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The Midden

Last updated: July 12, 2016 (1 month ago)

Listing created on: September 30, 2008

The Midden

(Columbus, Ohio, United States)

Mission Statement:

Egalitarian Urban Radical

Community Description:

We consider ourselves to be a very small co-op (4 members as of July 2016) with elements of and aspirations towards communalism. There is no board, management team, no one is appointed to a committee position, or anything like that. We depend on each other to work together to get things done.

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.

We’re anti-authoritarian.
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’re social.
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’re solid.
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.

About

  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything)
  • Programs & Activities: Redbird Prison Abolition
  • Location: Urban

Housing

  • Area: 0.12 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Land owned by: The Community

Membership

  • Adult Members: 4
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: See http://themidden.wordpress.com.

    We are open to new members, and are especially looking for folks who have demonstrated interest and experience in collective living, social consciousness/mindfulness, emotional self-awareness, and/or radical political projects. We are a tight group, but we all have lives, and can’t give you much of a schedule or structure for your visit.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: See http://themidden.wordpress.com/contact-us/

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Economics

  • 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

Sustainability Practices

  • 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%

Lifestyle

  • 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

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC)

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.