communal econ

A. Allen Butcher:

“One may define communal economics as a system in which production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services involve the cooperation and sharing of all involved. In contrast, monetary economics utilizes systems of possessiveness and competition.

Barter systems and local currencies have been used to help monetary economies out of depression as a way to supplement official currencies. (Greco 1998, 64) Since barter is an exchange system in which the goods exchanged are owned privately, it is not a form of communal economics. Since labor exchange systems involve an exchange of services, usually on an hour-for-hour basis, labor exchanges such as “time dollar” systems (Cahn, Rowe 1992) are also forms of barter and therefore are not forms of communal economics.” (


intro’d via Michel fb share –

Allen Butcher has done absolutely stellar research on why intentional communities can thrive and succeed over several decades,

for an intro to some of his work, see:

from pdf: – 15 ie’s – communitarian links:

what’s new is from 2007

in searching for info on Allen:

lives in denver now?

from pdf of book – culture magic – intro to communitarianism:

community values focus on providing a safe/nurturing environ for children and seniors, community food service and other collective services, such as building and auto maintenance.. thru neighborhoods


communitarianism then becomes a philosophy of happiness as the individual realized that the well being of others is important to the securing of their own person happiness..


open communities like cohousing, ecovillages and egalitarian societies provide insights int the direction of the larger society thru their successful cultural innovations. in this way , intentional community serves to anticipate, reflect and quicken social change..



communitarianism: the idea and practice of mutual responsibility by members of a society

i think responsibility ness is messing with us.. (otherwise.. would this have not effected social change by now?)

intentional community: a fellowship of individuals and families practicing common agreement and collective action

today we have the means to center around listening to each voice everyday and facilitating that data.. rather than having to come up w ‘common agreements’ et al

two methods of describing intentional communities: 1\ descriptive terms (ie: christian, yoga, activist, land) and 2\ classifications (ie: govt from authoritarian to participatory)


when considering what kinds of community to build/join .. the issue of sharing vs privacy can be the most helpful.. how much am i willing to share.. how much privacy do i need..? each community finds an appropriate balance..

then in matrix on sharing to privacy.. under

collective intentional communities: private property and equity

communal intentional communities: labor credit, commonly owned equity

i thought we were going sans money..(which to me means sans measuring)..  so dang with the ie: labor credit .. and dang with the property ness

and on ownership/control matrix: consensus process control of wealth, majority rule, authoritarian control of wealth.. income, trusts..

maybe will read/dig more later.. but this is enough for me for now.. much like peter block’s accountability.. allen butcher’s responsibility ness in communal econ.. as why we haven’t yet gotten to community/global-equity et al..


via michel fb share

A. Allen Butcher • The School of Intentioneering

This paper of thirteen statements of communitarian theory and examples of their application in the real world, explained in over 8,000 words, is now posted to the Intentioneers blog at:…/correlations-of-intentional-co…/

from feb 24 2019 – Correlations of Intentional Community Theory to Reality

just skimmed



wished this would have led to money less

oikos ness

money revelations