Last updated: February 8, 2014 (2 months ago)
Listing created on: September 30, 2008
(Columbus, Ohio, United States)
- Status: Established
- Formed: 2008 Established: 2008
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
- Website address: http://themidden.wordpress.com
- Contact Name: Mattie Reitman
- Phone: 614-725-4333
Columbus, Ohio, 43201
Visitors accepted: Yes
We’re looking for new people who are serious about pursuing membership, have some experience of living with others, and hold awareness about their own strengths, weaknesses, and personality dynamics. 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
Egalitarian Urban Radical
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.