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Tribeshares is a system for creating intentional communities within a greater community network to facilitate sharing of resources, knowledge, and technology. It is created to allow people the ability to join or create a sub-community (tribe) of their own, where they can express themselves more freely in a smaller self governed partition of a larger intentional community. This allows for a greater diversity of culture to flourish within the sub-communities (or tribes) which then shares in culture with the greater community (or realm).
Definition of a Tribe
A tribe is a 'family', not necessarily family by bloodline, but a group of people or friends that choose to live in very close proximity to each other. A tribe shares and governs an area of tribal land within a community, and it's members work together to create harmony and a level of sustainability within their tribe. A tribe will have it's own common amenities to manage, including bathrooms, showers, kitchens, gardens/nature, common areas and whatever the tribe wishes to create for their micro-community.
A tribe can be governed however they choose to govern themselves. This can be democratic, communist, anarchist, ruled by a chief, by consensus, or any system of their own that they come up with. As tribes are a lot smaller in scale to countries, any of the above forms of governing are a lot simpler, and won't require as much complexity. See our TribeShares Government Systems section for some examples. Upon deciding on a tribal governing system, a tribunal agreement outlining rules, guidelines and pledges will be signed by all members of the tribe and a corporation will be founded, with shares distributed to it's members (1 share per member). Alternatively depending on the goals and intentions of the tribe, an NGO could be created with members listed as it's directors.
Definition of a Realm
A realm is the greater community that holds within it all the tribes and their tribal lands in addition to common territory or common areas shared amongst all the tribes. The realm is governed by a council made up of representatives of the tribes that live there. The realm has a set of rules/guidelines which all tribes must follow despite their own individual sovereignty. These are simply ecological standards to protect the realm and all the tribes within it from the dangers of chemicals such as pesticides, GMO seeds and other things that would damage the environment which they all live within. The realm council can add to these guidelines or restrictions if needed, but it may require a referendum to enact new rules if a member of council requires it. Generally, the realm will be registered as an NGO with its council members listed as its directors. Under certain circumstances a corporation or trust could be founded instead, if the realm and it's tribes had ideas of business dealings they wished to involve themselves in.
Generally the realm council primarily deals with issues of the realm and management decisions of the common territory. Decisions regarding where funds or labour is allocated for the common territory is decided by democratic voting, majority rules. The council will meet once a month to make decisions, unless there is an emergency meeting called due to an urgent matter. The common territory will generally have a community center with a set of common facilities such as kitchen and bathrooms. It is also a place where sustainable food forests, gardens, and aquaponic systems may be setup.
The realm will require the collection of a form of contributions from the tribes members, however, this can be paid by either an international currency, the realms local alternative trading system, or by labour which has a rate value based on the local alternative currency. This allows communist or traditional tribal government systems that may not generally use a currency to do work in the realm gardens or community center upkeep rather than pay a fee. Alternatively if other tribes contribute in the form of currency, then jobs of the realm may come available, which members can put in work hours to earn and then exchange for some other goods or services. These contributions may vary from time to time, depending on the needs for upkeep of the realm. Maximums and/or minimums can be allocated depending on the needs or wants of the realm council (Eg. 1 workday or 10 units currency per month per citizen minimum. 5 workdays or 50 units per month per citizen maximum). Reasons contributions may go up, would be if the community center was in desperate need of repairs, or if the realm council voted that they wanted to have a swimming pool built.