Intentional Communities Questionnaire

These issues should be of concern to people interested in shared or communal living. Such questionnaires help me think about what I want out of life and how I'm going to get it. Of course any questionnaire shows some of the biases of the creator. How important are the following elements to you, as a factor in your present reality, and important in your ideals for community? Answer with slash marks as indicated. Use a dash (-) where you can't find a valid answer. More information is transmitted by a full range of answers, including the middle and both extremes. A common response will probably be "Compared to what?" Many answers are necessarily relative and subjective, but do what you can. Let's say compared to your image of average communities, and seekers. Make notes, circle items, make deletions or use it as you see fit. I'm mainly looking for feedback on improving it. Main heading items can often also be answered according to your interest and experience.

Depending on your web browser, it may not look as neat as I wrote it.


| \\\  \\   \       /  //  /// |        Dan Robinson
| No! Maybe  Neutral  OK  Yes! |        350 Pearl
Hyphen = No valid answer possible       Eugene, OR 97401
                                        541-465-4790

    My present reality  (when applicable)
   /   My ideals for a community
  /   / 
|__|__| Identified Purpose of Comm.  |__|__| Sex Balance                
|__|__|  Personal growth             |__|__| Age Balance                
|__|__|  Living efficiently          |__|__| Racial Variety             
         Demonstration & analysis    |__|__| Other Variety              
|__|__|    of shared lifestyle       |__|__| Other lifestyles           
|__|__|  Land reform                                                     
|__|__|  Sense of community          |__|__| Vegetarian                 
|__|__|  Other  __________________   |__|__| Pets                       
                                     |__|__| Television                 
|__|__| Outreach                     |__|__| Private Time and Space     
|__|__|  Store                       |__|__| Mature interactions        
|__|__|  School  level____________   |__|__| Past sharing experience    
|__|__|  Clinic                                                           
|__|__|  Retreat                     |__|__| Parties                    
|__|__|  Conference Center           |__|__| Intellectual discussions   
|__|__|  Commercial services         |__|__| Rap/support groups        
|__|__|  Volunteer services          |__|__| Loud Music                 
|__|__|  Other  __________________   |__|__| Cars                       
                                     |__|__| Drugs                      
        Lifestyle:                   |__|__|   Sugar & Caffeine         
|__|__|  Ecology                     |__|__|   Tobacco                  
|__|__|  Frugality                   |__|__|   Alcohol                  
|__|__|  Right Livelihood            |__|__|   Pot                      
|__|__|  Creativity                  |__|__|   Hallucinogens           
|__|__|  Emotional Intensity         |__|__|   Others  ______________   
                                         


|__|__| Political involvement        |__|__| Skills, Interests, Exper.  
|__|__|  Conventional                |__|__|  Business, Finance        
|__|__|  Socialist                   |__|__|  Education                
|__|__|  Anarchist                   |__|__|  Handyperson              
|__|__|  New Age                     |__|__|  Alternate Energy         
|__|__|  Human Rights                |__|__|  Farming                  
|__|__|  Feminism                    |__|__|  Arts, Crafts             
|__|__|  Anti-Nuke                   |__|__|  Science                  
|__|__|  Anti-War                    |__|__|  Computers                
|__|__|  Other  _________________    |__|__|  Humanistic Psychology    
                                     |__|__|  Massage                  
|__|__| Structure of Community       |__|__|  Theatre                  
|__|__|  Contracts/agreements        |__|__|  Writing                  
|__|__|  House meetings              |__|__|  Publishing               
|__|__|  One Leader                  |__|__|  Nature                   
|__|__|  Committee                   |__|__|  Planetary Consciousness  
|__|__|  Consensus Process           |__|__|  Religion                 
|__|__|  Nucleus but no Borders      |__|__|   Western                
|__|__|  Anarchy                     |__|__|   Eastern                
|__|__|  Raps                        |__|__|   Atheist                
|__|__|  Schedules                   |__|__|   Humanist               
|__|__|  Chore Rotation              |__|__|   Independent              
|__|__|  Credits/Alt. Econ. Sys.     |__|__| Base/Foot/Basket-ball,Soccer
|__|__|  Co-Parenting                |__|__| Volleyball,Badminton etc.  
|__|__|  Sharing                     |__|__| Hike/Bike/Canoe/Swim/Climb/Ski
|__|__|    Income                    |__|__| Astrology                
|__|__|    Expenses                  |__|__| Mysticism/Spirituality   
|__|__|    Food                      |__|__| Other  ________________  
|__|__|    Meals                     
|__|__|    Clothes                           Habitat:                  
|__|__|    Beds                      |__|__|  Urban/Sub/Rural (0/3/5) 
                                     |__|__|  Separate Cabins           
|__|__| Intimacy (level)             |__|__|  Natural Beauty           
|__|__|   Honesty and Trust          |__|__|  Garden                   
|__|__|   Overcoming Hangups,Inhib.  |__|__|  Farm Animals             
|__|__|   Touching                   |__|__|  Alternative Technology   
|__|__|   Clothes Optional           |__|__|  Many people              
|__|__|   Straight/Gay (0-5)         |__|__|  Temp., P-T Residents     
|__|__|   Mono-/Poly-intimate(0-5)   |__|__|  Near Public Trans.       
|__|__|   Communal Sexuality         |__|__|  Low-Cost                 
                                     |__|__|  Neat                     
                                     |__|__|  Clean                    
                                     |__|__|  Quiet                   




To what degree (0-5) are you associated 
with other related organizations,
(mostly in California)? Reality Ideal \ / |__|__| Intinet |__|__| Polyfidelity Education Project (PEP) |__|__| Human Awareness Institute (Stan Dale Network) |__|__| Bay Area Bisexual Network |__|__| Mensa Sex SIG |__|__| More Institute |__|__| Shared Living Resource Center |__|__| Foundation for Community Encouragement |__|__| Family Synergy |__|__| Other ________________________________ Do you belong to an intentional residential or spiritual community now? If so, does it have a name? Describe it. Use back if necessary. Describe your ideal community, at any length.

Send me your thoughts.
Dan Robinson, danrob@efn.org, Eugene, Oregon
My home page: http://www.efn.org/~danrob/