Reckon

Reckon is a courtyard of nomads.

Getting here
It’s possible to get here and live in this area using public trasportation. Furthermore, ride companies like Lyft and Uber operate here. There’s a strip mall nearby that has rental trucks and vans, also. Owning a car is not a pre-requisite.

Reckon purpose
Reckon is about self-improvement. Nomads spend part of the day in agricultural related work such as gardening and farming, and part of the day working on self-improvement through taking courses and through building their character traits. One of the primary vehicles for improvement is keeping a journal to assist in making self-reckonings. Thus, the name for the commune is “Reckon”.

Reckon has a classroom with computers and tablets for taking online courses in various fields.

The Rules
Reckon is a ruled zone.

Whisper
The first rule is: speech should be calm and soft. This does not mean that only whispering is allowed, although whispering is fine. It means speaking at the lowest necessary volume. It means speaking slowly. It means taking periodic breaks from speaking to allow others to respond, or to indicate that they understand what is being said, or to indicate they are not interested in having a discussion. In line with this, anyone using a device that plays audio should equip it with a headset, bluetooth, etc.

Cover
The second rule is that the clothing worn should cover the body as much as is consistent with the season.

Separate
The third rule is no one should touch anyone else while in commune public spaces and that there should be no isolation of two unmarried people together where touching could even potentially take place without observation.

Dementholate
The fourth rule is no psychotropic drugs are allowed on the premises or inside someone on the premises. This prohibition includes marijuana, street drugs, and antipsychotics and antidepressants. Wine and beer can be consumed in moderation as part of a meal or for refreshment.

Meet
The fifth rule is that nomads are expected to participate in scheduled meetings.


The rules are designed and enforced for a completely rational reason: to minimize conflict. These are not hard and fast rules. If the rules aren’t working, they are changed.

Practical aspects: living, work, common activities

Nomads van or van-in-place, or some combination of the two.

Vanning-in-place means living in a tent, or a parked non-working vehicle, or a house in the manner of those who live in vans. Pure vanning is living in a van and using Reckon as a base. To avoid any violations of laws, vanners have sleeping spaces within the house in loft beds.

There are several Reckon businesses.

One is homesteading : growing food on residential yards and selling it.

A farmers market is another.

The money from the businesses pays for the upkeep of the space. Some of the rest is saved, and some distributed to nomads for basic needs like clothing and food. Decisions on spending are decided collectively.

At Reckon, everyone thinks and acts independently while sharing common spaces. The sparse living conditions means that all one’s essential belongings should be able to fit into a small car and the rest in a commercial storage unit. Anyone can get up and leave any day they want.

In line with all the above, potential nomads before they move in are expected to join in on regular teleconferences to familiarize themselves with life at Reckon.

Other communities and farms that I’m in contact with in the U.S.:
– The Swan Lake Community
Licking Creek Bend Farm
Liberty View
Shaare Shamayim
Arnavel