I think creating a network of tiny vacation cabins that families could buy into or work/share would work. Some people just buy in as investors, others as vacationer’s. During non member times could be rented out to digital nomads. .
Hey Charlie (:
Interesting experiment. One piece of feedback I can give you from my personal analysis of Cabin related to gaining members and demographics, as you say, is this: I find Cabin intriguing because in theory, it’s an antithesis to individualism and capitalism in North America.
However, I personally find one crucial piece missing which is the history of colonialism and imperialism on this continent. Cabin was founded, it seems, to address some crucial problems in society: loneliness, disconnection from the surrounding nature and land and one another. These problems are deeply connected with the society’s collective focus on money, things and economy (rather than the well-being of the people), and the reason North America was colonized in the first place.
My point being that the problems North American society faces today originated a long time ago, and Cabin’s story feels incomplete without reflecting and learning from those pieces.
Thanks for the feedback! Check out our vision doc, (Cabin | Building Cabin’s Network City) particularly these sections:
- “Why we’re building a city”
- “Culture, Economy, Governance”
- “Next 500 Years”
We’ve thought and written a lot about the questions you’re raising and agree that they are an important part of Cabin’s story : )
Did you explore the option of offering people to rent/purchase a tiny home with a membership/use of land instead of their regular rental for their primary place of residence?
Are tiny houses legal in Austin ideally without permits? (assuming they are not? :/)
I wonder if it’s something that will be a success for the existing demographic of the experiment. My guess is yes.
Hey Alice, we did not explore the option you’re bringing up.
If I understand you correctly, you’re talking about turning Neighborhood Zero into a place where people can park their tiny homes on wheels. That’s an interesting idea as it would help grow the number of homes on the property in a capital-light way—Neighborhood Zero would generate revenue with each new home, but would still require the upfront investment of installing new infrastructure (electrical, septic, water).
What we opted to pivot to instead was expanding the membership to all citizens across the network. Now each citizen gets 7 nights at Neighborhood Zero included in their membership.
Something to consider.
Perhaps for the next pivot.
I’ll be joining the Cabin meeting in less than an hour, guess I’ll see you there?