Session materials from “Sharing More: Making the Move from Co-op to Commune,” presented by Anthony Beck at NASCO Institute 2016.
For those to whom cooperation is a life path, not just a phase, what comes after life in co-ops? What more can be shared? How about money? Income sharing communities (aka communes) build upon and expand the sharing already practiced in co-ops, collectivizing many, instead of only a few aspects of life. Sharing more enables a low impact, fulfilling and varied life that would not otherwise be possible. Cooperative skills built in housing co-ops are directly applicable to life as a communard, making commune life a natural next step for those wishing to deepen their commitment to cooperation.