Perth Ubuntu Community

May become a small town, if we find a location, Western Australia, Australia

  • Last updated: June 20, 2017 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: June 20, 2017

Mission Statement

If it’s not good for everyone, it’s not good at all.

Community Description

We are at present a community of roughly ten individuals from various parts of Perth, Western Australia. We have meetings every week, but as yet have no location in which to start building a physical community. We are part of the worldwide Ubuntu movement, which you can Google, or watch numerous videos about on Youtube. Our goal is to create a world free of money. Money has enslaved the human race for 6,000 years, and we will never be truly free, until we are free of money. If we can get just one Ubuntu community up and running, this will show the world that we can not only live without money, but that we can live BETTER, without money. Once others see what is possible, it will start a domino effect, and other Ubuntu communities will form. In the startup phase of building the physical community where the first 1,000 of us will live, each member would contribute 3 hours a week to community projects, such as creating the gardens, energy and water systems that would form the basis of a community where we could live off the grid, in an ecologically sustainable manner. Putting in just 3 hours a week to start, would allow you to continue your job (if you have one) and other normal activities, until housing has been created at the community. In return for your 3 hours a week, you would receive food from the community garden. In Ubuntu, no one is paid in money: they are paid in food, water, electricity, accommodation, healthcare, and education… all of which would be made available as needed on a permanent basis, to those living in the community (once appropriate dwellings have been constructed). Those living in the community would be expected to work 3 hours a day on community projects, plus 3 hours a day on their Labour of Love. Your Labour of Love (LOL) is whatever you WANT to do, as long as it something that contributes to the community. It is called Ubuntu Contributionism, because everyone must CONTRIBUTE something – it could be anything, from gardening, to painting, to meditation classes, whatever you’re passionate about – in order to receive the benefits. So, all in all, you’re only working 6 hours a day, and it will be on whatever community projects (there will be a wide variety available) and LOL you CHOOSE to. The remaining 18 hours each day, you will be FREE to do whatever you wish, and you will be surrounded by people who love and support you, because the people you work alongside will be your friends and neighbours. Even your ‘government’ (the Tribal Elders) will be your friends and neighbours, who you can speak to at any time, to ensure that your interests will be taken care of.

If all this sounds good, I strongly recommend you watch the video: ‘Ubuntu: A World Without Money’ on Youtube. At only 15 minutes long, it’s the perfect ‘crash course’ introduction to Ubuntu… and once you’ve watched that, you’ll have a long play list of other Ubuntu videos to browse through, if you wish.

I’m keen to hear from anyone who has an interest in Ubuntu, even if all you can contribute is your presence and enthusiasm at the weekly community meetings… but I’m really hoping a wealthy investor or land owner will stumble across this. Although the ultimate goal is to create a community (and eventually, an entire world) without money, the sad, ironic reality, is that it will cost a great deal of money to build the thing in the first place. Money AND land – if you have either, we’re desperate to hear from you. Maybe you don’t have much money, but you’re a farmer with a decent-sized property, who’d like to be free of economic and government systems and their nonsensical, tyrannical rules. In which case, you could give us some of your land (as much or as little as you like) to build our community – or a community garden – on. If we had an actual community on your land, you’d get free water, electricity and food (possibly also healthcare and education, if you needed them). If we had only a garden, obviously, you’d get a share of the crops to sell, in exchange for letting us use your land. You could be a full member of the community, or your arrangement with us could be similar to WWOOFING, but on a permanent basis. Contact me if interested, and we’ll work something out.

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2016
  • Start Living Together: 2018
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Business, Project, or Organization: https://www.ubuntuplanet.org/
  • Contact Name: Christopher Thompson
  • Phone: 04240883681
  • Community Address:
    Members are spread throughout Perth
    May become a small town, if we find a location, Western Australia, 6000
    Australia
  • Location

About

  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Transition Town or Eco-Neighborhood (focused on energy/resource resiliency)
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship
  • Location: To be Determined

Housing

  • Status: We do not have land

Membership

  • Adult Members: 10
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Email me, call me, or find us on Perth Meetup Groups (just Google it). I have my own Meetup Group: ‘You can Change the World’; and our Meetups are also listed on ‘Perth Truth Seekers’. Visit one of those sites for the times and locations of our meetings, which happen every Saturday.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Come along to one of our meetings, and see if we gel.

  • Additional Comments:

    You need to believe that a world without money is possible, highly desirable, and absolutely necessary.

Government

  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    It is envisaged, we will have a Council of 13 Elders, all of whom will be available for any member of the community to speak to, at any time.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 3
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    We’re not at the stage where we have regular community projects yet. But once we have them, you’ll be expected to work on them for 3 hours a week. If you didn’t have the time, you could contribute money instead (the amount would depend on what you were getting in exchange for the money, but it’d be a small amount). At present, though, all we ask is that you come to as many of our weekly meetings as you can.

Sustainability Practices

Lifestyle

Additional Comments

Ubuntu is a world wide movement, started in South Africa by Michael Tellinger, over ten years ago. For more information, visit the ‘Ubuntu Planet’ website, or watch the Youtube video: ‘Ubuntu: A World Without Money’.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Ubuntu Party Australia

Community Affiliations

Ubuntu Planet

Keywords

Ubuntu, sustainable living, clean energy, renewable energy, eco community, living without money