D&D Launches Wiki!
A few years ago, we thought that a how-to book on communal living would be useful, since the only UK-specific books available were well out of date and the excellent Radical Routes booklet How to Set Up a Housing Co-operative concentrated on the legal and organisational angles. We imagined a book which looked at all aspects of communal living, from having the dream to setting up and sustaining a collective life. We began writing in 2006, but got side-tracked by our last printed edition of Diggers & Dreamers, and as our idea began to recede, we thought of creating a wiki, to keep the process going, and to invite fellow communards to contribute their vast experience to it.
What on earth is a wiki?
A wiki is a website that allows the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages to create a collaborative website. Like Wikipedia, they are often used to organise knowledge. Anyone can edit a wiki, but it can’t be destroyed, since earlier editions are saved.
So, if you click on ‘WIKI’ on the menu at the top of this page, you will be taken to the D&D wiki, which uses the same template as Wikipedia, which many of you will already be familiar with.
We hope our wiki will grow and become more comprehensive as time goes by, with links to as many useful resources as possible. We invite you to contribute, especially if you have experience of living communally, or if you were part of a group who tried to set up a community, but for whatever reason never made it.
Please bear in mind that our aim is for this to be a UK specific resource. So whilst information and reflection on the group dynamics/people ‘software’ side of community will potentially have ‘universal’ relevance - many technical, legal, land ownership issues etc will not be particularly relevant if they are not UK based.
We haven’t given up on the idea of a book, and we want to keep open the possibility of using content from this wiki for a printed book, which would be published by Diggers & Dreamers, using a creative commons license (attribution (D&D), share-alike, non-commercial). To this end, we’ve organised the wiki using our original chapter headings, and have put in what we have written so far. As we are a not-for-profit organisation, any money made on the project would be put back into ventures such as this. So if you contribute, we may use your contribution, attribute it to this wiki generally, and not pay you!
So, dear friends and communards, please have a look, add and edit!