America has been home to communes for around 300 years. Even longer if we consider America Native communities as communal. The Plymouth Colony, in its first years, was apparently the first commune on these shores started by settlers coming from Europe.
Timothy Miller has written two books on the subject of communes. The books cover American communal life from 1900-1975.
The Bybee Street protocommune is called Reckon. You can learn more about it here:
A protocommune is not quite a commune according to the seven conditions for a commune set by Miller. A protocommune has set the groundwork for, but has not quite reached the threshold of, being a commune according to Miller’s definition.
I decided it might be helpful to myself, and for others living in protocommunes elsewhere, to be in communication about our efforts to upgrade to full commune status.
I’d like to start the networking with a daily teleconference. From there we can use social media, or start an online forum, to explore in more detail some of the subjects we discuss in the calls.
Here are the details for the teleconference:
The teleconference runs from noon 12:00 pm EDT to 1:00 pm, Sun – Fri.
This is the number to call to join the teleconference:
This is the conference ID to enter at the prompt:
The mnemonic for the conference number is C0mmune# where “0” is the zero key.
Check back here for the exact schedule of the calls, or send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org for regular updates
If you are having trouble signing in, you can text me during the call at 202-251-3866.
The purpose of these calls is to create an alliance of protocommunes where people live minimally and off the land. People who call in can learn about communal living in general, can get to know each other, and can work together to figure out how they are going to transform their protocommune to full commune status.