Designing social movements

Minimum viable utopia

On the theory of designing the precepts of replicating social groups. Often branded as “community stewardship” when applied.

Action manuals

See community maintenance.

On social norms

See social norms.

On non-monetary economies


On attainable norms


Theory note salad

Left field, Benjamin Ross Hoffman on Why I am not a Quaker (even though it often seems as though I should be)

In the past year, I have noticed that the Society of Friends (also known as the Quakers) has come to the right answer long before I or most people did, on a surprising number of things, in a surprising range of domains. And yet, I do not feel inclined to become one of them. Giving credit where credit is due is a basic part of good discourse, so I feel that I owe an explanation.

The virtues of the Society of Friends are the virtues of liberalism: they cultivate honest discourse and right action, by taking care not to engage in practices that destroy individual discernment. The failings of the Society of Friends are the failings of liberalism: they do not seem to have the organizational capacity to recognize predatory systems and construct alternatives.

Fundamentally, Quaker protocols seem like a good start, but more articulated structures are necessary, especially more closed systems of production.

To discuss: Bay area rationalists, the Marrickville Warehouse Alliance, weirdo Honduran charter cities.


Woodley, Lou, and Katie Pratt. 2020. “The CSCCE Community Participation ModelA Framework to Describe Member Engagement and Information Flow in STEM Communities,” August.

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