Monday, August 22, 2022

Regenerative Systems House: Onboarding (original)

Hello! Welcome to the new (still Beta?) old half of Clubhouse. What is Regenerative Systems House

*intended* to be about? Any and all discussions around how we get to being regenerative, but the 

immediate focus is on trying to de-silo these conversations on Clubhouse and create more collegiality, 

cooperation and understanding. There is no expectation of everyone becoming of one mind, but we 

**can** choose to not undercut, diminish, patronize, etc., so we get to a more “yes, and…” state of 

discussion. But what are Houses?

According to an article I read, and based on my experiences in three other Houses, Clubhouse 

considers Houses a sort of return to the original state of Clubhouse when exclusivity equaled safety. 

Houses are intended to be more like a garden party with you and your chosen friends/associates/

followers, whereas Clubs is a bit like strolling down Main Street - or the back alleys and everything in 


Houses Functionality

Member Limit: 500. Early houses grew too fast, some became little cesspools of human pettiness. 

The idea now seems to be limiting it will make for more manageable communities because of size and,

especially, being far more selective.

Kicking Yourself Out: Oops! This happens because the button to leave Houses is *also* “Leave 

quietly,” but it is in an entirely different place. Rooms here are mostly like rooms in Clubs. There’s an 

obvious “leave quietly” button. Tap that and out you go, but you’re still in the House. However, when you

you open the Houses section of Clubhouse you see the house(s) you are a member of. Tap the one you

want to enter and you are now in that House. On Android, you see the House name and three dots over

to the right. Tap the three dots and you will find a “Leave quietly” button. Tap that and you are GONE

from the House. Forever. You can’t reapply and you can’t be re-invited. Of course, if you’re of a mind for

leaving, now you know how.

Getting Kicked Out: Who can do this? Only the founder, which is me, of course. If there’s someone 

who really must go, unfortunately, that has to run through me. :-(

Invitation Only: Self-explanatory. (More on this in “Proposed.”)

Who Can Invite: Everyone. The founder, again by default, controls distribution of invites per member. 

Does ultimate power ultimately corrupt? Ultimately, let’s hope it’s like ultimately getting to the center of a

Tootsie Pop: Ultimately, the world may never know. (More on this in “Proposed.”)

The Weekly Room: Apparently, Clubhouse is hoping we *want* to actually manage things over here in

Houses. Maybe they’re right. (More on this in “Proposed.”)

Chatty-chatty Bang-Bang: You’ll notice there is a chat visible when you enter the House. It’s like

having the front door open directly to the living room. When you open a room, there is a chat exclusive

to the room. It can be a bit disorienting to keep them sorted. You’ll get used to it. The entryway chat

never dies. It’s like a bunch of chatty vampires who also talk in their sleep and even if they’re not talking,

they’re **always** there.

Rooms: Who can open rooms? You. Any time you want.

Moderators: Works the same as Clubs.

House Guests: The moderator(s) in a room can invite non-House members into that room. They will not

have access to the rest of the House and may not even realize they are in a House room unless you tell

them. When they leave or the room closes, they leave the room and the House.

Room Titles: Moderates can edit the room titles at will. Very useful, potentially, as room conversations

shift over time. Most people seem to want to play with this feature at least once. Have fun!

The Dream

I have a dream! It may well be the collective hive mind of RegenSys House isn’t interested in the work

of de-siloing and it becomes but a pleasant respite from the rest of the noise on Main Street. Everyone

here will be here by invitation, with occasional guests, so there should be little opportunity for conflict.

That said, 500 people is 500 people, so…

The dream is to create a truly egalitarian House. But a Commons is not a lawless space; in fact, just the

opposite. Those that exist in the real world develop over very long time frames. More modern ones, such

as Mondragon, Findhorn, The Farm, have much shorter time frames and the overall success rate of new

ecovillages/intentional communities shows how hard this can be to do. At the same time, it’s simple.

Simplicity always is. That’s it’s power: Anyone can do it anywhere. But egalitarianism requires, imo, five

key things: Rules, Commitment, Patience, Tolerance and Time. I think new communities fail partly

because they are creating their form of egalitarianism from the intellectual flotsam and jetsam of a broken

society and shoehorning themselves into this ideal. It’s hard. Intact indigenous communities developed

their social systems over millennia, many tens of millennia, really! It takes practice.

(Albert Bates should be a great source on this topic and may disagree with everything above, or nothing.

The world may never know...)


Egalitarianism: For the above reasons, I think new communities should avoid attempting to master the

subtleties of egalitarian decision-making by using a 100% system, i.e. all yeses and/or abstentions or

the issue does not pass. This avoids, I hope, the subtleties and skill needed to negotiate super-


YMMV. I suggest decisions of the House be made by those willing to gather to make those decisions

and there be no super-veto, i.e. the founder’s agreement or veto holds no more power than anyone


Fractal Egalitarianism: We may want to create sub-groups or committees with rotating members to make

 decision-making more workable. But, then, what is there to decide?

Growing Membership: As noted previously, Houses can grow too fast and we only have 500 slots. We

need to do a little thinking here. I propose we onboard no more than ten new people at a time so they

have time to become properly onboarded and then integrated into the functioning of the House. We call

this building in chunks in regenerative design. Make sure the pieces fit together. How?

- Option I: Have nominations for a period of time, then vote. (We may need an off-Clubhouse site for

that functionality…?)

- Option II: Give one invite to ten people at random until everyone has had one invite and used it.

- Option III: Give everyone one invite and do this in successive waves.

Onboarding: 1. Before officially inviting anyone, they must read this document and state they agree to

it. Point them HERE, not to the Google Docs document: 

(Will be updated as changes occur.)

2. It is the responsibility of the inviter to onboard their invitee.

3. Weekly Room can be used for onboarding.

Reserving Membership: Cool people will certainly join the app or become known to members in the

future. I suggest we keep initial total membership to between 400 and 450 to allow room for future


Weekly Rooms: I think this is a good idea. We need to choose a time. The current setting was pulled

out of my butt because I had to put something in there. But a designated time when you can be

reasonably sure there will be a small crowd in the House does sound nice. Maybe we need multiple

rooms for differing time zones?

Banishment: 1. In case of clear harassment and/or abuse, zero tolerance.

2. Personal conflicts:

2b. Use your words.

2c. Use an arbitrator.

2d. Leave each other alone.

2e. Someone leave?

3. Banishment Process: When possible, even if it is clear the person must go, a discussion should be


3b. Ask them to leave.

3c. Founder uses the “Yer OUTTA here!’ option.

4. Some people just won’t fit. There may not be any misbehavior, but they end up not fitting the ethos of

the room. See 3.

Document Sanctity: This entire document should be consider a set of proposals, not decrees, until

decided by the collective, after which this clause will be edited out.

Fight Club: 1. What happens in Regenerative Systems, stays in reg….

2. Just kidding!

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