Building a culture
In Ludda, our efforts do not go into meetings, nor do we think of meetings as the heart of a community. The heart of Ludda is in what happens in frequent, mostly informal, human interactions.
We grow a culture — customs, traditions, stories, shared ways of doing things — and it is our culture that in turn guides us in our behavior rather than a set of abstract rules. We behave a certain way because it makes deep sense, and because it means “home.” There is no set of legal papers stating how members must behave. We know what we want, and we help each other do it.
Gathering together every two weeks on Saturdays is when we band into discussion groups and learning circles, or people just socialize & the kids get to run together. We share a meal and a singalong around the fire. Every gathering is a bit different, depending on what is happening.
There are of course times when a clear decision must be made. To reflect our deep commitment to power-sharing, we use the consent method (aka “dynamic self-governance” or sociocracy), modified by Anabaptist and Quaker understandings. It combines together the advantages of leadership with the effective participation of all. Happily, this is a process that requires a minimum of formalities. Just the way we Luddans like it.
* What is sociocracy? (short and succint).
* An Australian NOVA article on sociocracy.
* Many communities use it. Article in the Cohousing Magazine.
* How is consent different from consensus?
* Sharon Villines’ site explains just about everything about sociocracy (aka dynamic governance).