Here's an extended version of the list of questions on my main community page.

  • Guest Ops
    • Do you let housemates rent out their rooms on Airbnb when they're traveling?
  • Scaling
    • Would this actually be better if we were a village of 100-150? I imagine we'd be more stable, and I feel like we'd have super strong "social gravity", which would enable us to attract brilliant and fascinating people from around the globe.
    • How does intimacy scale?
    • How do we keep the house introvert-friendly?
  • Sustainability
    • How can we make a community that is supportive of big life transitions, like starting a family?
  • Recruiting
    • How do other houses manage recruiting?
    • How do we recruit well?
    • What proportion of short-term to long-term housemates is optimal?
  • Governance
    • What technologies can help keep logistical details low-friction at scale?
  • Space
    • How might we design spaces for both extremes of the introvert/extravert spectrum?
    • What communities have existed in unique spaces (e.g., an old cruise ship), and how has that affected their experience?
    • What legal structures enable or inhibit communal arrangements?
  • Culture shift
    • This lifestyle is fringe, but many would benefit from trying it - how can we normalize and evangelize it?
    • How might we increase the supply of communal houses?
  • Impact
    • What can/should we stand for and what difference can we make in this world?
  • Culture
    • Some communities have a culture that says: "you are enough"; the Archive's culture says "grow into your full potential". Both have advantages and disadvantages. Is it possible for both to exist in the same place?

We would benefit a ton from talking to anyone who's lived anywhere like one of these places. If you have any leads, I'd love an introduction: [email protected].
  • ⭐️ Someone on the Berkeley St system of coops
  • Someone helping set up Agapolis (ask Ellie for a lead)
  • Someone at a kibbutz (a Gramercy friend offered a lead)
  • A resident of a very large (50+) rural community
  • A resident of a very large (50+) urban community
  • The guy setting up the 90 unit home in Oakland


  • Tommy from Manzanita
  • Kate Jackson, who's started a few
  • Niel Bowerman or housemate from the Lodge, 2212 Parker St, Berkeley
  • Travis, from Monks of Funk, about Mission Home (Andrea also recommends Davika or James Birch)