. We also recognize that “resources” are not only physical materials but also our bodies, our energy, our time and our friends; they are rainwater, wild food, dumpsters.
We deploy the power of people and community not to banish solitude, but to conquer isolation. Our community extends beyond our house into the city, across the state, and into national and global networks. We travel, host potlucks and guests, and help our neighbors. We make time to be present with each other and ourselves. We share inspiration and intimacy; creativity, curiosity, and fun.
We know where we stand in relation to the neighborhood, the city and the community—and we own and shape that position. We hold practices and policies that keep us stable, effective and creative as individuals and as a group. We to think about what we think, want, and need, we make ourselves resilient and able to adapt to change.
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 2008
- Start Living Together: 2008
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
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- Website address: https://themidden.wordpress.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Midden-486280638061190/?fref=ts
- Contact Name: Phil
- Community Address:
379 Chittenden Ave
Columbus, Ohio, 43201
- Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything)
- Programs & Activities: Redbird Prison Abolition
- Location: Urban
- Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
- Identified Leader: No
- Leadership Core Group: No
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
- Shared Income: Partial share of income
- Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
- Open to members with existing debt: Yes
- Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
- Planned renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
- Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
- Planned food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
- Food produced locally: Up to 25%
- Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
- Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Mostly Vegetarian
- Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
- Tobacco Use: Yes, used often.
- Additional Diet Comments:
Not used indoors
- Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious Community
- Healthcare Options: Partial, Special, or Limited Community Plan
Community Network or Organization Affiliations
Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC)