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ETC Journal: Growing Up

I've just posted a new entry in my weekly ETC Journal:

http://etcjournal.blogspot.com/2010/04/growing-up.html

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peristaltor
Apr. 3rd, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
It sounds like the Changeover mirrored what happens in just about every "alternative" living arrangement. I went through much the same thing working for the electric bike shop.

Originally it was structured as an anarchic collective, but the main guy -- who was big on the anarchy and maintaining complete equality of membership -- was also a control freak. Having been in collectives far longer than anyone else, he knew how to get his way simply by talking topics to death until the disagreement waned. Eventually, he and I had a disagreement that wouldn't go away, and he asked me to go simply because "he couldn't do it anymore."

Based on the clarification of events that followed, he had his own changeover, turning the company into a standard small business model with himself as president. As it should have been all along; it was mostly his money and effort starting things, after all.

Frank nailed one problem. Any group that lacks the generational depth has gaps that the members try to fill in the alternative model, much to the dismay of those that failed to anticipate the societal needs when they initially formed that model. People that rebel against their own parents may still need parents, perhaps more than ever.

Changing from a societal super-group with undefined parameters to a business-ish collective effectively cuts and pastes known business parameters and attaches them to the group, including the businesslike interactions inherent in business groups and thus knowable to its members. Fewer late-night daddy calls.

(I would have posted this there, but OpenID has never worked for me.)
peristaltor
Apr. 3rd, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
Except now, when it suddenly did. What a pain.
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