Cabin 101

Cabin 101


Cabin is building a network city for our citizens, who span the globe and come together to colive and create in nature. We are a network of internet friends co-creating modern villages around the world.

Over the last two years, the Cabin community has come together across dozens of IRL activations and hundreds of online events to begin developing a global network of nature-immersed properties designed for thoughtful creators and remote workers.

We have built neighborhoods, rehabilitated orchards, designed tiny cabins, assembled saunas, housed creators, interviewed city builders, hosted dinner parties, played games, facilitated good coliving, and gathered thoughtfully to make new friends and reimagine how we live.

Today, on the eve of our second birthday, Cabin is launching the world’s first network city. A network city is a set of globally distributed neighborhoods that have a shared culture, economy, and system of governance.

Creating a network city of beautiful neighborhoods

Cabin neighborhoods are designed to cater to remote workers and creators who love nature. Our network city is made up of over a dozen coliving neighborhoods and outposts around the world, including the following locations:

A sampling of some of the Cabin properties available at launch - to see all properties, visit and become a Citizen today.

Over the past two years, we have learned which amenities, norms, and intentions make for good coliving. Those lessons have informed our final vision for Cabin neighborhoods.

Each neighborhood shares three characteristics:

  1. Access to beautiful nature: Breathtaking scenery available outside the front door
  2. Fast internet: Reliable, high-speed WiFi to make it easy to connect and do work.
  3. Strong community: Good vibes for thoughtful people to live together smoothly.

The flavor of each individual neighborhood changes from place-to-place; that’s what makes them fun to explore! But no matter where they are, all Cabin neighborhoods provide a great balance of work, community, and nature.

To browse these neighborhoods, meet other members, and otherwise navigate Cabin’s network city, check out the Network City Center, which includes:

  • Cabin Citizenship: a subscription membership for remote workers to live in our network city
  • City Directory: an online registry of our city’s beautiful coliving neighborhoods in nature
  • Cabin Census: a community directory where members can build identity and reputation
  • Virtual Town Hall: a discord server where our community gathers to make plans and memes

These products work in concert to help citizens colive, create, and conserve together across the world. We offer more affordable, higher quality, more flexible housing options than you can get in traditional cities.

  • By building for ourselves in rural areas, we aim to produce 10x less expensive housing options for our community.
  • By designing for community amenities and access to nature, we can offer unparalleled quality for the price.
  • By offering a continuous á la carte menu of coliving and work-stay exchanges across a network of neighborhoods, we provide flexibility and financial optionality to our citizens.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Cabin’s vision?

Cabin’s 5, 50, 500 year roadmaps can be found by reading our whitepaper here.

How did Cabin start?

Cabin began as a viral crowdfund in May 2021 to support a creator residency program. 101 internet strangers put varying amounts of money towards supporting four creators to live each month in this 4BR shipping container cabin that one of our cofounders (Jon Hillis) designed, pre-fabricated, and placed on the land that would eventually become Neighborhood Zero. Neighborhood Zero has come a long way since then.

What is Cabin’s goal?

Cabin’s goal is to have a million people living across a network city in the next 50-500 years. In the next five years, we would like to find our first 5,040 founding citizens.

This is a new model of coordinating in-real-life housing with our online community of creators and remote workers. For the next few decades, our network city will most closely resemble an aligned network of nature-immersed coliving properties for creators. You can learn about our highly-detailed roadmap by reading the Vision Paper here.

Is Cabin a company?

No, Cabin is a DAO that is legally structured as an Unincorporated Nonprofit Association.

What is a DAO?

DAOs are Decentralized Autonomous Organizations. You can think of them like internet group chats with a shared bank account. Imagine if a subreddit had funds and gave members of that subreddit a secure way to vote on how those funds were used.

Cabin operates as a DAO instead of as a company. We believe we are benefitted by greater transparency and a collective voice governing as opposed to one. Legally, we are organized as an unincorporated non-profit.

Some folks (including people in Cabin) believe that DAOs are poorly named - and prefer the terms “digital co-op” or “digital collectives.” Some think DAOs are poorly named because not all of them are fully autonomous, nor are they entirely that decentralized. It’s early for DAOs, but Cabin is among one of the leaders in the space.

Cabin believes in progressive decentralization. As our vision becomes more clear, we will expand to include more people and distribute power within the DAO to those people. We started as a crowdfund with 101 participants - those were all the people who were initially given voting power. You can view the up-to-date distribution of voters here.

Cabin is also aspiring to become progressively more autonomous. That is why we are launching our Census and our City Directory - products for our community to curate and use.

:microphone: The first 12 episodes of our podcast Campfire are about DAOs. You can listen to them here.

How do we communicate?

Cabin doesn’t exist on any single platform. However, we use the following platforms for certain communication functions.

  1. We communicate with each other internally on this forum and on Discord.
  2. We determine which neighborhoods are best vibe-aligned with Cabin by using the Census and the City Directory.
  3. We vote on big decisions in Snapshot.
  4. We tell the story of Cabin and other folks reimagining how we live on our podcast, Campfire.

What is coliving?

Coliving is a modern residential concept where multiple individuals or groups share living spaces and amenities with the intention of fostering a sense of community, collaboration, and social interaction. It is an alternative to traditional housing options like renting an apartment or a house, and is often considered more affordable and flexible.

Coliving spaces typically feature private bedrooms or living units for residents, along with shared common areas such as kitchens, living rooms, bathrooms, and outdoor spaces. These shared spaces are designed to encourage interaction and engagement among residents, promoting a sense of belonging and support. Coliving arrangements can be found in various forms, such as apartment complexes, shared houses, and purpose-built communities.

Some of the benefits of coliving include cost savings through shared expenses, increased social connections, networking opportunities, and access to additional services and amenities. Coliving has gained popularity among young professionals, digital nomads, and those seeking a more collaborative and communal living experience.

We’ve hosted dozens of coliving experiences around the world and hope to host 1000 more soon.