04 Economics

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[Many economic policies are integrated with labor policies, so the division of these into two sections is fairly artificial in many cases. Reading policies in both sections should give one a more complete understanding of a community's economic/labor systems.]

Work Improvement Proposal - East Wind - 1983

Work Improvement Proposal EW-B4
27-04-83
East Wind


Work Improvement Proposal EW-B4

W.I.M.P. PROPOSAL (passed April 27, 1983-- 20 Yes, 0 No, 5 abstain)

Raise in Allowances - East Wind - 1990

Raise in Allowances EW-B5
06-01-90
East Wind


Raise in Allowances EW-B5

RAISE DF's (allowances)
passed Jan 6, 1990
11 yes, 10 no, 4 abstain

1) Raise discretionary funds for adult members and associates to $75 per month. Furthermore, the first item on each year's profit use list will be an extra $25 per month DF for the following year. The year 1990 qualifies as a year during which the extra $25 will be given out.

New Business Formation - East Wind - 1992

New Business Formation EW-B6
02-05-92
East Wind


New Business Formation EW-B6

Community meeting, May 2, 1992

Business committee has the authority to use a total of 5000 hours and $20,000 for investment, inventory, and expenses towards the formation of new businesses in any given year, so long as cash outflow does not exceed cash inflow by more than $5000 ($5000 will be budgeted as a miscellaneous business expense for this purpose). Business committee also has the option to appoint a new industries meta whose role would be similar to that of the new industries meta at Twin Oaks. Following are tasks which business committee is likely to delegate to the new industries meta:

East Wind's Long Range Plan - East Wind - 1993

East Wind's Long Range Plan EW-B7
01-10-93
East Wind


East Wind's Long Range Plan EW-B7

(adopted by the board, October, 1993)

After a year of gathering information and thinking through processes, the LRPG has developed a long range planning process as well as an initial plan. The plan is divided into four sections: planning process (section I ), overall community goals (section II) general principles (section III), and objectives for individual community branches or other specific community objectives (section IV). Community goals are those which the community believes in as a whole which will end up being incorporated in the planning and activities of many East Wind work areas for years to come. Principles are ideas to keep in mind while developing and implementing goals and objectives. Objectives are specific, sizable tasks which East Wind wants to accomplish some time during the next decade. These objectives may take anywhere from several weeks to several years to implement. Many of the objectives will be oriented towards achieving community-wide goals. There may be additional objectives as well, but these will not contradict community-wide goals. It will be a part of each year's annual plan to accomplish several objectives from this long range plan.

Increasing Community Income - Ganas

Increasing Community Income GN-A1
Ganas


Increasing Community Income GN-A1

Substantially improved community economics is important, not only to the people who choose to live cooperatively, but to a world in crisis. Imagine the possible influence of growing numbers of prosperous, multi-cultural, urban and rural intentional communities.

Even in our poor national economy, the potential for economic growth in community is great. What's more, it's possible for communities to increase earnings without compromising social values, ecological contribution, the quality of the work experience, or attention to the internal environment.

Economic Agreements - East Wind - 1989

Economic Agreements EW-B1
01-09-89
East Wind


Economic Agreements EW-B1

(updated June 1986, Sept. 1989. formerly titled "labor, money and property rules")

LABOR

All members are required to do a fair share of Community work. In practice this means that members must follow a number of rules to fulfill this requirement:

Economic Review - Twin Oaks - 1985

Economic Review TO-C4
01-07-85
Twin Oaks


Economic Review TO-C4

1985 SIX-MONTH REVIEW TRADEOFFS

MAKE YOUR CHOICES ADD UP TO 19,000 OR LESS

1987 Annual Plan - East Wind

1987 Annual Plan EW-B2
01-01-87
East Wind


1987 Annual Plan EW-B2

(proposed by the board 2-5-87)

Tradeoff Game - Twin Oaks - 1992

Tradeoff Game TO-C1
01-01-92
Twin Oaks


Tradeoff Game TO-C1

1992 TRADE-OFF GAME

If you are new to playing the Trade-off Game, or if you could use a refresher on the fine points, please refer to a paper called Econ 101. There is a copy posted on the O&I, one in the planner mailbox, X2, and one in the designated Trade-off Game area in Zhankoye.

Labor

Assumptions:
Average population: 74
Average weekly quota: 45
Slack: 5%
Labor weeks in 1992: 52
Weeks available: 45 (based on avg 7 weeks vacation/member/year)
300 hours have been set aside for Pier One Strategy Development Fund
LABOR AVAILABLE ON TRADE-OFF GAME: 157,043 hrs

Total ongoing labor requests: 149, 646 hrs

Planner take on ongoing: 146,233 hrs

Hours available for OTRAs if you use planner take: 10,810

Money

Assumptions:
Net income: $518,900
Buffer: $50,000
Baseline: $244,546

MONEY AVAILABLE ON TRADE-OFF GAME: $224,354

Total ongoing money requests: $198, 622

Planner take on ongoing: $190,130

Money available for OTRAs if you use planner take: $34,224

CHANGES IN THIS YEAR'S TRADE-OFF GAME

OTRA input column. This year we are giving people the opprotunity to register support for and concerns about OTRAs, beyond their resource allocation "votes." To the left of each OTRA there is a column titled "support & concerns." For five OTRAs you would like to see passed although you don't have the resources to fund them, put an "S" to the left of the name of the OTRA. Mark a "C" next to the OTRAs (again, up to five) that you have concerns about, and write comments on your game (or on an attached sheet) to explain your concerns. (For example, you may wish to see more process on a particular OTRA, beyond what is required.) This input will be looked at by the planners primarily on OTRAs that receive marginal support to more accurately gauge the sentiment of the community.

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