While traveling the world and building the CoLife.io app with a fully remote team, we decided to create CoLife Home in the process because we believe in living our dream. CoLife Home combines the benefits of coliving, the productivity of coworking, and the limitless potential of cocreating. It's an experiment in building a strong community and we're excited to find out in which direction we will grow together. Each CoLife Home lasts for one month, nothing is permanent. Each month is it's own unique theme, different workshops, and different events. It happens in an instant and it's gone in an instant. It's the colife cycle. We celebrate impermanence and embrace living in each moment together.
Each CoLife Home experience is invite-only. To participate, you first need to request an invite to join the community in order to receive an invite and book a room in one of CoLife Home Experiences. Since we normally have fewer spaces than requests, that means selecting applicants based on the best fit for a particular house and a person's willingness participate and contribute to our community.
We are not motivated by profit. Our goal is to continue to build a strong community. Part of that means intentionally keeping the number of participants in a CoLife home experience small and we intend to not exceed Dunbar's 150 number of active members in the overall community.
- Not a hotel
- Not a hostel
- Not shared accommodations
- Not a retreat
- Not what's typically advertised as coliving
- Not a fraternity or sorority
- Not a new age cult
- Not a party house
- Not an Airbnb
- Not a club
- Not a service for you
- Not a product
- Not a for-profit & not a non-for profit
- Not something that already exists
CoLife Home is an experiment in coliving, coworking, and cocreating. Each experience is a month long and it's different every time. Here is our formula for each experience:
Deep Connection + New Experiences = CoLife Home Experience
What does it all mean? We're not sure yet and we're looking for people to join the community who are just as curious as we are about finding out.
At a CoLife Home, we only have one absolute rule: Clean up after yourself
Additional rules are decided at house meetings and the rest we leave up to DoOcracy. Here are principles that will help you get the most of the CoLife Experience:
- Radical Participation
Our organizational structure is a constant experiment and right now we are experimenting with DoOcracy, an organizational structure in which individuals choose roles and tasks for themselves and execute them. Responsibilities attach to people who do the work, rather than elected or selected officials.
Here are the prerequisites that we believe a typical CoLife Home meets:
- Stakes are low. Typically, if job X or task Y didn’t get done, or got done poorly, it’s not a life-or-death situation.
- Authority is non-coercive.
- Work is plentiful. There are lots of jobs to do, and lots of people to do them.
- Effort is rewarded with recognition.Culture of participation. Each member of the community feels a right and a duty to take on responsibilities.
Democracy. In a democracy, everyone has a say in what gets done. In a do-ocracy, everyone does jobs that they think need to be done, without everyone’s input.
Meritocracy. In a meritocracy, the most qualified people for a job are selected for that job. In a do-ocracy, whoever does the job gets it, no matter how well they’re qualified.
If you share our curiosity as to how this will all turn out and want to actively participate in helping organizing CoLife Homes experiences, send us an e-mail with a response to three questions:
1. What is your definition of a strong community?
2. What do you do when you come across a problem and don't know how to solve it?
3. What are your skills and talents can you offer?