Figuera (Juan Antonio) (figuera) wrote in toma_sik,
Figuera (Juan Antonio)
figuera
toma_sik

The Free Communes Movement

What follows is a model of questionnaire written by Toma Sik, I presume, for "The Free Communes Movement" he was trying to put together, I presume again. Now we have initiatives as the Fellowship for Intentional Community, with excellent printed and online community directories, but I think the following questionnaire is still a good tool for reflecting the wide diversity of "communes" or "communities" and trying to find out just "what kind of community" you're living in or looking for. Let's see:

Anywhere & Everywhere, The World

Date of postage stamp

Greetings, Dear Friend/a, /

Thank you for your inquiry.

The movement is in its stage of coming together, in various regions of the world, here and there in different stages of advancement, variations, risings and fallings, continuations, re-formings. A dynamics of creation.

Even the definition of commune is not uniform. It is primarily about “alternative” and mostly also this “alternative” varies greatly.
Unfortunately, relatively not very much inquiries about communes exist. Among those who do have interest, this varies too. As well, the understanding by members of the general public of what communes are about is varied.

The enclosed questionnaire is intended to serve several aims: test your (range of) understanding, wishes, expectations, preparedness, ability to change, re-organize, etc. You may keep the questionnaire and/or send it to any existing commune that you wish to join; one filled in as you wish and a blank one for them to fill in for informing you about their present situation, openings and offers.

Take pleasure in filling in and have success in finding the communal home of your desire!

Greetings in Peace & Love,

The Free Communes Movement

Questionnaire (1):
PLEASE USE BLOCK CAPITAL LETTERS! USE BLACK INK!

To Whom It May Concern,
______________________

Greetings,
I'm looking for agroup of partners in order to establish an alternative society or to join an existing one - according to the details that I've indicated in the questionnaire enclosed.
The following are my personal data:
Personal and Family Names:_________________________
Full Address:
Gender:. H M Bi F L
Birth-date:
Birth-place:_______
Personal Status: Single * Married Formally * Common Marriage
* Divorced Formally * Separated Informally * Widow/er
+ ___boy child/ren (aged __
___girl child/ren (aged__
Education (School/s): __________________________________________(__ years)
__________________________________________(__ years)
Training (in): __________________________________ (__ years)
Occupation - Profession: _______________ Hobby:_____________
• Special Fields of Interest/Special Skills: ____________________________________
• Languages: _______ Speak Read Write —
Problems/ Weaknesses: — —
My Reason/s for Looking for Communal and Alternative Way of Life:

(Please, indicate your correct wish ---)
[] The above info is meant only for the knowledge of the F.C.M.
[] I agree that the above detailed info be provided to all the seekers of communes.
[] With the exception of the details that I indicated with an exclamation mark (!).
With greetings,
Date:-

Questionnaire (2):
THE PARTNERSHIP -
EXSISTING/REPORTED /*/ WANTED/SOUGHT BY/FROM:
PARTNERSHIP'S NAME:
ADRESS:
PHONE:
FAX:
E-MAIL:
YEAR ESTABLISHED:
PARTNERSHIP'S LEGAL STATUS:
PARTNERSHIP'S WORK/OCCUPATION:
LAND OWNERSHIP:
SOURCE OF INCOME/LIVING:
OPEN FOR NEW MEMBERS: YES/NO
PERMANENT/TRANSIENT
WANTED/EXIST/IDEAL
WOMEN/MEN/GIRLS/BOYS
OPENNESS FOR ACCEPTING MEMBERS/GUESTS OF LIMITED ABILITY:
PROPORTION OF MEMBERS VS. NON-MEMBERS /
PERMANENT V. TRANSIENT /
PLENIPOTENTIAL V. DISABLED PARTICIPANTS

BASIC IDEAS&PRINCIPLES:

DECISION-MAKING SYSTEM, TITLE & DESCRIPTION:
WAYS TO RESOLVE EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS:
WAYS TO RESOLVE CONFLICTS/DISAGREEMENTS:
DIVISION OF TASKS/WORK SYSTEM:
SOCIAL ACTIVITY IN THE GENERAL SOCIETY
LEISURE & FREE-TIME ACTIVITY:
CELEBRATIONS:
STANDARD OF LIVING:
CONSUMERISM:
TAX PAYING:
DAILY/WEEKLY SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES - REGULAR & SPECIAL:
REMARKS, RESERVATIONS, OPTIONS, ETC. ON THE LEVEL OF PRINCIPLE:

DETAILED DESCRIPTION:

•SCALE1 —
COMMUNAL INTENT — TRANSIENT
ALL MEMBERS TRANSIENT EXPECT COMPLETE TURNOVER
MOST MEMBERS TRANSIENT
MOST MEMBERS PERMANENT
ALL MEMBERS INTENTIONALLY PERMANENT

SCALE 2:
COMMUNAL INTENT — OUTSIDE CONTACT
ENCLOSED COMMUNITY
Enclosed but maintain contact
Live communally and provide services
Provide services
Marital household
Bedsit land

SCALE 3 —
Social Relations / Social Structure
Celibacy
Exclusive and/or legal marriage or single
Tolerant/Open marriage
Lesb/Hetero/Homosexuality
Open
Tolerant/Anarchic

Scale 4— ORGANIZATIONAL SYSTEM
ANARCHIST DEMOCRATIC DYNAMIC OLIGARCHY MATRIARCHY PATRIARCHY CONSENSUS AUTHORITARIAN

SCALE 5 - ECONOMIC RELATIONS
INHERITED WEALTH – EMPLOYER/EMPLOYEE - WORKER PARTICIPATION – WORKER OWNERSHIP/COOPERATIVE – PRIVATE CAPITAL – PRIVATE INCOME – EQUAL FEE – RENT – POCKET MONEY – INCOME POOLED – ALL MONEY POOLED -

SCALE 6 — BELIEF SYSTEMS
TOLERANT/ANARCHIC – ESOTERIC/SPIRITUAL/RELIGIOUS (WHICH?) – IDEOLOGICAL (WHICH?) – POLITICAL (WHICH?) – PACIFIST – MONDIAN/WORLD-CITIZEN – STRUCTURED/TOLERANT – ECOLOGICAL – EMPIRIC/ECLECTIC – ATHEIST/RATIONALIST
GENERAL – ACTIVITY – EDUCATION – DEFENSE

SCALE 7 — BELIEF SYSTEMS:
NUTRITION – MATERIALS – WORKS – HEALTH
STRICT VEGETARIAN / VEGAN – OVO-LACTO-VEGETARIAN – NON-STRICT OR TOLERANT VEGETARIAN – ECOLOGICAL: LIVE AND LET LIVE – MIXED – NATUROPATHIC/HOLISTIC/HOMEOPATHIC – OMNIVOROUS

SCALE 8 — NATURE/FIELD OF BEING ALTERNATIVE:
WAY OF LIFE - SOCIAL STRUCTURE - ECONOMIC STRUCTURE - ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE - POLITICAL ACTIVITY (WHICH?) - CONSUMING - PRODUCTION

SCALE 9 — CONTACT WITH THE EXISTING POLITICAL SYSTEM
EXPLOITING OF
NONE - ALMOST NONE - ONLY ON SYSTEM’S INITIATIVE –DEPENDING ON SYSTEM – IGNORING SYSTEM – OBJECTION TO SYSTEM – EXPLOITING OF ELEMENTS FOR ADVANCING ALTERNATIVES – RELATIVE PARTICIPATION, ACCORDING TO NEEDS

GENERAL DESCRIPTION
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