What does it mean to be a member of the Fire Well Community Collective?
You can join the Fire Well Community Collective as a "Property Owner", an individual, or business. You decide how much you want to be involved.
Community Property Owner:
A community property owner controls property in which space is offered to persons throughout the greater community following the Fire Well Collective model of alternative economy.
Offered properties can vary from from Residential Properties open public spaces.
Contractual agreements for alternative living follow The Fire Well Community model and are adapted by the Community Property Owner to meet the needs of the property of residence. Ultimately, the fee structure of the households, will be determined by the participating property owner.
Residential Community Tenant:
A residential community tenant lives in one of the participating collective households.
The fee structure of the households, will be determined by the participating property owner.
Businesses Can Join the Collective Too! Please Note: The Fire Well Collective is not responsible for the finances of the member's personal business and will not act as a creditor in regards to tracking down debtors.
Offering employment on a temporary or long term basis. As the business owner, you follow the Fire Well Collective model and support barter by exchanging goods or services with participating members on a case-by-case basis. The business relationship you offer is contractually defined, by agreeing to provide full or partial barter of a specific product or service, directly to the “employee” or member. All other details are to be negotiated between parties privately.
As the business owner, you follow the Fire Well Collective model and support barter exchange of goods or services with participating members openly as a regular means of exchange. You support the collective economy by hiring your business employees from within the collective membership whenever possible. The business relationship you offer is contractually defined, and may include full or partial barter of a specific product or service, directly to the “employee”. All other details are to be negotiated between parties privately.
What is the Fire Well Collective Model?
Here is an example:
The fee structure of the Fire Well Community House [was] as follows:.
$200 per adult
Plus $100 per room
Plus $50 per child
For example Persons with the privacy of their own room are responsible for $300.
A parent sharing a room with their child would be responsible for $350.
Two people sharing a room would together be responsible for $500.
This determines the "price of rent". However, a residential member responsible for $350 per month may only pay $200 per month and fulfill the difference of $150 by providing 15 hours or $150 worth of goods and/or services to members within the community.
Ultimately, it is up to the Community Property Owner to state what he/she needs when offering a room for "rent".
For example, a vacant room may be listed as such:
8x10' private bedroom in quiet vegetarian household. Open to individuals interested in being part of this household. Monthly rent: $300. Community Property owner willing to accept up to $100 per month in community barter. Ideal fit for someone seeking a quiet living vegetarian living environment.
10x12' bedroom in active family household. Open to individuals or small families interested in being part of a "big intentional family". Monthly rent: $350 for a parent plus one, $400 for a parent with two children. Community Property owner willing to accept $200 per month in community barter. Ideal fit for single parents looking for a supportive "family" environment.
Of course, there are several different ways of living, and it is the responsibility of the Community Property Owner to be clear about their expectations and boundaries. It is equally important for persons renting rooms in FWC households to agree and commit to only what they are capable of maintaining. Communication is always important. Mutual respect and consideration is the foundation of a strong healthy family.
These are just examples. It is your responsibility to set parameters for yourself and your life situation. We can try to help if you need it.