The Other Realm

Multi-generational, Rural
Amherst, Massachusetts 01002
  • Move in year :
  • 2021
  • Number of units :
  • Not yet known
  • Land size:
  • <2 acres
  • Developed acreage :
  • Not yet known

Description:

Mission Statement

The overall mission of this community is to: • Foster sustainable, cooperative education and innovation that leads to the betterment of those involved. • Lower the energy and complexity necessary to get a task done with the expressed or implied purpose of making room for previously unachievable tasks. • Promote community while encouraging individuality and uniqueness in all. These goals are to be for the purpose of directing where change is headed and using it to benefit humanity in an ever more joyful way.
Community Description

This is a community that’s eventual audacious goal is transhumanism; enabling us to become more than just single individuals. The methods by which we seek to achieve this are by employing rational science and technical methodologies and we realize that they will not happen overnight. Therefore, it is also a community that is an educational and societal initiative to improve scientific inquiry by breaking down the ivory tower so that science and innovation are not restricted to just those who go through established educational channels.

The goal is to find likeminded people who both long for the close community and the “radical openness” that is a common theme in intentional communities, as well as have a drive to innovate and advance engineering, technology, science, and medicine. While we embrace environmental sustainability and political activism, there are other communities that are more suited for people interested in focusing on these activities. Our primary goal is the collaborative effort to make progress towards three main areas:

• Creating self-reproducing synthetic artificial life

• Creating the ability to communicate and control said synthetic life, ultimately extending oneself beyond the body – achieving pseudo-apotheosis.

• Creating the ability for two or more people to share conscious thought; direct ubuntu

With these goals in mind, we hope to establish a communal house/set of houses with adjacent shop space that we can use to work together to implement the above goals. The intention is to form a cooperative business around the innovations that come from the incremental attempts at achieving these lofty goals. The hope is for members of the community to not need to have outside employment, so that we can focus our efforts towards advancing our mission. There are several areas that have already been identified and are currently being developed so that we can start earning an income as soon as possible.

These are some of the core values that this community should hold:

• Insatiable desire for the application of more knowledge, skill, and ability

• Desire for rational discourse

• Heterarchical cooperation over hierarchical hegemony

• An open and honest sharing of feelings and resources

• Positivity towards all bodies, minds, and sexual expression and exploration towards more pluralistic normativity

• Working through discomfort and conflict – a move beyond discomfort to a shared understanding

• A desire to lead a healthy lifestyle and to be continually trying to improve our health

• A desire for long term practicality and pragmatism; to seek to minimize undesirable but necessary tasks and maximize desirable activities over the long term, even if this means short term undesirable activities may need to increase.

Interested in helping to form this intentional worker cooperative community of designers and inventors? At this stage, it makes sense to focus on getting a source of income that is not dependent on grants, loans, charity, venture capital or other temporary financing methods that we need to use in the short term. Therefore, the focus is on developing a robot vacuum (Boto Bot) for large commercial areas like conference centers, college campuses, or government buildings. Think Roomba, only way larger and more powerful, able to plug itself into a standard power outlet, and open doors. Eventually, the goal is to evolve the Boto Bot into a more general purpose robot that replaces many of the tedious jobs that people currently need to do themselves and is a platform off of which we can develop the technologies for evolutionarily self-reproducing robots.

The goal is to use the seven cooperative (or “Rochdale”) Principles as the basis for the organizational structure of The Other Realm:

• Voluntary and open membership

• Democratic member control, with each member having one vote

• Economic participation by members

• Autonomy and independence

• Education, training and information

• Cooperation among cooperatives

• Concern for community

See the “Draft of Governance” section of the website for more details.

If you are interested in joining to work on the mission remotely, that is cool as well (right now there is only one space available – we are working on getting a bigger space)!

All genders and other such social/physiological quirks that make us all unique are welcome!

If you want to join us in pushing the boundaries of what is possible and working together on things, please send us a message

Shared Property
  • Common House
  • Community Garden
  • Workshop
  • Laundry
Accessibility
  • Other
Welcomes Visitors (fee may apply)
  • Common Meals
  • Individual Tours
  • Meetings
Decision Making
  • Sociocracy
Meals
  • N/A
Meal Participation
  • N/A
Vision
  • Other
Contact Information
  • theotherrealm@googlegroups.com

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