How to build a tribe or what I learned at FireHouse House Meetings

Posted: March 8, 2011 in Firehouse, FireHouse, tribe
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The Screaming Lady, one of the Firehouse icons

We will all live in communes once society shits itself out. It is only natural. No person can live alone when resources are thin. There is simply too much to do if one wants to learn and do all the chores. You will need help for society to progress.

What does it take to live in a commune? The closest thing I have experienced is the FireHouse Sunday night House meetings. At the Firehouse 7 to 8 artists live in an old office space.  They have a stage and a coffee cart out back and a gallery up front.  There is always something happening at the Firehouse.   Every Sunday night the residents get together to discuss house issues and share a meal.   I have said for years that the best show in downtown Phoenix is the Sunday night house meetings. The reason I say this is because the best show anywhere should give you something to think about.

I used to attend them even though I was not a resident. Only residents, and people who have a legitimate reason to be there should/are allowed to attend. I took friends, because I thought they could learn something. But one of the residents finally told me, “Kevin, I don’t mind if you come but quit bringing guests, we are not doing this for people’s entertainment.” He was right.

The FireHouse told me all I know about living in a commune, but I don’t know much because I have only been an observer and not a resident.   That said, here is what I learned from watching the FireHouse and being a initiated Thought Criminal:

  • Rule 1a: Some people do not like to have their pain displayed on stage.
  • Rule 1b: Someone needs to do the dishes.
  • Rule 2: It is good to have a large common calendar present.
  • Rule 3: When people are talking it out, it is necessary to have patience and listen. This is much harder than one might think it to be.
  • Rule 4: When speaking try to be precise. Try not to bring up sidebars to illustrate a point.
  • Rule 5:  If one does not have a plan for the Post-Apocalypse, a decent plan would be to find Michael & Joanna 23 and stick with them.  Not only do they know how to raise a child, tend a garden, run a light show, and repair an old building; they also know how to get a large group of people to work together and get something done with marginal resources.   That is what will separate one tribe over another after the Apocalypse.

Below: Video Tour of the Firehouse during a 3rd Friday Firestage show.

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Comments
  1. layalzebub says:

    I love this post. I hated the thing with the dishes so much when I lived there.

  2. That looks like a usefulbook, I have already read a couple of “Off the grid” books. This book looks more about why one should get off the grid because it will one day fail. The books I have read were more off the grid to be green friendly. I do like how amazon.com connects this book with “Gardening when it counts- gardening in hard times” which is the book I am currently reading.

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