Share resources and responsibilities.

Within the Model Communities structure, the Associates agree that all exchanges are equitable and not motivated by profit. They look internally to satisfy their needs. Within this autonomous, self-governing arrangement, authority is held within the organizational Circle, independent of outside influence.

As Model Communities originated as a solution to provide affordable housing, resources held by the Circle can involve property such as a house or apartment building. However, these same systems can concern tools in a tool shed, managing a public park or watershed area, sharing a sailboat, or running a co-op restaurant, farm, or grocery store.

By working together, learning skills, reducing costs, and taking personal responsibility, the Associates develop a bond based on Trust. This bond allows them to collaborate and share the available resources equitably.

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