Bitcoin must die—a timely post that raises our attention to one of the most inefficient systems ever developed. So profoundly bad is it that left unchecked, its currently still quite limited usage will surpass the energy use of an entire developed country. For what gain improving the lot of humans?

Using and supporting Bitcoin is essentially the same as supporting the construction of multitudinous new dirty coal-fired power stations. 🏭

It’s terrifyingly harmful for the environment and society. Its inefficiencies are ill-considered and hidden, setting the wrong expectations of how things work, giving no indication that they could be better thanks to a massive cadre of blindsided evangelists who purport it to be the solution to every problem—ignoring its own. …

The purpose of this post is to identify some potential benefits of gathering coliving operators together for collective action.

If coliving space operators are able to establish a more widely collaborative movement, the better for all involved! We all benefit from each other’s efforts to widen the movement’s awareness—we’re ourselves a community not competitors right?! 🤩 It grows with us. So…

  • How can we enable customers to more easily find our own offerings?
  • How might we promote an ecosystem amongst our communities?
  • How best to name and identify the movement and its offers?
  • How could we manage a collective identity?

Before I warble on I’ll point at my classification of coliving models, in which I define contract (long-term), ad-hoc (mid-term) and retreats (short-term). …

Given the widening variety of spaces using the term, I think it’s helpful to understand how spaces can be classified (with simplification), both as a user (guest/visitor/member) and as an operator (developer/manager/host)…

So I’ve identified three core models of coliving space operation based entirely upon duration (with variants):

  • long-term monthly contract
    targeting local professionals
  • mid-term ad-hoc
    targeting the location-independent
  • short-term retreats
    targeting all, with wide variety

It should go without saying that the fundamental approach outlined on coliving.org should apply to all of these. «Shared housing supporting a purpose-driven life; valuing openness and collaboration.»

It should also be noted that whilst I primarily consider an operator perspective, the models can be self-organised by users co-operatively however the model in such cases is not a driving factor (instead the purpose or intention of the community is). In such cases it would be worth identifying motivation, which might simply come down to a distinction of commercial or intentional. And whilst community intent is incompatible with a profit intent (exception being community interest corporations/social enterprise), a spirit certainly can. …


Jacob Jay

Peripatetic Brit, entrepreneur, software architect, designer, devil’s advocate; into resilience, communities, coworking/coliving, smelly cheese… jacobjay.com

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